January isn’t the most joyous of months for most of us in the UK. We’re all eating bowls of lettuce leaves in a vain attempt to be uphold New Year’s resolutions, and the weather is cold and miserable, with winds reaching speeds that modern superminis struggle to match.
Bentley has decided this would be the perfect time to release new images of the Mulsanne Speed. The claim it is to announce its arrival to the North American market at the Detroit Motor Show, but we really think its a ploy to make us all more than a little jealous of how the other half live.
The designer-suited bruiser was first unveiled at the Paris motor show in October, and now seems like a better time than any for us to drink in the gorgeous pictures and mind-blowing specs.
What powers it?
The marvellous 6.75-litre V8 which has seen service in both Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars since 1958 features here in its latest variation. With the addition of two turbos, the unit now offers up 537 horsepower and a staggering 811lb-ft of torque. For reference, that is almost exactly double that of the 406lb-ft produced by the BMW M4. Yep, it’s not slow.
Despite weighing a mammoth 2,685kg, it’ll still crack the 0-60mph dash in 4.8 seconds, and will continue accelerating right up to 190mph. Despite these figures, efficiency tweaks have allowed the Speed to eke out an extra 50 miles from each fill of its 96 litre fuel tank. Everything is sewn together with a seamless eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Anything else I should know?
Bentley believe that the Mulsanne Speed is a car to drive rather than one to be driven in, so they have firmed things up slightly compared to the regular Mulsanne. The suspension, throttle response and steering weight can be tweaked to suit one’s tastes, allowing the driver to select from Comfort, Bentley and Sport modes.
Despite what Bentley claims of the Speed, buyers will still be more than happy to take a seat in the back. As you’d expect, the interior is sumptuous, with acres of quilted leather and wood trim adorning every surface.
I can’t afford it, but how much will this luxury cost someone else?
The simple answer is £252,000, or approximately the same as the average price of a house in the UK. If you remain undeterred by that figure, then the order books are open now. Just make sure you get it in liquid orange and drive it under Californian sun… oh go on, here’s the full-size version of that image.