What’s a Bentley Mulsanne First Edition then?

The answer to possibly the ultimate first world problem: having enough spare cash to buy a Bentley Mulsanne but not enough time to spec your own unique example. The limited-run First Edition offers the exclusivity the hyper-wealthy crave, but has the advantage of being available from the showroom floor.

What do I need you know?

That whoever buys the Mulsanne First Edition probably spends a lot of their precious time doing their hair. The headline addition is a sterling silver vanity kit – by Asprey of London – complete with mirror, hair brush and comb inlaid into the rear picnic tables.

There are First Edition motifs dotted about the place and the script is engraved on the ‘Flying B’ mascot. Bentley also has a limited supply of Fulbeck veneer available for the model, which was cut from a 350-year-old English walnut tree that set a record auction price. At this level of the market, these things matter. You can have a champagne cooler, too.

The First Edition is available across all three models in the range: Mulsanne, Mulsanne Speed and the new Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase, pictured here. With an extra 250mm between the axles, the EWB offers significantly more legroom, befitting its remit as the Mulsanne of choice for people who prefer to be chauffeured. Hence its unveiling in Beijing, a city with traffic so bad, no-one wants to drive there.

According to Bentley, the Mulsanne EWB “offers a first-class air-travel experience for the road.” And indeed the individual reclining seats wouldn’t look out of place up front on an A380. Those seats also get their own sunroof and Bentley’s new Entertainment Tablet, a pair of internet-enabled 10.2in Android devices that connect to the car’s infotainment system and Android Apps.

Anything else?

Before employing a chauffeur to drive the Mulsanne EWB, you might want to check they have experience driving lorries; at 19ft long and 2.7 tonnes, it’s about as big as a saloon can be without being classed as a commercial vehicle.

When can I buy one?

Now, but if you want a First Edition you better get in quick as only 50 will be built. In fact, they’ve probably all been sold in the time its taken you to read this.

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By Only Motors