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-liter. The 1930 8-liter 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 an “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.