2009 Frankfurt Auto Show: 2011 Bentley Mulsanne:
2009 Frankfurt Auto Show Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oed82OUvlW0
Bentley on Tuesday filled in some of the blanks on its 2011 Mulsanne flagship at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. But up in the air are such critical details as final U.S. pricing and fuel-economy numbers.
The Mulsanne made a showy debut last month at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. As promised, Bentley in Frankfurt released a raft of technical specifications on the car. The V8 engine, an update of the existing motor that includes cylinder deactivation, displaces 6.75 liters and is mated to an eight-speed transmission. The engine churns out 505 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque.
New 2011 Mercedes SLS @ 2009 FAS
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Unveiled at 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show:
2009 Frankfurt Auto Show Highlights:
t's amazing what happens when the psychodelic camouflage comes off a
long-awaited Mercedes-Benz production car. Here's the 2011 Mercedes-Benz
SLS AMG, the reborn Gullwing, the modern-day successor to the 300 SL. We've
driven it, savored the uncommonly sharp throttle response from the
6.2-liter V8 (563 hp, 479 lb-ft of torque) and marveled over the handling
-- which is more direct and communicative than any other Benz in recent
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BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept @ 2009 FAS
BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept @ 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show
2009 Frankfurt Auto Show Highlights:
Audi R8 e-Tron @ 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show:
Trust us. Nothing quite like the stunning — and awkwardly named — BMW
Vision EfficientDynamics concept has ever been seen at the normally staid
2009 Frankfurt Auto Show.
For this year's German show, the Bavarians have conjured up a vision of
future transportation that is not only visually arresting, but boasts the
performance of an M3 with the environmental impact of a Prius. In other
words, a truly "sustainable sports car," as so characterized by one BMW
executive (and numerous bloggers).
Super Bentley! Bentley Supersports @ 2009 Geneva Auto Show
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Just when you thought you'd heard the last of E85 ethanol, here comes
Bentley with its alcohol-burning 2010 Continental Supersports. In this one
way, this 621-horsepower matte-white
terror is like a Chevy Tahoe. Otherwise, not so much.
Now we suppose that if you've got the jingle to buy an example of this
fastest and most powerful Bentley model ever, then you could probably
afford to have someone deliver the E85 by the tanker truck to your garage.
Otherwise, it won't be easy to find the stuff.
Fear not, as the car's W12 engine will make the same horsepower running on
regular old premium gasoline, too.
Either way, Bentley says that while the Supersports will be available
worldwide this fall, cars for the North American market won't be FlexFuel
capable until the summer of 2010, following regulatory approval. The first
several hundred U.S.-market cars will officially be gas only. Why did
Bentley bother with all the ethanol stuff if the car can make the same
power on gas? It's the first step in Bentley's plan to make its entire
range compatible with renewable fuels by 2012. This should reduce the CO2
output of its fleet and deflect at least a little of the criticism that
comes when you produce cars that deliver only 13 mpg in the city.
Anyway, the car — it's fast. The company estimates it'll do zero to 60 in
3.7 seconds and top out at 204 mph. That's no small feat for a vehicle that
weighs 2.5 tons. The Speed model, says Bentley, will get to 60 mph in 4.3
seconds and top out at 202 mph. Though the Supersports has gone up in power
with its turbocharged 6.0-liter W12, it
has gone down in weight, dieting 243 pounds compared to the now totally
slow-in-comparison Continental GT Speed. That's thanks to lightweight
20-inch wheels, standard carbon-ceramic brakes (which, despite being
utterly massive at 16.5 inches across up front and 14 inches in the rear,
save 44 pounds compared to conventional brakes), lightweight carbon-fiber
sport seats and a few other things. Despite all of this, the Supersports
will weigh in at about 5,000 pounds.
The ZF six-speed automatic has been modified to shift 50 percent quicker
than the standard box. The all-wheel-drive system now comes with a
rear-biased torque split (40 percent front/60 percent rear compared to
50/50 for the Speed model). The suspension has been retuned with new
dampers and antiroll bars.
The standard Continental body has been modified to accommodate a
2-inch-wider rear track and suck 10 percent more air into the engine. The
Supersports comes with four unique paint options — two pearlescent and
two matte — and is finished with "smoked steel" trim in place of chrome.
Inside, the Supersports two-seater is slathered with carbon fiber and
Alcantara synthetic suede trim. Pricing hasn't been set for the Supersports
yet, but figure about $250,000 or a little more than 20 percent higher than
a Speed model. Bentley reckons it can sell about 250 Supersports at this
price in the U.S. in a year.
2011 Hyundai Equus vs 2011 Bentley Mulsanne
Executive Editor Edward Loh and Senior Editor Jonny Lieberman find out if
the luxury of Bentley's Mulsanne is worth the $330,000 pricetag compared to
Hyundai's all-new $70,000 Equus.
Shot by: Jim Gleason
Edited by: Jim Gleason
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Romancing Scotland in a Bentley Mulsanne
The infamous Loch Ness in Scotland's Highlands decidedly drew our attention
to the province's salient landscapes, romantic ruins, historical monster
myths and conspicuous castles such as Aldourie Castle Estate where we
studied, rested, dined and danced. And why not romance the region in
Bentley's greatest achievement yet; a 5,700 pound, hand-carved British
statement that sails 0 to 60 in 5.3 seconds and grandeur than any
achievement ever set forth by Parliament.
2011 Bentley Mulsanne
Dirk VanBraeckel breaks down the all-new flagship, Bentley Mulsanne. This
vehicle is a powerful and elegant drivers car. Inspired by the spirited
thinking of the past, it is a contemporary statement of luxury driving and
2009 Bentley Mulsanne
Brand new 2009 Bentley Mulsanne chassis No 1 at Pebble Beach Auction by
Gooding & Company, 16 August 2009.
Bentley Mulsanne for 2011
Bentley's design director, Dirk Van Braeckel gives a behind-the-scenes tour
of the all new Mulsanne.
This luxury sedan replaces the Arnage and will be ready to roll into US
dealerships in the 3d quarter of next year.
The car's official will be at the Frankfurt Motor Show and until then we
can't share the many technical details.