- The 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed, the British brand's new and more powerful flagship sedan, will make its formal debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show.
- Bentley's Mulsanne Speed will arrive at U.S. dealerships in the first half of 2015, a spokesman told Edmunds.
- The Mulsanne will still be as comfy as an English manor house, but with what Bentley calls "more assertive styling."
The Mulsanne Speed will arrive at U.S. Bentley dealerships in the first half of 2015, Corey Proffitt, a Bentley spokesman, told Edmunds on Tuesday. The North American debut will "take place in L.A. around the (2014) L.A. Auto Show," he added.
"Pricing will start around $335,600," Proffitt said.
The new flagship will still be as comfy as an English manor house, but with what Bentley calls "more assertive styling."
The changes are more discreet than radical and include darkened elements on the grille and lights. The Mulsanne Speed also introduces Bentley's first directional-style wheel, "with a design that is handed for the right or left side of the car," the automaker said.
New exterior paint colors include Spectre, a black shade with a gold metallic and green tint, and Candy Red, which is described as a "rich and deep liquid red."
Piano Black panels with carbon-fiber inlays are a new option in the cabin.
"The Mulsanne Speed is distinguished, calm and relaxing, but always with a connection to the road and relentless dynamic performance on demand," Bentley said.
The Mulsanne's 6.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine gets a boost to 530 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. The eight-speed automatic transmission has been recalibrated and includes a new "S" mode designed to give the driver "even more control." It maintains the engine speed above 2,000 rpm for "instantaneous performance."
The Mulsanne Speed sprints from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 190 mph.
Buyers should expect greater fuel efficiency due to a retuned cylinder deactivation system and other improvements, Bentley said. The base 2014 Mulsanne returns 11 mpg in city driving and 18 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
The EPA has not posted 2015 Mulsanne Speed fuel economy numbers.
A new sport suspension rounds out the package on the Mulsanne Speed.
The new Bentley flagship targets the Rolls-Royce Phantom.
Edmunds says: Bentley takes some steps to make the Mulsanne even more special for buyers with deep pockets.