Bentley unveils new 'grand tourer'

British luxury car maker Bentley Motors has announced the launch of its new flagship model, the Mulsanne.

The Cheshire firm unveiled the much-awaited GT model at the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance event in California. It is expected to hit showrooms worldwide in 2010.

Bentley's Mulsanne will be introduced in Europe this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The "grand tourer", which was said to be partly inspired by the Bentley 8-litre, also becomes the first Bentley model to be styled and built from start to finish at the company's headquarters in Crewe after a gap of nearly 80 years.

Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, 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 and the result is a luxury grand tourer that sets new standards in terms of comfort, effortless performance and hand-crafted refinement."

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