Friday, March 05, 2010

Bentley Continental Flying Star: A Bentley wagon, yes a wagon

Bentley Continental Flying Star
Have a look at this stunning mod called Bentley Continental Flying Star. Cost of the conversion: $805,570.
Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera says that the car, known as the Bentley Continental Flying Star, is a limited-production shooting brake inspired by Bentley’s latest Grand Tourers.

As described by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera:

The transformation of a 2-door coupé, by expanding the roof line and enlarging the interior dimensions, has led to a design concept baptised as shooting brake: a sports car featuring enough space to join a hunting party or a golf tournament with elegance and efficiency.

The Bentley Continental Flying Star is available with a 6.0L W12 making either 553-hp or 750-hp (Speed version). Power is sent to the wheels via a 6-speed automatic.

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Bentley Mulsanne: Full specs revealed

Bentley Mulsanne
Bentley has finally revealed the full specs of the Bentley Mulsanne.
Pulling all of that luxury will be a twin-turbo 6.75-liter V8 producing 505 horsepower at 4200 rpm and a stump-pulling 752 pound-feet of torque at a very low 1750 rpm. There's an 8-speed ZF automatic doing delivery work, helping the Mulsanne glide from 0 to 60 in 5.1 seconds, to 100 in 11.6, and on to a top end of 184 miles per hour. Fuel economy is seldom a concern for owners of such vehicles, but the big Bentley has been rated at 16.7 mpg on the combined EU cycle.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Bentley Continental Supersports: Track video



Nice track video here of the Bentley Continental Supersports. Enjoy!
The 2010 Bentley Continental Supersports flexes it's muscle at the Inside Line test track.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Bentley Continental Supersports: Driven!

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Cool driving report here with the Bentley Continental Supersports.
There’s even more function behind the wheels, where you’ll eyeball the largest production carbon-ceramic brake rotors ever sold (16.5 in., front; 14 in., rear), along with eight-piston calipers. Such hardware aids mightily in stopping—in a car that can chase down 60mph in 3.6 seconds and 100mph in under nine seconds, and is the fastest Bentley in the history of the marque, you want insanely potent binders. The lighter rotors also reduce unsprung weight at each corner by 11 lbs. Less weight at the wheels increases the litheness of the massive two-seater, as does the revised multilink suspension and the addition of stiffer bushings. “Litheness” in a nearly 5,000 lb. car? Yes: more on that in a moment.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible: First look

Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible
Here are official photos and infos of the Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible.
The massaged version of Bentley's W-12 engine still features twin turbos and puts down an awesome 621 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, which catapults the car from 0-60 mph in 3.9 sec all the way up to 202 mph. With 198 fewer pounds to lug around, it's no surprise that the Supersports drop top is considerably faster than the GTC Speed. Don't forget this W-12 is E85-compatible and the computers will allow you to burn any combination of E85 and gasoline with no change in performance.

Rear track width increases nearly two inches in order to keep its huge 275/35 ZR20 Pirelli tires in better contact with the road during hard driving and lightweight alloy wheels save 5.5 pounds at each corner. Further reduction to the car's rotating mass comes from the carbon-ceramic brakes that shed another 44 pounds.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Bentley: 1925 Open Tourer for sale

1925 Bentley Open Tourer
This 1925 Bentley Open Tourer is up for sale!
Green over Tan, superb exposed alloy bonnet, nickel plated radiator, side-mounted spares and an auxiliary light mounted on the windscreen, full tonneau cover and an Auster rear screen.

This Three-Litre Tourer is Matching numbers, Original frame, Exception Provenance, Mutliple concour award winner, Documented in Green’s “Fifty Years of the Marque”, Correct in every way with original open bodywork by one of the premier English coachbuilders, Gurney Nutting.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bentley Continental Supersports: Road test report

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We found another road test report of the Bentley Continental Supersports.
The Supersport has a simple idea behind it. Reduce as much weight as possible without taking away the luxury. If you’re waiting for Bugatti to build a more affordable baby version of the Veyron, don’t bother, because the Bentley Supersport is what you’re really after. With only 500km on the clock, this Continental had hardly seen any real action. All that was about to change.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bentley Continental Supersports: Driven by Jay Leno



Have a look at this nice video of Jay Leno driving the Bentley Continental Supersports. Awesome!

