We’re sure that for most people hopping behind the wheel of Bentley’s Mulsanne flagship sedan
, the car’s 505 horsepower and massive 752 pound-feet of torque will be more than adequate. However, it appears there’s been sufficient demand for a more potent Mulsanne to warrant Bentley developing a performance-oriented model.
The information was reported by Auto Express
, based on comments made by Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley’s CEO. Dürheimer said that Mulsanne developments would be announced at major auto shows taking place in 2014, leading to speculation that a new performance-oriented Mulsanne is in the works.
The warm reception received by Bentley’s Continental GT3-R
at the recent 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed is said to have spurred the automaker into developing additional performance models. This is to help further position Bentley as a sporting luxury brand.
The new performance-oriented Mulsanne is expected to debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in November. It will reportedly keep its twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V-8 but have its output boosted to around 550 horsepower. Weight-saving measures and chassis tweaks are also likely to be employed, which together with the engine's additional output could see the car’s 0-60 mph time drop below 5.0 seconds.
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