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Bentley is showcasing the latest incarnation of its flagship Mulsanne range at the Geneva show with significant changes to the big saloon including a stretched version.

The new Mulsanne line-up will consist of three models – the stock Mulsanne, the performance-pitched Mulsanne Speed (pictured above) and an all-new model the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase (EWB).

With the EWB, Bentley says, it is setting a new benchmark for rear-seat passenger comfort, the model adding some 250mm to its wheelbase which allows the fitting of airline-style additions including electronic legrests. These are integrated into the bases of the two individual rear seats and extend outwards and pivot.

The two seats are separated by a console finished to typical Bentley craftsmanship standards and containing USB ports, pen holders, cup holders and a storage pocket with a glass cover.

The Speed, meanwhile, is powered by an uprated version of the 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. Its 530bhp is 25 horses more than the standard unit while torque rises from 752 to 811lbft, producing a 4.8-second 0-60mph time and a 190mph top speed.

Changes across the range include subtle styling revisions, the most notable a front grille that is 80mm wider and more prominent. The chassis is also completely updated to add further refinement to the ride, and further modified for Sport versions, while the technology available to occupants makes full use of the latest advances available through Bentley’s VW group parent, including a new touchscreen infotainment system.

Bentley Motors chairman and chief executive Wolfgang Dürheimer describes the Mulsanne as the epitome of the brand’s DNA – exquisite, individual and powerful. “It defines luxury in the automotive world and offers a unique Bentley blend of luxury and performance,” he says.

“The three distinct handcrafted models are now available. The Mulsanne, with its understated elegance and sporting purpose, remains the consummate luxury limousine; the Mulsanne Speed is the pinnacle of luxury and performance thanks to its immense power, torque and refinement; and now the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase, with its extraordinary airline-style seats and rear-passenger bias, becomes the new benchmark in automotive comfort,” Dürheimer adds.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.