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Bentley Mulsanne: Video shows production insights



Bentley has released an interesting video with production insights into its Crewe plant, showing how a Bentley Mulsanne is being made.
Combining modern technology with traditional coachbuilding techniques and the attention to detail that can only come from master crafters and stratospheric price tags, the Bentley Mulsanne requires 125 man-hours to create just the body of pre-production vehicles. Details like the hand-brazed seam on the D-pillar, which hides panel seams to create a smooth, flowing look across the rear of the car, are still done by hand to achieve the optimal result.

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Saturday, February 06, 2010

Bentley Mulsanne: Scooped in Leeds, England

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An eagle-eyed guy found this Bentley Mulsanne in Leeds.
The car was all taped up around the badges, door and bonnet shuts,' said our reader. Let's call him Alan.

'I know the Mulsanne's not out until later in the spring, so I wonder why it was in this out-of-the-way car park in Morley?'

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Bentley Continental Supersports: A lighter shade of awesome

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Nice review here of the Bentley Continental Supersports.
We spent a day in the wilds of New Jersey and upstate New York, along with a few hours at Monticello Raceway to find out. Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce you to the first Continental you can feel. Think of the Bentley Continental Supersports as Usain Bolt: both are hypothetically too big to perform as they do, but they do it anyway.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bentley Continental Supersports: Road test

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Nice road test here with the Bentley Continental Supersports.
Writ large on its face with extra grilles and hood slots is what the most chest-thumping Bentley Continental model yet is all about: It’s about roasting weenies, especially ones in Porsches.

The 621-hp Continental Supersports weighs 5011 pounds, costs nearly $275,000, and hits 60 mph in a face-peeling 3.6 seconds, almost a half-second quicker than the next-fleetest Continental, the 600-hp GT Speed. It sounds wonderfully flatulent and looks slightly scary. At any moment you expect it to unfold into a giant robot and start bench-pressing 747s.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Bentley Continental Supersports: A knockout!

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Great driving report here with the Bentley Continental Supersports.
Yes, at 621bhp it’s 3.5 per cent more powerful than a Continental GT Speed, produces more torque (800Nm vs. 750Nm, both from around 1700rpm) and is 110kg lighter. All of this — and some subtle bodywork revisions — has the effect of dropping the 0-60mph time down to 3.7 seconds and raising the top speed to 204mph. Amazing, astonishing even, but it’s the way this Bentley — the latest to carry the 1920s ‘Supersports’ name — covers the road that impresses the most.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bentley Series 51 Continental GTC: Live impressions from Detroit Motor Show

Bentley Series 51 Continental GTC
Here are some live impressions of the Bentley Series 51 Continental GTC from the Detroit Motor Show.
The ultra-exclusive Continental adds a new Series 51 trim for 2010, named after Bentley's first official styling department in the 1950s. Series 51 trim will be available for the entire Continental lineup and offer exclusive exterior design cues and a unique color palette. We're talking three-tone leather with contrasting piping and stitching here, folks. Check the Series 51 box and you'll also get 14-spoke, 20-inch wheels and a Series 51 badge on the front wings.

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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Bentley Continental Supersports: On San Francisco's Scenic Drive

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Nice driving report here with the Bentley Continental Supersports on San Francisco's Scenic Drive. Make sure to read the whole thing.
A few weeks ago we got the opportunity to drive the 2010 Bentley Continental Supersports. When we get a particularly nice car such as this one, we like to take it somewhere special. And with the sculpted body of this coupe, the sights of San Francisco seemed the appropriate background for many photo opportunities. We drove the car along San Franciscco's 49-mile Scenic Drive, a route that winds through the city, hitting the major attractions, stopping the car where we could.

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Friday, January 08, 2010

Bentley Continental GTC Speed: Extensive road test review

Bentley Continental GTC Speed
Very nice road test review here with the Bentley Continental GTC Speed. Enjoy!
In the end, the 2010 Bentley Continental GTC Speed leaves me puzzled:
-Is it an insanely powerful, AWD car? Yes.
-Is it a pleasure to look at from the outside? Don’t lie – you know it is.
-Is it filled with exquisite materials put together with old-world handmade craftsmanship? Right-o!
-Is it too expensive? Most probably.
-Did I enjoy every minute of my time with the car? You bet your collateralized debt obligation I did.

