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ENHANCED SPECIFICATION FOR THE BENTLEY MULSANNE - THE ULTIMATE GRAND TOURER

Bentley Motors
Press release 
 www.bentleymedia.com 
@BentleyMotorsPR

  • New suite of communication and entertainment system options
  • Enhanced rear cabin comfort
  • New paint and hide colours extend palette for unrivalled customer choice
  • Bespoke hand-made Mulsanne Fitted Luggage
  • Debut at Geneva International Salon d’Auto

(Crewe, 22nd January 2013). Bentley is introducing a range of new luxury features to its flagship model, the Mulsanne, which make their debut at the Geneva International Salon d’Auto in March, with customer orders commencing in April.

A new Comfort Specification, including comfort headrests, footrests and duck down filled loose cushions has also been introduced to reaffirm Mulsanne’s reputation as a truly bespoke grand tourer.

Additional enhancements include privacy curtains, which promise to broaden the experience for the Mulsanne rear cabin occupants, allowing them to maximise work or rest as they travel.    

An Entertainment Specification incorporates the latest in technological developments, with picnic tables designed for an iPad and wireless keyboard, with the cabin of the Mulsanne becoming a Wi-Fi Hotspot.

Other additions include three new paint options, extending the Mulsanne palette, and new bespoke fitted luggage.

Commenting on the new range of options for the Mulsanne, Member of the Board for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales Mr Kevin Rose, said: “The new features of the Mulsanne blend striking design with the latest in technology integration, enabling our pinnacle model to offer the grandest of touring experiences. The Mulsanne presents unrivalled luxury and effortless performance, and these enhancements will help broaden the appeal of the Mulsanne in new and emerging markets.”

Comfort and convenience

The new Comfort Specification includes new comfort headrests, with manually adjustable wings for lateral support to aid relaxation when chauffeur-driven. The super-soft headrests are designed to fold neatly, avoiding any creasing of the hide, while also extending lower than standard headrests to ensure maximum comfort for an even greater range of passenger statures.

New footrests are now available, trimmed in flat-cut cabin carpet and hide to match each individual vehicle. Designed to blend in and provide unobtrusive additional comfort, especially when rear seats are reclined. The footrests can be stowed under the front seats when not in use.

Seat comfort is extended with fine duck down filled loose cushions, trimmed using the same traditionally-tanned hide as the seats, included with the Comfort Specification. The design incorporates Bentley Winged Emblems, but also bespoke stitching or piping can be specified.

Further cabin revisions have been made, with a new rear door armrest storage compartment introduced as standard. This hide-lined compartment, in each rear door, can conveniently hold mobile phones, personal items or Bluetooth headphones for Rear Seat Entertainment.

Maximising privacy

Whether relaxing or working in the luxurious surroundings of the rear cabin, privacy can be attained through the touch of a button, with new privacy curtains offered as a Crewe-fitted option. Controlled from the driving seat or rear compartment via the window-lift switches, the curtains are fully integrated into the rear doors and rear windscreen surround.

Available in either Black or Ivory, the soft, opaque material gives the rear cabin a feeling of opulence and complete privacy, via one-touch operation with anti-trap protection. 

Entertainment on demand

The new Crewe-fitted Entertainment Specification option offers a full menu of communication, entertainment and information, with rear picnic tables designed for an iPad and wireless keyboard.

Once deployed, the picnic tables reveal a smooth hide-trimmed writing surface, and at the touch of a button, the surface lifts to reveal a dedicated space for an iPad and keyboard, ready to connect to a web browser via the on-board Wi-Fi router.

Crafted in solid metal, fine veneer and hide, the tables feature an adjustable screen angle with an anti-trap sensor to protect fingers. An iPad can be charged when the ignition is on, yet is fully detachable but also out of sight once stowed.

The Entertainment Specification is further enhanced with twin, eight inch LCD headrest screens, incorporating a 20 GB hard drive and DVD player, played through a ‘Naim for Bentley’ premium audio system, while two sets of Bluetooth headphones and a remote control puts the power in the hands of the occupants.

