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Bentley Reveals Last Mulsanne Production Run – The “6.75” Mulliner Edition

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Bentley announce the retirement of the Mulsanne – but not without last one last hurrah.
  • Limited to just 30 examples
  • Flagship Mulsanne to be replaced by the Flying Spur
  • Bentley will offer hybrid options for all models by 2023
The 2020 Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Mulliner Edition Front View
Only 30 Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Mulliner Editions to be produced. Credit: Bentley
2020 Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Mulliner Edition Welcome Lamp
6.75 Mulliner Edition welcome lamp. Credit: Bentley

Revealed earlier today, Bentley have made the decision to retire the Mulsanne but not before announcing plans for the final 30 specially designed cars – namely the “6.75” Edition created by Mulliner.

Introduced in 2011 as Bentley’s flagship model, the Mulsanne has remained popular throughout its 9 year tenure and was originally named in honour of the Mulsanne Corner of the Le Mans race track, a track that has so far given 6 wins to Bentley in the 24 Hours of Le Mans racing event.

The 2020 Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Mulliner Edition Interior Front Cabin View
A sweeping look at the 6.75 Mulliner Edition’s front cabin. Credit: Bentley

Inspired by Bentley’s 6¾-litre V8 engine, which celebrates its 60th year in continuous use, the 6.75 Edition will be the last 30 Mulsanne models to roll off the production line before being replaced by the Flying Spur as Bentley’s flagship model.

Details of its namesake are featured throughout the interior design created by Mulliner and include interior “organ stop” caps that look like miniature engine oil caps, seat stitching with the 6.75 emblem and engine design etchings across the dashboard.

The 2020 Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Mulliner Edition Oil Cap Air Styled Vent Knob
Engine oil cap styled organ stop air vent knobs. Credit: Bentley
The 2020 Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Mulliner Edition Limited Series Plaque
Limited edition plaque. Credit: Bentley
2020 Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Mulliner Edition Seat Embroidery Stitching
The last Mulsanne sports unique embroidery on the seats. Credit: Bentley
The 2020 Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Mulliner Edition Dash Dials
Dashboard clock and dial styling. Credit: Bentley

Outside, the Mulliner details include the Serenity radiator grille, 21″ five-spike Mulsanne Speed wheels with blacked-out Flying B bonnet mascot and details, while under the bonnet the engine manifold will also finished in black instead of the usual silver.

Once production ends in Spring 2020, staff that were tasked with all things Mulsanne, will move on to production of other models, including the Flying Spur and there will be plenty to do as all Bentley models will offer a hybrid powertrain option by 2023.

2020 Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Mulliner Edition V8 Engine
The Bentley 6.75L V8 engine has seen 60 years of continuous use. Credit: Bentley
2020 Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Mulliner Edition Wheel and Panel Badge
The 6.75 Edition unique panel badge. Credit: Bentley
Mulsanne 6.75 Mulliner Edition Treadplate and plaque
Tread plate and accompanying plaque. Credit: Bentley
2020 Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Mulliner Edition Rear View
All Bentley models will have a hybrid option from 2023. Credit: Bentley

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Rolls-Royce x Franck Muller “Crazy Numbers” Wraith Black Badge and Watch Collab Revealed

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Rolls-Royce Geneva and Swiss luxury watchmaker Franck Muller have recently joined forces to design two new creations: The Wraith Black Badge Inspired Crazy Hours Watch and an upcoming Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers.”
Franck Muller Rolls Royce Crazy Numbers Wraith Black Badge Partnership

Sharing a passion for excellence, Rolls-Royce Geneva and Swiss luxury watchmaker Franck Muller have joined forces to design two new creations: The Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers” and the Wraith Black Badge inspired “Crazy Hours” watch.

Or to put it another way – Rolls-Royce Geneva will customize a special Black Badge edition of the Wraith to reflect elements of Franck Muller’s Crazy Hours watch, and Franck Muller is creating a Wraith Black Badge inspired version of the watch.

Benefitting from the expertise of the Rolls-Royce’s “Bespoke Programme,” the Rolls-Royce Geneva “Crazy Numbers” Wraith Black Badge is an artistic demonstration of the extreme personalization that can be achieved and will see elements of Franck Muller’s iconic Crazy Hours watch intertwined throughout the vehicle design.

