Bentley Mulsanne Concept Includes Built-In iPads and Mac Mini

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Bentley Motors revealed a new connectivity concept for its flagship Mulsanne sedan at the Frankfurt Motor Show today. The company built two iPads with Apple Bluetooth Keyboards into the retractable "picnic tables" mounted in front of both rear passengers, and a 15.6" LCD screen that flips down from the roof of the car.


    The additions to the Mulsanne are intended to allow passengers to "conduct business on the move or just unwind between meetings". Alasdair Stewart, Member of the Board for Sales & Marketing, comments:

    The concept includes:

    Availability and pricing of the concept weren't detailed. The Bentley Mulsanne starts at $291,295.

    Article Link: Bentley Mulsanne Concept Includes Built-In iPads and Mac Mini
  2. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I would hope a car priced at $291 295 would have those features.
  3. macrumors 601


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    It would be easy to do with a regular car too. Plus when iPad 4/5/6 comes out, those will look dated on that Bentley.
  4. macrumors 604


    So I have to drag my MBA into the car to sync/restore these built-in iPads? Assuming I could afford a Bentley, that is.
  5. macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2010
    Bay Area
    Why not use the Mac Mini......
  6. macrumors 603


    Nov 5, 2009
    iOS 5 AND there is a Mini in the car just in case also... ;)
  7. macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2008
    I know this is exciting for Apple fans who want Apple gear, but for $300,000 isn't it a bit surprising that this car has 'off the shelf' electronics rather than some in-house Bentley electronics solution?

    The bottle cooler is bespoke, not Thermos brand... are the super rich satisfied with peasant (i.e. upper middle class) computing?
  8. macrumors member

    May 28, 2009
    Keyboard looks awkward.
  9. macrumors demi-god


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    Well, I was going to buy a Kia, but knowing this - it's a Bentley for me. :D :cool:
  10. macrumors 68030

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
    Put in a couple potty seats back there and it's worth the price: you can use it as a home. Dining is continual drive through, purge on the move, you have computers, phones, TV... trunk for clothes. Shower in the car wash. DONE.
  11. macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Excellent consumer advice for the masses! :)
  12. macrumors 65816


    Seems like it is time I up-grade my Bentley.
  13. macrumors 65816


    Sep 25, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    Ha!! And I thought the USB Media Device Interface with steering wheel controls in my VW was bad ass. :rolleyes:
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2011
    great thing i have yet to purchase a new ipad since it will be included in my new car :D
  15. macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2003
    DAMN IT!!!
    I just took delivery of my Microsoft Sync Zune HD outfitted Bentley Mulsanne, I knew I should have waited.
  16. macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2010
    Will just cancel the order on my Volkswagen and get one of these instead. :D

    Although on a similar note, Brabus have been including ipads in some of there builds for the past year.
  17. macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Bentley doesn't reinvent the wheel.

    Just for argument's sake, how much do you think it would cost for Bentley to create an "in-house" tablet solution? $50 million? A hundred?

    And then, what operating system would it use? One that Bentley created, that had no apps its customers could use?

    For years automakers used proprietary car stereo systems and components, and people hated them. You can thank the iPod for coming along and ensuring that most decent car stereos these days have (at least) a line-in jack - if not complete Bluetooth and/or 30-pin connectivity.

    Lastly, its worth noting that the car shown is a Concept Car, meaning its not in current serial production. And that the iPads and Mac Mini don't come standard with your regular $300,000 Mulsanne. On the other hand, Bentley does offer extensive customizing (they call it Bespoke) options and services. So, if you are prepared to write a check for an extra $50 or $100 thousand - you can have whatever tablet computer you want in the back seats.

    But somehow I don't think anyone other than the Chairman of Samsung is going to order one with Galaxy Tabs built in.
  18. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2004
    That's a bit expensive for a Mac mini mount.
  19. macrumors 68030

    Sep 20, 2006
    Aussie living in Canada
    You make your butler so that sort of thing.
  20. macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2010
    ITT Tech grad gotta work!
  21. macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Vancouver, BC, CA
    Don't be silly; if you have a butler, you have a Rolls Royce (and he drives it for you), not some pedestrian, every-man Bentley. ;)
  22. macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2010
    Ummm if you could afford a 300,000$ car then I am sure you would have a butler to sync your computer with the ipads in the car already for you to get in and driven where ever you want.

    I am also
    Fairly sure Landrover announced a similar setup for the range rover....
  23. macrumors 68020

    Mr. Gates

    Jun 17, 2009
    --Redmond --------- ----------------Washington---
    I just lost Respect for Bentley.

    What's next?...Some Spinners for the rims?

    Just build a car, enough of the BS gimmicks. Besides, this doesn't even look comfortable !

    Tilt controls ??!! Forget About it !
  24. macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2009
    Do you think Bentley, a luxury car brand can build a tablet, and computer offering better than Apple? You are delusional if you believe this. Hell, even other electronics companies can't seem to do this. All I know, is that my Bentley better be integrated with all of my Apple gear, I wouldn't have it any other way! The only suggestion I might make to Bentley, is to swap the black iPad 2 out for the white one. :D
  25. macrumors 68020

    Jan 22, 2009
    Ultimate iPad accessory.

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