Bentley is waving goodbye to the 6.75-liter engine, the longest-serving V8 in continuous production out there, as well as the Mulsanne luxury saloon with a limited edition of the car, dubbed the Mulsanne 6.75 Edition by Mulliner.
Development of the L-series V-8 started in the 1950s, at a time when Bentley was owned by Rolls-Royce. It first went into production in 1959, initially for the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley S2, and has continuously been updated over the years. The engine in its current form displaces 6.75 liters and features a pair of turbochargers and is today fitted exclusively to the Mulsanne, where it delivers up to 530 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque.
The interior has only four single-color hides, either Beluga, Fireglow, Imperial Blue, or Newmarket Tan. All are automatically contrasted with silver — silver-painted veneer, silver seat piping and silver sheen that shows through the ventilated thrones, an instrument panel in high-gloss Grand Black, and door trim in Dark Engine Spin Aluminum. Other touches to mark the occasion are ventilation controls designed to look like the engine oil cap, cutaway drawings of the engine on the gauges and clock face, and more 6.75 Edition stitching and badging.
Production of the Mulsanne will end this spring and all employees working on the car will be redeployed to other areas of business.