We first talked about the 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed back in July but today, the British manufacturer unveiled its new flagship and announced that we will see it next month at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The new model uses the 6.75-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 537 hp (395 kW) and 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft) of torque.
As a result, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds (0-60 mph) in 4.8 seconds, while top speed is 190 mph or 305 km/h. Despite the impressive performances, the new Mulsanne Speed shows also improved efficiency which translates into a range extended by 50 miles or 80 km/h. The model is more fuel efficient thanks to a recalibrated gearbox that was optimized for the higher wave of torque.
The gearbox offers a new ‘S’ mode that gives the driver more control and maintains engine speed above 2,000 rpm. CO2 emissions also dropped by 13 percent to 342 g/km. Due to the power increase, a more driver-focused Sport suspension mode is included, while the Bentley and Comfort suspension models offer a comfort-focused and fully compliant chassis setup.
When it comes to design, the 2015 Mulsanne Speed received a dark tint finish on the stainless steel matrix grilles, distinctive headlights showing the same dark tint application and dark tinted taillights. In addition, the rear end shows twin rifled exhaust tailpipes and polished stainless steel Speed badging on the front fender and door tread plate areas.
Four new exterior colours will be available on the 2015 Mulsanne Speed as well as on the standard Mulsanne: Spectre, Candy Red, Camel and Marlin. Inside, the Mulsanne Speed arrives with a two-tone leather upholstery and new Piano Black veneer panels that include handcrafted carbon fiber inlays.
The Mulsanne Driver Specification is offered as standard on the Mulsanne Speed and includes diamond quilted hide door panels and seats, indented hide headlining, Bentley emblems embroidered on the headrests, coined finish to the interior door handles, drilled alloy sports foot pedals and knurling to the sports gear lever and organ stop ventilation controls.