2011 Bentley Mulsanne Preview

2011 Bentley MulsanneCritical Knowledge:
  • All-new, 4-door sedan model for 2011
  • Redesigned variant of the 6.75-liter V-8
  • Classic Bentley design themes
  • Modern interior with the latest electronics
  • Launched at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance
  • Manufactured in Crewe, England
  • On sale in mid-2010
Bentley is a name synonymous with fine, hand-crafted, exclusive British automobiles manufactured in low production numbers and from uncompromised materials. Founded in 1919, the company is headquartered in Crewe, England-the same location where its assembly plants are located. The current Bentley lineup includes the Continental coupe and convertible models, Continental Flying Spur sedan, Brooklands coupe, Azure convertible, and the Arnage sedan. While the Arnage ends production in 2009 (its design is a decade old), the new Mulsanne is not designed to replace it as Bentley says its all-new model "will be positioned at the pinnacle of the ultra-luxury segment."

The newest Bentley to join the automaker's exclusive lineup, the Mulsanne is named after the 90-degree corner at the end of the straight at the world-famous Le Mans race circuit. The reference, according to the automaker, is that its new sedan ".reflects Bentley's sporting pedigree, our passion for power and speed."

Launched at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance, Bentley will show the Mulsanne again at the Frankfurt Motor Show where the company is expected to release powertrain, chassis and individual feature details. The all-new Mulsanne is scheduled to go on sale in mid-2010.

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