Frustrated Knights focused on own bid amid 3-way tie for no. 4

first_imgNadal makes Shanghai semis, ties Agassi for wins in Open Era The Knights had the chance to lock up the fourth seed but Napa’s team faltered in the end game against the defending champions.San Beda went on an 11-2 game-closing run to take the victory and deflate Letran’s hopes of an easier path to the semifinals.“Of course we’re frustrated because the players gave it all,” said Napa. “But we’re still positive and we have to win against Benilde.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLetran is in a precarious predicament heading into the Final Four of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.After their loss to San Beda, the Knights failed to get a precious edge in the race for a spot in the semifinals as they dropped to 8-9 and tied with Arellano and San Sebastian at the fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT And in the event that all three teams win their respective final matches in the eliminations, they would be relegated to playoff games to figure out who gets the last semifinals spot.Knights head coach Jeff Napa, though, is not focusing on the fate of the Chiefs and the Golden Stags.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We don’t care what the other teams will do,” said Napa in Filipino Friday after the 73-68 setback at Filoil Flying V Centre.“All we care about right now is the must win on Tuesday against College of St. Benilde. So let’s see what happens.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Foton rides diesel engine to victory over Cocolife

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “After the first match, all people start saying that maybe Foton is a very strong team,” said Branislav.Branislav emphasized that his players have yet to reach their full potential after three of them failed to meet his expectations.“It’s good that we won 3-1. But you saw that three players didn’t play the same level during our first match,” he said.Americans Tai Manu-Olevao and Taylor Fae Milton tallied 16 and 15 markers, respectively, for the Asset Managers, who took their second-straight setback in the tournament bankrolled by Cignal, Mikasa, Senoh, Mueller, Grand Sport, Rebisco, Island Rose, Cloudfone, UCPB Gen and Asics.Cignal and Petron, two powerhouse squads tipped to challenge Foton, were playing at press time.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:27Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img CONTRIBUTED PHOTOReigning champion Foton needed a little time to heat up before cruising to a 20-25, 25-17, 28-26, 25-18 victory over Cocolife in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Saturday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Serbian import Sara Klisura and Jaja Santiago spewed fire from all angles to tow the Tornadoes to their second straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ In this win, Foton needed to warm up its engine before going full rev on its foes.And Klisura was at the forefront of the onslaught, finishing with 17 kills and five blocks for 22 points while Santiago uncorked 16 kills, three blocks and a pair of service aces.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMontenegrin Dragana Perunicic added 14 markers.Despite the win, Foton head coach Moro Branislav was still far from satisfied with his wards’ accomplishment. View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next In people’s hearts, Ginebra always has a homelast_img read more

UP dumps NU in last elims game, but Final 4 status still in limbo

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 George scores 42 as Thunder beat Clippers to snap 4-game skid LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines ended its elimination round campaign in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament with a 106-81 dumping of National University Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.But at 6-8, the Fighting Maroons would have to wait for the result of the game between Adamson and Far Eastern University to see if they can get a playoff game for the fourth seed.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I was telling them at the beginning that we need these kinds of games, the ball is not in our hands anymore but at least we gave ourselves a chance for a playoff,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol.UP established dominance between the third and fourth quarters, mounting a 19-6 run capped off with a breakaway dunk from rookie Juan Gomez de Liaño early in the final period to go up 86-63.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNU tried to get back into the game with a 9-0 spurt that cut the deficit to 16, 88-72, but Javi Gomez de Liaño scored on back-to-back layups to help UP regain momentum and a 94-78 lead 2:32 left in the game.“I’m really proud with how they responded to the challenge, this is a game we can reckon for years to come,” said Perasol. In the event of an FEU victory, though, UP will be eliminated from the Final Four and the Fighting Maroons would bid farewell to seniors Andrew Harris, Paolo Romero, Rob Ricafort, and Ibrahim Quattara.Paul Desiderio led all scorers with 30 points, tying his career-high, with seven rebounds for UP while Juan added 22 points and 13 rebounds.Javi also had a double-double of 17 points and 10 boards while Quattara finished with 12 points and 13 boards, 10 coming off the offensive glass.Issa Gaye had 25 points and 10 boards to lead NU while the graduating J-Jay Alejandro had 16 points and eight assists.The ScoresUP 106 – Desiderio 30, Gomez de Liano Ju 22, Gomez de Liano Ja 17, Manzo 14, Ouattara 12, Webb 3, Lim 2, Harris 2, Ricafort 2, Romero 2, Prado 0, Jaboneta 0NU 81 – Gaye 25, Alejandro 16, Joson 7, Salem 7, Tibayan 7, Mosqueda 4, Bartlett 4, Diputado 3, Cauilan 3, Aquino 3, Morido 2, Yu 0, Abatayo 0, Lastimosa 0, Flores 0, Rangel 0Quarters: 34-21, 58-45, 84-60, 106-81ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READlast_img read more

