2016 Bentley Mulasanne Speed
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  • Based on Bentley, the brand new Mulsanne 'represents everything the British brand is aware of building the world's most effective, most luxurious cars.' That's confidence for you personally, particularly when the Rolls-Royce Phantom has perhaps been the limo preferred by the final decade.
  • The Mulsanne has become a 3-model range which includes the conventional vehicle, the Extended Wheelbase, which, probably the most effective and driver-orientated Speed. What's new for 2016? Well, a restyle aft from the A-support beams provides new wings, bonnet along with a wider grille, that has wire mesh inserts overlaid with Pantheon-like vertical rotor blades. The car headlights are actually adaptive Brought models, as the back lights and bumpers are also tweaked.
  • There is a much-needed upgrade towards the infotainment system. It now features an 8.0in touchscreen, a 60GB hard disk, 4G wi-fi, and a choice of Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink apps. Such modernity naturally cosies up near the expected frippery. A varied variety of exquisitely handcrafted leathers, veneers and metalwork are for sale to you to definitely fashion your personal unique automotive masterpiece.
  • The number of occasions have you ever heard the term 'venerable' put on the venerable old 6.75-litre Crewe-built V8? Well, at least one time, and that's the thing it is. Would you recall in 1998, BMW attempted to get rid of this L-Series engine, saying 'it won't pass future pollutants regulations'? Yet, after VW wrestled control at Crewe and hastily resurrected it, here i am going to evaluate it once more, nigh on 2 decades later.
  • Praise Jehovah we're, for it's a peachy factor. The number of other engines can thunder out 530bhp just 4000rpm, while rumbling off 811lb foot of twist in a leisurely 1750 revolutions from the crank? Which, remember, is really a single-cam pushrod engine, first built-in 1959. It's were built with a couple of upgrades since that time obviously, for example cylinder deactivation to improve efficiency, and 2 Mitsubishi turbos plumbed directly into pep up performance.
  • Exactly what a performance it provides. Fire up and individuals eight big pistons pound a measured idle. Whenever you snick 'D' for that eight-speed ZF auto and mash the gorgeous cast-alloy throttle pedal, it causes the lengthy bonnet to increase such as the nose of the 747 rotating for take-off. Because it achieves this, the rate develops momentum in an unseemly rate, and also the V8's thrum becomes vivid enough that you could almost count off each deliciously bassy combustion pulse.
  • Actually, there's you don't need to thrash an electric train engine with this particular much torque. It'll happily pull-up a hill in sixth from 1000rpm, and also the instant you lift and cruise, silence erupts. From the some press conference talk about specifically developed noise-absorbent Dunlop tyres, new hydraulic subframe mounts and adaptive engine mounts I hadn't expected these to be this effective, though. At 70mph there's barely any noise of any sort. Add another 100mph to that particular along a deserted strip of Autobahn, and just wind noise in the mirrors interferes with the calm. It is a outstanding achievement.
  • What from the ride? Well, that's astonishing, too. Stick the environment-springs into Comfort mode, or even the jack-of-all-trades Bentley mode, and also the mighty Speed floats within the ground like Margot Fonteyn. Sport mode tightens up, to some extent, however, you should always respect the forces playing.
  • Act the dimwit and corner like it is a hot-hatch, and also the epic body lean will scare you silly. But use it, and you may start an attractive rhythm along a lightly flowing B-road. All of a sudden the steering that felt cumbersome at slow speed makes focus, allowing you to sweep the rate together with alacrity. Once the disbelief of your work with two-and-three-quarter tonnes subsides, you may also brave a cheeky self-congratulatory smile.
  • Fancy unwinding rather? Then indulge yourself. Turn on the seat massager and play Satie's Gymnopédies Number 1 with the amazing 20-speaker, 20-funnel, 2200 watt Naim stereo - the world's most effective OEM automotive system, apparently - and celebrate your existence. If you maintain the trunk, maybe relax and revel in a film on among the two 10.2in capsules, which rise beautifully from the rear of the leading seats.
  • I love the Mulsanne Speed greatly, however it tells me of Andy Murray. If perhaps Novak Djokovic had up topiary rather than tennis, then Andy could be jostling for world number 1 status at this time. And when Rolls-Royce had made the decision to construct caravans rather than cars, then according to that opening quote, the Mulsanne would indeed function as the 'most luxurious' limo on the planet.
  • However it isn't. The Phantom is, just. However, money buys you choice, so that they say. And if you opt to be considered a latter-day Tim Birkin, pleased to drive yourself instead of being driven, then your Mulsanne might well be a bit more fun. Additionally they state that fun is priceless, that might simply take the sting from the Speed's whopping £252,000 cost tag.
  • Location Germany On purchase Now Cost £252,000 Engine V8, 6752cc, twin-turbocharged, gas Power 530bhp at 4000rpm Torque 811lb foot at 1750rpm Gear box 8-spd automatic Kerb weight 2685kg -62mph 4.9sec Top speed 190mph Economy 18.8mpg (combined) CO2/tax band 342g/km, 37%