Bentley Mulsanne (2010)

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This article is about the Mulsanne. For the former Mulsanne from the 1980s/early 1990s, see Bentley Mulsanne (1980–92).
Bentley Mulsanne
Bentley Mulsanne – Frontansicht (4), 10. August 2011, Düsseldorf.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Bentley Motors Ltd
Production 2010–present
Model years 2011–present
Assembly Crewe, England, United Kingdom
Designer Dirk van Braeckel[1]
Body and chassis
Class Full-size luxury car
Body style 4-door saloon/sedan
Layout FR layout
Powertrain
Engine 6.75 L twin-turbo L Series V8
Transmission 8-speed ZF 8HP automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 3,266 mm (128.6 in)[2]
Length 5,575 mm (219.5 in)[2]
Width 1,926 mm (75.8 in) (w/mirrors: 2,208 mm (86.9 in))[2]
Height 1,521 mm (59.9 in)[2]
Kerb weight 2,650 kg (5,850 lb)[3]
Chronology
Predecessor Arnage

The Bentley Mulsanne is a luxury car produced by Bentley Motors Limited in the United Kingdom.[4] The car is named after the Mulsanne Straight of the Le Mans racing circuit, Bentley cars having won five victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the past.

Legacy[edit]

Bentley has brought back the Mulsanne nameplate that was last used in 1992, and this model replaces the Bentley Arnage. The new Mulsanne was unveiled at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, on 16 August 2009. Coupe and convertible variants are expected to follow at some point as replacements for the Arnage-based Brooklands and Azure respectively.[5]

Like the Arnage, the Mulsanne retains the 6.75 L (6750 cc/411 in³) OHV V8 engine, modified to meet Euro V emissions regulations. The engine is lighter and features cylinder de-activation and variable cam phasing to improve fuel efficiency.[6] Unlike the less expensive Bentley Continental Flying Spur and Bentley Continental GT, the Mulsanne shares fewer components with other marques in the Volkswagen Group.[7]

The Mulsanne is the first flagship car to be independently designed by Bentley Motors in nearly 80 years; the last being W.O. Bentley's 8 litre model in 1930.[8] Afterward, most Bentleys shared platforms with Rolls-Royce cars.[7]

Models[edit]

Mulsanne (2010-)[edit]

The new Mulsanne was unveiled at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance,[9] followed by 2009 Frankfurt motor show,[9] 2010 North American International Auto Show,[10] 2012 Qatar International Motor Show.[11]

The first vehicle produced, with chassis number 00001, was sold in 2009 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach auction for USD$500,000 (USD$550,000 after buyer premium) to an undisclosed bidder.[12][13][14] Deliveries to the UK began in Summer 2010.

Bentley Mulsanne with optional "Flying B" hood ornament.

Features include stainless steel knobs on the dashboard that control the vent plungers are electronic micro switches that control electric servos. The feedback remains that of a metal rod to control the damper.[15]

Customers have a choice of 114 paint colors, 21 carpet colors, nine wood veneers, and 24 interior leather hides, as well as specify a custom color scheme. The rear seating area may be configured to accommodate either 2 or 3 passengers. Optional is a Naim 2200 watt audio system with MP3, Bluetooth, and an MMI capability.

Winter accessories were introduced in 2011.[16] In 2012 several new features were made available on the MY 2013: new optional Bentley-designed luxury bottle cooler and rear cabin storage area with space for two full-size Champagne bottles in a canted position, three hand‑blown and hand-cut lead crystal champagne flutes with white LED accent lighting (designed by David Redman of London), 21-inch 5-spoke Sports alloy wheel, optional tinted glass sunroof in the front cabin.

2013 equipment update[edit]

Comfort Specification includes new comfort headrests with manually adjustable wings for lateral support, new footrests with trimmed in flat-cut cabin carpet and hide to match each individual vehicle, fine duck down filled loose cushions seat, new rear door armrest storage compartment as standard.

