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.
It seems that everything Rolls Royce does these days, Bentley has an answer. Rolls Royce introduces the new Ghost and Bentley comes out with the Mulsanne . Now, the rivalry between the two super duper luxury brands figures to get even hotter after Bentley confirmed that the Mulsanne will spawn its own coupe and cabrio models.
According to Bentley, the new coupe and cabrio versions of the Mulsanne will replace the outdated Brookland coupe and Azure convertible – two cars that have long exceeded their respective life spans.
It’s a solid move for Bentley, not just because of its rivalry with Rolls but the worldwide acclaim the Mulsanne generated gives Bentley a chance to milk it to their advantage. And, naturally, what better way to do it than to release a lower-end coupe and a dashing and sexy cabrio. The two cars are expected to carry with them the same technologically-advanced chassis of the Mulsanne and more importantly, bring Bentley closer and closer to super duper luxury car supremacy.
The British coach builder Bentley has stirred up quite a bit of excitement with their latest object of desire, the Bentley Mulsanne . After debuting at the world’s greatest car show in Pebble Beach, and more recently at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Bentley has made a few more images of the luxury limousine in action. Not only is the automaker showing off the Bentley Mulsanne a thing of grace and beauty on the road, but also as a work of creative art and engineering excellence.
As you can see from the videos after the jump, there is a real sense of craftsmanship that goes into the creation of each and every Bentley model, and the Mulsanne is no different. The car is significant for being Bentley’s first all-new originally designed car since the 1930’s, the Mulsanne was created using its predecessor, company founder W.O. Bentley’s 1930 Bentley 8-liter model, as the inspiration. Then again, the Mulsanne is more than just beauty on wheels. While most of its technical details are being withheld until its official unveiling at Frankfurt, Bentley did give a glimpse of what’s sitting under the Mulsanne’s polished hood: an all-new 6.75 Liter V8 engine.
Before the 2011 Mulsanne hits Frankfurt for the year’s biggest motor show next week, Bentley’s new flagship sedan has been making a few pit stops along the way. The latest place the Mulsanne was spotted was at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, where Bentley COO Christophe Georges invited a number of auto journalists for a quick meet and greet with the Mulsanne.
While Georges may have disclosed a number of details – including the mystery of what lies under the hood - regarding the Mulsanne to the attending journalists, such details can’t be unveiled to the public just yet. That’s going to happen at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
But just to satisfy a few of your caveats, Georges’ did spend some time promoting – as if it needed added hype – the Mulsanne. “"The Mulsanne is the purest Bentley ever,” he said. “It is, unequivocally, the best of British motoring."
A few words, but a whole lot of meaning, indeed.
And while we feel your pain and anxiety, we believe that it’s best to have the people who know the car best be the ones to let the cat out of the bag.
Rolls-Royce may be the foremost luxury brand in the world, but don’t tell that to Bentley because the latter is out to prove to its estranged sibling that it’s bent on taking over the top spot with the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne, the company’s all-new flagship car tourer.
Bentley’s new luxury car, which it is proclaiming as the “pinnacle” of luxury cars, made a resounding world debut at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours, drawing the attention of a throng of spectators who were there to witness the unveiling of Bentley’s newest toy. The Mulsanne, which was named after the infamous 90-degree turn at Le Mans, will be officially launched at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show but that didn’t stop the folks from Bentley from giving the gathered crowd at Pebble Beach a first-glance at the car that is shaping up to become the Phantom’s greatest adversary.
Significant for being Bentley’s first all-new originally designed car since the 1930’s, the Mulsanne was created using its predecessor, company founder W.O. Bentley’s 1930 Bentley 8-liter model, as the inspiration. Then again, the Mulsanne is more than just beauty on wheels. While most of its technical details are being withheld until its official unveiling at Frankfurt, Bentley did give a glimpse of what’s sitting under the Mulsanne’s polished hood: an all-new 6.75-liter V8 engine.
2010 Detroit reveal video added
The British coach builder Bentley Motors had a few surprises in store for the crowd at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit when they presented the all new Bentley Mulsanne and ’Series 51’ designer edition Continental GTC convertible. The first new car show of the season marks the official North American debut for the flagship Mulsanne, claimed to be the pinnacle of luxury, the all new Bentley made a resounding world debut at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours, drawing the attention from the throngs of spectators who were in attendance to witness the unveiling of the luxury limousine that has been named after the infamous 250 MPH back straight at Le Mans, which will be arriving in showrooms in the fall for $285,000.