After a private commission for an extra-long Mulsanne, Bentley’s coachbuilders Mulliner were given the go-ahead to produce five additional ones for customers in the United Arab Emirates in 2015. It must have been surprising for the companies to realise that, six years later, they were still sitting on the dealership floor, unused and unregistered.
Each car offers a metre more space than the regular Mulsanne, which is hardly poky in the back seats. The rear headroom was increased by 79mm, too, and Bentley says the cars’ interiors are meant to feel like you’re travelling on a private jet. A pair of rearward-facing seats have been added to the passenger zone, so you can have a four-person meeting without your pesky driver butting in.
There are drinks coolers and glasses between each set of rear seats, and a bespoke HVAC system means the four passengers can set their own climate control. There are folding tables with iPad charging stations, plus dials that show local and UK time plus the temperature outside. At the touch of a button, the partition between the passengers and driver can turn from clear to opaque.
The result of Mulliner’s work is the longest manufacturer-built limousines in the world. The stretch conversion looks seamless, and it’d undoubtedly be one of the most luxurious automotive experiences ever. But… would it be rude to suggest that these cars look like funeral cars? Perhaps that’s the reason they never sold.
The one you see here has two-tone Silver Frost and Moroccan Blue paintwork, with walnut veneer and a beige and blue interior. Each individual car has been finished in a different combination, with one version featuring damson and crystal black paint colours. There’s also a single-tone black one, a red-and-black one and a different red one.
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