Featuring a special Velvet Sparkle exterior finish with a Twin-Coachline motif in Silver/Cobalto Blue mirroring the Crazy Numbers theme, the special Wraith edition will feature a deep Cobalto Blue interior and a unique dashboard fascia and embroidered “Crazy Hours” numbers on the rear console. Overhead the Starlight Headliner will also depict the “Crazy Hours” watch face.

Franck Muller Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge Crazy Hours
Rear console embroidery inspired by Franck Muller “Crazy Hours” watch. Credit: Rolls-Royce Geneva

Sharing on the customization options of the special edition Matt Danton, Bespoke Designer at Rolls-Royce, commented, “Distinction, leadership and genuine expression is at the heart of the Bespoke Programme. The car is regarded as a key element of one’s taste and personal style, so it’s only natural it’s bespoke.”

Franck Muller Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge Crazy Numbers
Custom dashboard fascia inspired by Franck Muller “Crazy Hours” watch. Credit: Rolls-Royce Geneva

As yet, Rolls-Royce has only provided teaser images of the upcoming edition; however production of Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers” is set to commence shortly with the actual motor car presented in the 4th quarter of 2020.

To celebrate the partnership, Franck Muller has also created two unique versions of the Crazy Hours watch. Featuring the same Cobalto Blue color scheme as the vehicle, one watch has a black dial with a Cobalto Blue case and black leather strap, while the other is a reverse combination with a Cobalto Blue dial, black case and blue strap.

Two versions of the Franck Muller Crazy Hours Wraith Black Badge Edition. Credit: Franck Muller
Two versions of the Franck Muller Crazy Hours Wraith Black Badge Edition. Credit: Franck Muller

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the world’s finest car manufacturer to produce this bespoke car and this exclusive watch collection,” says Nicholas Rudaz, director of Franck Muller Watchland. “To see our exceptional know-how of haute-horlogerie be interpreted into such an exclusive car has been a fascinating experience.”

For the uninitiated, the Franck Muller Crazy Hour watch is a self-winding watch with a 42-hour power reserve that displays the watch numbers in a very unconventional order and, at first glance, reminds one of something the Mad Hatter would wear to his next tea party.

Using its patented Crazy Hours mechanism, the central hour hand jumps to the correct hour number (one to twelve) even though the numbers are not in the standard order. Meanwhile, the minute hand continues to follow a conventional pattern and revolves around the dial on a 60-minute cycle.

As yet, pricing has not been announced for the Franck Muller Wraith Inspired Crazy Hours watch or the Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers.”

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New 2021 Bentley Bentayga Revealed

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The new 2021 Bentley Bentayga introduces new styling elements including an updated front grille, wheels and brand new tech.
The new 2021 Bentley Bentayga with updated exterior styling elements. Credit: Bentley
The new 2021 Bentley Bentayga with updated exterior styling elements. Credit: Bentley

Bentley has revealed the new 2021 Bentley Bentayga design, featuring new styling elements and technology as an update to the already popular SUV model.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Exterior Rear Outdoors
The new 2021 Bentley Bentayga features elliptical taillights for the first time . Credit: Bentley

First introduced in November 2015, the luxury Bentayga SUV has remained a core model for the British automaker and already sold around 20,000 vehicles, in many circumstances, to first time Bentley owners.

New wheel design exclusive to the Bentayga range. Credit: Bentley
New wheel design exclusive to the Bentayga range. Credit: Bentley

Taking exterior design cues from the third-generation Continental GT and the all-new Flying Spur, the 2021 Bentley Bentayga has been given a large front matrix grille for an even sportier look and features new LED cut-crystal headlamps. The rear has also been revised with a new full-width tailgate and for the first time on the Bentayga – elliptical taillights.

New 10.9" infotainment system with standard ApplePlay. Credit: Bentley
New 10.9″ infotainment system with standard ApplePlay. Credit: Bentley

“We spent a long time examining how to improve the proportions and character of the car,” explained Head of Exterior Design JP Gregory, adding the “new Bentayga is still instantly recognizable as a Bentley but now has a much greater road presence. What we have achieved is a significant step forward – a more self-confident looking SUV from whatever angle you look at the car. The prouder grill and higher, more focused elliptical headlights give a much more modern expression – a real statement of intent.”

