Bentley’s Special Edition Celebrates 60 Years of 6¾-Liter Engine

Bentley’s final edition version of its flagship will be a homage to the world’s second longest-lived automotive engine – the 6¾-liter V8.

The Mulsanne 6.75 Edition by Mulliner will be restricted to just 30 examples to mark the 60th year of continuous production of the iconic engine only out-lived by the Chevrolet Small Block which, in truth, is only on sale as a crate motor. The special edition will share the specification of the V8 boasting 530bhp and 811ft-lbs of torque seen in the Mulsanne Speed. As such, the Mulsanne 6.75 is likely to match the performance capabilities of the Speed with a 0-60mph acceleration time of 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 190mph.

Under the hood, the engine intake manifold will be finished in black and the engine number plaque, traditionally signed by the craftsman that built the engine, will be signed by Bentley’s chairman and chief Executive, Adrian Hallmark. The homage to the engine continues inside the cabin with ‘organ stop’ ventilation controls replaced by designs capped by miniature versions of the engine oil cap, a 6.75 Edition motif is stitched into the seats and recreated in chrome badging for the exterior and the engine bay. The same logo will be projected by the LED welcome lamps while the faces of the clock and minor gauges will feature schematic cutaway drawings of the engine itself.

Chris Craft, member of the board, sales, marketing and aftersales at, said: “The Mulsanne has played a pivotal role in maintaining Bentley’s position as global leader of the luxury limousine segment. The flagship of our model range, its longevity is a testament to our ongoing commitment to hand-building the finest motor cars in the world. The new Mulsanne 6.75 Edition is the culmination of that achievement.

“While production of the Mulsanne will end in Spring 2020, this decision has been taken at a time when we are experiencing significant customer demand across our other existing model lines. As such, we will be redeploying all of our manufacturing colleagues who currently work on the Mulsanne to other areas of the business.”

No pricing has been yet announced but, as the old saying goes, if you have to ask…

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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