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Last one off the line: Bentley bids farewell to the Mulsanne with a unique final model

The Bentley Mulsanne has been replaced in the lineup by the newest Flying Spur iteration.

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The last Bentley Mulsanne has been produced. The car's run, which started in 2010 resulted in over 7,300 models being built at the company's home in Crewe, Cheshire, England.

The final car off the line was the Mulsanne Speed '6.75 Edition by Mulliner', finished in Rose Gold over Tungsten. The customer resides in the U.S. but the company is keeping their name confidential.

"The Mulsanne is the culmination of all that we at Bentley have learnt during our first 100 years in producing the finest luxury cars in the world. As the flagship of our model range for over a decade, the Mulsanne has firmly solidified its place in the history of Bentley as nothing less than a true icon.

Last Bentley Mulsanne: Mulsanne Speed '6.75 Edition by Mulliner'

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"I am immensely proud of the hundreds of designers, engineers and craftspeople that brought the Mulsanne to life over the last ten years. Now, as we begin Bentley's journey to define the future of sustainable luxury mobility through our Beyond100 strategy, the role of Bentley flagship is passed to the new Flying Spur."

According to the automaker, over the last decade more than 700 people have invested nearly three million hours crafting Bentley's ultra-luxury sedan.

In the last 11 years, over Producing the Mulsanne bodies required approximately 42 million spot welds, and creating the sumptuous leather interiors took more than a million hours alone. The Bentley team has spent 90,000 hours polishing cars and performing an additional four million individual quality checks.

The Mulsanne Speed, the variant of the final vehicle, was unveiled in 2015 delivering a more performance-focused take on the model. It featured an upgraded version of 6.75-liter V8 engine capable of delivering 530 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. It also had a sports suspension and steering system.

The Mulliner Driving Specification includes 21-inch alloy wheels, Bentley Flying 'B' wing vents and a diamond-quilted leather trimmed cabin, matched with a large tilt-opening tinted glass sunroof and an electrically operated bottle cooler.

Bentley's Mulsanne 6.75 Edition by Mulliner was a final run of the car, signifying the end of the era. Only 30 models were made. Features include interior "organ stop" ventilation controls are replaced by designs capped by miniature versions of the engine oil cap, clock faces and gauges feature schematic cutaway drawings of the engine, and the Flying B bonnet mascot was tinted dark.

Additionally, the Mulliner Serenity radiator grille and exhaust finishers sit at the front while 21-inch five-spoke Mulsanne Speed wheels feature a unique bright-machined finish with gloss black pockets. Under the bonnet, the engine intake manifold is finished in black in lieu of the traditional silver, and the Engine Number Plaque – traditionally signed by the craftsman that built the engine – has been signed by Adrian Hallmark, chairman and CEO of Bentley.

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The Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group offers factory-backed half-door comfort, style, and safety.
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Jeep Wrangler owners who want an open-air experience but don't want the complete doors-off look have a new from-the-factory option. Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar have worked together to create new half-doors for the iconic SUV.

The new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group features two factory engineered, tested, and backed half-door options that offer owners the option to have production-level styling, security, and occupancy protection in addition to improved visibility.

Available for both two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler models through the Mopar Custom Shop, as part of an original new-vehicle purchase in the U.S. and Canada, the new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group includes both full and half doors. Full-steel production doors are installed on the vehicle while matching body-color half doors are packaged within the vehicle.

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    With production-level materials and build quality, new half doors are designed to work when equipped with any of the following features: power mirrors, blind-spot detection, passive and non-passive entry handles, and power locks. A quick and easy swap from full doors to half doors can be accomplished within minutes using the existing hinge locations and the exact same wiring connections.

    The newly developed upper-window assemblies are designed to have a weather-tight sealant feature zippered plastic windows. Two materials are offered for the assemblies: base-model vinyl that matches the production soft-top roof or premium acrylic that matches the premium soft-top roof.

    Each upper-door frame section uses an easy, tool-free, dual-guide post feature for easy installation and removal.

    The Dual-Door Group is now available on two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler Sport, Rubicon; Sahara, Rubicon 392, and 4xe models. Factory-option pricing for the U.S.s tarts at $2,350 for the two-door's Dual-Door Group with base-model upper-window assembles while the four-door costs $3,995. Checking the box for the more premium version of the upper-window assemblies moves the price tag up to $2,550 for the two-door and $4,395 for the four-door.

    Warranty coverage for each Dual-Door Group option is included as part of the new-vehicle warranty of three years/36,000 miles.

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    The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 comes to a dealership near you later this quarter.

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    The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is the V8-powered Wrangler y'all have been asking for. Now we know how much 470 horsepower under the hood will cost you - $73,500 - and that's before taxes, fees, and any dealership markup.

    With typical Wrangler Rubicon looks on the outside, the Rubicon 392's big selling point is its engine. The 6.4-liter V8 can get from zero to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

    Jeep is equipping the Rubicon 392 with a 21.5-gallon fuel tank to help with the thirsty engine's range. To save on fuel, the Rubicon 392 uses cylinder deactivation to switch into four-cylinder mode when the V8 isn't needed.

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    The noise out back is courtesy of a two-mode performance exhaust. A functional air scoop feeds the engine and keeps it cool.

    All that power requires a stronger frame than the typical Wrangler has. It gets upgraded frame rails, improved cast-iron steering knuckles, and beefier front upper control arms. Stopping power comes from the SUV's larger-than-usual brakes - the Rubicon 392 has 14-inch rotors instead of the Rubicon's typical 13.4-inchers. A 2.0-inch lift is standard.

    Jeep has given the model an Off-Road Plus button that lets you lock the rear of the Wrangler Rubicon 392 while it's in four-wheel drive high gear. This functionality will prove especially helpful to desert trekking enthusiasts who get slippery sand under the tires but have to keep up their forward motion so they don't sink and get stuck.

    It's also Moab-ready. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 doesn't have the Rock-Trac transfer case that's in the typical Rubicon, but it makes up for it with the availability of low-end torque courtesy of the new V8. Add in the standard Select-Trac transfer case, locking rear differentials, and front sway bar disconnect and adventuring on rocks just became more manageable.

    The entire rig rides on 33-inch BF Goodrich KO2 tires that sit at all four corners one 17-inch beadlock-capable tires.

    Jeep has given the SUV 11 features that are normally options on Wrangler, nine color choices for buyers to pick from, and bronze colored accents. At the center of the dashboard is an n8.4-inch infotainment screen that allows Jeep Off-Road Pages to be viewed.

    Mopar will offer factory-based accessories with the model.

    The new Jeep is expected to arrive at dealerships in the first quarter of this year.

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