Bentley announced details of Mulsanne
06/03/10 19:43 Filed in: News
At the Geneva Motor Show, Bentley announced details of its new Mulsanne, stating that it “reaffirms the marque’s intent to create a new flagship Bentley with refined performance, unparalleled levels of interior luxury and coach building skills to the fore”.
Great play is made of the fact that the Mulsanne was designed and engineered at Crewe “from the ground up”. The design features the traditional Bentley matrix grille and highly prominent classic round headlamps, featuring the latest lighting technology.
With a long bonnet the design is intended to convey a sense of power and movement and design director Dirk van Braeckel says that his team set out “to create a sculpted form that blended classic Bentley heritage cues with modern lines”.
Customers will have a vast range of options, with more than 100 pink colours and through the bespoke Bentley Mulliner, unique colours can be chosen to match a customer’s precise requirements.
As with the design, other aspects mix tradition with technology. The Mulsanne comes with a 14 speaker audio system connected to the world’s most powerful production car amplifier, offering 2200 watts of power.
A personalised keyless entry system offers multiple pre-programmed configurations -- automatically setting radio stations, phonebook, seat (including ventilation and massage modes front and rear), steering column, seatbelt settings and even the electrically operated rear seat blinds on the side and rear windows!
In all, some 170 hours (almost half of the total build time) goes into crafting the interior of each Mulsanne. Customers can select from a range of veneers and two marquetry options. There is also an almost unlimited range of leather options.
Power comes from a 6.75-litre V8 which puts out 512 PS with 120 Nm of torque. Acceleration 0 to 60 mph takes just 5.1 seconds, while a top speed is quoted at 184 miles an hour. Fuel economy combined figure is 16.7 mpg with CO2 emissions of 393 g/km.