This car is part of a dying breed of vehicles, instantly identifiable even to non enthusiasts. You might be likely to hear someone say “Is that they new Hyundai Elantra or the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class?” But you won’t hear them say, “Is that a Bentley?” They know its a Bentley.

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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Bentley: Limited edition ski by Zai

Zai for Bentley
Zai has made some very cool looking skis for Bentley.
Built in a limited edition of 250 numbered pairs, these skis employ innovative materials such as Zaiira, a composite found on the top layer of the ski, plus natural rubber, a chrome steel torsion section and long-fiber Reinforced

Thermoplastic Composites. Best of all, the Bentley Styling Studio in Crewe, England, played a role in their super stylish look.

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Bentley Continental GTC Supersports: Spy shots!

Bentley Continental GTC Supersports
We found some spy shots of the awaited Bentley Continental GTC Supersports. Check them out!
After all, there was never any doubt that the German-owned maker of high-end luxury cars would eventually cut the top off its latest sportster -- in this case powered by the most powerful production version of the automaker's 6.0-liter W12 powerplant.

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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Bentley Continental Supersports: How can a car that weighs so much go so fast so quickly?

Bentley Continental Supersports
Nice review here of the Bentley Continental Supersports.
This is the first modern Bentley I've ever been excited about. Part of the appeal of the Supersports we're testing lies in the fact that virtually everything on the car is black, that the seats feature manual adjustments, and that the materials covering every inch of the interior are as soft and luxurious as it gets. The rest of the Supersports' appeal is apparent as soon as you put even the smallest amount of pressure on the accelerator pedal.

Through some pretty standard engineering changes that include a lot of aluminum suspension components, antiroll bar changes, stiffer bushings, lower ride height, and lighter wheels and brakes, the Supersports feels far lighter than its 4939-pound curb weight suggests. Steering responses are excellent, and the ride is extremely firm, yet never harsh, over brittle pavement. It's a good thing this massive coupe is so easy to control, because there's an astonishing 621 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque available, and it pulls like the proverbial freight train at any speed.

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Bentley Mulsanne: Yours from $285.000

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Bentley has announced the price of the Bentley Mulsanne, $285.000.
“Even at this very early stage, the expression of interest we’ve received easily exceeds our 2010 production targets,” said Stuart McCullough, member of the board for sales and marketing for Bentley. “We’ve been encouraged by the positive commentary, notably from our American customers as the Mulsanne was privately previewed in seven metro markets across the country.”

So what do you get for $285,000? For starters, plenty of decisions. There are 114 paint colors to choose from, 21 carpet colors, 9 wood veneers and 24 leather hides. Naturally, custom colors are also available at a premium. Each Mulsanne will take nine weeks to build.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Bentley: Restoring Routemaster bus for charity

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Bentley has restored a Routemaster bus for charity with some awesome results! Have a look.
The project took 2000 man-hours and involved 59 Bentley employees. The team retained many of the original features of the bus, but adapted to the needs of St Luke’s in a typical Bentley way.
The same grade of leather the automaker uses in its cars has been used throughout on the seats, each embroidered with the St Luke’s and Bentley logos.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Bentley: What's new for 2010?

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Nice runthrough of all changes for the 2010 Bentley model line-up.
2010 Bentley Azure: Azure is only offered as a performance-oriented Azure T for 2010. The Azure T has a twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V8 engine that produces 500 horsepower — an 11 percent increase over the non-T Azure. Power is transmitted through a ZF six-speed automatic gearbox with semiautomatic and sports functions.

Decorative items include 20-inch five-spoke bright finish alloy wheels, a retractable "Flying B" bonnet mascot, dark tint matrix upper and lower grilles, "Le Mans" lower front wing air vents, Bentley-jewel fuel filler cap, diamond quilting on seats and door panels, and many knurled metal finish controls. Customization options include a choice of 42 exterior paint colors, eight unbleached veneers and 25 leather hides.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bentley: Working on New Compact Bentley model

New Compact Bentley
Bentley is reportedly working on a sub-Continental model called New Compact Bentley.
The car that fits the bill goes by the internal acronym NCB, for New Compact Bentley. Loosely connected to the aluminum-intensive, next-generation Audi A6/A7, NCB could debut as soon as 2014. To keep supply from outstripping demand, output likely will be restricted to no more than 7500 cars per year in two distinct variants.

