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2010 Bentley Mulsanne

2010 Bentley Mulsanne

2010 Bentley Mulsanne

The Mulsanne is inspired by the company founder W.O. Bentley’s crowning achievement in
1930, the 8-litre. And it was W.O.’s own sensitively conserved company car that shared the podium with the new Mulsanne in Pebble Beach. This early motoring masterpiece represented the last big Bentley that was designed, engineered and built from the ground up by Bentley engineers – until now.

Nearly 80 years later, while paying respect to this illustrious past, the new Mulsanne is a thoroughly modern statement of luxury driving and grand touring. Conceived, styled and engineered entirely at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe, England, the Mulsanne, with its completely new and unique platform, goes into production next year in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility within the Crewe factory.

Introducing the Bentley Mulsanne at Pebble Beach, where Bentley was the featured marque, Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, said:

“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. 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.“

The Bentley design team, lead by Dirk van Braeckel, have created a flagship that offers the classic sporting, styling cues long-associated with Bentley – expressed in a thoroughly contemporary way.

“From the very first hand sketches in the styling studio, we were inspired by the traditions of the grand touring Bentleys and have sought to evolve this story for a new generation of Bentley enthusiasts.”

The return of the Mulsanne name to a car carrying Bentley’s iconic ‘Winged B’ emblem underlines the company’s racing pedigree and nowhere reflects that heritage better than the famed Le Mans circuit, the scene of no fewer than six Bentley triumphs. Few places offer a stronger or more emotive connection with the Bentley marque than the famed Mulsanne corner.

The Bentley 8-litre displayed alongside the Mulsanne in California was first shown at the 1930 London Motor Show. It was the second-built and was W.O. Bentley’s company car for two years. Capable of reaching more than 100 mph, the 8-litre demonstrated W.O. Bentley’s ambition and ability to build a grand luxury car capable of surpassing every other leading manufacturer of the day. A total of 100 cars were built in 1930 and 1931.

“The 8-litre’s breathtaking performance and quality was perhaps the finest example of a ‘pure’ grand Bentley. Every mechanical detail carried W.O. Bentley’s unique stamp and it was the clearest demonstration of a car built without compromise,” commented Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn, Member of the Board Engineering.

“The Mulsanne has been designed with exactly the same guiding principles, so it is entirely fitting that these Bentleys from different eras share the same stage.”

2010 Bentley Mulsanne Gallery

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In Detail

released at 2009 Pebble Beach Cocours
built at Crewe, England
body stylist Dirk van Braeckel
price $ $ 285,500
price £/td> £225,900
engine L-Series 90° V8
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Twin Turbocharged
block material Aluminum Alloy
fuel feed Electronic Injection
displacement 6752 cc / 412 in³
bore 104.1 mm / 4.1 in
stroke 99.1 mm / 3.9 in
power 377 kw / 505 bhp @ 4200 rpm
specific output 74.79 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 195.36 bhp per tonne
torque 1020 nm / 752.3 ft lbs @ 1750 rpm
body / frame Unitary Steel Monocoque w/Aluminum Fenders, Hood,
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Mulsanne Alloy Wheel
front tires 265/45 ZR 20
rear tires 265/45 ZR 20
front brakes Iron Discs
f brake size 38 x 400 mm / 1.5 x 15.7 in
rear brakes Iron Discs
r brake size 30 x 370 mm / 1.2 x 14.6 in
front wheels F 50.8 x 22.9 cm / 20 x 9 in
rear wheels R 50.8 x 22.9 cm / 20 x 9 in
steering Servotronic Speed-Sensitive Electronic Assist
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Air Springs
r suspension Multi-Link w/Air Springs
curb weight 2585 kg / 5700 lbs
wheelbase 3266 mm / 128.6 in
front track 1615 mm / 63.6 in
rear track 1652 mm / 65.0 in
length 5575 mm / 219.5 in
width 1926 mm / 0.7 in
height 1521 mm / 59.9 in
transmission ZF 8HP70 8-Speed Automatic
top speed ~296 kph / 183.82 mph
0 – 60 mph ~5.1 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~11.6 seconds
0 – 100 kph ~5.3 seconds
city fuel econ epa 26.13 L/100 km or 9 mpg-us
hwy fuel econ epa 15.68 L/100 km or 15 mpg-us
combined fuel econ eu 16.9 L/100 km or 13.92 mpg-us
emission 393 g/km
fuel capacity 96 litres or 25.34 gal.