Bentley Motors, the Crewe, U.K based luxury car manufacturer is on an unveiling spree. After introducing the Flying Spur V8 S, Bentley has unveiled the 2017 model line up of the Mulsanne sedan. In addition to the facelift, Bentley has added an Extended Wheelbase variant to the lineup. Apart from the wheelbase, the EWB Mulsanne will be same as the standard Mulsanne on sale.
In terms of the design, the front fascia is revised now and adopts a more modern appearance. The grille is wider with vertical vanes and is finished in polished stainless steel. The dual round headlamps are now in line and exudes a better appearance compared to the pre-facelift model. There's an addition of B-shaped vents finished in chrome on the lower grilles as well as the taillights, giving the 2017 Mulsanne an interesting rear end appearance.
Bentleys have always been known for the luxurious cabin and the 2017 Mulsanne takes it to a new level with a choice of 24 shades of leather. You can also choose the stitching from a wide variety of options, along with 13 veneers, a piano black trim, and stone finishes. Bentley Mulsanne 2017 will feature an updated eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with an 60 GB of in-built storage capacity.
And that's not the end of luxury inside the Mulsanne's cabin! The 2017 Bentley Mulsanne will boast connectivity options like the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. The sound system has been boosted to a mighty 2,200-watt system packing 20 speakers. For the rear-seat entertainment, one gets a dual 10.2-inch removable tablets equipped with front-facing cameras for video calls, running on Android.
Bentley will be providing the Mulsanne 2017 in three trims - a standard, Speed and EWB variants. While the above mentioned features are applicable to all the three trims, the Mulsanne Speed will get an additional recalibrated gearbox featuring an S Mode. In addition, the steering and suspension has been improved too, and the Mulsanne lineup will use the active engine mounts and revised suspension to give a noise-free ride quality.
As for the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase, this is the latest entry to the variants list and will add another 10 inches of extra legroom for rear passengers, with an option of reclining seats. The EWB Mulsanne will also feature an optional rear folding tablet made from a whopping 600 individual components. The rear center console and the sunroof, both are different compared to the other two models.
Talking about the engines, the standard Mulsanne and the Extended Wheelbase variant will be powered by a biturbo 6.75-litre V8 motor, cranking out 505 horsepower and 1020 Nm of torque. The Mulsanne Speed on the other hand, will feature the same V8 engine, albeit with an increased output of 530 hp and 1100 Nm torque. Both the motors will be connected via an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission sending power to the rear axle.
And what do these power figures bring to the table? Well, in terms of performance, the standard Mulsanne does a 0-100 kmph sprint in little over 5.1 seconds with a maximum speed of 296 kmph. The Speed version, as the name and engine implies, does the same sprint in 4.8 seconds and has a maximum speed of 305 kmph.
The complete Mulsanne family will be present at the Geneva Motorshow starting from March 1, along with the new Flying Spur V8 S.
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