17 August 2009 - 10:00
Bentley Mulsanne revealed
Bentley has unveiled its all-new Arnage replacement in Pebble Beach, and it is called the Mulsanne.
Top name, but what do you think of the car?
Take a good look around our gallery and post your comments below, because we’re genuinely intrigued to hear what you think of this one – especially its sparkly headlights and general, er, blingness.
Bentley hasn’t released any technical details on the Mulsanne yet, but we know it’ll be powered by a revised version of the tried-and-tested 6.75-litre V8, which can trace its origins back a full 50 years to 1959.
Power and torque outputs are yet to be confirmed, but we’d expect something in the 372kW region with a 0-100km/h time of around five seconds.
Though it takes styling cues from both the old Arnage and the Continental range, the Mulsanne is a completely clean-sheet design. The only elements carried over from any existing Bentley are the wing mirrors, which are borrowed from the Continental Supersports.
“The challenge we set our engineers was to create a new grand Bentley that would stand as the pinnacle of British luxury motoring, offering the world’s most exclusive driving experience,” says Bentley CEO Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen.
“They have responded to this challenge with real passion and the result is a luxury grand tourer that sets new standards in terms of comfort, effortless performance and hand-crafted refinement – the very qualities for which Bentley is renowned.”
Bentley says the Mulsanne is inspired by its classic 1930 road car, the 8-litre. However, those quad headlights – and we really can’t decide whether we’re keen on them or not – hark back to the original Flying Spur S1 of the mid-fifties.
The Muslanne will go on sale in the middle of next year, but we’ll get a whole load more technical details at the Frankfurt show next month.
So let’s hear your thoughts. A smart update of a British classic, or – 21-inch alloys and all – just a bit too... flashy?