The 2017 Bentley Mulsanne will debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1st. The Bentley Mulsanne is the flagship vehicle of the British manufacturer. The Bentley Mulsanne takes about 144 craftsmen roughly 399 hours to build which has earned it the status as Bentley’s flagship. It is also the reason that the Mulsanne is so expensive, costing north of $300,000 as per industry estimate. Two other variants: The existing Mulsanne Speed and an extended Wheelbase version will be debuted at the Geneva Motor Show as well. This increases the lineup of the flagship model to three.
While Bentley is the largest producer of 12 cylinder engines in the world, the Mulsanne gets a 6.75 liter V8 engine. It is the same engine that has powered flagship Bentleys since 2010 and continuous to do so with the Mulsanne. The Mulsanne’s engine has been modernized with electronic controls and twin turbochargers. The engine generates a peak horse power of 505hp and 1019.5Nm of torque. This makes the Mulsanne achieve the 0-100kmph mark in 5.1 seconds with a top speed of 296kmph.
The Mulsanne Speed’s engine generates 530hp and 1099.5Nm of torque that sees it achieve the 0-100kmph mark in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 305kmph. That is simply amazing performance considering the car weighs nearly 2751.5kg. To handle such enormous speeds, the chassis is solid. The Bentley Mulsanne get active engine mounts with new suspension brushings. Continuous Damping Control and a Drive Dynamics Control System with three factory and one custom setting as standard. Dunlop has developed new tires for the Mulsanne. They have foam filled cavities that reduce interior cabin noise.
The 2017 Bentley Mulsanne’s body lines are as smooth as it can be. They are angular and modern. There is a traditional front grille slatted with vertical vanes in polished stainless steel that pays homage to the classic Bentleys of the 1930s. Two round headlights sit on either side of the grille. All the four headlights are full LED units with adaptive beams and independent washers. The lower grilles are outlined in chrome and they join the B-shaped vents that are found in the fender. The rear taillights have light bars in a sort of open B-shape. The bodywork is made up of nearly 600 individual stampings which are not visible, giving the impression that it is made from one solid piece of metal.
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