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PUSSY CAT - Bentley Mulsanne


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Not many cars scare Land Cruisers off the road, but the Bentley Mulsanne does. We’ve all been cruising along Sheikh Zayed Road, when you see a Land Cruiser in your rear view mirror, instinct takes over, before the Land Cruiser activates its tractor beam by flashing its headlights. I know what words you’re uttering as you slide over a lane. Driving the beefy Bentley Mulsanne I was able to even up the score, if only for a little while.

The Mulsanne is Bentley’s largest vehicle, weighing in curbside at three tons and at 219.5 inches overall, the Mulsanne is about seven inches longer than the Arnage it replaces after 11-years. This heavyweight commands the highway not only for its sheer size and road presence but also for its opulence and weight carried in the badge. Spending $300,000 is usually reserved for houses, not cars. For that sort of money you usually get two bedrooms, a bathroom and a fully fitted kitchen. In the Mulsanne you receive plush carpets, aged wood, lush leather, enough gadgets to be an office and a cabin full of opulence. There might not be room for a Persian rug but it is one of the finest interiors you’ll find in a car.

Of the three Bentley models this looks least like a driver’s car and more like a chauffeur’s domain. While it may pack the size and punch of a heavyweight with a whopping 6.75-litre V8 under the suitably volcanic hood, it is a pussy cat to drive. However, this pussy cat is a full blown cheetah, racing through the jungle tarmac at 300-kph and from a standing start catching boars at 100-kph in under 5-seconds. Sure, parking in the Madinat spaces can be a bit tricky and cornering needs a little more concentration, but it is a wonderful machine to have under your control and there is always the parking valet. While there is plenty of room to be a passenger in your rear office of the Mulsanne I’d save that for the Bentley Flying Spur.

Bentley Mulsanne prices start from around 1.1 million Dirhams in Dubai, spec it up yourself and take advantage of the Bentley bespoke team.

Story by Matt German

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