re-engineered 400bhp, 6.75-litre V8 motor. Mulliner engineers to complement the increased stiffening of the body shell have finely tuned the cars braking and suspension systems.
Bentley and Mulliner have been associated since the earliest days of the marque and their strengths have always complemented each other perfectly. Some of the most beautiful and distinctive Bentleys of the vintage and pre-war eras owe their bodywork to the fabled Mulliner coachbuilding house.
It is therefore absolutely right that the name of Mulliner should now be used to denote those Bentleys whose owners have chosen in some way to differentiate their car from any other on the road.
Unlike conventional luxury cars where equipment is limited to a list of items selected by their manufacturers, Mulliner's craftsmen and women are there to realise the dreams of their customers.
Almost anything is possible, from stitching the family crest or names of your children in the rear head-rests to designing and producing arguably the most exclusive car in the world, The Queen's new Bentley State Limousine. In between lies a limitless array of possibilities from the most sumptuous luxury to a mobile office capable of keeping a busy executive fully in touch and in tune with his or her business.
Customers can choose to become involved from the earliest stage, even before anything has been created and the design is still in the virtual world. No other car manufacturer currently offers anything approaching this level of customer interaction and design capability, or the extensive range of bespoke features ranging from armouring of cars, installation of the latest information, entertainment and communications systems to complete or partial restoration of previous Bentley models.
For all the sportiness shown by Bentley in cars such as in the new Bentley Continental GT, creating bespoke cars offering supreme luxury to a discerning few is a territory Bentley has no intention of surrendering. Indeed it is precisely the reason Bentley Mulliner was created. And the Bentley Arnage Limousine, for all its understated magnificence and individuality, offers just a mere glimpse of its capabilities.Published 6 December 2002