2012 Bentley Mulsanne

Bentley Mulsanne defines higher plane of luxury, includes modern tech

A Lexus LS or a Mercedes-Benz S-class may seem like the height of automotive luxury, but there exists a higher plane of opulence, embodied by a car such as the Bentley Mulsanne. At this level, rubberized surfaces and plastics get replaced by wood, stainless steel, and leather. The Mulsanne needs a better descriptor than "luxury"; maybe call it HD luxury, or giga-luxury.

Like Rolls-Royce, its closest competitor, Bentley employs craftsmen patient enough to spend hours working on one piece of wood trim for the doors. The leather covering the seats comes from bulls, but not just any bulls. Bentley strips the hides from Scandinavian bulls for its seats, because apparently these cattle live free of barbed wire, which would mar their skin.

Cars with this sort of old-world coachwork sometimes suffer in the cabin tech department, which can take a lesser priority. However, Bentley has a secret weapon of German origin. As part of the Volkswagen Group, Bentley draws on Audi for the Mulsanne's cabin electronics, and Audi is currently among the best in the business.

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