Bentley Mulsanne

Bentley Mulsanne

  The Bentley Mulsanne is a high end luxury limousine named after the back straight at LeMans. It was introduced as a 2011 model to replace the Bentley Brooklands and the Bentley Azure. The top of the line Mulsanne is powered by a 6.8 Liter twin turbo-charged V8 that is mated to an eight-speed automatic. This duo develops a maximum output of 506 HP and 752 lb-ft of torque. Coupe and cabrio versions of the Bentley Mulsanne are also in the works.

Yesterday, there were reports that the new generation Porsche 911 would be around for the next 14 years, sprouting off a ton of variations in the process. The number of variants really isn’t anything new though. Wolfgang Durheimer had a hand in developing this game plan during his stay at Porsche and, now that he has moved on, Durheimer plans to do the same with Bentley . The Porschification of Bentley is further underway with the addition of ex-Porsche engineer, Rolf Frech, as Chief Engineer for Bentley starting in November 2011. Together, these two are ready to tackle Bentley’s future.

p>"We can make more of the Continental line up than we have today," Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer said. "I could see it developing as the 911 derivatives did; lightweight models, special models, that was a very successful strategy. With the Mulsanne we get requests all the time for a longer wheelbase model, for instance. The question is whether we do it as a special order or put it on the model line. We are evaluating it, but I have no doubt we could also sell that type of car in the US and China."

Bentley’s new plans for their lineup include a Mulsanne convertible and coupe, as well as a few new versions for the Continental line-up currently consisting of the Supersports , Flying Spur , GT , and GTC models. Rumors about coupe and convertible versions of the Mulsanne have been circulating for some time now, but now it’s official. It is also believed that a Mulsanne convertible will revive the Azure name.

Source: AutoCar

There’s always a fine line between ultra luxury and just being extravagantly over-the-top. British automaker, Bentley , knows a thing or two about luxury and at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the company showed off exactly what it’s all about with the new executive interior concept for the brand’s flagship model, the Mulsanne .

Turning the Mulsanne into an Apple multimedia connective hub, Bentley went completely bananas in outfitting it with just about every product Apple has on the market these days, save for an actual fruit basket of the doctor’s best friend. There are Apple iPads with Bluetooth keyboards, a Mini Mini Mac in the boot compartment, and an Apple Media Center. The concept interior also carries ’W-Lan’ internet connectivity, and a 15.6" High Definition LED drop-down monitor. There are also two electric-powered, foldable wood veneer picnic tables, an illuminated center console, individual armrests for the rear seats, various new storage areas, and a Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) and audio system.

If your head’s spinning from all the features included in the Executive Interior Concept, you’ll have to sit down, take a deep breath, and keep on reading. They’re not done. The final list of additions for the whole interior concept include a Tibaldi pen, a cooler, a Privacy Telephone handset, and numerous lights set-ups, as well as other ports and connectors.

According to Bentley, the whole set-up takes up to 170 hours, which means that all that hours spent working on the interior will warrant charges that will be beyond absurd. Bentley hasn’t announced how much it will cost, but you only need to read all the elements included to determine that it’s going to cost more than you can afford.

Bentley Motors and Estede are celebrating their first year anniversary of partnering together by releasing a limited series of solid gold sunglasses that will cost you the price of a decent-sized car.

We’re not joking; that’s just how Bentley and Estede roll.

The Bentley Estede Mulsanne sunglasses are available in either 18ct solid gold, silver palladium, or platinum with Bentley’s famed "B" logo settled in hand-polished enamel coating with full engraved surfaces. Each pair of sunglasses are made to order and will be individually numbered to only 100 pieces per color variation. What’s more, these glasses use special lenses that offer the latest in lens technology with state of the art lens coating.

So how much is a pair going to cost? Well, we advise you to sit down before you continue reading. The cheapest of the lot - the 18ct models - will set you back €7,700, which is about $11,000 based on current exchange rates. More expensive than that is the limited edition 18ct gold sunglasses that retails for €10,000, which is around $14,400. And then there’s the grand daddy of the collection: the platinum sunglasses. Each pair will set you back a ridiculous €31,500. Convert that and you get $45,400.

What recession, right?

Source: Bentley

In the wake of what has been a busy week covering the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, we kind of left out a few important things taking shape this week, including the latest episode of National Geographic’s "Ultimate Factories".

The show, which actually airs tonight, will feature the latest handiwork of one of the world’s most exclusive and luxurious car brands, Bentley and their flagship luxury car, the Mulsanne .

Far and away, the Bentley Mulsanne is one of the most detailed cars to be built these days. Taking up well over nine weeks to build this precious masterpiece, the Mulsanne is finely-manicured to and designed with the greatest of care by the engineers working at the company’s production facility. One of the key ingredients that make up this world-class luxury car is the fine leather that’s personally hand-sewn by the people at Bentley Woodshop.

Seeing as the Mulsanne has over 300 wood panels and one panel takes over an hour to fully craft, you can imagine just how far and extensive Bentley goes to ensure that their customers receive nothing but the best in the Mulsanne.

To get you amped up for tonight’s episode, you can check out the teaser video National Geographic made.

Source: National Geographic

It takes a man of a certain, shall we say, status to be able to have one of the most luxurious automakers in the world come pay him a visit in his own garage, bringing with it it’s new flagship luxury sedan.

If it were up to us, we wouldn’t hesitate for a second having Bentley over for some leftover cookies and milk in our homes, but we’re quite certain that even with the invitation, the folks form Crewe, England wouldn’t even give us the time of day.

