Next Bentley Mulsanne Might Be All-Electric

There’s a possibility the successor to the Bentley Mulsanne will feature an all-electric powertrain.

Autocar reports that the current Mulsanne still has a couple years of life before it is killed off and replaced after more than a decade on the market. When the sedan’s successor arrives, it will be forced to face off against a plethora of luxurious electric vehicles available to customers.

As a result, it’s not hard to imagine the British marque following a similar path and launching the next-generation Mulsanne with electric power.

The VW Group could supply Bentley with electric tech

While some consumers remain resistant to performance vehicles adopting electric powertrains, there are very few downsides for a luxury car like the Mulsanne relying solely on batteries and electric motors. Not only do such systems emit very little noise, perfect for an expensive Bentley, they also provide huge amounts of torque which could easily usher around a heavy sedan at more-than-adequate speeds.

As logical as an all-electric Bentley Mulsanne successor might be, it is important to point out that the automaker has yet to even decide what exactly will replace the Mulsanne. One obvious choice would be to create a like-for-like replacement but Bentley could also elect to create something a little more outlandish, perhaps more akin to the upcoming all-electric Aston Martin Lagonda.

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  • Apparently customer reception of EXP Speed 6e concept make Bentley confident enough for their electrification plan. Beside next gen Mulsanne that will come around 2020-2021, they also interested on making new 4 door saloon based of Mission E architecture to bridge gap between Flying Spur and next gen Mulsanne. The Speed 6 is still considered but nothing is official yet, if they do make it. Expect hybrid variant at least.

    • Mark Hawthorne

      The only car they are currently working on is the Mission-E derived 4-door coupe. A sports/2-door coupe derivative is on the wishlist but there is no engineering work being done on a Mulsanne replacement at all. Once Mulsanne dies they’ll have no flagship so this story is being used by senior management to keep the idea of a Rolls-Royce competitor alive when, in fact, there is no plan and no budget to do it. Personally I think they don’t want to be a brand with a 4×4 as their most expensive flagship product but they will be fairly shortly.

      • I think based on the current condition the problem is not like the Mulsanne has been canned, it’s more like they haven’t yet decided on what kind of car they want to make. I remember Bentley CEO (Not sure if it’s Durheimer or Hallmark who said it) said that Bentley will always have flagship model. They just not sure to keep it as R-R Competitor or join the electric bandwagon with Lagonda.

        • Mark Hawthorne

          No. They have no plan yet to replace Mulsanne. They have an ambition but no plan and the team that works on the model has already been reassigned. They want to have a flagship but will keep Mulsanne going as long as they can with zero investment. After that there will be a hiatus with no large sedan. It makes no money and they simply can’t afford to invest in it at the moment.

          • Let’s just agree to disagree, there is two views here and we both has wrote down our argument.

          • Mark Hawthorne

            I know you comment a lot. On everything. But this time I have information that you do not. Yours is opinion and mine is fact. Sometimes you actually have to accept that someone may have more information than you do on any given subject. This is one of those times.

          • Well feel free to share it then, mine is base on combination of multiple media report that suggest that Mulsanne would be getting new generation. And well if it’s confront with fact, I would be happy to. Ask everyone here, and I know you aren’t typical average car enthusiast either so I would respect your words.

          • Mark Hawthorne

            I live close to the Bentley factory in Crewe. Several of my friends worked in the engineering team and don’t any more because it’s been disbanded.

          • Sorry to hear for your friend.

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