Bentley Mulsanne

The Bentley Mulsanne set the stage for numerous Bentleys to follow, such as the Continental T and Azure, which lasted into the 21st century. The Mulsanne was a high-end performance luxury car produced by Bentley Motors Limited from 1980 through 1992. The 'Mulsanne' name has a unique derivation coming from the 'Mulsanne Straight', which was the stretch of the Le Mans racecourse where cars reach their highest speeds. This new model has some large shoes to fill given that Bentley was promising it would epitomize the very spirit of the brand by offering ample performance combined with complete comfort and luxury. Perhaps this marketing technique was implemented on account of the wish to drive a Rolls Royce. Nevertheless, this prompted Bentley to launch the Bentley Mulsanne L limousines though undoubtedly with their extended wheelbase these had presence of their own on the roadway. Under the hood, the Mulsanne shared the traditional 6.75 L (6750 cc/411 in<sup>3</sup>) Rolls-Royce V8 with aluminum alloy cylinder heads. Drivers were given an upgrade by the replacement Bosch fuel injection for two SU carburetors. This change was made on all cars from 1986 on. Additionally, all Mulsannes use a 3-speed automatic transmission. Obviously, it is easy to see why the car was so well received at its launch, which occurred at the Geneva Motor Show in 1982. The car remained in production through 1985 as the Mulsanne Turbo. The Garrett Air Research turbocharger is given credit for supplying a 50% increase in power. Drivers rode in comfort and could enjoy the interior embellishments such as highly polished walnut veneered fascia, blemish-free leather and carpets and headlining of pure wool for the interior. This was an expertly combined piece of equipment that not only performed well on the roadway, but commanded attention wherever it went. Not to mention, it was all luxury on the inside.