Premiere Specification includes Ambient Interior Mood Lighting, Bright Stainless Steel Door Pillar Finisher, Bright Stainless Steel Matrix to Lower Bumper Apertures and Front Wing Vents, Flying 'B' Radiator Mascot, Jewel Fuel Filler Cap, Rear View Camera, Remote-Controlled Garage Door Opener, Seat Ventilation and Massage Function to Front and Rear Seats, Shade Band to Tinted Windscreen, Valet Key and a veneered iPod Drawer and Minor Gauges Panel.

Entertainment Specification includes picnic tables with iPad and keyboard compartment, an adjustable screen angle with an anti-trap sensor; 2 8-inch LCD headrest screens 20 GB hard drive and DVD player (played through a ‘Naim for Bentley’ premium audio system), two sets of Bluetooth headphones and a remote control.

Bespoke Mulsanne Fitted Luggage includes six luggage pieces (two large cases, two small cases and two foldable garment bags) inspired by the inner door panel design of the car, produced by Italian luggage specialists Schedoni. The items can be purchased as a full 6 piece set, single or multiple bags. Each set can be colour personalised, matching the primary hide colour of the interior of the car or the secondary, or even combining both.

Other options include rear cabin privacy curtains in Black or Ivory, a Wi-Fi router with a high speed Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) phone module and SIM card reader in glove box, a dedicated antenna housed in the boot lid outside of the vehicle's steel frame, 3 new colours (Dark Cashmere, Portofino and Damson), 3 new hide colours (Damson, Saffron and Brunel).

The enhanced Mulsanne was unveiled in 2013 Geneva International Salon d’Auto, followed by 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show,[17] 2014 North American International Auto Show.[18] Customer orders began in April 2013.[19]

Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification (2012-)[edit]

Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification is a version of Mulsanne with 21-inch light aluminium alloy wheels with race‑derived titanium fasteners, bright-finished rims in painted and polished finishes, 265/40 ZR21 tyres, sweeping wing vents in cast polished stainless steel, Drive Dynamics Control system with 'Sport' setting, leather hide on the front and rear seats and door casings features an intricate Diamond Quilting pattern with indented leather headlining, cool-metal interior door handles with 'knurled' or 'coined' surface finish, 'Organ Stop' air ventilation controls and gear lever, leather gear lever with Baseball-style cross stitch, accelerator and brake pedals in drilled alloy, choice of over 100 body colours, unbleached premium quality veneers (with two marquetry options), choice of 22 leather hides.

Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show,[20] followed by 2012 New York International Auto Show,[21] 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed,[22] 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.[23]

Concept cars[edit]

Executive Interior Concept (2011)[edit]

Bentley Mulsanne

Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept is a version of Mulsanne demonstrating a new multimedia connectivity concept designed for executives. It included 2 electric-powered, foldable wood veneer picnic tables in the rear cabin, each with Apple iPad and Apple Bluetooth keyboards; Apple Mac Mini stored in boot compartment, roof console with 15.6 in (40 cm) High Definition LED dropdown monitor, illuminated rear centre console fitted with twin individual armrests, rear console with Apple iPod (control panel), two cupholders, tissue box and large stowage area; Apple iPod controls (Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) and audio system, Apple Media Centre, plays music and access to internet), 2 USB connectors provided for the Apple system and one Apple interface connector for the iPod, bespoke control keys on rear console operate picnic tables, reading lights, control HD LED screen and select video and audio options; Armrest with Tibaldi pen and Privacy Telephone handset, bespoke bottle cooler in rear centre console with illuminated double-glazed frosted glass door, additional multi-directional reading lights provided for each rear passenger and can be operated with Apple devices, mood lighting in the rear centre console (using multiple soft glowing LEDs), illuminated docking station and cup holders.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.[24][25][26]

Mulsanne Convertible Concept (2012)[edit]

It is a concept vehicle based on Bentley Mulsanne, with convertible body,[27] that was privately shown at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Special models[edit]

Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Edition (2012-)[edit]

It is a limited (60 units) version of Mulsanne commemorating Queen Elizabeth II's birthday and Diamond Jubilee. It included bespoke embroidery to all four headrests using gold stitching, veneered picnic tables in the rear cabin decorated with a gold overlay depicting a royal carriage, hide cushions featuring the same motif, polished stainless steel treadplate plaques with 'Bentley Mulliner, England' script and 'Diamond Jubilee Edition'.

