So you thought 1,000 Nm from the 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 in the Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG was insane, Bentley announced their Mulsanne Speed is generating 1,100Nm from a 6¾‑litre twin-turbo V8. As if 1,020Nm in the “standard” Mulsanne (which Bentley prefers to call it as “the signature Mulsanne”) wasn’t enough!

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The legendary 6¾‑litre V8 gets a totally redesigned combustion system with new variable valve timing and optimised turbocharger control to deliver an extra 25hp and 80Nm more torque compared to the signature Mulsanne. A total of 530 hp can be had at 4,200 rpm, while the whole dollop of 1,100 Nm of torque arrives from just 1,750 rpm.

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All the power is sent to the rear wheels only, via a ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox that has been recalibrated to cope with the tremendous amount of torque. The Mulsanne Speed is capable of hitting a top speed of 305 km/h, and the century sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes just 4.8 seconds, 0.3 seconds faster than the signature Mulsanne.

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Not only that, the V8 is equipped with cylinder deactivation system that shuts down half the amount of running cylinders making it a V4 when not in full use which leads to an extended fuel range by 80 km. The combined fuel consumption is rated at 14.6 l/100 km, but seriously who’s counting?

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With the increased power, the Mulsanne Speed receives a bespoke driver-focused Sport suspension with switchable Custom setting that allows drivers to individually match steering, chassis and engine tunes according to personal preference.

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You can tell apart the Mulsanne Speed from the signature Mulsanne by spotting a polished stainless steel Speed badging on the front fenders, or you can observe the stainless steel parts adorned on the exterior of the Mulsanne Speed. They are finished in a darker tint compared to the signature Mulsanne, and the taillights gets a similar treatment as well. A set of Bentley’s first ever directional 21-inch wheels also help to distinguish it from the signature Mulsanne too.

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Inside, the Mulsanne Speed is fitted with Mulliner Driving Specification that includes diamond quilted leather on the door panels and seats with embroidered winged-B emblems, knurled gear lever and “organ stop” ventilation controls, coined finished interior door handles, and drilled alloy foot pedals.

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A 60 GB hard drive is available, along with other possible options such as electrically powered tables with iPad connectivity at the back of the front seats, on-board Wi-Fi, frosted glass bottle cooler complete with crystal champagne flutes behind the rear armrest, and a 2,200 watt Naim for Bentley premium audio system with 14-speakers.

The Mulsanne Speed will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show on 2nd of October, and will be available for customer delivery from December onwards.

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