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2009 Car of the Week

Motor Mouth’s Car of the week: Bentley Mulsanne

Think Buckingham Palace on wheels but quieter. This is Bentley’s sumptuous all-new flagship grand tourer, named to honour the marque’s sporting pedigree (Mulsanne is the name of a corner at Le Mans where Bentley has won six times).

Conceived, styled, engineered and soon to be built at the firm’s UK headquarters in Crewe, the Mulsanne is as big as a bungalow, gets its thrust from a massive 6.75-litre V8 engine linked to an eight-speed auto transmission and goes on sale from the middle of next year.

Boasting what Bentley modestly call ‘unparalleled levels of interior luxury and coach building skills’, the Mulsanne offers buyers a choice of 114 paint colours, but if you simply can’t decide, my deah, they’ll gladly come up with something bespoke. Oh, the problems of wealth.

MM verdict: As the saying goes, if you need to ask the price, you can’t afford it.

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