Between three distinct body styles and numerous engine specifications, Bentley has made more versions of the Continental over the years than we would care to count. But one thing it has, by and (very) large left alone is the Mulsanne. Sure, it's done some special editions and some extra equipment packages – it's even toyed with the idea of a two-door convertible version – but at the end of the day, the Mulsanne soldiers on as a four-door sedan with one engine and one engine alone. That may be about to change, however.

Fueled by ambiguous pronouncements from Bentley's returning chief Wolfgang Dürheimer, rumors from the UK suggest that the Flying B marque is preparing a more performance-focused version of the Mulsanne to debut at the Paris Motor Show this October.

Details are few and far between, but we'd expect the Mulsanne's long-serving 6.75-liter V8 engine to be further tuned beyond its current specification of 505 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque, accompanied by a stiffer suspension, bigger brakes and other upgrades. Historically Bentley would turbocharge the Mulsanne's predecessors (to turn the 90s-era Brooklands, for instance, into the Turbo R), but the Mulsanne's engine is already spooled up, so the British automaker will likely have to massage the extra muscle out another way.

We wouldn't count on it swapping the engine out entirely, though: though the most potent version of the company's 6.0-liter W12 engine as found in the Continental GT Speed produces more power (at 626 hp) than the Mulsanne, at 605 lb-ft it's significantly down on the big sedan's trademark tidalwave of torque.


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      Mike McDonald
      • 5 Months Ago
      Since the Bugatti Galibier was cancelled, they should make an 8 liter version of the Mulsanne. Use the twin supercharged w16 from the Galibier and maybe add AWD since that's a ton of power. The car will become legendary.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 5 Months Ago
      Um....I do not think you need performance. I think you need a coupe and a long wheelbase model. Stop plotting and start making. It has more than enough power/torque. All it needs is different variants.
      • 5 Months Ago
      I also love this car. It's a huge, luxurious, grandiose slab of old England. And it still looks rather stately and upper class.... though a bit dated (especially the one piece bumper just below the grille, looks stuck on as an afterthought.)
        funguy6713
        • 5 Months Ago
        I believe that bumper design was due to changing regulations on bumper designs, related to pedestrian accidents/safety...
          • 5 Months Ago
          @funguy6713
          Well thank you for that information. That confirms it is indeed and after thought, and needs money thrown at it to redesign a one piece bumper.
      • 5 Months Ago
      What about a new Azure and a new Brooklands?
      funguy6713
      • 5 Months Ago
      I love this car because it's a sleeper in looks, but yet you know it's powerful, luxurious and expensive...
      Teleny411
      • 5 Months Ago
      The lights need some styling work, but otherwsise proceed full facade ahead!
      Technoir
      • 5 Months Ago
      Handsome from every angle...unlike the Flying Spurm.
      Nick
      • 5 Months Ago
      What, are they bored or something? I love the Mulsanne but it does not need a performance model. It's a big lumbering sedan designed for comfort and luxury, so let's firm up the suspension, get rid of all the sound insulation and jam in some recaros. Stick to the Conti, guys.
      johnnyhedwardsjr
      • 5 Months Ago
      The 2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed..... Answering the question that no one was asking.
      AcidTonic
      • 5 Months Ago
      I was just looking at a Turbo R that was for sale on Craigslist for $7,000. Had the 6.75 V8 with around 300 horsepower. (same engine but in 91 it made quite a bit less power). It had some rear end damage but the engine was immaculate. Almost bought it for a restore project but decided against it after hearing how many issues with the auto-suspension those had.
      david.bergman1
      • 5 Months Ago
      Cool
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 5 Months Ago
      I wish they would plot a refresh.. that Spongebob Squarepants face it's got on it needs to go.
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