The Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification has sportier handling and some mild tweaks
6 March 2012

A sporting interpretation of the Bentley Mulsanne has been unveiled at the Geneva motor show today. The Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification features sports-tuned suspension and steering as well as a raft of bespoke design features that set it apart from other variants of Crewe’s flagship.

The Mulliner Driving Specification is angled towards Bentley drivers who want a Mulsanne with a sportier look, feel and character.

See official pictures of the new Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification

The car’s Drive Dynamics Control system, which allows the air suspension and steering systems to be tuned to a preferred driving style, now has a ‘Sport’ setting. Operated by the rotary switch mounted next to the gearshift selector, ‘Sport’ provides enhanced grip, body control and steering accuracy without compromising ride comfort.

The new variant of the four-door saloon also gets new 21-inch, light aluminium alloys with race derived titanium fasteners, bright-finished rims and 265/40 ZR21 tyres. The accelerator and brake pedals of the Mulliner Driving Specification are made from drilled alloy.

The cabin gets a driver-focused look and feel, including diamond quilted leather seats and door casings and tactile ‘knurled’ finishes to the major controls.

Exterior design touches unique to the car include sweeping wing vents made from cast, polished stainless steel that emulate Bentley’s ‘Flying B’ emblem and a black matrix grille.

There are no performance tweaks to the 505bhp, 6.75-litre V8 under the bonnet of the Mulsanne, which means it keeps the standard car’s claimed 0-60mph sprint time of 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 184mph.

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23 February 2012

Love the interior but S65 AMG would eat it for breakfast in all areas. Subjectivity and personal preference is a different matter though as no doubt people with have their views on comparing a Bentley with a Merc

Common sense does not always prevail!

23 February 2012

I do like the Mulsanne, and I like the look of this one, but do they really need to make it 'sporting'? I would have thought that a kerb mass well north of two tonnes and the dimensions of a small lorry would make it a loser in any real sporting contest.

Except possibly sumo wrestling.

23 February 2012

Blakey from On the Buses!!

23 February 2012

[quote Autocar]A sporting interpretation of the Bentley Mulsanne will be unveiled at next month’s Geneva motor show. The Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification features sports-tuned suspension and steering as well as a raft of bespoke design features that set it apart from other variants of Crewe’s flagship.

The Mulliner Driving Specification is angled towards Bentley drivers who want a Mulsanne with a sportier look, feel and character.

Read the full article[/quote] This car is a Dinosaur.

Peter Cavellini.

23 February 2012

[quote Autocar]The Mulliner Driving Specification is angled towards Bentley drivers who want a Mulsanne with a sportier look, feel and character.
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"...and all who sail in her".

23 February 2012

[quote Oktoberfest]Blakey from On the Buses!!
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Surely you mean 'Olive'?!

When I look at the latest Bentleys, the term 'special needs' springs to mind. Although, huge, ungainly headlights and a gawping grille seem to be increasingly popular with many other manufacturers for some reason.

DKW

23 February 2012

Till recently, I had viewed Bentley as Rolls Royce's poorer cousin. None of the old school (Bentley, Rolls, Aston) are driven by gentlemen any more (who now drive Landies or something unassuming if they are not to be accused of bad taste), but having seen a couple of Mulsannes on the road, along with Phantoms and a Ghost, I now feel that the Mulsanne is in better taste. Diamond quilting is best left to toilet paper, and I'm not sure the use of 'race derived titaniun fasteners' will have fully compensated for the car's 2.6 tonnes, but this is currently my OTT barge of choice.

23 February 2012

'Sporty' Bentleys have a lot in common with their clientele (Premiership footballers). They both litter Cheshire, they're both difficult to understand, they both don't work very often and they both cost a lot more than what is justifiable. They also both keep Bentley on the right side of bankrupt.

Like a poster said earlier on in this thread, give me an S65AMG any day of the week. Please...

23 February 2012

I agree with those here who think that a sporty version of such a car is just a bit unnecessary, in this case it seems to have crossed the line between acceptably flash, to unacceptably vulgar. I still can't get used to the ugly front end with those smaller outboard lights looking too much like an after-thought, surely better to have mounted them in the grille below, directly under the main lights, and have left the front wings unadorned. I do really like the swoopy back end though, couldn't mistake it for anything else and looks simply elegant to my mind. Having said that I can think of better ways to spend that quantity of dosh.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

23 February 2012

I think this car is great. It may be beaten by an AMG Mercedes and the like in a straight line, but then again 0-60 in 5 secs and a top speed of 184mph for something so big & heavy is deeply impressive. I just love its sense of occasion and the fact that it exists. I saw one the other day near Bank Station in London. So much presence I was rubber necking for a good twenty feet down the road.

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