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(from Bentley Press
Release) NEW BENTLEY MULSANNE MAKES WORLD DEBUT AT PEBBLE
BEACH CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE, CALIFORNIA
16 August, 2009 (Bentley
Motors, Crewe, England) Today, Bentley Motors unveiled the Mulsanne,
the companys 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. Bentleys 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 Bentleys 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
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 worlds 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
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
The return of the Mulsanne name to a car carrying Bentleys iconic
Winged B emblem underlines the companys 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. Bentleys company car for two years.
Capable of reaching more than 100 mph, the 8-litre demonstrated W.O.
Bentleys 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-litres breathtaking performance and quality was perhaps the
finest example of a pure grand Bentley. Every mechanical detail
carried W.O. Bentleys 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