After what seemed like an endless stream of teaser videos, the all-new flagship Bentley Mulsanne has been unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Monterey, California today.
After what seemed like an endless stream of teaser videos, the all-new flagship Bentley Mulsanne has been unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Monterey, California today minus the "Grand" forename.
Just like its Arnage predecessor, the Mulsanne is named for the famous corner at the Le Mans circuit. It is here where Bentley underlines its racing pedigree and heritage with six victories.
Since W.O Bentley's 8.0-liter from 1930, the Mulsanne represents the first Bentley designed, engineered and built from the ground up by Bentley engineers. Using a new and unique platform that shares nothing with other Bentley or VW group models, production of the Arnage replacement begins next year at a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility within the Crewe factory with sales beginning mid 2010.
Speaking at the Mulsanne unveling at Pebble Beach, Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, said: "The challenge we set our engineers was to create a new grand Bentley that would stand as the pinnacle of British luxury motoring, offering the world's most exclusive driving experience. They have responded to this challenge with real passion and the result is a luxury grand tourer that sets new standards in terms of comfort, effortless performance and hand-crafted refinement - the very qualities for which Bentley is renowned."
Although Bentley has withheld powertrain and specification details, it is being reported the Mulsanne is powered by revised version of the Arnage's L-series 6.75-litre twin turbo V8 which produces 500 bhp (373 kW) and 1000 Nm (740 lb-ft) of torque. With emissions a top concern the engine has been re-engineered utilizing lighter components on the inside and outside as well as revised fuel system possibly incorporating cylinder deactivation. The result is reduced fuel consumption by 20 percent. Additionally, like the Continental Supersports the Mulsanne is E85 bio-ethanol compatible.