The Bentley Mulsanne was unveiled at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and launched in the United States for the 2010 model year. Developed as a competitor to the Rolls-Royce Ghost , the Mulsanne revived a nameplate previously used between 1980 and 1992 and replaced the Bentley Arnage . The Mulsanne remained unchanged since its introduction, with only an equipment update in 2013 and a few special-edition models keeping the luxury sedan somewhat fresh until 2014.
For 2015, the Mulsanne gains its first true facelift in five years, one that brings upgrades in the engine department as well. The venerable, 6.75-liter, V-8 mill is in for a hefty performance bump, while a re-tuned chassis comes to improve handling and responsiveness. A hotter version of the Mulsanne that takes inspiration from the Bentley GT3-R is also in the books, but the Brits are still keeping all the important details in the vault. Click past the jump to learn what we know so far.
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Expect Bentley to take the Mulsanne to fat camp to ditch a few pounds, meddle with the chassis for enhanced handling, and increase output beyond the current 505-horsepower rating.
According to Auto Express, quoting company insiders familiar with the matter, a more powerful version of the Mulsanne will be unveiled by the end of the year. The sportier sedan is said to follow in the footsteps of the Continental GT3-R, which was recently unveiled in Goodwood to an enthusiastic reception.
Expect Bentley to take the Mulsanne to fat camp to ditch a few pounds, meddle with the chassis for enhanced handling, and increase output beyond the current 505-horsepower rating. There’s no word as to what sort of updates will alter the 6.75-liter, V-8 unit, but word has it the Mulsanne will benefit from no less than 550 horsepower. That much oomph will likely allow the luxury sedan to sprint from naught to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, making it one of the quickest vehicles in its class.
Exterior and interior modifications are still a mystery, but make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details. We’ll get back to you as soon as we have them.
Much like the Bentley Mulsanne, the Rolls-Royce Ghost remained mostly unchanged in its first five years on the market. The first facelift was unveiled for the 2015 model year, bringing minor exterior changes such as reshaped LED headlamps, revised bumpers and enlarged air intakes up front. Inside, the redesigned front and rear seats, and new veneers and chrome inserts round off the Ghost Series II.
Engine-wise, the new Ghost carries the same twin-turbo, 6.6-liter, V-12 engine as its predecessor. Output remained unchanged, but, at 562 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque, this luxury sedan is no slouch. The 0-to-60 mph sprint is achieved in only 4.7 seconds with help from an eight-speed, ZF automatic transmission, while top speed sits at 155 mph.
Pricing for the 2015 Ghost Series II is not available as of 07/01/2014, but expect it to fetch at least $270,000. This sticker will make it cheaper than the current Mulsanne, which retails from around $290,000.