Official: New Bentley Mulsanne Speed announced

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Luxury car maker Bentley claims to have redefined the fastest ultra-luxury driving experience in the world with a new pinnacle flagship, Mulsanne Speed. The reengineered powertrain, featuring Bentley’s mighty 6¾-litre twin-turbo V8 churns out 537 PS (530 bhp / 395 kW), 1,100 Nm (811 lb.ft) and selectable sports suspension and steering on demand. All this power propels the Mulsanne Speed to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds (0‑100 km/h in 4.9 seconds) and on to a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h).

The new engine is paired with a recalibrated gearbox designed to enhance the driving experience of the Mulsanne Speed. The gear strategy is optimised for the new, higher wave of torque, and is designed for instant torque delivery on throttle application. A new “S” mode gives the driver even more control, and maintains the engine speed above 2,000 rpm so that the turbochargers are always ready to deliver instantaneous performance.

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An extensive recalibration of the engine management system has yielded benefits beyond increased torque and power. The cylinder deactivation system, that runs the engine as a V4 during light load, has been re-tuned for smoother transitions between V8 and V4 for even greater refinement. In modern Bentley tradition, the extra performance is matched by markedly improved efficiency; a 13% gain means a range extended by 50 miles (80 km).

New and contemporary styling features define the Mulsanne Speed as a statement in quintessential British luxury. On-board technology and connectivity are discreetly integrated beneath the finest materials, created with unrivalled craftsmanship and exquisite handcrafted details.

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Speaking about the new Mulsanne Speed, Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors said, “The new Mulsanne Speed is the car that defines Bentley, as a flagship for driving luxury performance. Our customers don’t compromise, and we’ve adopted the same approach in the design, engineering and crafting of our new flagship. The Mulsanne Speed is distinguished, calm and relaxing, but always with a connection to the road and relentless dynamic performance on demand. In this car, every journey becomes a drive.”

The Mulsanne Speed will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show on Thursday 2nd October, and will be available for customer delivery this winter.

This work combines with a new gearbox control strategy and the engine hardware improvements to give a new level of efficiency for the Mulsanne engine.

Bentley Mulsanne Speed Technical Specifications

Engine
Type6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V8
Max Power537 PS / 530 bhp / 395 kW @ 4,200 rpm
Max Torque1,100 Nm / 811 lb.ft @ 1,750 rpm
Transmission
TypeZF 8-speed automatic with Quickshift, Block Shifting and wheel-mounted paddleshift
DrivelineRear wheel drive
Ratios1st: 4.71; 2nd: 3.14; 3rd: 2.10; 4th:1.67; 5th: 1.29; 6th: 1.00; 7th: 0.84; 8th: 0.67
Final Drive2.92
Brakes
Front400 mm ventilated iron
Rear370 mm ventilated iron
Wheels and Tyres
Wheels9J x 21″
Tyres265/40 ZR21
Steering
TypeHydraulic rack and pinion with speed-dependant variable assistance
Turns lock-to-lock3.3 turns
Turning circle12.9 m / 42.3 feet
Suspension
FrontDouble wishbone, anti-roll bar
RearMultilink rear suspension with toe and brake reaction control
DampingSelf-levelling air suspension with Continuous Damping Control, automatic ride height control and four driver-selectable modes
Dimensions
Wheelbase3,266 mm / 128.6″
Overall length5,575 mm / 219.5″
Width (across body)1,926 mm / 75.8″ (width with mirrors folded)
Width (inc. mirrors)2,208 mm / 86.9″
Overall height1,521 mm / 59.9″
Fuel tank96 litres / 21.1 gallons / 25.4 US gallons
Boot volume443 litres / 15.64 cu. ft
Kerb weight (EU)2,685 kg / 5,919 lb
Gross vehicle weight3,200 kg / 7,055 lb
Performance
Top speed190 mph / 305 km/h
0-60 mph4.8 secs
0-100 km/h4.9 secs
0-100 mph11.1 secs
0-160 km/h11 secs

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