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.

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.

There’s no doubt that the Bentley Mulsanne has one of the most luxurious interiors in the world. High tech material is used, all the latest technologies are utilized, and, to top it off, it’s handmade. We are not talking fake hand-made, but honest-to-goodness handmade. You can actually watch the guy sew the leather onto the steering wheel in the video. Something this spectacular would have be shown only to confirm the intricate details that go into making something of this class caliber. The video is only a little over five minutes long, but you get to watch the high class craftmanship and the dedication provided by the Bentley employees. Check out the video to see how it is done.

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Apparently, we are going to be able to see the full production of the Bentley Flagship Mulsanne . Last month, they brought us a video illustrating how a Mulsanne gets its color and this month we get to see the luxury car get fitted for a new, powerful, and re-engineered 6¾ liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine. This engine has over 300 new or re-engineered parts created just for the Bentley Mulsanne engine including two new control systems: cam phasing and variable displacement. These two new systems allow for a reduction in fuel consumption (you save money!) and a reduction in CO2 emissions (go green!). The V8 engine can produce 505bhp with a torque of 1020Nm/752lb.-ft. at 1750rpm. The sprint from 0-60 can be made in 5.1 seconds. The complete engine build takes a total of 26 hours.

The video is three minutes and fifteen seconds long and you will feel every second tick by as the non-animated narrator explains the process. I would recommend watching this video without volume, but then you might not be able to follow what they are doing. It is a cool thing to witness if you can get over Mr. Personality’s lack of excitement while narrating the build of “the pinnacle of luxury British motoring that mixes hand-crafted refinement with engineering excellence”.

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If you have some spare time - really, who can’t spare a few minutes on this - Bentley is offering you the chance to configure the new Mulsanne or the new Continental Supersports (both coupe and convertible models). Who know, maybe you’ll find the right color you want and end up buying either one of these two luxury cars!

As a refresher, the 2011 Mulsanne luxury limousine will go on sale in the U.S. market this fall for a princely sum of $285,000 whereas the the Continental Supersports coupe, which will go on sale sometime in June, is priced at $267,000 and the convertible version going for around $300,000.

We’re not fully expecting anyone to actually buy any of these three cars after playing mix-and-match on this configurator, but at the very least, it should be a good way to spend some of your idle time on.

After all, whoever said that configurating your imaginary Bentley is a waste of time.

Bentley has a long-standing reputation for building some of the world’s most luxurious cars and that reputation has been carefully preserved by the company. After all, with the atmospheric prices of their cars, you would hope that they are doing all they can to justify the price tag.

Well if you’re curious to know the production process going on in Bentley , the company was kind enough to give us a glimpse of one of the stages behind the production of their latest flagship sedan, the Mulsanne .
This video takes us on an unprecedented look at how a Bentley Mulsanne is transformed from a plain-looking white body to a glittering and fully-painted vehicle. Fascinating stuff.

The Mulsanne gets six different layers of paint - three for the top coat, and two coats of lacquer – and will be available in both Satin and two-tone versions will be possible.

Bentley also announced that prospective customers can choose from over 115 different colors, 28 of which were created just for the Mulsanne. We didn’t know that you could create new colors, but apparently you can.

Check out the video to see part of the process of how the Mulsanne is what it is – a luxury car of the highest order.

Press Release after the jump

Source: Bentley

It’s no secret that the new 2011 Bentley Mulsanne is a lot more expensive than most cars being released these days. And by a lot more, we mean a lot more. Regarded as a luxury car unlike any other, the Mulsanne was created by Bentley with an objective of infusing old-school coach-building techniques with state-of-the-art technology and build a one-of-a-kind luxury car that would be the envy of its competitors.

In this video detailing the construction of the Mulsanne’s body at the company’s production facility in Crewe, England, Bentley’s project director, Ashley Wickman explains the fundamental design for the Mulsanne project from the car’s fundamental designs based on their concepts all the way to the production of each individual panel that will eventually comprise the Mulsanne’s body. According to Wickman, the whole process of building the body of the Mulsanne takes about 170 man-hours of painstaking labor.

It goes without saying that when building a car with the stature of the Mulsanne, even the minutest of details matter, which is precisely why the Bentley Mulsanne is what it is: a super-duper luxury car that a lot of us can only dream of riding – let alone, owning.

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