To commemorate the Bentley Speed Six’s conquest of the “Blue Train” in 1930, Bentley Motors is releasing a Mulliner Limited Edition -- the Mulsanne Speed ‘Blue Train.’ This limited edition will have its debut at the Techno-Classica show in Essen, Germany.
According to Richard Charlesworth, Head of the Bentley Heritage Collection, the Blue Train, as one of the most famous and celebrated cars in the world, “perfectly embodies” the Bentleys’ racing spirit. The 1930 Blue Train race was won by three-time Le Mans conqueror Woolf Barnato, thereby capturing the public’s imagination and sparking the legend of the Bentley Boys.
He etched the Speed Six into automotive history by whacking the Calais-Mediterranée Express. Bentley’s bespoke coach building division, Mulliner, is hand-crafting just four examples of the Mulsanne Speed ‘Blue Train’ – making the commemoration much more special.
Each of the four examples of the ‘Blue Train’ Limited Edition features historical references as well as modern interpretations of design details from the original Speed Six – just like the fluting pattern in the door panels and the rear quarter inserts.
The first Mulsanne Speed ‘Blue Train’ will feature a personalized hamper trimmed with Burnt Oak and Camel hide that matches the vehicle’s interior. Meanwhile, the hamper features exclusive Robbe & Berking silver plated cutlery, Haviland Limoges porcelain crockery, LINLEY crystal champagne flutes and a 100-percent Angora picnic rug.
According to Robert Engstler, Bentley European Regional Director, the carmaker is only making four examples of the Limited Editions in reference to the fact that Barnato made it to the club in London four minutes before the train arrived in Calais.
Bentley introduced the Mulsanne Speed at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. Considered as the most powerful version of the Mulsanne flagship sedan, the new vehicle is served by the 6.75-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that is able to deliver up to 537 hp (395 kW) of motive power and up to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft) of torque. This power level allows the 2015 Mulsanne Speed to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds (zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds), and reach a top speed of 190 mph or 305 km/h.
The new Bentley Mulsanne Speed features a recalibrated gearbox that has been optimized for the higher wave of torque, allowing the vehicle to exhibit improved fuel efficiency and offer a range that has been is extended by 50 miles or 80 km. In addition, the recalibrated gearbox offers a new ‘S’ mode that can maintain engine speed above 2,000 rpm.