But apparently, Jay Leno doesn’t even need to send invitations; Bentley will do the inviting for him. The late-night talk show host and car aficionado of a different kind recently hosted Bentley and it’s new pride and joy, the 2011 Mulsanne , in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage .

In the episode, Leno is joined by Rodney Moore, Bentley’s Regional General Manager to talk shop about the 2011 Mulsanne and all its luxury goodness. As with almost every car that finds its way into Leno’s Garage, the comedian was given the keys to the luxury vehicle so he could take it out for a spin along the streets of Southern California. Not one to waste a perfectly good opportunity for a nice test drive, Leno works up the Mulsanne quite nicely during his run on the streets with it.

We suspect that either Motor Trend has gone off the deep end or they just have too much time on their hands, but whatever their rationale is, they decided that there’s a reasonable comparison to be made between the venerable Bentley Mulsanne and the Hyundai Equus .

You probably noticed that we didn’t have any adjectives connected to the Equus because, to be honest, when it’s sitting next to a Mulsanne, it doesn’t need any adjectives.

Okay, we may be coming down too hard on the Equus, which really isn’t fair. It’s a beautiful car that deserves praise on its own merits. But we’ll call a spade a spade: the only thing the Equus has on the Mulsanne is that it’s price tag is one-fifth of that of Bentley’s luxury flagship sedan.

Apart from that, comparing these two luxury cars is like comparing Kobe Bryant to Joe Johnson, which really isn’t much of a comparison if you know how the NBA works. That said, the whole Bentley-Equus Equus comparison by Motor Trend is still worth a watch only because it reinforces the Grand Canyon-sized disparity between the two.

Source: Motor Trend

Even though the Bentley Mulsanne luxury sedan carries a price tag of $285,000 on the US market, doesn’t mean that it can’t be sold out until 2012. That’s right, Bentley has allocated a number of 200 units for this year, but customers have already placed 800 orders.

So, why not just bump up the number of units to be produced? Well, the Mulsanne is entirely hand built so the process is a little more painstaking than your average Joe car. In fact, the Bentley Mulsanne takes about 170 man hours for the entire process. That’s including 26 hours for the engine build and 86 hours for the painting alone.

The Mulsanne is powered by a 6¾ Liter V8 that develops a maximum output of 505 HP while at the same time producing a very broad torque curve that peaks at 752 lb-ft of thrusting force. The sprint from 0-60 can be made in 5.1 seconds.

For anyone who did not have the opportunity to place their order, breathe easy. There’s still hope because the British company has announced they will increase capacity in order to keep up with the demand. We can only imagine they will increase the number of coffee pots and overtime hours to pull this one off, but it just might be worth it in the end.

Source: 4wheelsnews

True to its reputation as one of the most elegant and classiest car brands in the world, Bentley recently released a video of its new flagship sedan, the Mulsanne , being taken for a lovely ride along the streets and hills of Scotland.

If you’re looking for smoking tires or screeching brakes, you won’t find either of those things in this video. What you will find is the Mulsanne in all its high-brow glory in a leisurely drive around the countryside. No frills and certainly no thrills; only class personified - just the way the Bentley Mulsanne likes it.

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Interior, color , V8 engine , build; Check, check, and recheck. That seems to be the mantra while the Bentley Mulsanne is in production. Bentley has released what we think will be the final episode of the building of this particular car and although we love the final product, we also loved the way in which it was produced. Each video exemplified the detailed and thorough technique used to create the Bentley Mulsanne and we couldn’t be happier with this inside look of the process.

In this episode, Bentley shows us what happens during the final production, testing, and sendoff. Of course, the final production must endure 503 individual checks before even being considered for the next two stages.

“New colleagues are sometimes surprised by the lengths we go to and have been honest enough to admit that what we consider an issue would not register at another facility.” Donna Morrey, inspector for Bentley, explains.

After this thorough and complete check, the automobile undergoes road testing by Jason Davies and his team of very lucky drivers. These drivers take a predetermined 21 mile route around the facility testing every aspect of engine performance, ride quality and cabin refinement. As if that was not enough, the Bentley Mulsanne then has to undergo a simulated torrential downpour to ensure the vehicle is airtight before being able to go to the final signoff.

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Bentley Mulsanne

The newest video from Bentley features the build of the Bentley Mulsanne into a more complete vehicle. This video offers us another insight into the hand craftsmanship, technology, and modern, precision manufacturing that goes into building Bentley ’s flagship sedan. The Mulsanne is now six weeks into production and Gary Webster, Mulsanne Production Manager, narrates the build as the car begins to take shape.

“Working on the Mulsanne requires an array of skills that goes well beyond just the accurate fitment of the parts. The way you move around the exterior and interior of the Mulsanne is critical because materials like the highly-polished brightware, veneers and leather need such careful handling.

A range of made-to-order protective shields are fitted to the car and our team has an in-depth understanding of the best places to apply pressure. Every member of the build team is respectful of the value and importance of the car they’re making.”

After watching the video, you are sure to have a deeper appreciation for building a car like the Bentley Mulsanne. Every little detail is sought after and every little aspect is covered as over 2,000 checks are made to ensure everything was done correctly. When the car reaches the end of the production line, it will be ready to get fueled up and rigorously tested on the road test areas. The final inspection occurs when all of the employees involved in the build come together for one final round of inspections. Now that’s detail-oriented.

Hit the jump to watch the video.

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