Cilic obstacle in way of Nadal’s semifinal quest

first_img“The match against Grigor in Brisbane wasn’t that long ago and I played well, he also played well,” Edmund said.“Of course, we can take things from that. There is a lot of things I did do well. Maybe a few things I could do better, and I will try and do that when I play him.”  Top seed Simona Halep eases into last eight MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nadal, who lost to Roger Federer in last year’s final, overcame tenacious Argentine Diego Schwartzman in a classic round of 16 encounter and will have to get past former US Open champion Cilic to reach the semi-finals.In Tuesday’s other quarter-final in the top half of the draw, Bulgaria’s world No.3 Grigor Dimitrov is up against British hope and 49th-ranked Kyle Edmund for a place in the last four. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNadal leads world No.6 Cilic 5-1 in career meetings, including a straight sets win over the Croat in the round of 16 in Melbourne in 2011.   “Now is the moment to make a step forward, to play again more aggressive,” Nadal said.center_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Spain’s Rafael Nadal hits a forehand return to Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Rafael Nadal sees his quarterfinal showdown with big-match player Marin Cilic on Tuesday as the time to crank up his Australian Open offensive for Grand Slam number 17.The Spanish world No.1 has been in ominous form in the first week after coming into the year’s opening major tournament with knee concerns.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Generally throughout my career, I know that if I’m playing well, if I’m top of my game, that I can challenge most of the guys on the tour,” a confident Cilic said.“And with the win at the US Open I now believe in my own game, I believe in what I’m doing.“I think I’m moving the right direction. It’s obviously a big challenge, but that’s what we also work for at training.“My goal in this year is to win a Grand Slam. It’s a big challenge, but I’m improving every single year.”Extra gearDimitrov beat Edmund only two weeks ago in the quarter-finals at the Brisbane International, but he is prepared for another struggle after his monumental four-set victory over Australian Nick Kyrgios in the round of 16.“He’s gone this far. So for sure I need to be ready. There is no place to underestimate him or anything like that,” Dimitrov said.“I am finding that extra gear in every match and the main thing for me is to really focus on myself.”Edmund, the only British man in the draw after five-time finalist Andy Murray’s injury withdrawal before the tournament, is having his best run at a Grand Slam.He upset US Open finalist and 11th seed Kevin Anderson in the first round and followed up with wins over Denis Istomin, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Andreas Seppi. Read Next “I know I’m going to have a tough opponent with Cilic. I need to play aggressive and play well.”Nadal is respectful of the Croat’s abilities and is expecting another ding-dong struggle with last year’s Wimbledon finalist.“Marin will be a tough one, but at the same time, it’s a beautiful match to play against a great player,” he said.“We know each other. We’ve played a couple of times and I know I need to play well. I hope to be ready to make that happen.”Cilic has moved efficiently through the draw with wins over Vasek Pospisil, Joao Sousa, Ryan Harrison and Spanish 10th seed Pablo Carreno Busta.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View commentslast_img read more

