Introduced at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in California at Monterey, it was quite a sight to behold as Bentley unveiled its latest addition to its stable of luxury and grand touring car. This model was totally designed, conceptualized and developed in Crewe at its headquarters in England, the car will start production in 2010 in its high-technology manufacturing plant there.

Dr Fraz-Josef Paefgen, the chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors was at the event to unveil the new car. He said "The challenge we set our engineers was to create a new grand Bentley that would stand as the pinnacle of British luxury motoring, offering the world's most exclusive driving experience. They have responded to this challenge with real passion and the result is a luxury grand tourer that sets new standards in terms of comfort, effortless performance and hand-crafted refinement – the very qualities for which Bentley is renowned."

Dirk van Braeckel led the design team which maintained the well known ‘Winged B’ emblem that has, over the years been totally synonymous with the Bentley brand. This would be the car which was first revealed at the London Motor Show back in 1930. The 8 liter Bentley took 2 years to build by the W O Bentley car company which at that time being able to reach over 100mp/h states the company’s intention to show just how far it could go in the grand luxury car segment. That version of the car would reach 100 units by 1931.

The modern version, according to Braeckel "From the very first hand sketches in the styling studio, we were inspired by the traditions of the grand touring Bentleys and have sought to evolve this story for a new generation of Bentley enthusiasts.” To say the least, the intention of the 8 liter car is to showcase the most important element of a Bentley where every section of the car is designed, defined and developed with great detail and with the best quality possible. The Mulsanne essentially is built to reinforce Bentley’s expertise in every way.

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