Friday, October 21, 2011

2011 Bentley Mulsanne Review

While paying homage to past great Bentley, memory for the new model for 2011 Bentley Mulsanne and engineering teams was the creation of a Bentley that represents the pinnacle of British luxury cars.

The new Bentley Mulsanne, designed and built at Crewe from the beginning, it reaffirms the intent of the brand to create a new flagship Bentley with refined performance, an unprecedented level of luxury interior and knowledge necessary for the coach to on.

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Back to the Bentley Mulsanne name underlines sporting heritage and passion for power and speed. Nothing reflects the trend better than the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours that Bentley has won six times, which is a powerful and reliable race cars thundered down the long straight of the famous Le Mans Mulsanne corner, from which a new model that takes name.

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A pure expression of Bentley design

The design of the new Bentley Mulsanne is in a unique fusion of sportiness, elegance and strength coach built. As reflected Bentley S-Type 1950, Mulsanne has a bold design front grille dominated by the traditional Bentley matrix and very prominent, round headlights classic interior with chrome surrounds, flanked by two small clusters of outdoor lamp, all with the latest technology lighting. The mascot of the legendary 'Flying B' retractable radiator is available.

A long bonnet, short front overhang and long rear overhang helps to convey a sense of power and business, strengthen the muscles of the thighs and strong lines that flow smoothly prepared from the back of the front wings. The unique design 20-inch wheels (with optional 21-inch) to strengthen the Bentley Mulsanne powerful, sporty stance.

Design Director Dirk van Braeckel explains the inspiration behind the distinctive appearance Bentley Mulsanne, "the opportunity to design a new Bentley flagship is something effective for the few designers The team wanted to create a sculpted shape that blends classic cues with Bentley heritage modern lines that allow the Brand is a winner, confident in the 21 century .. "

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The body is produced in a new manufacturing facility in Bentley headquarters in Crewe, where traditional techniques of metals, developed over six decades, are still widely used in the nine weeks of the construction process. It is the opposite of volume production cars built ... but the very embodiment of Bentley.

The rear screen, for example, is fully enclosed by the body. This provides a smooth, flawless line to the rear of the car that complements beautifully shaped D-pillars - whose complex curves can be created by skilled coach builders. All welds done by hand in the construction Bentley Mulsanne and all panel joints are welded by hand. These further improve the cut "to the look solid" and lead to a very stiff body.

The complex shape of the aluminum front wings, impossible to achieve with conventional techniques of pressing, superforming is created using a technology usually reserved for the aerospace industry. This also makes the wings lighter, stiffer and offers an excellent definition of the surface. Other lightweight materials such as composite trunk lid are used to eliminate it as much as possible without compromising quality.

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New construction techniques for designers could also include details such as "floating" elliptical LED tail lights, which identifies the echo the shape of the exhaust.

To accentuate the beauty of the body, the Bentley Mulsanne features' brightware "exclusively in polished stainless steel, including COVERS threshold and the doors of the womb. Bentley is the only manufacturer in the world to do that. The stainless steel door handles also incorporate the traditional Bentley knurled "at the plate surface for better grip, reflecting the attention of the typical retail business.

The sporty character of the Bentley Mulsanne is reinforced by front wing vents and large diameter exhaust finishers.

Bentley's customers have a world of infinite choices when setting their cars. There are 114 paint colors in the region, which includes everything from unusual heritage colors, satin and pearlescent finishes and special two-tone combinations. But the choice does not end there. Worldwide custom Bentley Mulliner, the unique colors precisely match the client's vision and taste.

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Sumptuous interior meets advanced technology

The latest technology discreetly located in the vehicle interior generous Bentley Mulsanne. Multimedia System 40 GB hard drive satellite navigation, audio / video, data, phone and a Bluetooth ® connection. The dash houses more than 8-inch screen multimedia positioned discreetly behind the veneer electric door, as she sits in an elegant, leather-wrapped MP3 player with storage boxes.

State-of-the-art 14-speaker audio system with Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and 6-CD is standard on the Naim for Bentley system, on the other hand high-quality audio can be selected as an option. This forging of two British luxury brands provides its customers with the world's most powerful 2200 watt car amplifier, eight dedicated DSP and 20 custom speaker configuration, sound quality unparalleled.

A keyless entry system allows multiple custom settings and radio stations automatically preset phone book, seat (such as ventilation and massage modes, both front and rear), steering column and the parameters of the band and even control electric blinds for the rear seats and rear side windows. World Premiere, the system works with the door handle keyless entry, stainless steel, incorporating the points of contact to initiate communication with the key for verification and entry. The Bentley Mulsanne also features keyless start, to have an on / off button on the center console.

Bentley interior design team has continued and developed a luxurious interior, which are known for their car, which is based on an extensive research program to identify the characteristics that have defined signature classic Bentley in 1920 to the present day.

Armed with this valuable resource, the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne design team has set very challenging targets for the key design features, such as the design of material, the smell, the harmony of colors and craftsmanship. Similar objectives have been together, and the level of sophistication of the activities of all control mechanisms. The result is a handcrafted design that fully reflects the traditional values ​​of the Bentley, executed to the highest possible standards, which allow customers to customize their cars to their specific needs.

