You wouldn’t normally associate Bentley with fast-food joints, but CAR reader Ben Allen caught the new Mulsanne outside a branch of KFC as the engineers stopped off for a snack.
Bentley is still conducting real-world testing for the new Mulsanne and Ben snapped this prototype on the A500 near Crewe. ‘The drivers are still eating their KFC whilst I type this,’ he observes.Herby battered chicken. In a Bentley!
We hope they used their lemon wipes before touching the sumptuous leather upholstery, but Ben tells us this test hack has already seen better days. The badges had all been removed and telemetry wiring led from the rear doors, over the C-pillars and into the boot.
He even managed to nab a quick look inside and spotted that the rear door cards had been removed and laptops and data recording devices hogged the seats. Bentley Mulsanne: the background
The new flagship saloon is the first full-sized Bentley to be developed completely inhouse at Crewe for 80 years, and was exclusively scooped by CAR last summer before its official unveiling.
It was first officially sighted at the 2009 Pebble Beach concours d’elegance and the 2009 Frankfurt motor show, and is due to go on sale later in 2010. Bentley is flat out with the finishing touches to make sure it’s a launch to put the willies up rivals Rolls-Royce.