We’ve known for a while now that Bentley will be pulling the plug on the Mulsanne, but that time has officially arrived: this week, the Brits announced the end of production for the model, ten years after it was introduced and after 7,300 units of it have been sold.
Launched in 2010 as a tribute to the Mulsanne Corner of the Le Mans circuit, the luxo-barge managed to be at the top of preferences in its segment, but that still wasn’t enough to justify the weeks of hand assembly spent on it. Also, considering how the 6.75-liter V8 engine affectionately called the “great eight” by its maker is also biting the dust, there were few reasons for Bentley to keep the model running.
As a proper sendoff, Bentley announced at the beginning of the year the launch of the Mulsanne 6.75 Edition, packing the last interpretation of the over 60-years old engine, but also a series of elements honoring it, including badging, blueprint graphics and ventilation “organ stops” featuring a miniature version of the oil cap.
“The Mulsanne is the culmination of all that we at Bentley have learned during our first 100 years in producing the finest luxury cars in the world. As the flagship of our model range for over a decade, the Mulsanne has firmly solidified its place in the history of Bentley as nothing less than a true icon,” said in a statement the company’s CEO Adrian Hallmark.
Like the saying goes, all good things come to an end.