The vehicle was unveiled in Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Sanlitun district.[28]

Mulsanne Executive Interior (2012-)[edit]

The design of Mulsanne Executive Interior was based on Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept. The car is offered in two Specifications, Theatre and iPad. The iPad Specification includes 2 electrically-deployed veneered picnic tables for rear passengers (colour-matched to the seats of the Mulsanne), twin iPads with wireless keyboards. Mulsanne Theatre Specification includes a 15.6-inch centrally located HD LED screen or 8-inch screens fitted within the front seat headrests, boot-mounted Apple Mac computer.

Mulsanne Executive Interior with iPad Specification was unveiled in 2012 Moscow International Auto Salon.[29]

Mulsanne Le Mans Edition (2013-)[edit]

It is a limited version (48 units per model) of Mulsanne for North American market, commemorating Bentley's six victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Each car includes a unique Le Mans Edition numbered badge, Le Mans Edition clock face, embroidered Le Mans badge to each headrest, tread plates with the limited edition name, unique Le Mans Edition wheels and specific interior veneers and exterior colours. The vehicles were made in 6 models, named after the winning drivers:

Model Exterior Interior Stitching Veneer
John Duff Moonbeam Two-tone Linen and Beluga Contrast Piano Black and Bright Aluminium
Dudley Benjafield Verdant Two-tone Linen and Cumbrian Green Contrast Dark Stain Burr Walnut and Bright Aluminium
Woolf Barnato Granite Hotspur Beluga Dark Stain Burr Walnut with Dark Aluminium
Tim Birkin Glacier White Beluga White Piano Black and Bright Aluminium
Glen Kidston Dark Sapphire Two-tone Newmarket Tan and Imperial Blue Contrast Dark Stain Burr Walnut and Dark Aluminium
Guy Smith Beluga Beluga Hotspur Piano Black and Dark Aluminium

The vehicles went on sale in third quarter of 2013.[30][31]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.[32]

Mulsanne Shaheen (2013-)[edit]

It is a version of Bentley Mulsanne with Mulliner Driving Specification for the Middle East market, with design inspired by the colourings of the Shaheen eagle. Changes include Tungsten over Onyx body colour, Magnolia and Beluga leather interior upholstery, Dark Stained Burr Walnut Veneer, a bespoke signature Mulsanne Shaheen logo on the rear iPad picnic tables using a gold overlay, iPad picnic tables, a Wi Fi hotspot, a large tilt-opening, tinted glass sunroof, an electrically operated bottle cooler.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2013 Dubai Motor Show.[32][33]

Mulsanne Seasons Collector's Editions (2013-)[edit]

Mulsanne Seasons Collector's Editions (慕尚四季臻藏版) are limited (10 units for each of orchids (Spring), bamboo (Summer), chrysanthemums (Autumn), and plum (Winter); 1 unit for Golden Pine (Whole Year Edition)) versions of 2014 Bentley Mulsanne with Mulliner Driving Specification for China market, inspired China's culture. Designed with Lin Xi's interpretation of the Chinese 'Four Seasons',[34][35][36] all models include 21-inch Mulliner Polished Wheel, twin picnic tables. Each model includes a season-specific theme (except Golden Pine):[37][38]

