Bentley presents the Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 22, 2012

A striking and sporty version of the Mulsanne will be displayed by Bentley at the Geneva Show next month. This new Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification combines a lineup of distinctive design features, which include a set of 21-inch alloy wheels, Bentley Flying ‘B’ wing vents and Diamond Quilted leather trimmed cabin with driver-selectable, sports-tuned suspension and steering, highlighting the performance credentials of Bentley’s 6.75 litre V8 ultra-luxury sports saloon.

In addition, Bentley announced the presentation of two fresh options for the Mulsanne lineup. These are a huge tilt-opening, tinted glass sunroof and a delicately designed, electrically operated bottle cooler that gets lead crystal champagne flutes that are hand-blown and hand-cut. The 505 bhp (512 PS/377 kw) Mulsanne can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in only 5.1 seconds. Going from zero to 100 km/h takes 5.3 seconds while it could reach a top speed of 184 mph (296 km/h).

The ultra-luxury saloon has always come with high levels of performance. For those who want a Mulsanne but prefer a sporty and appearance, feel and character to their Mulsanne, then this model is for you. Bentley is presenting the Mulliner Driving Specification with a set of new 21-inch, light aluminium alloy wheels that are derived from the race.

It gets titanium fasteners, bright-finished rims and 265/40 ZR21 tires that emphasize the Mulsanne’s strong yet stylish stance while offering an even more dynamic handling. The Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification is offered n both painted and polished finishes. It’s also available with Bentley’s optional self-leveling wheel badges.

The Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification comes with a unique design language that emphasizes its sporting character, setting it apart from other Bentleys. A couple of sweeping wing vents built from cast as well as the polished stainless steel emphasize the sporting a motif. The vents identify ‘Flying B’ emblem which is engraved with the Mulliner script.

The flowing appearance accentuates the impression of speed and movement and the black matrix grille integrated into the design provides an attractive contrast to the polished stainless steel. The Drive Dynamics Control system enables suspension and steering systems to be tuned to a driving style. It’s also now offered the unique ‘Sport’ setting.

This comes with a new Mulsanne that’s sportier. There are controls to the boat, operating by the rotary switch mounted next to the gearshift selector, the new ‘Sport’ settings provide enhanced grip, body control and steering accuracy without compromising ride comfort. On the interior, Mulsanne’s cabin Bentley’s styling team have created a bespoke, driver-focussed look and feel for the Mulliner Driving Specification. The leather hide on the front and rear seats and door casings have a complex Diamond Quilting pattern that is complemented by an indented leather headlining.

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