The British Gazette is not a commercial website. It is a 21st Century online successor to the radical 18th Century printed pamphlets. However to celebrate British Engineering and Manufacturing we publish herewith manufacturer footage of the new model (albeit from a company owned by the Germans). Above there is a manufacturer’s video of the car in action. Below however are six videos that take you through the build process (by Bentley Motors employees at the Pyms Lane factory in Crewe). They are worth watching.
Herewith a link to the Bentley Motors website:
The name is derived from Bentley’s historical racing pedigree, which included five victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans — the Mulsanne Straight being the stretch of the Le Mans racing circuit where cars reach their highest speeds.
Bentley brought back the Mulsanne nameplate that was last used in 1992, and this model replaces the Bentley Arnage. The new Mulsanne was unveiled at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, on 16th August 2009.
Like the Arnage, the Mulsanne retains the 6.75 L (6750 cc/411 in³) OHV V8 engine, modified to meet Euro V emissions regulations. The engine is lighter and features cylinder de-activation and variable cam phasing to improve fuel efficiency. Unlike the less expensive Bentley Continental Flying Spur and Bentley Continental GT, the Mulsanne shares fewer components with other marques in the Volkswagen Group.
The Mulsanne is the first flagship car to be independently designed by Bentley Motors in nearly 80 years; the last being W.O. Bentley’s 8 litre model in 1930. Afterward, most Bentleys shared platforms with Rolls-Royce cars. Below, the Pyms Lane factory.