Following its introduction as a concept at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show, Bentley’s advanced multimedia Mulsanne Executive Interior will become a reality for customers who want advanced multimedia connectivity on the move.
Two specifications are available: Theatre and iPad. They can provide a business-focused environment or simply a relaxing space where films, music, television and the internet can be enjoyed.
Both the Theatre and iPad versions are seamlessly integrated into the Mulsanne’s cabin, which takes craftsmen more than 170 hours to create. When not required, features like the drop-down screen in the headliner or picnic tables can retract and be stowed discretely.
With the Mulsanne Theatre Specification, passengers in the rear cabin can enjoy a wide range of entertainment, such as DVD movies, TV or music. It’s offered via a 15.6” HD LED screen in the roof, although each headrest is also equipped with its own 8” screen, allowing passengers to select their own entertainment through Bluetooth headphones.
Business users can take full advantage of the powerful processing ability and connectivity of the trunk-mounted Apple Mac computer, which is selected for display on the HD LED screen. Twin USB ports in the center console provide easy access to the Mac to upload films, music or data and documents for use in the cabin or once the journey ends.
Finger-tip control is provided via an iPod touch, allowing navigation of the technology by means of a unique Bentley ‘App’ and bespoke reading lights.
The opportunity to unwind is also provided with a Bentley-designed bottle cooler with space for two full-size Champagne bottles. With the touch of a button, the frosted glass door slides open to reveal three hand-blown and hand-cut lead crystal champagne flutes, displayed by the white LED accent lighting.
The flutes are created for Bentley by British designer, David Redman, and echo the racing design of the Mulsanne’s 21” wheels.
The flutes can be placed in the bespoke bright chrome holders that deploy from the center seat cushion. These also adapt to normal cups when required.
The bottle cooler and fluteholders are discreetly concealed when not in use and the elegant design of the cooling system means that no trunk space is compromised.
For the iPad Specification, two electrically-deployed veneer picnic tables provide rear passengers a soft writing surface, matched to the seats. And, at the press of a button, twin iPads with wireless keyboards are revealed.
Both rear passengers can work on documents or files independently, email, browse the net, make video calls or play music or games. The picnic tables are designed so the keyboards can be easily removed and placed on the user’s lap for added comfort.
Both the Theatre and iPad Specifications can be ordered with a range of finishing touches including a Tibaldi fountain pen from its specially commissioned Collection, which will be hand veneered to match the car and is discretely stowed in a dedicated dock in the center armrest.
And seen on a Bentley for the first time, a distinctive Yachting-style veneer of either Dark Wenge with a Maple Pinstripe, or Maple using the Dark Wenge as the pinstripe motif. Both of these Yachting veneers are available in a Satin or Gloss Lacquer finish.
Reflecting the character of the Executive Interior, the Mulsanne can be specified with unique 21” multi-spoke wheels, each cut from a solid, forged aluminum billet.
Each billet initially weighs 85kg but is transformed in around three hours into a lightweight wheel weighing 13.4 kg (29.5 lb). The wheels are then immersed in small ceramic pebbles and agitated for hours to produce the mirror-polish finish.