Bentley released their latest video in which it shows an early glimpse of the production of their ultra-luxury flagship model Mulsanne.
It takes 125 hours (more than five days) to create the Mulsanne’s steel and aluminum body. The process is so time consuming because “the seamless sweep of the Mulsanne’s roof, rear wing and boot can only be achieved by crafting a hand-brazed seam midway down the D-pillar, a task still best performed with ‘hand and eye’ by Bentley’s award-winning craftsmen.”
The first batch of Mulsannes will be torn apart to examine the accuracy of the finished components and bodyshell. In total, more than “588 functions and relationships are measured to ensure complete precision.”
According to Gary Picken, senior production manager, “During these early pre-production stages, we are exhaustively testing the build process to achieve the absolute precision and quality we are seeking for our customers.” He added, “The Mulsanne has a beautiful and very complex body made from an intelligent mix of high-strength steels, aluminum and composites. Within one assembly area we’re utilizing traditional skills for which Bentley is renowned right alongside state-of-the-art manufacturing technology. We combine these two different approaches because it is the best possible route to create a car that will be enjoyed by generations of drivers.”
Set to go on sale later this year, the Mulsanne will be priced from £220,000 in the UK and $285,000 in the US.