Tesla Model S P85D Versus Bentley Mulsanne Speed – Comparison

OCT 10 2015 BY MARK KANE 14

Bentley Mulsanne Speed

Bentley Mulsanne Speed

Autocar recently went insane by testing the Tesla Model S P85D against the Bentley Mulsanne Speed.

Range cash anxiety probably will take off the burden of choice between the two for most of us, but it’s sweet to see an electric car compared to a well established brand’s luxury car. Quite an achievement.

According to Bentley:

“This is a car for independent thinkers. For those with the unquenchable desire to take the wheel and change the world, there is no more accomplished combination of performance, luxury and style.”

First of all, this is the car for those with £252,000 ($383,000) to spare (and another £55,400 for options). On the other hand, we see the damn cheap Tesla, which begins from £79,900 (deducting £5000 plug-in car grant).

You could literally buy three Tesla or two and a private Supercharger for the same price as the entry-level Bentley.

Insane difference in prices will translate to significant differences in sophistication, like interior andsuspension.

Tesla Model S P85D will leave the Bentley in the dust in a 0-62 mph race by nearly two seconds (3.1 vs 4.9 seconds), although this is probably not too important for most Bentley owners,:

“Yet the Bentley has a character all of its own. Slide into the diamond-stitched embossed seats and take in the immaculately appointed confection that is the interior and it feels as if there’s a six-figure difference in value right there. Someone has clearly lavished varnish on the wood for days on end, probably with a brush made of unicorn hair, and the leather smells of sweet, sweet success.

In the same way that the Tesla transports you to a future ruled by instant everything, the Bentley makes you want to buy a smoking jacket and a gun dog and go and live somewhere stone-built and untouched by the relentless creep of technology.”

Detailed comparison here.

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14 Comments on "Tesla Model S P85D Versus Bentley Mulsanne Speed – Comparison"

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this is a ridiculous comparison. it would be more relevant to provide the latest information on the Bentley PHEV.

“no comment” said:

“this is a ridiculous comparison.”

Don’t you mean Ludicrous™? 😉

Stodgy bling versus an engineering masterpiece on wheels.

I hope the Bently at least includes a lifetime supply of Grey Poupon.

contrary to what the article states, bentley claims that the mulsanne speed can do 0-60 in more like 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 190 mph, which is pretty impressive for a 3 ton automobile. i would hardly call that “stodgy”.

Tesla bills itself as a maker of “premium”, not luxury vehicles.

Perhaps they could design a more stoggy, reto limo body chock full of beautifully hand-stitched leather and carved wood, charge three times the price– and call it Model L. 😉

Full size limo would fit 160kW battery for luxury drive to Los Angeles without stop

Caskets can also be very luxuriously upholstered.

“This Bentley is the ultimate car for climate change deniers. For those who wish to advertise that they are part of the 1% that takes through the open exploitation of others and helps destroy the atmosphere and the world, there is no more accomplished combination of arrogance, decadence, and hypocracy.”

I own a Tesla 90D not because I buy into the tailpipe dream of emission caused climate change, but because it’s the finest automobile I’ve ever driven. For reference I also own a modified Cadillac CTS V Coupe with over 600 HP and 600 ft lbs of torque and the Tesla feels much quicker. As for curbing CO2 emissions as a way of changing long term weather patterns, this is a fools errand that if followed to its conclusion will bankrupt the west. Honestly how can curbing a tiny fraction of human produced CO2 emissions which in turn is no more than 4% of the total atmospheric CO2 do anything to change long term weather patterns never mind India and China’s emissions.

Quoting the article:

“…the damn cheap Tesla”

I’m pretty sure that is the first time those words have appeared together in the same sentence. 😉

I’ve got a gasoline engined 600 HP super car and I own a Tesla. When driving the “super car” I have to fill it up every other day as it averages 14 mpg. When I drive my much more fun to drive Tesla I plug it in at night and never have to get the oil changed, or deal with brake jobs which the “super car” needs every 15,000 miles at 3000k a pop. Not sure what your point is.

Interesting bit of trivia:
Estimated range of the Bentley: 490km (300 miles)
Estimated range of the Tesla: 430km (270 miles)

what is the refill time for the bentley and what is the recharge time for the tesla?

“evidently, your bentley must have said ‘rent me'” – ice cube (“behind gates”, with e40)

‘Recharging’ the Bentley takes approximately 2 and a half minutes.
Recharging the Tesla takes 30 minutes to 80%.