Bentley now offers its Mulsanne Speed with a staggering power quotient and an unmatched sense of style. However, the price it comes at is equally staggering. Designed for profound taste and very deep pockets, this Bentley could be just right for those who’ve got loads of cash to burn.
Bentley’s new Mulsanne Speed is a saloon that comes in an attractive package of unparalleled styling and sense of occasion. Mercedes’ S65 AMG is, indubitably, the fastest luxury saloon by far, but this Bentley feels something else. And what’s more, it’s only marginally slower than the Merc. Nevertheless, extreme affluence is a prerequisite for owning this super-chic automobile.
The new Bentley Mulsanne Speed is a fast and tough automobile, designed to appeal the youngest generation of Bentley patrons. This Bentley is just right for the very wealthy, young global tycoons, who prefer driving on their own.
Engine and Performance
The Mulsanne Speed caters to an extremely demanding clientele, who wouldn’t settle for anything less than a truly involving driving experience.
Compared to the base model, the hike in power, however, is a mere 25bhp; with an added investment of £23,000. The car, moreover, weighs almost 3,000kg with people aboard. So, at first, it may seem like an unrewarding investment even for those who have plenty of money to splurge.
But, that’s only half the tale told. The torque figures are 1,100Nm, an 80Nm over the base version, making it the most muscular production automobile worldwide.
The fuel efficiency is remarkably higher compared to the standard Mulsanne; specifically speaking, 13%. Bentley has achieved an economy of 19.3mpg with the aid of new spark plugs, intake ports, combustion chambers and injectors in the saloon’s 6.75l 530bhp V8 with twin-turbo.
The Mulsanne Speed gets an eight-speed auto gearbox coupled with rear-wheel drive. It can touch a max speed of 190mph and can leap from standstill to 62mph in 4.9s. The car emits CO2 at the rate of 342g/km.
The Drive and Design
The car sports new rifled exhaust vents, which suggest that this car is tuned to generate a pompous exhaust sound. It, however, turns out that this Mulsanne retains its family’s characteristic understated driving character. On the move, there’s a distant, soft, thunderous rumble, as opposed to an expected roaring note.
Higher dynamism during straight-line driving compared to cornering. The Mulsanne Speed needs precise turn in with gentle application of power, despite being a stiff machine. It does not tolerate any harsh behaviour; in the face of which it quickly becomes unsettled, owing to its size and weight. This one is far from being a sports car; remember that.
At £252,000, the sporty Mulsanne Speed comes in carbon-fibre trim and Mulliner-spec quilted seats. It dons discreet badges on its wings; its grille and lamps get a dark finish and the car sports huge, 21in alloy disks. Also, buyers can choose from an array of brilliant new hues.
It is expected to cross the existing Mulsannes annual sales figures of 1,000. The car is indeed an awesome opportunity for the super-rich to call a stunning, exquisite and performance-rich Bentley their own.