Online configurators can not only be great timewasters, but give us a glimpse of how desperate a brand can be for its customers. Why else would Bentley let you stamp obscenities on the door sill of a Mulsanne?
Bentley hasn't confirmed it, but a return of the Bentley Turbo R could be two years away. The Mulsanne-based coupe would get a 600-hp version of the top Bentley's 6.75-liter V8. That, and about an acre of polished Burr oak.
The Bentley Mulsanne is one of the costliest Bentleys you can buy, a fast, refined car offering heritage and breeding in spades. Ordinary people are not supposed to be able to relate. We are ordinary. Is this worth $285,000?
When the Bentley Mulsanne debuted we were taken aback by its shocking visage. After seeing it in the flesh the car's actually quite handsome. Here it's handsomely driven by a handsomely dressed and handsomely paid actor through handsome Scotland.
The most surprising thing about the Bentley Mulsanne, other than the look on its face, is the choice of motivation. Rather than a Volkswagen W12 it uses an updated version of the classic Rolls Royce 6¾-litre V8.