Earlier this month we told you that Bentley will unveil a high-performance version of the Mulsanne in October, at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Same sources confirmed today that the high-performance version of the flagship sedan will get the Speed badge, just like Continental GT models.
The upcoming Bentley Mulsanne Speed will keep its 6.75-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that will be boosted from 505 bhp to 550 bhp.
As a result, the new vehicle will be capable to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 5 seconds, while top speed will be around 200 mph or 320 km/h. Due to the power increase, Bentley will update the steering and chassis.
Although there is nothing official yet, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer told AutoExpress that we will see Mulsanne developments at motor shows in 2014.
The 2014 Paris Motor Show will be the perfect place to see the new vehicle but we also expect to see the new model in November at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Pricing is expected to start at over $400,000.
The new Bentley Mulsanne features a design that combines sportiness, solidity and coach-built elegance. Just like the Bentley S-Type of the 1950s, the new Mulsanne boasts of the traditional Bentley matrix grille as well as classic round inner headlamps with chrome surrounds bordered by two, smaller outboard lamp clusters. Offered as optional is the iconic 'Flying B' retractable radiator mascot.
The Mulsanne's sense of power and movement is communicated through its long bonnet, short front overhang and long rear overhang, as complemented by its muscular haunches and well-sculptured lines flowing from the front wings to the rear. This sense of power and movement is further conveyed by the distinct 20-inch wheels or the optional 21-inch rims.
As explained by Design Director Dirk van Braeckel, only a few designers are given the opportunity to design a new flagship Bentley. The team of designers tasked to create a new flagship crafted a sculpted form that combined classic Bentley heritage cues and modern lines that allow the marque to move into the 21st century with confidence.
Meanwhile, Bentley built the body of the Mulsanne at its new manufacturing facility in Crewe extensively employing traditional metalworking skills during the nine-week build process. While this is the opposite of volume-production car-building, this process is the epitome of Bentley.