Bentley’s upcoming luxurious Mulsanne Speed model will become the world’s fastest car in its category with a top speed of 190mph and 13 per cent lower fuel consumption compared to its predecessors.
The vehicle, Bentley’s new flagship product, will be manufactured at Bentley’s factory in Crewe, Cheshire, and unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in early October.
Bentley hasn’t yet disclosed the price of the new vehicle, which features the company’s proven 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8 diesel engine and a completely redesigned combustion system. Bentley says the upgraded power train enables a faster and more controlled combustion process, which together with new variable valve timing and optimised turbocharger control offers unprecedented torque output levels.
The car, capable of accelerating from 0 to 60mph in less than five seconds, offers 13 per cent better fuel efficiency, allowing for an 80km longer range.
"The new Mulsanne Speed is the car that defines Bentley, as a flagship for driving luxury performance,” said Bentley Motors chairman and chief executive Wolfgang Durheimer.
The car is expected to hit the market in early 2015.
Bentley, which has a 3,700-strong workforce at Crewe, delivered 10,120 cars worldwide last year – a 19 per cent rise on the total for 2012.