Crewe firm reveals full details of its new £220k luxury saloon, including performance figures
2 March 2010

Bentley has revealed the full technical specification of its new £220,000 luxury saloon, the Mulsanne, at the Geneva motor show.

Bentley CEO Franz-Josef Paefgen opened the marque's Geneva press conference with a brief summary of the previous year, saying: "It's traditional to start the Geneva press conference with a summary of the highlights of the preceeding 12 months, but this year, that would be a short speech."

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However, unveiling the Mulsanne for the first time in Europe, he was far more upbeat, revealing the waiting list already stretches to 2011, and saying: "This car represents everything we know about luxury cars. It is the best car ever to come out of Pymm's Lane."

He also revealed that, as of 2011, all Continental model series will be flex fuel. This represents half of the entire model range.

The Crewe-based firm had previously only revealed that the Mulsanne’s 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8 produced 505bhp at 4200rpm and 752lb ft at 1750rpm and it would be mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. Also confirmed were its dimensions – the Mulsanne is 5562mm long, 1926mm wide, 1526mm high and has a wheelbase of 3266mm.

Bentley has now revealed the width of the tracks – 1615mm front and 1652mm rear – and its kerb weight, which is 2582kg. It will ride on 20-inch alloys with 265/45 ZR20 tyres as standard.

The Mulsanne’s performance figures have also been revealed by Bentley for the first time. It can get from 0-60mph in 5.1sec and 0-100mph in 11.6sec, with a top speed of 184mph. Combined economy is 16.7mpg, while CO2 emissions are rated at 393g/km.

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The Mulsanne features double wishbone suspension at the front and multi-link suspension at the rear with toe and brake reaction control. This allows the Mulsanne to handle extreme amounts of torque through its rear wheels.

Electronically controlled air springs feature all round, which feature Continuous Damper Control to continuously monitor and adjust its damping. Bentley will offer the Mulsanne with four distinct driving modes: Bentley, Sport, Comfort and Custom. Custom can be tuned to a driver’s preferred style.

The Mulsanne uses a steel monocoque chassis and aluminium body panels, and 28 exterior colours will be offered. Inside, the hand-finished leather interior is available in a choice of 24 colours, and 21 different carpet colours are also offered.

Features include 12-way electrically adjustable front seats, four-zone air conditioning and a 60GB infotainment system, which features an eight-inch hi-res screen and 14 speakers.

The Mulsanne is available to order now and the first models will enter production in the spring. The first deliveries are expected in the summer.

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2 March 2010

Why anyone would want a Rolls-Royce or a Maybach instead of this stunner is beyond me. It's just gorgeous.


2 March 2010

I don't expect this car to be cutting edge in the same way the Ghost is. Are Bentley still trying to claim that this 6.75 V8 turbo is a new engine?

I would be so happy if I'm wrong - cars like the Veyron, R8 and LP560-4 show what VAG can do when they put their minds to it. At any rate, it should be a big step forward from the atmospheric but somewhat archaic Arnage.

I still think they should do a diesel - the torque and range would suit a luxury GT.

By the way R32, many may prefer a Roller, but pretty much no one in this country wants a Maybach instead of this.


2 March 2010

Despite thinking that both the RR Phantom and RR Ghost have questionable styling, I do like the elegance of their coach doors, and would like very much to see a LWB Mulsanne with coach doors. If I was in the market for such a car, that would be the perfect blend to my eye.

Nonetheless, this is a beautiful car.

2 March 2010

Bentley you can keep this dumpy and rather oddball looking mess, i will be buying a Ghost. (if i could that is!)

2 March 2010

Somehow coming round to the look of this thing, and nice to have some choice at this price level. But 16.7mpg on the combined cycle, man...

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