Pacman’s inspiration

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Punch stats confirm one-sided win Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ “Parang gusto kong umiyak (I felt like crying),” bared Ancajas, who idolizes the Philippine senator.They talked again shortly before he fought Israel Gonzalez on Saturday.Pacquiao, his benefactor by way of MP Promotions, encouraged him to give his best.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He urged me to forget about the pressure,” said Ancajas, who did not disappoint with a 10th round knockout of Gonzalez.His fourth successful title defense put him on a collision course with compatriot and IBF No. 1 contender Jonas Sultan, unless Top Rank’s Bob Arum decides to pay Sultan’s camp a step-aside fee and choose a more interesting opponent. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Roy Luarca/INQUIRERCorpus Christi, Texas—Jerwin Ancajas regards Manny Pacquiao so highly that his words were enough to uplift his spirits.When the eight-division world champion prayed over him over the phone Friday night, Ancajas was so moved that he felt goose bumps.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Canelo Alvarez tests positive for banned drug, blames meat

first_imgGinebra puts ROS on brink Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Daniel Eichner, director of the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory that conducted the test, wrote Monday: “These values are all within the range of what is expected from meat contamination.”Alvarez is scheduled for a rematch with middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on May 5 in Las Vegas, a highly anticipated fight after their draw last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlvarez will move his training camp from Mexico to the United States and submit to additional tests, Golden Boy said.Clenbuterol, often used by asthmatics, has fat burning properties and athletes have been known to use it to help them drop body fat and weight quickly. Among those who have tested positive for it are baseball players Raul Mondesi and Guillermo Mota, champion cyclist Alberto Contador, and a number of participants in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses during a news conference at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live to announce the upcoming rematch against Gennady Golovkin on February 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Middleweight boxer Canelo Alvarez has tested positive for a banned drug, and his promoters blame contaminated meat.A voluntary test showed Alvarez had traces of clenbuterol. A statement from Golden Boy Promotions said the amount was consistent with meat contamination that has impacted athletes in Mexico and China.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico “I am an athlete who respects the sport and this surprises me and bothers me because it had never happened to me,” Alvarez said. “I will submit to all the tests that require me to clarify this embarrassing situation and I trust that at the end the truth will prevail.”Alvarez, 27, of Mexico, and Golovkin, from Kazakhstan, are among the best active boxers. Alvarez, whose given name is Saul, is 49-1-2 with 34 knockouts. He relinquished his previous belts before meeting Golovkin last September, when Alvarez won on one card 118-110, lost 115-13 on another and third judge had it 114-114.“It’s tough to comment on it, we’re waiting for the Nevada commission to do their due diligence,” Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter, told The Associated Press. “We would like the fight to continue if there is any way for that to happen.“Triple G always has wanted to undergo testing because he hits so hard and is so well-conditioned, he didn’t want there to be any questions on his side. He had wanted both fighters to undergo testing to make for a level playing field as much as possible.”ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

JRU recovers from loss, turns back Perpetual

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJose Rizal Unversity bounced back from its debilitating loss to Lyceum and held back University of Perpetual Help, 70-56, in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Friday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.The Heavy Bombers improved to 4-1 with their lone loss coming against the Pirates, 95-87, last May 22 that saw their three-game win streak stopped.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP More scoring options in Flying V lessen burden for Jeron Teng For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Teytey Teodoro splashed home five three-pointers en route to a game-high 19 points to lead JRU.JRU head coach Vergel Meneses said their loss against the Pirates was a wakeup call for his team who got a bit complacent after defeating reigning UAAP champions La Salle, 95-81, in the opener.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“This is a wakeup call for us because they started to think that they can beat anyone, we beat the no.1 collegiate team in the Philippines,” said Meneses as they settled for the second spot in Group B. “They thought that every game will be the same.”Ervin Grospe also finished in double digits for the Heavy Bombers as he put up 12 points and five rebounds. MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Genmar Ylagan had 13 points to lead the 2-3 Altas.last_img read more

