5 December 2014

According to Bentley, the £252,000 Mulsanne Speed is a luxury car for customers who want to do the driving themselves, rather than sit in the back seat and let their chauffeur have all the fun. Can a 2685kg limousine ever have sporting pretensions? Steve Sutcliffe finds out 


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5 December 2014
After watching this I'm left wondering if Steve wrote his conclusions on the plane over to Miami? Can't question the car's refinement of quality, but how can anyone conclude the car needs carbon brakes driving in South Florida? As I recall the Turnpike is the fastest road in the area at 70mph, most others are 65mph or even 55 limit on some highway sections. As for cornering ability at speed - come on Steve, the fastest roads in Miami have a slight curve every 20 miles or so. The only roads with anything like a bend is 30mph max! At the 3min 11sec on that video, is that a max speed 15mph sign I see? Fantastic location, but as for test driving any car in Miami, let alone the worlds fastest limo - well it's a bit like going to the Sahara to test Sunseeker's latest offering.

7 December 2014
@scotty5: Is it Steve's fault that Bentley held the launch in Miami? Also,is it not possible that a road tester of many years experience and who has presumably driven other Bentleys at speed is able to determine that a 2.7 tonne 190mph vehicle is likely to benefit from carbon brakes?

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6 December 2014
... But those round headlights look like a panicked afterthought to me...

6 December 2014
Gorgeous though the car may drive, it's sheer mass was making it lean in the most shallow of bends. If you look carefully you can see gaps appearing where the road meets the grass verge.

9 December 2014
This car has to be one of the strongest arguments for the automotive equivalent of a gastric band.

6 December 2014
Scotty5, How can you conclude anything when you haven't even drove the car, let alone know the exact location in Miami, where he is driving. Oh, 2685kg, 811lb ft torque and a 190mph top speed... yeah, carbon ceramic brakes doesn't seem like a bad idea to me! As for highway speed limits... do you think everyone drives at exactly 70mph every time? Most of the time, yes, but every now and then your going to want to floor the throttle if your in a rush or just for the fun of it. Also this car isn't supposed to be driven round a corner at 100% of it's potential, it's more of a car for the straights. I genuinely thought this was a good review and I like how Steve Sutcliffe accepted this was not a supercar to be thrashed round a corner at ridiculous speed, but a limo, aimed at luxury and comfort.

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