Bentley Mulsanne Speed – a new pinnacle
Bentley redefines the fastest ultra-luxury driving experience in the world with a new pinnacle flagship. The new Mulsanne Speed is tailored for the driver, with 530 bhp, 1,100 Nm of torque and selectable sports suspension and steering on demand.
At the heart of the Mulsanne Speed is Bentley’s iconic 6¾-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, which has been re-engineered for the Mulsanne Speed, as well as the signature Mulsanne. A totally redesigned combustion system (including combustion chamber, inlet ports, fuel injectors, spark plugs, and compression ratio) promotes a much faster and more controlled combustion process. Through combining these advances with new variable valve timing and optimised turbocharger control, torque output of the engine has been pushed to an earth moving 1,100 Nm which is made available from just 1,750 RPM.
The swell of torque from low engine speeds builds to a new peak power output of 530 horsepower, enough to drive the Mulsanne Speed to a top speed of 305 km/h – an unrivalled figure in the ultra-luxury sector. The 0‑60 mph sprint is covered in 4.8 seconds, with 0‑100 km/h taking just 4.9 seconds.
The new engine is paired with a recalibrated gearbox designed to enhance the driving experience of the Mulsanne Speed. 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.
The Mulsanne Speed introduces Bentley’s first ever directional style wheel, with a design that is handed for the right or left side of the car. The 21″ wheels, available in painted, polished and dark tint with machined accent finishes, are individually machined from solid forged blanks, before being perfected by hand.
Twin rifled exhaust tailpipes are the finishing touch to the revised powertrain, while solid, polished stainless steel Speed badging adorns the front fender and door tread plate areas.
Four new exterior paint colours are introduced for the Mulsanne and Mulsanne Speed. These are Spectra (a heavy gold metallic with a hint of green), Candy Red (a rich and deep liquid red), Camel (a bright metallic highlight with a butterscotch mid-tone), and Marlin (a rich blue with a hint of green, inspired by the shade of deep ocean waters and with a metallic shimmer).
The Mulsanne Speed will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show on Thursday 2nd October 2014, and will be available for customer delivery this winter.