2011 Bentley Mulsanne unveil at the Concours d’Elegance

Wow, a first for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The powers that be allowed Bentley to unveil the 2010 Bentley Mulsanne. And sharing the stage with the Mulsanne was W.O. Bentleys preserved 1930, the 8-litre. The 1930 8-litre was last big Bentley that was designed, engineered and built from the ground up by Bentley engineers – until now.

In my interview with Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, he said, “The Mulsanne is designed to be the flagship of Bentley”. Paefgen wouldn’t give up much, but he did say it was a “old, but new” 6.75-liter V-8. Paefgen also said the Mulsanne would have more performance and better fuel economy. It will be built at the Bentley factory in Crewe, England.

The Mulsanne name has been used by Bentley before, back in the ’80s. Bentley names their cars after corners from the Le Mans. The Mulsanne is a straight and corner at Le Mans.

The Bentley Mulsanne will go on sale from mid 2010. It will also be displayed at the forthcoming IAA Frankfurt Motor Show

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and the Concept Car of the Year, and former member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year #NACTOY. She is a guest contributor for Via Corsa magazine and Vicarious magazine.