Paris Motor Show is just weeks away and automobile manufacturers are already preparing their lineup for the event. Latest news flow in from Bentley where its CEO has indirectly pointed that they will be showcasing a more powerful version of their range-topping Mulsanne at the motor show.
In an interview to Auto Express at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, returning CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer said, “We will see Mulsanne developments at motor shows in 2014.”
The new Mulsanne will retain its 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. However, it is expected that the company will retune the engine to develop more power and boost the current figure of 505bhp to closer to 550bhp. Naught to 100 km/h is expected to drop below 5.0 seconds. There are also talks of weight saving measures, plus chassis tweaks for a more responsive feel.
Dürheimer, who has returned to Bentley after an absence of two years, will begin by taking a test drive in the prototype version of the new Bentley SUV. Expressing his views on the design of the new Bentley, Dürheimer said, “It feels 100% like a Bentley from behind the steering wheel with a really powerful feeling.”
A total of 1000 jobs will be created as a result of the new SUV being built at Bentley’s factory in Crewe, with 400 of them being in-house and the rest at UK-based suppliers. Bentley hopes to increase its total production to 15,000 cars a year from the current 10,000 after the launch of its SUV.
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Source: Auto Express