Bentley Mulsanne Speed
Bentley Mulsanne Speed announced
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16th September, 2014
- New Bentley flagship sedan
- 6¾-litre V8 engine with 1,100 Nm of torque
- New sports suspension and steering
Bentley redefines its fastest ultra-luxury sedan driving experience with a new sedan flagship. The new Mulsanne Speed
is tailored for the driver, with 395kW and 1,100Nm and selectable sports suspension and steering on demand.
The reengineered powertrain, featuring Bentley’s mighty 6¾-litre twin-turbo V8, propels the Mulsanne Speed to 100 km/h
in 4.9 seconds. In modern Bentley tradition, the extra performance is matched by markedly improved efficiency; a 13% gain
means a range extended by 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, made with unrivalled
craftsmanship and exquisite handcrafted details.
Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, Wolfgang Dürheimer, comments:
“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 displayed at the Paris Motor Show in early October, and will be available for customer
delivery this northern winter.
Torque pushed to record levels
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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 base model 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 record levels – 1,100 Nm from 1,750 rpm.
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. The connection between the car and driver has been the focus, and extensive validation with both
keen drivers and professional chauffeurs has proven the new set-up. 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
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 retuned for smoother transitions
between V8 and V4 for even greater refinement. 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.
Meeting the new EU6 emissions legislation, and designed to also meet the upcoming US LEV III standards in the future,
the new powertrain records 342 g/km of CO2 on the NEDC drive cycle.
A Chassis System Tailored to the Driver
To deploy the effortless power and acceleration on offer in the Mulsanne Speed, an even more driver-focused Sport
suspension mode is included. While the Bentley and Comfort suspension modes provide a comfort-focused and fully compliant
chassis set-up, the Sport mode stiffens the all-round air suspension for improved body control and adjusts the steering
dynamics for greater feedback and accuracy. The driver can also choose to individually match steering, chassis and engine
tunes according to personal preference through the Custom setting.
Through this new set-up, the Mulsanne Speed builds on the abilities of the signature Mulsanne model, being able to
switch from a communicative and enjoyable car to drive at pace, to a relaxing, comfortable and exceptionally refined
An assertive exterior
The Mulsanne Speed reflects its performance with new and more assertive styling features that are marks of distinction
for Bentley’s flagship.
A dark tint finish is applied to the exterior stainless steel matrix grilles, in a process unique in the automotive
industry, with the radiator grille, lower bumper grilles and wing vents all featuring this treatment. The headlights of
the Mulsanne show the same dark tint application, and at the rear of the car the taillights retain the “floating ellipse”
design, but are similarly finished with a dark tint for a striking appearance, especially at night.
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 mudguard and door tread plate areas.
Four new exterior paint colours are introduced for the Mulsanne and Mulsanne Speed. These are:
- Spectre: Seemingly black at first glance, heavy gold metallic and a hint of green result in a rich tone inspired by
- Candy Red: A rich and deep liquid red.
- Camel: Reminiscent of golden sands, Camel has a bright metallic highlight with a butterscotch mid-tone.
- Marlin: A rich blue with a hint of green, inspired by the shade of deep ocean waters and with a metallic shimmer.
The “standard” paint range covers 25 shades, including Marlin, while the optional extended range features over 100
colours. A fully bespoke paint-matching service is available on request.
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A Cabin of Contemporary Luxury
The cabin of the Mulsanne Speed is a contemporary reinterpretation of the exquisite interior of the Bentley flagship.
To provide a modern two-tone feel, a new and unique colour split is available, with new stitch lines, that balances
diamond quilted light-colour hide with darker, smooth hide. A new technical veneer option is available, with Piano Black
veneer panels now including expertly handcrafted carbon fibre inlays. These new, contemporary panels have been especially
developed for the Mulsanne Speed and match the rich, lustrous finish of the Piano Black veneer.
The Mulliner Driving Specification interior features are fitted as standard to the Mulsanne Speed, and includes:
- Diamond quilted hide door panels and seats
- Indented hide headlining
- Embroidered Bentley emblems to all seats
- A coined finish to interior door handles
- Knurling to the sports gear lever and “organ stop” ventilation controls
- Drilled alloy sports foot pedals
Customers choose from 24 different hide colours, in six different colour splits, and ten different veneers (seven as
added cost options) when specifying their Mulsanne Speed. Included in these ranges is a new hide colour, Camel (to match
the new exterior paint of the same name) and a new veneer to the Mulsanne line-up, Tamo Ash.
Concealed Technology and Endless Customisation
Concealed beneath the materials that define the Mulsanne Speed cabin is a suite of technology to make any journey as
productive or relaxing as one desires. A 60 GB on-board hard drive can store the driver’s collection of music and films.
Electrically-operated tables, with recesses and connections for iPads and matching keyboards, can be fitted to the rear
of the front seats, while on-board Wi-Fi through a dedicated router keeps the car connected to the outside world. A
2,200 watt Naim for Bentley premium audio system expands on the standard 14-speaker system. Entertainment on-the-move
can be provided through the Rear Seat Entertainment system, including two 8” screens and Bluetooth headphones.
Mulsanne updated for 2015
The standard Mulsanne ultra-luxury sedan has been updated for 2015. The Mulsanne receives the same efficiency upgrade
through new engine hardware, with its 6¾-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. Changes have also been made to the gearbox
calibration of the Mulsanne, focussing on smoother, relaxed gear changes that promote a comfortable and refined driving
experience. New paint colours, hide and veneers options are also available across the Mulsanne line-up.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.