by Sommer Thornton
Bentley unveiled a new flagship model at the Paris Motor Show, positioned at the very pinnacle of automotive luxury and performance. The new Mulsanne Speed is the fastest ultra-luxury driving experience in the world.
During the press conference, Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, commented: “We listen carefully to the needs and preferences of our customers and it is this approach that has made Bentley the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. We are the choice of many high achievers, independent thinkers, world leaders and Royal Families around the world.”
Check out the press conference video!
The signature Mulsanne ultra-luxury sedan has been updated for 2015, to complement the launch of the performance-focused Mulsanne Speed. The Mulsanne receives the same efficiency upgrade through new engine hardware, with its 505 horsepower, 752 lb-ft 6.7 liter twin-turbo V8 engine now 13% more efficient. Changes have also been made to the gearbox calibration of the Mulsanne, focusing on smoother, relaxed gear changes that promote a comfortable and refined driving experience. New paint colors, hide and veneers options are also available across the Mulsanne family.
The Mulsanne Speed is tailored for the driver, with 530 horsepower and a staggering 811 lb-ft of torque and selectable sports suspension and steering on demand. The reengineered powertrain, featuring Bentley’s mighty 6.7 liter twin-turbo V8, propels the Mulsanne Speed to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 190 mph. In modern Bentley tradition, the extra performance is matched by markedly improved efficiency; a 13% gain means a range extended by 50 miles.
New and contemporary styling features define the Mulsanne Speed as a statement in quintessential British luxury. Dark tint accents to exterior detailing hint to the Speed’s powerful character, while on-board technology and connectivity are discreetly integrated beneath the finest materials, created with unrivalled craftsmanship and exquisite handcrafted details.