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Bentley Mulsanne Speed

Bentley Mulsanne Speed

 

Despite being Bentley’s newest flagship motor,the Bentley Mulsanne Speed is probably closer to the original vision of WO Bentley than any in the past half-century. In typical Bentley form, extensive modifications have been made to the Mulsanne’s vast V8 engine and ZF transmission for apparently rather modest gains a 25bhp hike that has to be seen in the context of a car weighing almost 2.7 tonnes, and an 8% increase in torque, leading to a 0.4sec reduction in the 0-62mph time and a 6mph rise in top speed . The standard car’s adaptive damping and steering mapping now allow awider range of driver-selectable settings.

 

Visually, you can tell a Speed from a standard Mulsanne from the darker tinting of the grille and lights at both front and rear, and inside there is diamond quilting on the seats. Bentley logos are embossed on every seat and there are even aluminium alloy pedals, before you go crazy with the options and kit the car out with the carbonfibre door cappings that look as out of place here as would a walnut dashboard on a McLaren. Objectively, a Flying Spur is probably more accomplished in every area of endeavour and costs almost exactly £100,000 less, so it is perhaps just as well that raw ability counts for little in the rarefied air of the quarter million- pound ultra luxury saloon. Or I might also have to point out that the Mulsanne Speed’s stablemate,the Volkswagen Golf R, costs £220,000 less, has just as many seats and a far better power to weight ratio and, on any track other than a speed bowl, would rapidly drive out of sight.

 

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More relevantly yet awkwardly forBentley, an extended wheelbase Rolls Royce Ghost is not only quieter and more comfortable but also more powerful, lighter and therefore even faster. To the eyes, it’s far better looking, too, not to mention cheaper. And yet nothing, not even Rolls-Royce’s twin-turbo V12, can approach the majesty of Bentley’s grand old pushrod V8. The torque it develops and the revs at which it is developed still provides a driving experience like no other.

 

 

Bentley Mulsanne Speed has eight gears, but there are times when you wonder if it really needs more than one. It’s a trait those fortunate enough to travel in big old Bentleys like the Speed Six and Eight Litre will understand well. And although there would be few things worse for a Rolls to be than overtly sporting, a Bentley committed only to the interests of ride and refinement would be equally unfortunate. Despite its size and weight, the Bentley Mulsanne Speed offers superb body control, unlikely feel and thorough bred manners throughout.

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