For many manufacturers, the Chinese car market is now more important than their home market. This is especially true for luxury brands such as Bentley. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that specially equipped special edition models for China are launched again and again. In the current case it concerns a Mulsanne EWB (Extended Wheel Base), which has been specially dressed up by the in-house customisation department Mulliner for China. The body is either painted in ‘Onyx’, the darkest black tone from the Bentley color palette with a hint of dark blue, or in ‘Black Velvet’ with red color pigments. A double golden coachline is then manually applied along the sides of the vehicle.
The wheel arches contain 21-inch alloy wheels in 14-spoke ‘Radiance’ design with a polished finish. In the front, Mulliner uses the chromed ‘Serenity’ grille with a special grid design as an alternative to the normal radiator grille with struts. It is reminiscent of Mulliner’s already well-known diamond embroidery pattern on the seats. Further chrome accents can be found on the lower air intakes and on the air outlets behind the front wheels. LED spotlights are integrated into the exterior mirrors, which illuminate the floor in front of the doors with the ‘Mulliner’ lettering as soon as the car is unlocked at the push of a button on the key.
Above the glove box there is a skyline view of modern London, including Big Ben and London Eye, inlaid between the wood decor and clear lacquer. This picture also found its way into the embroidery of the headrests. Chinese customers can choose between ‘Newmarket Tan/Burnt Oak’, ‘Fireglow/Imperial Blue’ or ‘Shortbread/Redwood’ as color combinations for the leather upholstery. Polished stainless steel door sills with illuminated Mulliner lettering round off the interior.
The 6.75-liter V8 biturbo engine with 377 kW/513 hp and 1,020 newtonmeters of torque remains under the bonnet. Via an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the power reaches the rear wheels and accelerate the sedan to 62 mph in 5.5 seconds. Bentley specifies a topspeed of 184 mph.