Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday was a perfect occasion for Bentley to launch a new bespoke edition of its Mulsanne luxury sedan at the Beijing Auto Show. Named the Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee, it was developed by the Mulliner division and will be made in just 60 examples, one for every year of Her Majesty’s reign.
Picking Beijing for the car’s launch was an easy choice for Bentley as China is the brand’s largest market in the world, having overtaken the US. The British luxury carmaker has sold 1,664 units in the first quarter of 2012 in the country.
The Diamond Jubilee Edition Mulsanne sports unique paint and hide colors in various combinations the Union Jack colors, i.e. red, white and blue and two distinctive Bentley ‘B’ badges on each ‘D’ pillar, along with an extensive list of equipment and the obligatory “Diamond Jubilee” embroidered in gold thread.
No changes were made to the mechanical parts, which means that the Mulliner Diamond Jubilee Edition is powered by the twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V8 that churns out 505HP and 1,020Nm (752 lb-ft) of torque at just 1,750 rpm. It’s more than enough to propel the uber-luxury sedan from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 296 km/h (184 mph).
The VW Group-owned British automaker says the latest addition to the Mulsanne’s range targets customers looking “for a sportier look, feel and character,” though there are far less changes than what Bentley would like you to believe.
On the outside, there are newly designed 21-inch lightweight alloy rims with race-derived titanium fasteners and bright-finished rims wrapped around beefy 265/40 ZR21 tires. The wheels are available in both painted and polished finishes as well as with Bentley’s optional self-leveling badges.
The vents on the lower part of the front fenders are engraved with the Mulliner script, and that’s about it as far the exterior changes are concerned.
Inside, the extra opulence comes mainly from the new upholstery that keeps with the tradition of sportier Bentley’s as the leather hide on the front and rear seats and door casings features a bespoke Diamond Quilting pattern, complemented by an indented leather headlining.
Other upgrades include the drilled alloy accelerator and brake pedals and the new Mulliner treadplate plaques applied on the passenger door sills.