The original Bentley Mulsanne is a luxury performance car, manufactured from 1980 to 1992. The Mulsanne is named after the Mulsanne Straight, a section of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race that allows cars to reach their highest speeds on the course. Bentley offered three versions of the Mulsanne from 1980 until 1992: the Bentley Mulsanne (1982-1985), the Mulsanne Turbo (1980-1987), and the Mulsanne S (1987-1992). The model was discontinued and eventually came back to replace by the Bentley Arnage, which served as the automaker's flagship model from 1998 to 2010.
Bentley has made few alterations to the new Mulsanne since its 2010 release.
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Bentley Mulsanne Origins
Fans of James Bond novels might recognize a green Mulsanne Turbo from "Nobody Lives Forever" and "Role of Honour." Only the best performing luxury vehicles make it into James Bond novels, and this one certainly will not disappoint drivers who have spent evenings picturing themselves as dashing heroes.
The recent versions of the Bentley Mulsanne are known for combining elegance, comfort, and raw power: all of the things that consumers will expect from a high-priced performance vehicle. Casual drivers will spot the Mulsanne as a rather large car. Still, it stands out as a prime example of expert engineering and style for consumers with enough money to afford such luxuries.About the Bentley Mulsanne
The current Bentley Mulsanne was first displayed at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The Mulsanne is only available as in trim level: however you like it based on how much you want to spend. It's been designed to meet the needs of consumers interested in spending in excess of $285,000 on an ultra luxury sedan. Consumers shouldn't be shocked at the price tag though. Considering that competitors such as Rolls-Royce and Maybach charge more for similar cars, this is actually a good value for such a vehicle.
The 2012 Bentley Mulsanne has 20-inch wheels with 21-inch wheels available at an extra charge; full leather upholstery with wood accents; a voice-controlled multimedia interface; a sound system with iPod connectivity; rear and front parking sensors to prevent minor bumps; a selectable drive control system that allows the diver to choose between "Comfort," "Normal," and "Sport" handling; and a self-leveling air suspension system. Like all Bentley cars, the Mulsanne has been designed to offer exceptional power. It has a twin-turbo 6.8-liter V-engine that can produce 505 hp and 752 lb.-ft. of torque. This rear-wheel-drive vehicle has an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Those who want a little more luxury can add some delightful extras, including a heated, wood-veneered steering wheel; a rearview camera; ambient mood lighting; privacy glass for the rear window; chrome interior accents; and adaptive cruise control. Buyers can also choose to pay extra for custom colors.
The Bentley Mulsanne's interior has been designed with ultimate comfort in mind. Even six-foot passengers and drivers will find plenty of head and foot room in all seats. Bentley even thought to include an extra-large trunk that can accommodate anything from suitcases to golf bags.Bentley Mulsanne Evolution
The 2012 Bentley Mulsanne is nearly identical to those released in 2010. The real story of past Bentley Mulsanne versions, however, lies in the vehicles manufactured between 1980 and 1992. Bentley released the first Mulsanne to show how well it could combine comfort and performance. The Mulsanne used the same 6.75-liter V-8 engine as those included in Rolls-Royce vehicles. The Bentley Mulsanne also swapped the standard SU carburetors with Bosch fuel injectors. This became standard on all Bentley cars after 1986. Early models came with a three-speed automatic transmission.
The Bentley Mulsanne Turbo included a Garrett AiResearch turbocharger that added 50 percent more power to the vehicle. Bentley only manufactured 516 of the Turbos. It replaced the cars in 1986 with the Bentley Turbo R.
The Mulsanne S released in 1987 was very similar to the Turbo R. It had an updated exterior that was more fashionable for preferences of the time. The Mulsanne S, however, did not have the Turbo R's turbocharger. Bentley kept the Mulsanne S until 1992, making few changes throughout the model's life. Bentley did, however, redesign the headlights in 1989 to keep up with aesthetic trends.
Bentley replaced the Mulsanne with the Turbo R and eventually the Arnage, which became the company's flagship vehicle until it was eventually replaced by a new Mulsanne in 2010.