Bentley Interiors with Tech Specifications
Inside the Bentley Mulsanne.
Given that a Bentley Mulsanne has an MSRP just south of the $300,000 mark, chances are seeing the inside of one isn’t something that occurs with any frequency. At the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the builder showed its “Executive Interior Concept,” which it has subsequently deemed ready for production and is now available.
Creating the interior for any Mulsanne takes the com-pany’s craftspeople some 170 hours. Presumably the two new interior options, Theatre and iPad, may add a bit more time due to wiring and whatnot. The former provides a 15.6-in. HD LED screen for rear passengers to watch their favorite movies or TV shows. Downton Abbey, perhaps. There are also 8-in. screens on the headrests. As it isn’t all recreation for the rear seat passengers all the time (one needs to make some serious money to afford the car payments), there is a Mac in the trunk of the car (a.k.a., “boot”); the display is via the LED screen.
Then there is the iPad specification, which adds electrically deployed veneered picnic tables that are color-matched to the seats. Push a button and twin iPads with wireless keyboards are revealed.
For those of a more old-school approach, either the Theatre or iPad options can be accented with an additional spec, a Tibaldi fountain pen that is specifically hand veneered to match the car and is housed in a dedicated dock in the center armrest.
The Mazda CX-5 first appeared on the scene in 2012, and for 2017, the vehicle has undergone some major transformations, to enhance what was already a notable small crossover.
This is not a piece of modern art: Rather, it is an image from Blackmore Sensors and Analytics of Bozeman, Montana, micro-Doppler signatures of pedestrians (or maybe that’s a pedestrian, singular) walking (see it now?). Blackmore is a company that is developing FMCW lidar.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.