2017 Bentley Mulsanne First Edition debuts
Taking its flagship sedan to a higher level, Bentley used the Beijing Auto Show to reveal the top-spec Mulsanne First Edition. The automaker will build just 50 total First Edition examples across the entire Mulsanne range which includes standard and Speed models as well as the new Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase version upon which this initial First Edition is based.
Beyond the normal bounty of features found in every Mulsanne and the added space and comfort offered by the long-wheelbase version, the First Edition cars wear a special engraved Bentley Flying B hood ornament and boast a selection of bespoke touches that include unique veneers on the rear picnic tables, custom door sill plates and Union Jack-inspired embroidered logos on the seat headrests. First Edition models also offer an available Mulliner sterling silver vanity kit inlaid into the rear picnic table that is handcrafted by Asprey of London and includes a vanity mirror, hair brush and comb as well as a rear seat champagne cooler.
To properly kick off this exclusive series, the cabin of the initial Mulsanne First Edition is accented with an extremely rare ripple-patterned Fulbeck walnut veneer made from 350-year-old English walnut that Bentley acquired at auction for “an undisclosed record price.” While it purchased enough of the wood to adorn several other vehicles at some point, all other Mulsanne First Edition models will come instead with a unique Antique Ash veneer. No word yet on pricing of any 2017 Bentley Mulsanne model, but it seems likely the least expensive First Edition will open somewhere around $400,000.
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