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Bentley debuts Mulsanne Shaheen at Dubai Motor Show

Tue, 12 Nov 2013

Bentley unveiled the Mulsanne Shaheen sedan over the weekend at the Dubai International Motor Show. It's a special edition of the Bentley flagship sedan for the Middle East. The Mulsanne Shaheen draws its inspiration from the Shaheen falcon, a revered and recognizable bird of prey in Middle Eastern mythology and culture.

The Shaheen will be offered with the Mulliner Driving Specification, which will include 21-inch alloy wheels, diamond-quilted leather, and driver-selectable sports-tuned suspension and steering. But it's the colors of the Mulsanne Shaheen that'll make this special edition stand out: It will feature two-tone Tungsten over Onyx paint, coupled with Magnolia and Beluga leather on the inside. Dark-stained walnut veneer completes the interior appointments, along with a special Mulsanne Shaheen gold overlay logo on the rear iPad/picnic tables.

“The Middle East is the biggest market for our flagship Mulsanne, so this year we really wanted to create a car especially for our customers here. Our in-house Mulliner design team from the factory in Crewe, U.K. spoke directly with many Mulsanne customers to create this limited addition Mulsanne Shaheen,” said Geoff Dowding, Bentley Regional Director for Asia, Middle East, and Africa.

The Mulsanne Shaheen will also feature a Wi-Fi hotspot, an electrically operated bottle cooler and a very large, tilt-opening glass sunroof. In other words: everything we expected and more. The Mulsanne is, of course, powered by a 6.75-liter V8 making 505 hp and an eye-watering 752 lb-ft of torque. Of course, that's mostly for chauffeurs; we'd expect most customers will be driven in the Mulsanne Shaheen rather than drive the car themselves.

By Jay Ramey