Bentley bliss

first_imgThe Mulsanne with its 505 bhp of max power and 1020 Nm of max torque, besides superb road holding, revels in the Scottish Highlands with short straights, gentle curves and breathtaking viewsThere is a fairytale castle in the background on the banks of a long lake surrounded by lush green,The Mulsanne with its 505 bhp of max power and 1020 Nm of max torque, besides superb road holding, revels in the Scottish Highlands with short straights, gentle curves and breathtaking viewsThere is a fairytale castle in the background on the banks of a long lake surrounded by lush green rolling hills. It’s that part of the country where, on a sunny day, the locals tell you that you are blessed because you’re enjoying one of the two sunny days of the season. I am trembling with anticipation. The locals think it’s because the lake behind me is the Loch Ness and I’ve already had nightmares about the creature haunting its depths.The actual reason, though, is quite different. The trembling can be attributed to two incidents, one that has just occurred and the other that is about to. I have just been out for a ride in W. O. Bentley’s personal 8-litre car, the second of the hundred ever built. This was Bentley’s flagship car; the largest, most luxurious and most expensive car made by the marque before it merged with Rolls-Royce back in 1930! And now I am about to set off in the spiritual successor to the original 8-litre: Bentley’s new flagship, the ultramodern Mulsanne.From the banks of the Loch Ness, I am going to drive north to Inverness, the famed setting of Macbeth, and look upon the North Sea before crossing the breadth of Scotland to the western shores at Loch Ewe before returning to the Glen Ord distillery to sample the best known produce of Scotland). The town of Inverness does not quite fit in with its pristine surroundings; it is an ugly jumble of modern buildings juxtaposed with ancient ones, narrow streets and industrial areas. But I have the V8 under the hood of my Mulsanne and over a thousand newton-metres of torque to call upon. I put the power to good use and let the concrete jungle of the capital of the Scottish Highlands disappear behind me. It is perhaps the picture postcard country that Scotland otherwise presents that makes me want to get away from Inverness. If you ignore the looks, it’s a pretty decent city, and ranks in the top 10 in the quality of life index of British cities.By now, I’m climbing the narrow mountain roads which, after a heavy downpour, are glistening in the harsh sun, a ribbon of sunlight upon the bright green Scottish highlands (to misquote the famous British poet who drew his inspiration from the Welsh mountains). Is this all wrong, I wonder.For roads like these, one needs a superagile, fast-accelerating light car that can play the straights, pirouette around the curves and accelerate hard till the next turn. The Mulsanne, on the other hand, is huge and it takes a lot to get the nearly three tonne mass of steel, alloy, fluids and flesh up to speed before bringing it to a near stop for the tight corner.The stateliness of the Mulsanne makes it fit for the driveways of castles such as the Aldourie, on the banks of the Loch NessThe roads all seem to edge valleys with smoothened out hills on either side with a river or lake keeping the road intermittent company. The countryside looks a lot like Austria; only these hills are lower and more rounded and the greens brighter than that seen on the continent. The men working in the countryside are all wearing netting around their faces. I’m told it is to keep at bay the midgets that breed in the hundreds of thousands in summer and cause huge discomfort when they bite.The Mulsanne, meanwhile, is proving to be quite a nimble vehicle, belying its size. It’s as if the jumbo jet has learnt the tricks of an MIG-29 and is intent on showing off to all and sundry. The car gets up to 100 kmph from a standing start in just over five seconds and, though I am yet to look up the dimensions, the ventilated brake discs in the 21-inch wheels seem awfully large. Indeed, they bring the Mulsanne to a complete stop with just a tremor.Agility coupled with nimbleness, which in itself is stunning for a car of such mammoth proportions, is not the only selling point. After all, a Bentley isn’t a Bentley until it is opulent and stately and luxurious as well. The Mulsanne feels like a barrister’s library from the days when wood and leather were the norm in the lair of every successful man. It is sheer opulence on