Bentley Mulsanne boasts mad performance

Bentley Mulsanne boasts mad performance

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The specs on the new Bentley Mulsanne are staggering and what’s more it generates all it’s power from a petrol engine. Not just any engine it’s a massive 6.75-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 505 horsepower and a whopping 752 lb-ft of torque. The engine is all-new for Bentley, made from aluminum and lightweight internals including a forged crankshaft. It also features cam-phasing (variable valve timing) and variable displacement (cylinder deactivation). A main benefit of all that tech is that the staggering torque figure is available across the rev range, another is better fuel economy, but that may not matter so much to Bentley buyers. All that power gets delivered through an eight-speed transmission (with paddle shifters) before hitting the massive rear wheels (265/45/20 standard, 265/40/21 optional).

If you need more evidence of it’s high-tech power, check out the wheel arches. Optional 16.54-inch front carbon ceramic brakes are fitted the largest ever put a production car complete with eight-piston calipers. Rear ceramic brakes are limited to just 15.5 inches and only four-pistons.

The new Mulsanne has a new Driver Dynamics Control system with a mode simply called, “Bentley.” In addition to “Bentley,” there’s also “Sport” and “Comfort,” and a fourth option. “Custom” allows you to tune the steering and suspension through the new multimedia system. You can set the Driver Dynamics Control from the key fob when approaching the vehicle.

The advanced key fob can also be used to set radio stations, phone books, seat position (including hot/cold ventilation and massage), steering wheel, seat belt position and even the rear window blinds. If the key ring has that much power imagine what it’s like to drive the Mulsanne, or even better, ride in the back seat.

Bentley Mulsanne fq1

The specs on the new Bentley Mulsanne are staggering and what’s more it generates all it’s power from a petrol engine. Not just any engine it’s a massive 6.75-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 505 horsepower and a whopping 752 lb-ft of torque. The engine is all-new for Bentley, made from aluminum and lightweight internals including a forged crankshaft. It also features cam-phasing (variable valve timing) and variable displacement (cylinder deactivation). A main benefit of all that tech is that the staggering torque figure is available across the rev range, another is better fuel economy, but that may not matter so much to Bentley buyers. All that power gets delivered through an eight-speed transmission (with paddle shifters) before hitting the massive rear wheels (265/45/20 standard, 265/40/21 optional).

If you need more evidence of it’s high-tech power, check out the wheel arches. Optional 16.54-inch front carbon ceramic brakes are fitted the largest ever put a production car complete with eight-piston calipers. Rear ceramic brakes are limited to just 15.5 inches and only four-pistons.

The new Mulsanne has a new Driver Dynamics Control system with a mode simply called, “Bentley.” In addition to “Bentley,” there’s also “Sport” and “Comfort,” and a fourth option. “Custom” allows you to tune the steering and suspension through the new multimedia system. You can set the Driver Dynamics Control from the key fob when approaching the vehicle.

The advanced key fob can also be used to set radio stations, phone books, seat position (including hot/cold ventilation and massage), steering wheel, seat belt position and even the rear window blinds. If the key ring has that much power imagine what it’s like to drive the Mulsanne, or even better, ride in the back seat.

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