ZF Friedrichshafen AG makes key contributions to the new Bentley Mulsanne, which replaces the Arnage as Bentley's flagship luxury vehicle. The German supplier provides the UK-made ultraluxury car’s eight-speed automatic transmission, which is married to the Mulsanne’s 505-hp 6.75-liter V-8 gasoline engine.
The smoothness of the Mulsanne’s ride is improved by the car’s air suspension system combined with continuous damping control. ZF and Vibracoustic GmbH & Co. KG, also of Germany, are the module suppliers for the dampers and air springs. Wabco Holdings Inc. of Belgium provides the air supply unit and the electronic control of the complete system. The Belgium-based company, which is better known as a supplier to commercial vehicle makers, also provides the air suspension system on the Ghost from Bentley rival Rolls-Royce. The Mulsanne competes against the Rolls-Royce Phantom, which is larger than the Ghost.
Robert Bosch GmbH of Germany is responsible for the Mulsanne’s electronic stability control while British-based TI Automotive supplies brake and fuel lines for the car from its plant in Telford, England.
The Mulsanne’s large twin exhaust pipes mounted below the car’s rear bumper are prominent features. The tailpipe trim is delivered by Tajco A/S, a unit of Danish-owned Tajco Group that also produces bumper/fascia trim.
Bentley assembles the Mulsanne in Crewe, England. Prices in the German market start from 289,170 euros (about $373,930).