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Old 08-16-2009, 01:09 PM
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NEW BENTLEY MULSANNE MAKES WORLD DEBUT AT PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE, CALIFORNIA

(Bentley Motors, Crewe, England) Today, Bentley Motors unveiled the Mulsanne, the company’s all-new flagship grand tourer, at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in Monterey, California.

The Mulsanne is inspired by the company founder W.O. Bentley’s crowning achievement in
1930, the 8-litre. And it was W.O.’s own sensitively conserved company car that shared the podium with the new Mulsanne in Pebble Beach. This early motoring masterpiece represented the last big Bentley that was designed, engineered and built from the ground up by Bentley engineers - until now.


Nearly 80 years later, while paying respect to this illustrious past, the new Mulsanne is a thoroughly modern statement of luxury driving and grand touring. Conceived, styled and engineered entirely at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe, England, the Mulsanne, with its completely new and unique platform, goes into production next year in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility within the Crewe factory.


Introducing the Bentley Mulsanne at Pebble Beach, where Bentley was the featured marque, Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, said:


“The challenge we set our engineers was to create a new grand Bentley that would stand as the pinnacle of British luxury motoring, offering the world’s most exclusive driving experience. They have responded to this challenge with real passion and the result is a luxury grand tourer that sets new standards in terms of comfort, effortless performance and hand-crafted refinement – the very qualities for which Bentley is renowned.“


The Bentley design team, lead by Dirk van Braeckel, have created a flagship that offers the classic sporting, styling cues long-associated with Bentley - expressed in a thoroughly contemporary way.


“From the very first hand sketches in the styling studio, we were inspired by the traditions of the grand touring Bentleys and have sought to evolve this story for a new generation of Bentley enthusiasts.”


The return of the Mulsanne name to a car carrying Bentley’s iconic ‘Winged B’ emblem underlines the company’s racing pedigree and nowhere reflects that heritage better than the famed Le Mans circuit, the scene of no fewer than six Bentley triumphs. Few places offer a stronger or more emotive connection with the Bentley marque than the famed Mulsanne corner.

The Bentley 8-litre displayed alongside the Mulsanne in California was first shown at the 1930 London Motor Show. It was the second-built and was W.O. Bentley’s company car for two years. Capable of reaching more than 100 mph, the 8-litre demonstrated W.O. Bentley’s ambition and ability to build a grand luxury car capable of surpassing every other leading manufacturer of the day. A total of 100 cars were built in 1930 and 1931.


“The 8-litre’s breathtaking performance and quality was perhaps the finest example of a ‘pure’ grand Bentley. Every mechanical detail carried W.O. Bentley’s unique stamp and it was the clearest demonstration of a car built without compromise,” commented Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn, Member of the Board Engineering.


“The Mulsanne has been designed with exactly the same guiding principles, so it is entirely fitting that these Bentleys from different eras share the same stage.”

The Bentley Mulsanne will go on sale from mid 2010. It will also be displayed at the forthcoming IAA Frankfurt Motor Show (15-27th September, 2009) where Bentley Motors will provide additional product information.
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Old 08-16-2009, 05:22 PM
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its nice but the 1989 Mulsanne is better.
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:38 PM
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It's an interesting mix of angle, sweep and edge. Mostly successful.

But again the headlights are completely, completely wrong. It reminds me of the Morgan Aero8...Ie boss-eyed.
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:40 AM
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I'm a fan.... except for the front. Those headlights

I am dying to see interior pics though.
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:43 AM
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:18 AM
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Very well done IMO.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:20 AM
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i can has interior pics plz?
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:01 PM
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i can has interior pics plz?
I guess we must wait for IAA.
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:52 PM
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headlights are a crime
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:02 PM
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headlights are a crime
They're not that bad...

.. but they're not that good either. I know it's all 'hearkening back to the early years' and all, but they'd better the other way around.. or the old equi-sized ones on the Arnarge. Some things are better left in the past..
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They're not that bad...

.. but they're not that good either. I know it's all 'hearkening back to the early years' and all, but they'd better the other way around.. or the old equi-sized ones on the Arnarge. Some things are better left in the past..
do you know what they remind me of? one of those chinese rolls royce knock off brands. the lights look like something someone would make in china as a bentley rip off.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:08 AM
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Exactly Right Clutch. It looks like a Geely or a Red Cloud or Whatever the F**k they call them.

Art Imitating copyright infringement?
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The light treatment is just a modern way to add an ornate type feature similar to cars of the 30's ans 40's. Take a moment to observe current LED tails on several cars...the designers have a new 'toy' in the LED's. Same goes for projector beam headlights.

Some of them are obnoxiously over done.

I don't mind the lights on this car.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:33 AM
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I don't think the tail is the problem. it's the unresolved issues of how do you create a modern facade using round lamps that are essentially all reflector because the projectors are powerful enough to do the job on their own.

I'm sorry but it looks like a tacky and cheap way of doing things, and I for one won't stand for it.

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