This is the Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Edition, a 30-model runout special of Bentley’s range-topping saloon which went on sale back in 2010. The ‘6.75’ of course is a nod to the firm’s 6.75-litre V8 engine, which has been powering Bentley’s since dinosaurs roamed. Well, since the ‘60s anyway.

And what an engine it is. Instead of chasing headline horsepower figures, the Mulsanne V8 is all about effortless thrust – 811Ib ft of it to be exact from a little over tickover (1,750rpm). What’s unique about the 6.75 Edition’s engine, though, is that it comes complete with a black finish and a plaque signed by the company’s Chairman Adrian Hallmark, so not just any old employee like you get in a regular Mulsanne. Perish the thought etc.

Black exterior trims, chromes and unique alloy wheels mark the 6.75 out from bog-standard Mulsannes

Black exterior trims, chromes and unique alloy wheels mark the 6.75 out from bog-standard Mulsannes

What’s more noticeable is the special edition’s gloss black exterior finish, chrome wrapped lights and dark-tint chrome finishes on the grille, bonnet mascot and exhaust pipes. You also get 21-inch alloy wheels with yet more gloss black.

Inside, you can choose from Imperial Blue, Beluga (not actual whale, we presume), Fireglow and Newmarket Tan leathers, which are finished with silver accents. In fact, silver features pretty much everywhere including on the front and rear centre consoles, the former also getting a plaque commemorating your car’s build number.

Naturally, the cabin's sumptuous, but 6.75 Edition owners also get a centre console plaque with the car's build number

Naturally, the cabin's sumptuous, but 6.75 Edition owners also get a centre console plaque with the car's build number

For all this, you can expect the 6.75 Edition to cost a large chunk more than the £240,000 you’ll pay for a standard Mulsanne. And, if you’ve got your fingers crossed for an imminent replacement, your luck’s out – according to Bentley, the Mulsanne mantle of flagship Bentley will be handed over to the Flying Spur.

Can't quite rise to the cost of a 6.75 Edition, or any Bentley for that matter? Worry not, you can instead have this – the Rolls Royce of Bentley models, if you will – for a mere £260.

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