The Bentley Mulsanne Speed Let's Robber Barons Do Doughnuts in the Country Club Parking Lot

Jeeves, do clean those plebeians out of the wheel wells.
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Jeeves, do clean those plebeians out of the wheel wells.
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Bentley makes two sedans. One is the Continental Flying Spur, an all-wheel drive, long-wheelbase version of the GT coupe, with an advanced turbocharged W12 engine and a slippery, sporty shape. It is for the brands younger clients (read: internet millionaires, NBA stars). The other is the Mulsanne, a 3-ton limousine in the classic Bentley tradition: rear-drive, shaped like a windswept bank safe and powered by a six and three-quarter-liter V8. It's immense, it's imposing, and it's not at all sporty. This is the ride for anyone whose riche hasn’t been nouveau since the Civil War.



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Because the speed of modern global commerce has even the patricians rushing around, Bentley has released a suped-up version of their grandest carriage: The Mulsanne Speed. (“Speed” does seem crass, but is undeniably a better option that "Mulsanne Terribly Prompt.") For the robber baron on the move, the Mulsanne Speed boasts 537 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque - some Peterbilts have less - and efficiency has improved 15 percent for a robust 500-mile range. (The chauffeur will appreciate fewer fill-ups.)

With the Speed, Bentley has made its leather-lined (24 available hides) freight-train just a bit more powerful. If your ancestors made their fortune in fossil fuels, think of this glorious guzzler as a sumptuous way to support the family business. Plus, the luxurious back seat includes monogrammed Bentley champagne flutes perfect for toasting the slow dismantling of anti-trust laws.

Photos by Bentley