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New Bentley Mulsanne Revealed Ahead of Geneva Debut

Snapshot: Being the flagship model of Bentley range, it would be available in three derivatives: Mulsanne, Mulsanne Speed and Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase.

Bentley has revealed the new Mulsanne saloon ahead of its first public appearance at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show on March 1. Being the flagship model of Bentley range, it would be available in three derivatives: Mulsanne, Mulsanne Speed and Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase. The first deliveries are expected to start from May 2016 in the UK. Just so you know, Bentley Mulsanne is handcrafted by a team of highly skilled artisans at the company's production facility in Crewe, England.

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The new Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase has been designed with the rear-seat passenger in mind. An additional 250 mm of rear legroom, airline-style extending legrests and a rear compartment sunroof come as standard features in the saloon. The Mulsanne Speed, meanwhile, is tailored for the driver with 530 bhp of top power and 1100Nm of peak torque resulting in a 0-100kmph time of just 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 305kmph. As for cosmetic updates, the new Bentley Mulsanne features an all-new front fascia with all-LED headlamps, fenders, bonnet, radiator shell, grilles, lights – and bumpers fore and aft – being redesigned.

Inside the cabin, there is the world’s finest handcrafted wood, leather and metal fittings with the redesigned seats. The door trims and armrests are also new, while there is an unique glass switchgear on offer. A new touchscreen infotainment system has been developed for the Mulsanne. The 8-inch display touchscreen is connected to a 60 GB solid-state hard drive for the storage of on-board media. Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, comments: “The Mulsanne is the epitome of Bentley’s DNA – exquisite, individual and powerful. It defines luxury in the automotive world and offers a uniquely Bentley blend of luxury and performance."

The new Mulsanne can be specified with the world’s most powerful automotive OEM  audio system – Naim for Bentley Premium Audio. This bespoke on-board audio system features 20 speakers, 20 channels, a 2,200 watt amplifier and Super Tweeters. Rear-seat passengers benefit from the introduction of the Bentley Entertainment Tablet – a pair of 10.2-inch Android devices (with 4G, WiFi and Bluetooth) integrated into the backs of the front seats. Each tablet has 32 GB of on-board storage (expandable to 128 GB via a Micro-SDXC card), USB ports and a front-facing camera, while audio can also be streamed through the vehicle speakers.

“The three distinct handcrafted models now available each offer customers something different. The Mulsanne, with its understated elegance and sporting purpose, remains the consummate luxury limousine; the Mulsanne Speed is the pinnacle of luxury and performance thanks to its immense power, torque and refinement; and now the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase – with its extraordinary airline-style seats and rear-passenger bias – becomes the new benchmark in automotive comfort,” added Wolfgang Dürheimer. Under the hood, the new Mulsanne has the mighty 6¾L V8 motor which develops 505bhp of maximum power and 1020Nm of highest torque. It is mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, which propels the saloon to do a 0-100kmph sprint in just 5.1 seconds enroute to a top speed of 296kmph.

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