Much of the focus from Almost Real here at DiecastSociety.com in review has centred around their modern and classic SUV interruptions, today we get our first chance to see their luxury side, with this we present Almost Real’s version of Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner. The model is based on the 2017 car and features diecast metal panels with a mix of plastic and metal parts. Access is full 360 and is definitely appreciated at this price point. Suggested retail $268 US.
The exterior colour on our example is called Light Claret Over Claret. If this colour doesn’t meet your standard or appreciation, there is also Onyx (Black) and Silver Frost Moroccan Blue in the mix. Speaking of paint that is the first thing that strikes you out of the box next to the sheer overall size. Paint application is excellent, the transition of dark to light is poetry. This majestic beast stretches about 14.5” inches, definitely a solute to the Grand in the name, Grand Limousine.
As for the overall exterior execution, we must say the model connects! The shutlines and panels gaps throughout are some of the best we’ve seen. And dare we say better than AUTOart’s composite series. Are they as solid as the original, heck no, but can anyone deliver as good as Bentley themselves? No LOL.
If there was one element of the exterior we would have preferred to see, likely the access to the fuel. This added bonus when have elevated the model just that little bit more. Nonetheless, the model is a silhouette of style and luxury.
Moving to the front side of the Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine the definition of detail is seen through many of the car’s elements. Centre grille is fully perforated; add a little light and the cooling apparatus is revealed in behind. Lower grille craftsmanship are gems along with the available exterior lighting. We need to mention the very desirable definition and accuracy of the fenders, Almost Real does capture the design admirably (front and rear).
The motor area is fully accessible. As mentioned earlier the shutlines are excellent and operation of the hood, open and close is flawless. This is aided with a small button located underneath the model. Once inside the mammoth beast is revealed. Now for those that say modern motors can’t be detailed, well Almost Real proves otherwise. Quality hood struts are visible along with upgraded hinges. The area surrounding the motor itself is also carefully defined with grilles and appropriate badging.
The motor block or what is exposed has excellent paint definition to truly define the heads and intake tubing. In short, they look like metal and not plastic. And the team goes a step further, all the exposed Black piping actually has the OEM codes imprinted (see above image). Uber cool!
The rear is a delight too. Dual tips protrude from the underside of the bumper. The taillights are true jewels with infinite detail. Access to the truck is provided, with a small surprise inside.
All this luxury requires the appropriate luggage, and Almost Real does provide two pieces. Inside the surrounding area is covered wall to wall in carpeting. We need to mention the absolutely fantastic engineering in the trunk lid. The back and up motion is flawless, smooth a silk. And the defining shutlines are near perfect.
The Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine shoes are 21 inches in size. The effort here mirrors the original well, right down to the exterior paint match within the out perimeter of the wheel detail. A negative note, no exterior lettering is found on the tires. Braking components are present, but due to the bulky nature of the rim all is hidden in behind. Also, all four corners are spring-loaded, so this Grand Limousine is equipped with an active suspension!
Inside the Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine, the carpeting matching the exterior Light Claret colour. Fabric seat-belts adore each seat too. The front half of the interior is matching the Light Claret colour from the carpet this extends to the seats. Dash, centre console and door cards are effortlessly appointed as the photos will elaborate. A positive nod to the Mulliner team for sure. The front seats do provide adjustment front and back, that is the extent of the over and above features we can see.
The rear cabin even more spacious than the front has the seating crafted in a Beige/Champagne finish. The level of detail is definitely on par. None of the available luxuries of fold-out tables and soft drink cabinet is expressed in the open position or functional. Note the wood trim throughout the interior, this is even mimicked within the interior’s roofline. Love the attention to detail!
The Almost Real Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner is nothing less than spectacular. The Almost Real team continues to demonstrate class, excellent fit and finish, and value can still be had based on today’s scale model culture. This is an example that enthusiasts of Bentley will cherish and appreciate for years to come.
We do realize, we are not the source experts for Bentley, but the results here are justified and speak for themselves. In short, and as one would expect this scale representation of the Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner comes highly recommended by the DiecastSociety.com team. A definite contender for the overall DS 2020 model of the year or at least finalist. If the Light Claret Over Claret exterior is the desired choice, do not wait to act, this one will only see 500 pieces worldwide. Enjoy the pics!