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Review: 2011 Bentley Mulsanne

A Century Of Automotive Passion Delivers A New Flagship Sedan 2011 Bentley Mulsanne - Click above for high-res image gallery Do not press the start button. Take a deep breath. Savor the craftsmanship. Take it all in. Begin by examining the four brightly-polished organ-stop vent plungers. The stainless steel knobs situated high on the dashboard are easy to miss at a cursory glance. However, each is tasked with the important role of shutting down airflow from one of the bulls-eye air vents. Decades ago, the smooth metal rods would have been connected directly to the mechanical... Read More

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    Write Hand Redux: Bentley Mulsanne pen by Tibaldi
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    Their pricing might be different (by order of magnitude), and their vehicles might be radically different as well, but Bugatti and Bentley largely cater to the same cadre of elite clientele. The two auto marques – both subsidiaries of the Volkswagen Group and both managed by the same CEO – share a common branding approach as well, so it ...

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    What Price One-Upmanship? 2011 Bentley Mulsanne available from $285,000
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    With a starting price of $285,000, Bentley's newest flagship model won't come cheap. Nor should it, with its 505-horsepower, 725 lb-ft, gasoline-fed 6.75-liter V8 engine sitting behind the automaker's trademark mesh grille and four round lights. Also included in that price will be an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, 16.54-inch front and ...

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    REPORT: Bentley Mulsanne to spawn coupe and convertible to replace Brooklands and Azure
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    Bentley works on a two-tier system, with its entire product line-up based on a pair of platforms. At one end you've got the Continental family, including the GT coupe, GTC convertible and Flying Spur sedan. At the other sits the Arnage sedan, Azure convertible and Brooklands coupe (pictured above). Its separated step-sister Rolls-Royce is gearing up to ...

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    Frankfurt 2009: 2011 Bentley Mulsanne looks better in blue
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    So far, we've only seen the one champagne-colored Bentley Mulsanne. While not our first choice, it's the shade Bentley thought would drum up the most interest amongst potential customers. Not knowing too much about how the mega-wealthy think, we'll trust Bentley. However, us plebes ain't been too pleased with the Mulsanne in the looks department. Until ...

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    Frankfurt 2009: Bentley Mulsanne makes 752 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 rpm. 'Nuff said
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    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 ...

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    2010 Bentley Mulsanne puts in some face time at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel
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    Bentley invited a few of us auto journo types down to the decadently posh Beverly Wilshire Hotel to meet its COO Christophe Georges and admire the company's new super land yacht, the 2010 Bentley Mulsanne. Not only that, but they spilled the beans on all the juicy technical details that makes the Mulsanne, well, special. And please trust us, the Mulsanne ...

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    Monterey 2009: Bentley racecars gather at Pebble Beach
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    When they pick a featured marque at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, they really go big. For instance, all of the Ferrari TR59 race cars ever made were gathered together this year. For Bentley's racing class, the organizers managed to corral the largest gathering of historic Bentleys ever in one place at one time. Reaching all the way back to the ...

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    REPORT: Bordeaux one of three Bugatti concepts proposed for next model
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    For some time now speculation about Bugatti's next megacar has been running rampant. The car world got nice and teased recently when a "teaser" shot of a new Bug got itself "leaked." Named the Bordeaux, very little is known about the concept past the point that it has eight tailpipes. However, Dr Franz-Josef Pfaegen, lord of Bugatti's Molsheim manor, sat ...

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    VIDEO: Bentley Mulsanne #1 auctioned at Pebble Beach for $500,000
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    After marking its highly anticipated debut at Pebble Beach, it was straight off to the auction block for the all-new Bentley Mulsanne, where Bentley CEO Franz-Josef Paefgen and Richard Charlesworth, head of the Bentley Heritage Collection, joined auctioneers Gooding & Company in selling off chassis #1 to the highest bidder. The Mulsanne is touted as ...

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    Monterey 2009: Introducing the Bentley Mulsanne
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    It's an all-new Bentley, it's called the Mulsanne, and it's a vehicle that more than a few auto aficionados have been waiting for. Introduced this afternoon at Pebble Beach, the Mulsanne is a clean sheet redesign of Bentley's ever-enduring flagship and according to Bentley CEO Franz-Josef Paefgen, when they sat down to figure out everything they wanted ...

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    1983 Mentley Insanne Turbo lives up to the name
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    Click above for gallery of the 1983 Mentley Insanne Turbo Andy Saunders has been responsible for some off-the-wall creations – like the Aurora, the chopped-down Fiat lowrider and the Hyundai ice cream van – but this one makes us wonder if he didn't take the car's title to heart. Called the Mentley Insanne, the custom rod is based on a 1983 ...

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