Management doesn't want the Continental/Flying Spur body styles repeated on a smaller scale. Instead, the tentative plan is to go with two brand-new offerings: a two-door, four-seat shooting brake (sort of a sporty wagon) and a four-door, five-seat crossover (pictured) described as a Bentley take on the Audi Allroad, which would cover the SUV segment without being overly tall and heavy. (Remember that Bentley chairman Franz-Josef Paefgen fathered the Allroad when he headed Audi but opposed the Q7.)

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Bentley: The big garage sale

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A very interesting, behind the scenes look into Bentley's warehouse in Crew, England.
Despite encompassing 143,000 square feet, Bentley's parts warehouse in Crewe, England, apparently was bursting at the seams. That's perhaps not surprising, since the company stocks more than 55,000 parts lines for all Bentleys built since 1955 (and for Crewe-built Rolls-Royce cars assembled there through 2002). With seven million items on hand, and new models like the Continental Supersports and the Mulsanne coming onstream, Bentley needed to make some space. The solution? A giant, two-day garage sale.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Bentley: New accessories launched

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Bentley has launched a new line of accessories. Have a look!
One of the highlights of the new collection is the striking Vented Wings available for the Bentley Continental GT and GTC. Positioned to the rear of the front wheel arch, the vents are cut into a newly tooled wing panel and feature a black mesh finish. An alternative chrome mesh is currently under development and will be available in early 2010. This accessory will also be offered on Continental Flying Spur models.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bentley: Art project auction for charity



Bentley is planning an interested art project with an auction for charity.
The exclusive event, set to be held at the Bonhams auction house on December 1st, will feature a "vast array of sculptures, painting, digital art and photography. Created in many different media, from sculptures in bronze and set in wood, to metal and leather, to Perspex, to palette knife and brush paintings on canvas, the works showcase the imagination of the men and women who design Bentley cars."

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bentley Mulsanne Convertible: Rendered preview

Bentley Mulsanne Convertible
Have a look at this rendered preview of the Bentley Mulsanne Convertible. Nice!
he Bentley Mulsanne first appeared at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show last month, and it will soon be joined by a Mulsanne coupe version, likely in 2011. Which may in turn, be followed by a cabrio Mulsanne, an exciting prospect for the 6.75-litre V8 twin turbo with 512 hp and 1020 Nm of torque.

Bentley Mulsanne Convertible

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bentley Mulsanne: Racetrack video with Derek Bell



Derek Bell is taking the Bentley Mulsanne out for a spin on the German Nuerburgring. Enjoy the video!
Bell finally took out sometime to take the new Bentley out for a spin on the Nurburgring and we now have a video of his lap around the Nordschleife.

Just to point out how good Bell is, the man is a 5 time winner of Le Mans and also raced in Formula One for the Ferrari, McLaren, Surtees and Tecno teams.

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Bentley Continental: Hybrid coming?

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Rumor has it that Bentley is working on a petrol-electric drivetrain for the next-generation Bentley Continental.
It's famous for big, powerful and thirsty cars – but luxury maker Bentley is going eco-friendly by launching a new engine which will reduce CO2 emissions by an incredible 40 per cent. And it could be a hybrid.

Following on from the Continental Supersports – the first model from the firm that runs on E85 bioethanol – the new powertrain will arrive in 2011, most likely in the Continental’s replacement.

It would slash CO2 from the current 396g/km to less than 240g/km. And as the new Conti will get a light aluminium body, it could emit less than 225g/km – taking the model out of the top road tax bracket for the first time.

Details remain secret for now, but it’s likely to be a new type of hybrid, with an engine that can run on biofuel, petrol or a combination of the two – similar to the Supersports.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Bentley Continental Supersports: First drive review

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Nice driving report here of the Bentley Continental Supersports.
Bentley describes the new Continental Supersports as “a fusion of extremes.” And that it is, starting with the name itself, which fuses the “Continental” badge, which dates to the brand’s 1950s models, and “Supersports,” a descriptor first given to a series of speed-record-setting Bentleys in the 1920s. Styling-wise, the look is also a blend of the elegant body shape of the Continental GT coupe and sinister elements such as black wheels and gaping front intakes. The interior remains inarguably luxurious, yet eschews stodgy wood and puffy seats in favor of intense carbon-fiber trim and lightweight racing shells.