Model Background veneer plant Paint Main Hide Secondary Hide Contrast Cross Stitching Emblem Stitching Steering Wheel Veneer marquetry Treadplate
Golden Pine (Whole Year Edition/四季臻华款)[39][40] Cluster Oak + Iridescent Finish (trunk), Brown Oak Burr (foliage) Sword Shape Abalone Antique Gold over Dark Antique Gold Shortbread Damson Damson Damson Duo Tone Cluster Oak Veneer with Iridescent Finish ‘Pine Tree’ inlay marquetry to front passenger fascia ‘Pine Tree’ Treadplate
Orchid (Spring/春沐款)[41][42] Cluster Oak + Iridescent Finish Ripple Sycamore Olive Green & Bolivar Mid Green (leaves), Maple (stem), Swiss Pear (petal), Purple Heart (Petal accents), Boxwood & Ash Burr (Flower Centres) Windsor Blue Imperial Blue Imperial Blue Kingfisher Kingfisher Single tone Birds Eye Maple ‘Orchid’ inlay marquetry to front passenger fascia ‘Orchid’ Treadplates
Bamboo (Summer/夏颂款)[43][44] BIRDS EYE MAPLE Bolivar Mid Green (leaves), Beech Green (Leaf Highlights), Ripple Sycamore Green (Stems) Rubino Red Twine Fireglow Fireglow Fireglow Duotone Birds Eye Maple ‘Bamboo’ inlay marquetry to front passenger fascia ‘Bamboo’ Treadplates
Chrysanthemum (Autumn/秋逸款)[45][46] DARK MADRONA Ripple Sycamore Green + shading (leaves), Ripple Sycamore Green (stem), Ripple sycamore (petal), Birds Eye maple pink (bud) Ghost White Beluga Beluga Linen Linen Singletone Dark Burr Madrona (special) ‘Chrysanthemum’ inlay marquetry to front passenger fascia ‘Chrysanthemum’ Treadplates
Plum blossom (Winter/冬魅款)[47][48] DARK MADRONA Birds eye maple brown (branch), American walnut burr (Branch Shaddows), Ripple Sycamore (Blossom), Tulipwood burr (Stamen) Black Crystal Damson Damson Linen Linen Singletone Dark Burr Madrona (special) ‘Plum Blossom’ inlay marquetry to front passenger fascia ‘Plum Blossom’ Treadplates

The vehicles were unveiled in 2013 Guangzhou International Auto Show.[49][50][51][52]

The Golden Pine car was sold for 8,880,000 yuan, while other models were sold for 6,880,000 yuan.[53]

Birkin Mulsanne (2014-)[edit]

It is a limited (22 units) version of Bentley Mulsanne with Mulliner Driving Specification and Entertainment Specification for European market, inspired by Sir Henry ‘Tiger’ Tim Birkin. Changes include a choice of 2 body colour schemes (Ghost White and Damson, Fountain Blue and Dark Sapphire), numbered door sill plaques, a unique 21-inch wheel design inspired by those on the original Mulsanne concept car, a 3D 'Flying B' logo stitched into the vehicle headrests and inlaid into the wood of the front fascia and rear picnic tables, a tailored luggage set individually numbered and matched with the interior of each car.[54][55]

Specifications[edit]

Engines[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Type/code Power@rpm, Torque@rpm
Mulsanne 2010– 6,752 cc (412.0 cu in) V8 twin turbo 512 PS (377 kW; 505 hp)@4200, 1,020 N·m (752 lb·ft)@1750

Transmissions[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Types
Mulsanne 2010– 8-speed ZF automatic with electronic shift interface, sport mode and steering wheel mounted paddleshift

Production and marketing[edit]

Each car takes nine to twelve weeks to produce.[56]

The 6¾ litre (512PS) engine is built at Crewe plant, and takes nearly 30 hours to build.[57][58]

Production began at Crewe plant in Spring 2010.

As part of Mulsanne Seasons Collector's Editions launch, Breitling SA produced a Breitling for Bentley B04 GMT Mulsanne wrist watch.[49][59] During Mulsanne Seasons Collector's Editions launch in 2013 Guangzhou International Auto Show, the 1000th Chinese customer for Bentley Mulsanne was announced.[60]

Motorsport[edit]

Mulsanne competed in the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb.[61]

Mulsanne was used as 2012 Nürburgring 24 Hour Race official parade car.[62]

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  34. ^ 林曦,个性鲜明的中国传统艺术倡导者
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  38. ^ MULSANNE SEASONS 慕尚四季臻藏版
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  40. ^ 四季臻华款
  41. ^ Orchid
  42. ^ 春沐款
  43. ^ BAMBOO
  44. ^ 夏颂款
  45. ^ CHRYSANTHEMUM
  46. ^ 秋逸款
  47. ^ PLUM BLOSSOM
  48. ^ 冬魅款
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  53. ^ 宾利慕尚四季臻藏版售688万元起
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  62. ^ BENTLEY ON PARADE AT THE NÜRBURGRING 24 HOURS

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