The updates begin up front as Mulsanne gets a reshaped bumper, fenders, and a hood; new grille, and LED headlights. Around back are a set of reshaped headlights and a new bumper. Inside is a new infotainment system with an eight-inch screen, new switchgear, and an optional Android tablet for rear passengers. Power will still come from a 6.75L twin-turbo V8 with 505 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic routes all of the power to the rear wheels.
Next up is the Mulsanne Speed that gets a punchier version of the 6.75L twin-turbo V8 producing 530 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. Performance figures stand at 4.8 seconds to 60 MPH and a top speed of 190 mph. Aside from the increase in power, the Speed gets a sport setting for the air suspension, custom exhaust, and a set of 21-inch wheels.
Wrapping up the Mulsanne lineup is the new Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase. As the name suggests, the Extended Wheelbase is about 9.8 inches longer than the standard Mulsanne. The extra length allowed Bentley to fit rear seats that have airplane-like power adjustments allowing passengers to sit upright or reclined. A large sunroof and electrically operated curtains for the rear windows come standard. Power comes from the same 6.75L twin-turbo V8 found in the standard Mulsanne.
“The three distinct handcrafted models now available each offer customers something different. The Mulsanne, with its understated elegance and sporting purpose, remains the consummate luxury limousine; the Mulsanne Speed is the pinnacle of luxury and performance thanks to its immense power, torque and refinement; and now the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase – with its extraordinary airline-style seats and rear-passenger bias – becomes the new benchmark in automotive comfort,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors.
Bentley says the 2017 Mulsanne will go on sale this summer.