Frankfurt Auto Show: Bentley Mulsanne

The newest Bentley, the Mulsanne, is making these days its public debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. Seen by Bentley as "the pinnacle of British motoring," the Mulsanne shed all of its cover and is now showing off all of its technical achievements.

Mulsanne draws its power from a new 6.75l V8 twin-turbo engine, which develops a not so impressive 505 bhp, and a staggering 1,020 Nm of torque. The engine is designed, as Bentley says, to optimize performance.

The powerplant uses two new electro-mechanical control systems: cam phasing and variable displacement. They are used to throttle back four of the eight cylinders entirely, independently of the others, when not required. Also as a result of these technologies, the engine provides 15 percent less fuel consumption than the previous Bentley, the Arnage V8.

Under the 1930 Bentley-inspired body, the British manufacturer did what it does best. The Mulsanne comes with a typical interior, made of a combination of wood veneers, leather hides and solid stainless steel brightware. Even so, the overall retro look leaves plenty of room for modern day technologies, like four-zone air conditioning and Naim premium audio system.

As for the name chosen by Bentley, it represents "Bentley’s sporting pedigree and unique association with Le Mans, where we have been victorious six times."

"This famous corner at the end of the straight is synonymous with the Bentley marque. Few places offer a stronger or more emotive connection with Bentley than the famed Mulsanne corner."
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