2011 New Cars: Europe

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Bentley Mulsanne

NEW: Modern megabuck sedan to replace the Arnage.

Noteworthy: Compared with the aged Arnage, the new Mulsanne makes a big leap in size (nearly seven inches longer overall, with a six-inch-greater span between the axles), in price (some fifty grand dearer), but most of all in credibility. This all-new sedan retains all the handcrafted, old-world charm but makes no apologies in terms of performance or equipment. The performance comes via a reworked version of the traditional V-8 (updated with variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation), now paired with an eight-speed automatic. The V-8 remains a low-revving torque monster that can effortlessly accelerate this heavy car to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds, and the big Bentley displays remarkable athleticism for its size and heft. Suspension tuning and steering effort are driver-adjustable. The interior can be fitted with myriad choices of leather and wood veneers; the exterior can be painted any color (or colors) you choose.

On sale: Now
BASE PRICE: $287,595 (plus gas-guzzler tax)
Specs: 6.8L twin-turbo V-8, 505 hp, 752 lb-ft; rear-wheel drive

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The Mulsanne is the first Bentley in decades that isn't based on another company's car.

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