wheels. While my own indulgence is complete as the twin-turbochargers whirr their way to the car’s unmatched performance, my co-passenger-a gentleman from Dubai-revels in the sound of the 20-speaker, 2200-watt Naim Audio music system.We stop for mid-morning coffee at the house of a gentleman who has already made his millions and now indulges his twin passions: riding classic motorcycles in India and philanthropy. His house is situated on the side of a hill which forms part of a bowl made by mountains.The only way to get here is to follow a river up a valley which ends in the bowl. Only a few families live in the neighbourhood and our host’s closest neighbour is a family which made its fortunes from something called Lego. So it’s quite normal for them to have a series of Bentleys drawing up into their driveway and turning their front yard into the most expensive car park in Scotland, perhaps.The interiors are a mix of fine materials and exclusive equipmentOur lunch stop is at The Pool House, an exclusive hotel overlooking the bay which sheltered many allied convoys during the World War II. Run by a family, it caters to authors and artists as well as the occasional pop star or two. I savour the lunch but am the first one to get back into the car. Not because our next destination is the Glen Ord Distillery, whose biggest client is Johnnie Walker, but because I have just been told something amazing: there are no speed limits over the next hundred kilometres or so, because these roads are seldom used.The road hugs the coast for a bit, before turning inland over the Scottish mountains as the Mulsanne gets its wind, proving its mettle as a Bentley and living up to its name, derived from the famous straightaway and village at Le Mans.Glen Ord is one of the finest distilleries in Scotland, offering two types of single malts, one matured in sherry casks and another matured in bourbon ones. After learning how simple it is to make single malts, I think up the distillery that I will set up back in India. And then I am told the secret to the flavour and quality of each of whisky is the water. Each distillery here has its own source of water, which makes each of its malts unique. Dreams die fast.It’s time to head back to Aldourie Castle and this time I am safely tucked into the rear seat. (Of course I prefer the front right seat of cars in the UK, but the fumes of the single malts from the maturing rooms could have found their way into my blood stream and I cannot drink and drive after all.) To my surprise, the rear seat is actually a good place to be in. I see our chauffeur for the evening, the head of PR for Bentley, quietly turning the knob from Sport to Bentley, a setting that most favours the car and I can immediately feel a cushiness in the ride, thanks to the quickreacting, adaptive air suspension.Ensconced in British luxury at its best, single malt fumes swirling around in my head, before I know it, the car is drawing up to the castle and a bagpiper striking up a tune as the village lasses gather in the main hall to welcome back the lord and dance away the evening Stripping the Willow, a Scottish Highland fold dance where couples weave through a line up of other couples. Did I fall asleep?Indeed dozing off is not difficult in the Mulsanne, the ultimate statement on wheels. Of course, if you want just a luxurious statement, you could buy a Rolls-Royce. But then you wouldn’t get the thrills that come with driving an exotic car. For speed, you could put your money on a Bugatti, but that’s not allowed on a regular road, or a Ferrari, which is downright impractical.Although more refined, the engine has the same configuration as the flagship of the 30sTo make a perfect statement, you need a car that has presence, a powerful engine and unparalleled luxury. In keeping with the times, it should be green as well. And last, but definitely not the least, the marque should have heritage. The Mulsanne, which replace the aging Bentley Arnage, therefore, is the perfect statement to make. Well, as perfect as can be in our imperfect world.To create its new-age car, the company decided to use things from its past as the basic building blocks. After all, a large part of a Bentley is the heritage of the marque.The new car looks a trifle slab sided from the front, more like one of the large American cars rather than a British one. What this front does is give the car a mammoth presence that you’d be hard pressed to find in some of the other exotic cars available around the world. The rest of the car is