|We first featured the Bentley Mulsanne way back in 2010 when Bentley Kuala Lumpur flown in one for a domestic press event. Fast forward to present time, the Crewe-based Luxury Automobile manufacturer has announced the new Mulsanne Speed, a flagship variant that is deemed the world’s fastest ultra-luxury car.|
In a nutshell, new and contemporary styling features define the Mulsanne Speed as a statement in quintessential British luxury. On-board technology and connectivity are discreetly integrated beneath the finest materials, created with unrivalled craftsmanship and exquisite handcrafted details.
Mulsanne Speed is built to justify Bentley’s vision of performance and speed in a Luxury flagship variant
On looks, a dark tint finish is applied to the exterior stainless steel matrix grilles, in a process unique in the automotive industry, with the radiator grille, lower bumper grilles and wing vents all featuring this exquisite treatment. The distinctive headlights of the Mulsanne show the same dark tint application, and at the rear of the car the rearlights retain the “floating ellipse” design, but are similarly finished with a dark tint for a striking appearance, especially at night. To top off the rear, the Mulsanne Speed has the twin-rifled exhausts. In addition, solid, polished stainless steel Speed badging adorns the front fender and door tread plate areas.
The Mulsanne Speed introduces Bentley’s first ever directional style wheel, with a design that is handed for the right or left side of the car. The 21-inch wheels, available in painted, polished and dark tint with machined accent finishes, are individually machined from solid forged blanks, before being perfected by hand.
Cabin of the Mulsanne Speed is a contemporary reinterpretation of the exquisite interior of the Bentley flagship. To create a modern two-tone feel, a new and unique color split is available, with new stitch lines, that balances diamond quilted light-color hide with darker, smooth hide. A new technical veneer option is available, with Piano Black veneer panels now including expertly handcrafted carbon fiber inlays. These new, contemporary panels have been especially developed for the Mulsanne Speed and match the rich, lustrous finish of the Piano Black veneer.
Standard interior equipment include Diamond quilted hide door panels and seats; indented hide headlining; Embroidered Bentley emblems; a coined finish to interior door handles; knurling to the sports gear lever; “organ stop” ventilation controls; and drilled alloy sports foot pedals.
There are 24 hide color options for the cabin (with a new hide color Camel), with six color splits and ten different veneers (new veneer, Tamo Ash) to choose from.
When it comes to onboard entertainment and amenities, the Mulsanne Speed has electrically-operated tables, with recesses and connections for portables or devices, even a keyboard. A 2,200 watt Naim Bentley Premium Audio system with 14-speaker, two 8-inch screens, Bluetooth headphones, 60 GB hard drive, wi-Fi router and a cooler to keep the champagne fresh practically ensure a virtual concierge inside the Mulsanne Speed.
With its 512 PS (505 bhp), 1,020 Nm (752 lb.ft) 6.75-liter twin‑turbo V8 engine, the Mulsanne Speed is nothing short of a luxury car with lots of performance to boot, and the car is now 13% more efficient. Changes have also been made to the gearbox calibration of the Mulsanne, stressing on smoother, relaxed gear changes that promote a comfortable and refined driving experience.
Exterior paints available for the Mulsanne and Mulsanne Speed include Spectre, Candy Red, Camel and Marlin; to go along with approximately 100 colors. Since the Mulsanne Speed is possibly a very limited edition, you’d have to check with your country’s Bentley dealership for the extra details.