Bentley brought the most powerful version of its flagship sedan, the Mulsanne Speed at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The new vehicle arrived powered by the 6.75-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that generates 537 hp (395 kW) and 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft) of torque. For those who don’t know, the 2015 Mulsanne Speed hits 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.
Thanks to the recalibrated gearbox optimized for the higher wave of torque, the new Mulsanne Speed shows improved fuel efficiency and according to Bentley its range is extended by 50 miles or 80 km.
In addition, the gearbox offers a new ‘S’ mode, which gives the driver more control and maintains engine speed above 2,000 rpm. Meanwhile, CO2 emissions dropped 13 percent to 342 g/km.
The design is not new, but the Speed version of the Mulsanne arrives with dark tint finish on the stainless steel matrix grilles, distinctive dark tinted headlights and taillights as well as twin rifled exhaust tailpipes and steel Speed badging on the front fender and door tread plate areas.
Bentley will offer four new exterior colours for the 2015 Mulsanne Speed as well as on the standard version: Spectre, Candy Red, Camel and Marlin. The interior gets new Piano Black veneer panels that include handcrafted carbon fiber inlays and two-tone leather upholstery.
Offered as standard on the Mulsanne Speed, the Mulsanne Driver Specification offers diamond-quilted hide door panels, indented hide headlining, coined finish to the interior door handles, drilled alloy sports foot pedals and Bentley emblems embroidered on the headrests.
The new Bentley Mulsanne Speed is fitted with a cabin that reinterprets, in a more contemporary manner, the already exquisite interior of the Bentley Mulsanne. This edition of the Mulsanne features a modern two-tone feel, as made possible by an available new color split with new stitch lines, balancing darker, smooth hide with diamond quilted light-color hide.
Also available is a new technical veneer featuring Piano Black veneer panels with handcrafted carbon fiber inlays. Bentley developed these contemporary panels exclusively for the Mulsanne Speed, thereby matching the lustrous finish of the Piano Black veneer.
As standard, the interior of the new Bentley Mulsanne Speed comes with the Mulliner Driving Specification that includes diamond quilted hide door panels and seats, Bentley emblems embroidered on all seats as well as indented hide headlining. The Mulliner Driving Specification also includes drilled alloy sports foot pedals, a coined finish to interior door handles as well as knurling to the sports gear lever and "organ stop" ventilation controls.
Twenty-four hide colors – like the new Camel -- are offered, as available in six different color splits. Customers could also choose from 10 different veneers – like the new Tamo Ash -- of which seven are offered as cost options.