Bentley has revealed the first example of its Bentley Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Edition celebrating 60 years of leadership by Her Majesty The Queen at the opening of Bentley's new dealership in Beijing.
The Bentley Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Edition will cement its exclusivity with only 60 being built - one car for each year of the queen's reign.
Bespoke Diamond Jubilee Edition highlights include a gold royal carriage embroidered on all four headrests and two loose cushions with the image also overlaid on two veneered burr walnut picnic tables in the rear. Burr walnut again appears on the dash, doors and gear lever.
Performance for the regal specification Bentley is on par with the Bentley Muslanne Mulliner Driving Specification, which is no bad thing. The twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V8 produces 377kW of power at 4200rpm and 1020Nm of torque at 1750rpm. This is enough encouragement to see 100km/h come up in 5.3 seconds from standstill and keep it going to a top speed of 296km/h.
The Bentley Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Edition rolls on 21-inch alloy wheels and is available in an exclusive range of paint schemes and interior trim colours that use combinations of red, white and blue to emphasise the car's British links – despite China now being Bentley's largest market.
The Mulliner name has been around since the coachbuilders were commissioned to build carriages for the Royal Mail in 1760 and began handcrafting the coachwork for the "horseless carriage" – the first cars – in the late 19th century. Mulliner was also involved in the Bentley State Limousine presented to Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.
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