Bentley Mulsanne Speed Redefines Excess in Paris

Mike Schlee
by Mike Schlee

Heavy-duty pickup trucks are about to have serious torque envy thanks to the all new Bentley Mulsanne Speed.

With a ridiculous 811 lb-ft coming from the turbocharged 6.75-liter V8, Bentley is showing the Mulsanne Speed to the world for the first time here at the Paris Motor Show.

But as obnoxious as that 811 lb-ft. figure may seem, it isn’t all that extreme when considering the Mulsanne Speed shares another trait with pick-up trucks – weight. Tipping the scales at just under 6,000 lbs., this is no lightweight.

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But the Mulsanne Speed doesn’t care. It’ll defy physics and still hit 60 MPH from a standstill in 4.8 seconds before reaching an insane top speed of 190 MPH. There is something both mesmerizing and horrifying about the thought of a three ton car traveling at nearly 200 MPH.

And the news keeps getting better. Even with the power increase, the Mulsanne Speed now achieves 12 MPG in the city and 19 MPG on the highway. This is achieved largely thanks to the use of cylinder deactivation that can turn the big V8 into a V4 when workloads are light.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Has 811 LB-FT of Torque

Being a large uber luxury car, the styling changes between the regular Mulsanne and the Speed are minimal. Just a few darker trim pieces here and there and the prerequisite “Speed” badges round out the changes on the exterior. Inside, there is special piano black and carbon fiber inlays, but not much else.

Pricing is yet to be announced, but as the old saying goes, if you have to ask how much the Muslanne Speed costs, chances are you aren’t in the market to buy one anyway.

GALLERY: 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Live Photos

GALLERY: 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed

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Mike Schlee
Mike Schlee

A 20+ year industry veteran, Mike rejoins the AutoGuide team as the Managing Editor. He started his career at a young age working at dealerships, car rentals, and used car advertisers. He then found his true passion, automotive writing. After contributing to multiple websites for several years, he spent the next six years working at the head office of an automotive OEM, before returning back to the field he loves. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). He's the recipient of a feature writing of the year award and multiple video of the year awards.

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  • Johnls39 . Johnls39 . on Oct 02, 2014

    Beautiful car, wish automakers give you an option of wood trim with standard carbon fiber. No need for uber-speed cars like this have only carbon-fiber.