When it comes to launching its all-new flagship sedan, the Mulsanne, Bentley is playing it by the numbers – and those numbers are huge.
The British marque pulled the covers off the replacement for its aged Arnage sedan, last month at the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, but it provided little more than a glimpse at the 2010 Bentley Mulsanne, saving the details for a preview at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.
And those details, in fitting fashion, are big. The lavishly-equipped saloon car’s massive, 6.75-liter V8 turns out a whopping 505 horsepower and 752 pound-foot of torque, most of that at low RPMs. Power is channeled through a new 8-speed automatic gearbox. Despite bumping up performance, Bentley claims the 2010 Mulsanne will get 15% more mileage out of a gallon of gasoline, and a Flex-Fuel version is in the works for 2011, which will further reduce CO2 emissions.
The really big numbers, however, come from the car’s infotainment package, the audio system provided by Britain’s exclusive NAIM brand turning out a jaw-dropping – and ear-splitting 2200 watts. Bentley owners won’t have to take a back seat to the kid with the tuner car whose base notes are booming out at a stoplight.