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Video Review: 2013 Bentley Mulsanne
An ultra-lux locomotive

Jeff Glucker October 31, 2013 Bentley Reviews, Featured, Reviews 27 Comments

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There’s luxury cars, and then there are top tier one-percent mobiles. The 2013 Bentley Mulsanne falls into the category occupied by car shoppers who can also shop for large boats, small planes, and huge houses. It has to be rather upscale inside. It also has to deliver a unique driving experience. This isn’t a Rolls-Royce, which seems built to place the owner solely in the back seat of the car to be shuttled to and fro.

A Bentley, however, enjoys being driven…

Make sure you stick around all the way to the end of the video.

[Disclaimer: Bentley let me borrow the Mulsanne for a few days, and included a tank of gas. I filled the car up twice, including one fill-up where the pump ran all the way up to $99.00 before shutting off.. there were probably a few more gallons to be had in the tank. I cried a little, which shows I’m not ready for Bentley ownership.]

  • "The world's fastest lorries"

    And it's "Truck Thursday" – I see what you did there.

    • MVEilenstein

      That's why he's the chief blooger.

  • CoastieLenn

    I want your job… badly.

  • Good disclaimer right there. I had that MPG problem in the Evo, but I didn't have a monster tank, I had a thimble's worth.

  • Van_Sarockin

    Glad to see you dressed up for the occasion.

    • JayP2112

      Maybe he's a hobo for Halloween?

    • Jay_Ramey

      Who is that in the video anyway? : )

  • I have that shirt. I love it.

    I mentioned this to you the other day, but I love Bentleys. If I were in the market for a near-$400,000 car I would never buy one, but I still love them. I love their honesty. They are in your face, look at how much money I have, make the polar bears cry cars. They have one purpose – to make the commoners know you are not one of them. In a day when uber luxury and gross displays of wealth are more likely to make you a target of political leaders rather than make you an inspiration to some kid in a middle class family, I find it refreshing.

    • Sadly, there are altogether too many commoners with too much money. The real elite choose to go far more low key yet remain classy. We drive Rover 800s.

      • nanoop

        And we removed the badge, just in case.

        • Van_Sarockin

          For you. With pliers.

    • Really? Maybe my '80s upbringing, but I've always thought of Bentley as the less flashy, less ostentatious version of the Rolls-Royce. For when you wanted a car as luxurious as the Roller, but without all the cultural baggage and bling that came with them. And also much faster. They were the businessman's express, but you still had to have worked for your money.

      I was glad when Bentley finally divorced from Rolls-Royce; but I'm sad if they've become just another nouveau riche accessory(ah… sniffle… ah… AH-Volkswagenaktiengesellschaft!!! pardon me.) That won't stop me from buying the first S3 Continental Coupe I can afford.

    • Maymar

      [youtube m5RbdReBMLE youtube]

      See, I'd respect the hell out of a Bentley that actively targeted the Herman Blumes of the world, instead of the tabloid fodder and aspiring tabloid fodder they seem to attract now.

    • Vairship

      The important question is: do the ashtrays open at the same speed?

  • "I wouldn't put it on a racetrack, welll ok, I'd put it on a racetrack, because I'm an idiot."

    I cannot abide by by those outboard lights. They ruin the face for me, as they're awkward and not in a grandiose FU way, like the Roller's round-square mashup.

  • Sjalabais

    That's like video reviewing a Bentley at the Redusernab.

  • Van_Sarockin

    "The paint is Fountain Blue", like the hotel in Miami? Now this is hilarious, because you're mispronouncing and referencing Morris Lapidus' opus to overblown, gaudy midcentury american's tasteless notions of luxury. It's also hilarious, because it's a bit of a pun, and it's pronounced 'fon-tan-bluhe', kinda. More more importantly, this completely ignores the fact that Fontainebleau was the immense estate and palace complex that Louis XIV built in the countryside beyond Paris.

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    • This made me laugh more than I had any right to.

    • Van_Sarockin

      That's it, I'm never letting you wash the Miata again. How many times do I have to say,"No Machine Dry'!

  • dukeisduke

    Jeff, I'd like to see you and Clarkson review a car together.

  • "…this back seat is luxurious, and I'll take you back here so you can see it."

    You ain't showin' me anything in your back seat, ever.

  • BobWellington

    Jeff, what happened to your hair? Ha

    You weren't filming a commercial for these guys, were you?

  • Feds_II

    Holy Cow! You guys are hitting the big time. I can't believe you got Ray Romano to do a car review for you!

    • ha!

  • Maymar

    $99 fillup? Up north, we've been used to that for years. Even your standard issue contractor van easily pushes $120 after ~400kms.

  • craigsu

    The upside-down gauges are a turn-off. It's like they're different just to be different, not to serve any useful purpose.



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