The Bentley Mulsanne has morphed into a sports saloon that the company is billing as “the fastest ultra-luxury driving experience in the world.
The Mulsanne Speed, which was unveiled at the Paris motor show, features a more potent 6.75-litre V8 engine, bespoke styling inside and out and chassis changes aimed at providing a more focused drive. It will reach the UK later this year, priced from £252,200.
Powering the Mulsanne Speed is a re-engineered version of the firm’s twin-turbo V8 engine. The combustion system has been redesigned, while new variable valve timing and turbocharger controls help swell the power output to 530bhp and torque to 811lb ft at 1750rpm, up from 505bhp and 752lb ft in the standard Mulsanne.
This Euro 6-compliant engine helps shift the Mulsanne Speed from 0-60mph in just 4.9sec and on to a top speed of 190mph, improvements of 0.2sec and 6mph over the base model.
Cylinder deactivation features on the engine, allowing it to run as a V4 on light loads. CO2 emissions are 342g/km, down from 393g/km in the standard Mulsanne.