2011 Bentley Mulsanne – From America to Britain to Scotland & back
Before our travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, where international media assembled to see the latest weapon of the battle, the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne, we were invited to Euro Motorcars’ Bentley Bethesda showroom in Bethesda, Maryland for a special preview of the Mulsanne. Gil Hofheimer, general manager of Bentley Bethesda, showed us the intricate luxury details of the new flagship. As we dined on freshly steamed mussels, we knew the trip to Scotland would be something very special. After dodging volcanic ash clouds and traveling across beautiful countryside, we approached historic Archerfield House, which served as our base of operations, where a squadron of beautiful Mulsannes stood at the ready, flanked by the inspiration for the new design, the 1930 8 Litre car, once owned and driven by W.O. Bentley himself.
We traveled to Crewe to see firsthand how the Mulsanne is built, and came away very impressed.
After the tour of Crewe, it was time to get on the road. The “lorries” or large trucks that ply these narrow roads take up every inch on the oncoming lane, and passing on country roadways was an adventure. My test car had the optional “Flying B” standing mascot, which served as a useful visual reminder of where the front hood began in tight quarters.
Our road course through Scotland, back into England, and into Scotland again featured undulations, coarse road surfaces, and open carriageways. If not for the ubiquitous speed cameras, there would have been ten wide open Mulsannes charging through the lush, green countryside. The Mulsanne has fired a salvo across the bow of British luxury. We can’t wait to see how the folks at Goodwood respond.