Connectivity at the touch of a button

Connectivity is boosted with the introduction of a Wi-Fi router with a high speed Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) phone module and SIM card reader, located in the glove box, providing a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot for internet access which can be accessed by eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously.

There is a dedicated antenna housed in the boot lid, outside of the vehicle’s steel frame, giving improved signal strength versus a handheld device.

Extending the palette

Increasing Mulsanne’s leading choice of colours are three new additions to the palette, Dark Cashmere, Portofino and Damson.

Dark Cashmere is a versatile and sophisticated warm grey, while Portofino takes a new slant on Pale Sapphire, an already highly successful Bentley colour. Lastly, Damson is a rich, opulent colour with a velvet quality, deep tones and the subtle sparkle of rare purple diamonds.

There are also three additional hide colours, Damson, Saffron and Brunel. Damson is a rich, dark red designed to complement the new Damson paint, while Saffron is a warm, rich colour inspired by saffron bread. Finally, Brunel is a warm technical grey, designed to perfectly complement exterior colours in the grey and blue spectrum.

Bespoke Mulsanne Fitted Luggage

Intended for the discerning traveller, a range of bespoke Mulsanne luggage pieces hand made by renowned Italian luggage specialists Schedoni are now available.

The full collection is made of six pieces, two large cases, two small cases and two foldable garment bags. The overall shape of the luggage is inspired by the inner door panel design of the car, with the frame surrounding the main side panels echoing the main feature frame of the door with its characteristic twin ridge.

The frame also serves to neatly guide the luggage in position into the boot of the car whilst also protecting the handle.   

The pieces are hand-made to customer’s specification, featuring monogram Bentley lining and embossed Bentley logos on the main panels and use the same hides that go into a Bentley car. The items can be purchased as a full 6 piece set, single or multiple bags.

The architecture of the luggage allows the possibility to offer a colour split between the frame and the main panel. Each set can be colour personalised, matching the primary hide colour of the interior of the car or the secondary, or even combining both.

ENDS

 For further information about this press release please contact:

 Martin Broomer – Head of Product Communications
Martin.Broomer@bentley.co.uk
Tel
   +44 (0) 1270 535 044
Mobile +44 (0) 7834 245 841

 Mike Sayer – Product Public Relations Manager
Mike.Sayer@bentley.co.uk
Tel
   +44 (0) 1270 535 133
Mobile +44 (0) 7507 846 782

 For further information on Bentley please visit:

Media site   www.bentleymedia.com
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 Notes to editors

  1. Bentley Motors employs around 4,000 people in Crewe which is home to all its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury vehicle manufacturers such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley exports over £1bn worth of goods in 2012.  The company is the third largest R&D investor in the UK's automotive sector and the 18th largest nationally.


  2. In 2012 Bentley’s global sales were up 22% with 8510 cars delivered to customers worldwide. The Americas remain our largest global region with 2457 sales (up by 22%) whilst in China sales were up by 23% to 2253 cars. The Middle East significantly increased its sales by 44% with 815 cars delivered and sales were also up 44% in Asia Pacific where 358 cars were delivered. Sales in Japan sales rose by 73% to 190 cars. In Europe sales were up by 12% with 1333 cars delivered and by 7% in the UK with 1104 cars delivered.

 14MY BENTLEY MULSANNE

This specification includes changes made to optional and standard equipment for 14 Model Year Bentley Mulsanne. A detailed specification can be found at www.bentleymedia.com.

 ENTERTAINMENT SPECIFICATION

  • Twin Electrically-Deployed Picnic Tables, with Concealed iPad Holders, Integrated Charging and Dedicated Space for Apple Wireless Keyboards
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • ‘Naim for Bentley’ premium audio system
  • Rear Seat Entertainment System incorporating twin, eight inch LCD Screens to headrests, 20GB hard drive & DVD Player to Rear Armrest Surround, Two Sets of Bluetooth Headphones & Remote Control.

