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.
Stay tuned for an update.