pleasing with smooth flowing lines that are traditional as much as modern, strong haunches and a rear dominated by large exhaust pipes. The shape of the headlamps are reminiscent of the original Bentley 8-litre. Then, large headlamps were needed to increase visibility and help the driver see better in the dark. Now, on the Mulsanne, it is the smaller, lower pair set towards the outside that performs the function of the main headlamps.The cylinders on the Mulsanne engine number eight and have a basic configuration that is the same as the engines built 50 years ago at Crewe. Although the six- and three-quarter litres of displacement may be the same as that of its predecessors, the engine on the Mulsanne houses cutting edge technology. Basically, the engine consumes less fuel depending on the load situation and can even shut down four of its eight cylinders under 2000 rpm so as to be about 5 per cent more fuel efficient overall. And although the car itself is heavy, much like the elephant or hippo of cars, the 1000 Nm of torque can propel it to over 100 kmph in just over five seconds and to a top speed of nearly 300 kmph.The weight comes not so much from the body as from the fixtures and fittings in this luxury liner of cars, because though the main body is of high-grade stainless steel, the doors and the bonnet are made of alloys, in the interest of shaving off some weight. The bootlid, meanwhile, is made from composites and houses the sat nav antennae. Ingenious methods have been used to make the car cutting edge in performance while preserving the Bentley look and keeping technology away from the occupants. For instance, although the car has a keyless entry, the door handles are made of solid stainless steel-providing the feel one would expect from a Bentley.The car is surprisingly easy to drive. Electronics help keep it stable under hard acceleration and the emergency braking that was often required on the drive on the scenic roads near Inverness. advertisementadvertisementadvertisementThe slab-sided front gives the car enormous presence. It is the smaller pair of lights that form the main headlampThe 6.75-litre V8 engine has oodles of power on tap and the eight-speed conventional automatic gearbox works very well on the Mulsanne. The gearshifts are seamless and, with eight ratios, there is no perceptible jerk when they change. And keeping in touch with its sporty nature, the Mulsanne has gearshift paddles on the steering wheel as well.The drive experience is good and the rear seats even better, but what stands out is the earlier mentioned Naim Audio 20-speaker, 2200-watt music system. Even to an untrained pair of ears, it sounds like the best sound quality experienced in a car to date.The Mulsanne’s suspension is adaptive and you can choose between Comfort and Sport and Bentley modes, depending on your requirements or driving style. You can also design your own custom set-up in case you’re not satisfied with the presets on offer. On the move, the loudest noise comes from the tyres on tarmac, and that itself is slight enough for you not to notice.Although people may have mixed opinions on the looks, there is no denying that Bentley has achieved what it set out to do. The Mulsanne is more than a generation ahead of its predecessor, the Arnage, and yet retains the old world charm of the earlier cars with the technology hidden away behind wood and leather. Not surprising then that the production for next year is already sold out and all you can do is join the queue for a car in 2012. SpecificationsEngine: 6752 ccPower: 505 bhp @ 4200 rpmTorque: 1020 Nm @ 1750 rpmTransmission: 8-speed autoTop Speed: 296 kmph6. 0-100kmph: 5.3 secondsLxWxH: 5575 x 2208 x 1521 mmWheelbase: 3266 mmCrewe cutCrewe is a legendary place. Legendary because the engines built here powered a generation of aircraft from the world wars; because its racing teams have won the most difficult and arduous of races; and because its craftsmen painstakingly craft the interiors of Bentleys and pass their skills with wood and leather down from generation to generation. Close to 200 hours of work goes into the making of each Mulsanne interior. Oxen hide for the interiors is sourced from Scandinavia, where the skins are cleanest and have no insect or bite marks. And then there is the customisation. Buyers can pick what materials they want in their car, and the colours they want it in. It is totally possible to make the Bentley entirely your own and not have another like it in anywhere in the world.last_img read more