 PRIVACY CURTAINS

  • Curtains to Rear Cabin, available in Black or Ivory

 COMFORT SPECIFICATION

  • Comfort Headrests to Rear Seats
  • Twin Footrests to Rear Cabin
  • Twin Loose Cushions to Rear Cabin

 PAINT

Three additional paint options:

  • Dark Cashmere
  • Portofino
  • Damson 

Three additional hide options:

  • Damson
  • Saffron
  • Brunel

STANDARD SPECIFICATION

  • Twin rear door armrest stowage pockets

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Engine

 

Type

6.75 litre twin-turbocharged V8

Bore and Stroke (mm)

104.15 and 99.06

Cylinders

8

Displacement/capacity (cc)

6752

Compression Ratio

7.8:1

 

Valve Gear

Two overhead valves per cylinder. Variable
Displacement. Cam phasing.

Emission level/standards

EU 5 / LEV II

Max Power (bhp/kW/PS @ rpm)

505 / 377 / 512 @ 4200rpm

Max Torque (Ib-ft/Nm @ rpm)

752 / 1020 @ 1750rpm

 

Fuel

EU 95 to 98 RON US/ROW 92 to 98 RON

 

Battery (starter/hotel)

Main battery in boot H8 (92 Ah) AGM.
Starter battery in boot H4 (51Ah).

 

Alternator

210 A (water-cooled)
Connected via LIN to battery management.

 

Drivetrain

 

Transmission

ZF 8 speed (8HP90)

 

Ratios

 

1st - 4.714
2nd - 3.143
3rd - 2.106
4th - 1.667
5th - 1.285
6th - 1.0
7th - 0.839
8th - 0.667
R - 3.317

Final Drive ratio

2.92

Driveline

Rear wheel drive

 

Dimensions & Capacities

 

Wheelbase (mm / in)

3266 / 10ft 8in

Overall Length (mm / in)

5575 / 219.49 inches / 18ft 3in

Width (across mirrors) (mm / in)

2208 / 7ft 3in

Width across body (mm / in)

1926 / 6ft 4in

Width with mirrors folded (mm / in)

1926 / 6ft 4in

Overall height (mm / in)

1521 / 5ft

Unladen Weight (kg / Ib) (Markets Outside
North America)

 

2685 kg / 5919 lb

Unladen Weight (kg / Ib) (North America)

2711kg / 5676 lb

Gross weight (kg / Ib)

3200 kg / 7055 lb

Front axle weight limit (kg / Ib)

1479kg / 3261 lb

Rear axle weight limit (kg / Ib)

1721 kg / 3794 lb

Fuel tank (litres / gallons / US gallons)

96 / 21.12 / 25.36

Boot volume (litres / m3 / cu-ft)

443L / 15.75 cu/ft

 

Aerodynamics

 

Drag (Cd)

0.33

Drag (Cd) x Area (m2)

0.861

 

Steering

 

 

Type

Hydraulic Rack and Pinion with speed dependant variable assistance.

Turns, lock to lock

3.3

Turning circle (kerb to kerb) (m)

12.9

 

Fuel Consumption

 

(EU Cycle)

 

Urban (mpg / litres/100km)

11.2 mpg   /   25.3 l/100km

Extra-urban (mpg / litres/100km)

24.0 mpg  /   11.8 l/100km

Combined (mpg / litres/100km)

16.8 mpg   /   16.9 l/100km

CO2 emissions (combined) (g/km)

393

(EPA Cycle)

 

City Driving (US mpg)

11

Highway Driving US mpg)

18

Combined (US mpg)

13

 

Performance (Seconds)

 

0-100 km/h

5.3

0-160 km/h

11.5

0-60 mph

5.1

0-100 mph

11.6

Maximum Speed (mph / km/h)

184 / 296

 

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