As head of Interior Design, Robin Page said: "More than 170 hours - almost half of the entire construction process - is in the interior of the craft of Bentley at Crewe new Bentley Mulsanne road work is the opposite of mass production - where we started. others stop. "

The use of wood and skins, leather has increased significantly to create a refined and luxurious interior. While classic design features, such as bulls eye air vents (now also mounted in the rear compartment), high quality mirror-matched veneers, leather and hand-finished stainless steel are retained, mixed with new keys such as crystal switches.

The cabin is fully enclosed in a "ring of wood", with a dashboard panel Waistrail uninterrupted wood adorned the Bentley Mulsanne. Investing dial needles in the instrument panel is reminiscent of Bentley first, while the complete dashboard and console design is a subtle reminder of the reason Bentley wings.

Customers can choose from a wide range of high quality veneers, unbleached, natural look, and a choice of inlays: frame, crossbanding contemporary. True to the philosophy Bentley, customers can also opt for a virtually unlimited palette of hides, including the 24 "standard" colors, three of which are new for Bentley. This is an unparalleled choice of veneers, leather and paint colors to ensure that the needs of all customers can be perfectly fitted.

Following detailed customer feedback, a traditional tanning process has been restored to match the wealth, the smell of worn leather that is very reminiscent of vintage Bentley. Only a very small number of suppliers that are hidden in the world have the ability to do that.

Bentley Carpet Bentley Mulsanne is a unique, increasing the depth of the fiber, the density and feel the quality of the cabin. It 'available in different colors complementary to hide. Pure wool, deep pile Wilton woven carpets continue to increase for more than a touch of comfort and luxury.

These materials are shaped by craftsmen and women up to 40 years of experience. Each wheel, for example, can take 15 hours to hand-point (and three times longer if the client chooses the cross stitch). Stainless steel brightware shines so perfectly, thanks to an intensive 10-hour finishing process. A veneer takes two weeks to turn from a crude mound a complete set of matching mirror, well polished leaves.

Re-developed V8 engine and new chassis: power, refinement and efficiency

Bentley's engineers have been three goals for the engine Bentley Mulsanne:

Very easy to produce low-end torque, which customers expect from a great Bentley

Ensure maximum refinement

To meet the stringent requirements of current and future environment through improved efficiency of the engine

While other configurations of transmission took place in the initial phase of the project, it soon became clear that these objectives could best be achieved with a completely new version of the 6 ¾-liter V8 - a configuration that has been used successfully in the past. However, the new Bentley Mulsanne, all the main elements of the engine to be comprehensively re-designed to incorporate the latest technology.

Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn, Bentley Motors 'Director of Engineering', explains the reasons for V8 Bentley Mulsanne: "Using the V8 granted immense power at low speeds, and fatigue performance are the hallmarks of a Bentley flagship, but also set the engineers to maintain a high added value at all speeds, and equally important to improve the efficiency .. "

To achieve a significant reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, Bentley Mulsanne V8 sees the introduction of two new control systems: cam phasing and the first ultra-luxury, variable flow.

The pioneering use of these technologies in combination allows the engine management system not only Bentley Mulsanne to regulate breathing V8 engine to improve the quality of engine idle speed and torque, but also to close the valves four all eight cylinders for maximum fuel economy at cruising speed.

New lightweight componentry, including pistons, connecting rods and forged crankshaft and reduce the amount of alternative internal friction for improved engine response.

The new Mulsanne, develops the 6 ¾-liter V8 512 horsepower (505 kilowatts bhp/377), while the massive torque (1020 Nm / 752 pounds feet) is now delivered earlier at 1800 rev / min. This dramatic improvement in the delivery of torque just above idle, and ensures all plans with just a touch of the driver accelerator immediately rewarded with the characteristic deep, muffled V8 bubbly and a phenomenal acceleration.

These new technologies complement the new eight-speed automatic, a first in Bentley's flagship comes with paddle-shift.

Global emissions, CO2 and fuel consumption is reduced by more than 15 percent, according to Bentley's environmental commitment.

Prodigious power and torque are complemented by a completely new chassis, unique in the new Bentley Mulsanne. Lighter and stiffer than the previous Bentley flagship, the new chassis benefits both ride and handling.

A new dynamic system control unit powered by a rotary switch mounted next to the shifter can be used to select one of three standard modes - Bentley, Sport and Comfort - offering precise calibration of the suspension systems steering control.

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A fourth mode, "Custom" allows the driver to choose custom settings via the media to "tune" Bentley Mulsanne to a preferred driving style.

A new air suspension system with continuously variable dampers creates an even more comfortable and refined at low speeds, and yet can reduce the ride height of the Bentley Mulsanne automatically at high speed to reduce lift and improve the aerodynamic stability. Alloy wheels with 20 inch and 265/45 ZR 20 tires as standard dynamic handling secure. Customers can also choose 21-inch wheels, available in two models, tires 265/40 ZR fitted with 21.


Although all new Bentley Mulsanne pays respect to the past, is a modern luxury car that offers the best experience of the world, driving - a unique combination of power, refinement and elegance.

Bentley Motors Chairman and CEO Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen, said, "No other automobile manufacturer can offer the combination of performance and refinement in a single vehicle The new Bentley Mulsanne is a car that evokes the philosophy of building Bentley the best of luxury. Grand Tourer in the world. "