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Bentley Mulsanne
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Production 1980-1992
Class Ultra-Luxury
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The Bentley Mulsanne was a performance luxury car produced by Bentley Motors Limited from 1980 through 1992, though derivative models like the Continental T and Azure lasted into the 2000s. The name is derived from Bentley's famous history, which included five victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans — the 'Mulsanne Straight' being the stretch of the Le Mans racecourse where cars reach their highest speeds.

MulsanneEdit

The new Bentley promised to epitomise the very spirit of Bentley motoring by offering ample performance combined with complete comfort. Presumably, the wish to drive a Rolls-Royce was the driving force for the two Bentley Mulsanne L limousines though undoubtedly with their extended wheelbase these had presence of their own in traffic.

The Mulsanne shared the traditional 6.75 L (6750 cc/411 in³) Rolls-Royce V8 with aluminium alloy cylinder heads. Two SU carburettors were replaced by Bosch fuel injection on all cars from 1986. All Mulsannes use a 3-speed automatic transmission.

Mulsanne TurboEdit

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1982 and produced through 1985 was the Mulsanne Turbo. There was a 50% increase in power thanks to the Garrett AirResearch turbocharger. There was the usual highly polished walnut veneered fascia, blemish-free leather and carpets and headlining of pure wool for the interior. 498 short wheelbase and 18 long wheelbase Mulsanne Turbos were built.

The Mulsanne Turbo was replaced by the Turbo R, which used a fuel injected version of the same engine.

Mulsanne SEdit

The Mulsanne was looking stale by 1987, so the company spiced it up with the introduction of the Mulsanne S. Although this model lacked its turbocharger, many of its other details were similar to the Turbo R, including that car's alloy wheels and interior, and the suspension was firmed up for a more sporting ride. The rectangular headlamps from the 1980s gave way to quad round units for 1989, and the model lasted through 1992.

Derivative modelsEdit

The Mulsanne was based on the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit/Silver Spur introduced at the same time. It would be the basis for all Bentley models through the 1998 introduction of the Arnage.

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ReliabilityEdit

  • RECALL ALERT: On Nov. 11, 2008, Bentley issued a recall affecting all US-market Bentley T2s, Continentals and Mulsannes due to a defective hose assembly which could lead to a fuel leak. Concerned owners can contact 1-617-488-8500 for more information.[1]

ProductionEdit

Model Years Total Production Short wheelbase Long wheelbase Limousine
Mulsanne1980–1987533482492
Mulsanne Turbo51649818
Mulsanne S1987–199297090961

GalleryEdit

See AlsoEdit


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Volkswagen Group


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Current Models: Mulsanne · Continental GT · Continental GTC · Supersports · Continental Flying Spur ·

Rolls-Royce Era: Arnage · Azure · Brooklands · Turbo RT · Continental · Azure · Brooklands · Turbo R · Eight · Mulsanne · Camargue · Continental · Corniche · T1 & T2 · S3 · S2 · S1 · R Type · Mark VI

Early Bentleys: 3 L · 6½ L · Speed Six · 4½ L · Blower · 8 L · 4 L · 3½ L · 4¼ L · Mark V · Corniche

Specials/One Offs: State Limousine · Dominator · Buccaneer · Val D'Iser · B2 · B3 · Silverstone · Camelot · Phoenix · Imperial · Rapier · Spectre · Grand Prix · Monte Carlo · Pegasus · Sports EST · Mark VI by Pininfarina · Empress II by Hooper · Java Estate · R-Type Continental Abbott Coupe · Touring Flying Star

Concept Cars: Hunaudieres · Arnage Drophead Coupé Concept · Java Coupe · Java Convertible · S3 E Design · GTZ Zagato · T1 Coupé Speciale

Racing Vehicles: Speed 8


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