We warned you the specs would be "staggering." And really that's all you need to know. Fine, we'll tell you a little more. First of all, despite the gumption, it's not a diesel. The Mulsanne generates all that thrust barely off-idle from a gasoline-powered 6.75-liter twin-turbo V8. 505 horsepower, too. The engine is all new, made from aluminum and lightweight internals including a forged crankshaft. It also features cam-phasing (variable valve timing) and variable displacement (cylinder deactivation). One benefit of all that tech is that the staggering torque number is available across the rev range, another is better fuel economy, as if that really matters to Bentley prospects. All that power gets routed through an eight-speed transmission (with paddle shifters) before hitting the massive rear wheels (265/45/20 standard, 265/40/21 optional).
Not convinced? How do (optional) 16.54-inch front carbon ceramic brakes – the largest ever fitted to a production car – with eight-piston calipers grab you? Probably like using a bank vault to anchor a Smart ForTwo. In fact, with the standard 20-inch wheels, there's about one pinky of clearance between the rotors and the rims. Don't fret though, as we'd imagine most owners will be taking the twenty-ones leaving plenty of space for two pinkies. Rear ceramic brakes are limited to just 15.5 inches and only four-pistons.
Now, being the unrepentant suckers for more power that we are, you'd imagine our favorite part of the new Mulsanne is the torque rating. And you'd be wrong. Our favorite part is that the new Driver Dynamics Control system has a mode simply called, "Bentley." That's cool. Imagine if your car had a setting for "Bentley." Keep dreaming. In addition to "Bentley," there's also "Sport" and "Comfort," but we can't imagine taking the Mulsanne out of "Bentley." But there is a fourth way. "Custom" allows you to tune the steering and suspension through the new multimedia system. Oh, and you can set the Driver Dynamics Control from the key fob.
Actually, we should spend a moment discussing this new key fob, for it ain't your rich great-uncle Archibald's Bentley key fob. Example: from the key fob you can set radio stations, phone books, seat position (including hot/cold ventilation and massage), steering wheel, seat belt position and even the rear window blinds. Think of it like this: you can program your fob with separate settings ranging from schlepping to 7/11 for Slurpees to storming Gold Beach. The Muslanne also sports the world's most powerful OEM stereo amp – 2,200 watts – though we'd imagine if you can afford the still-not-priced Mulsanne, you can afford to pay someone to enjoy music for you. And one more thing: if you're sitting in back, you have door-mounted controls to not only lower you window, but the one across from you as well. Much more info in the press release, after the jump.