550 bhp Bentley Mulsanne Performance Model At Paris Motor Show

The range-topping model of Bentley’s lineup, the Bentley Mulsanne will be seen in an interesting avatar at the Paris Motor Show which is scheduled to begin from October 4, 2014.

The news is that Bentley is going to unveil a performance variant of the Bentley Mulsanne super saloon at the Paris Motor Show. Bentley had two reasons to come up with a performance-oriented Mulsanne - to celebrate the success its GT3 racecar achieved in the Blancpain GT series and the overwhelming attention the Continental GT3-R received at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

So what shall we expect from this up-tuned version of Mulsanne? Expectedly, the performance version will be powered by the same 6.75 litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that powers the standard Mulsanne but the power will be boosted from current 505 bhp (337 kW) to nearly 550 bhp (410 kW). This would bring the current 0 to 100 km/h sprint time of 5.3 seconds well below 5.0 seconds which is astonishing for a car of this size.

The standard model weighs 2,585 kilogrammes but the performance spec version is likely to weigh substantially less. Since the Continental GT3-R lost nearly 100 kilogrammes, we can expect at least 40 to 50 kilogrammes of reduction in the more potent version.  Moreover, the new version would also feature a tweaked chassis for better dynamics.

Source: autoexpress.co.uk
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