2021 Bentley Bentayga Interior Steering Wheel

Other exterior styling updates include a new 22” wheel design exclusive to the new 2021 Bentayga and two new exterior paint colors – Viridian (a dark metallic green based on the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car) and Patina (a mid-tone off-white).

2021 Bentley Bentayga Interior Front Infotainment Center
New interior styling options include Koa and Crown Cut Walnut Veneers. Credit: Bentley

The Bentayga’s interior has also been upgraded with a new center fascia, steering wheel, door trims, seats and now features a new generation high resolution 10.9” infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as a standard feature for the first time.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (in applicable regions) now standard. Credit: Bentley
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (in applicable regions) now standard. Credit: Bentley

Three seating configurations are available with the standard five-seat or an optional four-seat layout (two individual rear seats separated by a center console) or a three-row/seven-seat configuration.

All of the details that go into the Bentley Bentayga. Credit: Bentley
All of the details that go into the Bentley Bentayga. Credit: Bentley

Owners can also choose a new dark tint diamond brushed aluminum trim for the first time along with two new straight-grained interior veneers – Koa and Crown Cut Walnut. There is also the option to upgrade the seating quilting design and micro piping seat detailing with the Mullinar Specifications if you want to customize it that little bit more.

Climate control for passengers in the rear seats. Credit: Bentley
Climate control for passengers in the rear seats. Credit: Bentley

Head of Interior Design at Bentley Motors Darren Day sharing, “The interior of Bentayga has always been highly admired for its exceptional build quality, relaxing atmosphere and luxurious ambience. Alongside from the more obvious changes to the centre console, seats and door trims, it’s the little features customers may not notice at first that add up to make the difference in new Bentayga. It might be the new, horizontal grab handle in the door, or the unique seat stitching – each one emphasising how the design team has gone the extra mile.”

Initially, the new 2021 Bentley Bentayga will be launched as a V8 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged model, with a plug-in Hybrid and 6.0 liter W12 Speed version expected to follow later this year.

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2021 Geneva International Motor Show Canceled As Organizers Seek New Owner

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The 2021 Geneva International Motor Show is canceled as event organizers seek a new owner for the largest public event in Switzerland.
2021 Geneva International Motor Show Canceled. Credit: GIMS
2021 Geneva International Motor Show Canceled. Credit: GIMS

Following the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 event has suffered the same fate as the Committee and Council of the Foundation “Salon International de l’Automobile” has decided not to proceed with organizing the event.

Although it’s possible travel restrictions will be lifted by next year, in a survey taken by organizers of GIMS exhibitors, a majority of auto manufacturers indicated they would not be likely to participate in a 2021 event.

Instead, auto manufacturers would prefer to defer to 2022, with the GIMS committee saying, “The automotive sector is currently going through a difficult phase, and exhibitors need time to recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Koenigsegg's modified reveal after the 2020 GIMS cancellation. Credit: Koenigsegg Automotive
Koenigsegg’s modified reveal after the 2020 GIMS cancellation. Credit: Koenigsegg Automotive

Financial issues also contribute to the decision after the sudden cancellation of the 2020 event only days before it was due to commence. Left in the lurch, GIMS was looking at huge losses and needed an estimated 11 million CHF to cover the losses and prepare a new show.

While the State of Geneva offered a loan of CHF 16.8 million to assist (conditional on a 2021 event going ahead), the GIMS committee ultimately declined, citing an inability to make the first repayment of CHF 1 million by June 2021 in the absence of a 2021 Geneva Motor Show.

Lamborghini have also announced they will no longer be attending large scale motoring events. Credit: Lamborghini
Lamborghini have also announced they will no longer be attending large scale motoring events. Credit: Lamborghini

Instead, organizers are looking to sell the rights to the Geneva International Motor Show to Palexpo SA, the exhibition and trade convention center owned by the canton of Geneva, where the automotive show takes place each year.

As the largest public event in Switzerland, the Geneva Motor Show reportedly brings in over $211 million to the local economy. The Foundation Salon International de l’Automobile” are hoping it will be able to continue under new ownership.

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