In a world of limited/special editions, let us bring you a few more- and this time it’s the VW owned British Luxury car manufacturer, Bentley Motors Limited.
In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Le Mans 24 hour race and 10 years of the Speed 8’s that won the 24 hour Le Mans in 2003, Bentley has announced six special editions of the Mulsanne with each named after a winning Le Mans Driver for Bentley’s six victories at La Sarthe.
Features such as diamond-quilted hide for the seats and door panels, drilled alloy foot pedals, sports tuned suspension and steering, quad exhaust pipes, five-spoke and dark tinted alloy wheels are standard across all the six models. The differentiating factor between these Limited editions would be a custom clock face, Le Mans Limited Edition numbered badge, an embroided Le Mans badge on each headrest and exteriors/interior shades. Under the hood, all of these Mulsannes would be powered by turbocharged 6.75 litre V8 pumping a max power of 505 bhp and 1020 nm of peak torque.
- Starting with John Duff with over fifty world records for speed and endurance, had convinced Walter Owen Bentley- founder of Bentley Motors Limited to participate in the very first Le Mans in 1923 and winning a year later. The John Duff Le Mulsanne comes in a dark grey ‘moonbeam’ exterior.
- Next on the list is Dudley Benjafield Mulsanne with green exterior, cream/green leather interior. Benjafield- a Harley Street ‘specialist’ who competed at Le Mans seven times and won in 1927.
- A granite exterior/ red leather interior Mulsanne is dedicated to Woolf Barnato who placed Bentley on top of the podium for three successive Le Mans victories from 1928 through to 1930.
- Famous ex-fighter pilot Tim Birkin also features on the list who secured a win for Bentley at the 1929 Le Mans alongwith Woolf Barnato. This edition of the Mulsanne comes in a white exterior shade.
- A dark sapphire exterior Mulsanne is dedicated to Glen Kidston who won at Le Mans for Bentley in 1930, with Wolf Barnato.
- And finally have a Beluga exterior Mulsanne named after Guy Smith who took the Speed 8 to the chequered flag in first position in 2003 marking Bentley’s sixth Le Mans victory.
Limited to 48 units, these Le Mans Mulsanne editions would only be available for sale in the US.