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Friday, October 02, 2009

Bentley Continental Supersports: Convertible being seriously considered

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A convertible version of the Bentley Continental Supersports is being considered in Crewe.
While attending the launch of Bentley’s new 204-mph Continental Supersports coupe—which is pretty damn nice, by the way—I asked Bentley insiders about the possibility of a Supersports ragtop, and they told me it is being seriously considered.

It’s no done deal, though. Indeed, according to Bentley, the Supersports coupe itself wasn’t part of the Continental’s original product plan, but rather is the outcome of simultaneous engineering developments that eeked 21 more hp and 37 additional lb-ft of torque from its 6.0-liter W-12 engine, coaxed faster shifts from its six-speed automatic, and lightened some chassis components. The result, as I found, is a very interesting, if spontaneous by product-planning standards, interpretation of the ultimate Bentley performance car. How can they top that? Well, by untopping it, of course, with a convertible version.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Bentley Mulsanne: Emotional trailer released



Bentley has released an emotional trailer for the Bentley Mulsanne. Enjoy!

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Bentley Mulsanne: Coupe and Cabrio on the way

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A coupe and cabrio version of the Bentley Mulsanne is said to be on the way.
And Bentley is planning fresh replacements for both the Brooklands coupé and Azure convertible based on the newcomer, which made its public debut at Frankfurt.

The company is certainly confident the Mulsanne will reset the luxury car benchmark for years to come. Speaking exclusively to Auto Express, Bentley’s Dr Ulrich Eichhorn said: “With this car, we assessed the performance, craftsmanship and refinement of the Arnage – and enhanced it in every way. We have produced a car of the highest possible quality.”

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bentley Mulsanne: Live impressions from Frankfurt Motor Show

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The Bentley Mulsanne looks beautiful in real life. Have a look!
We think the blue (one of 126 standard colors) helps tremendously. We know there will be disagreement on the matter, but let us remind you of one thing: 752 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 rpm.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Bentley Continental Series 51: Special Edition launched

Bentley Continental Series 51
Bentley has launched a special edition of the Bentley Continental called Series 51. Nice looks!
For the more discerning Bentley buyer, the Series 51 option is available on either the Continental GT or GTC, and offers an expanded color palette inside and a two-tone option outside, you also get unique 20 inch wheels and a bigger price tag.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Bentley Mulsanne: First look

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Have a look again at the Bentley Mulsanne.
"The challenge we set our engineers was to create a new grand Bentley that would stand as the pinnacle of British luxury motoring," said Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors. "They have responded to this challenge with real passion, and the result is a luxury grand tourer that sets new standards in terms of comfort, effortless performance, and hand-crafted refinement."Certainly, it also marks one of the biggest changes to a large Bentley in some time. Although the front fascia somewhat evokes the prior Arnage, it's markedly different, sporting a wide grille and large high-intensity discharge headlamps. Perhaps most dramatic are the Mulsanne's rear haunches, which flow beautifully into the rear bumper fascia.


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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bentley Mulsanne: Interior revealed!

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We can now show you a much better picture of the interior of the new Bentley Mulsanne. Have a look!
It didn’t bank on our opportunist photographer, who snapped this exclusive shot of the car. As ever, wood and leather feature, but the Mulsanne has a more modern take on the traditional Bentley layout.

It gets chromed dials, as well as a joystick-style controller for the information screen.

The needles on the speedo and rev counter sit at the ‘two o’clock position’, while a knob on the console gives a choice of comfort, sport and custom modes for the gearbox, dampers and throttle.


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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Bentley Mulsanne: Dealer tour starting from September

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The new Bentley Mulsanne will go on a US dealer tour starting from September.
"We prefer more one-on-one marketing," said Bentley's U.S. spokesman David Reuter in a telephone interview with Inside Line on Wednesday. We had asked if the Mulsanne would be Bentley's first product to have its own Facebook page.

The Mulsanne tour begins at Bentley's California dealerships and then will hit Texas, Miami, Chicago, Detroit and New York through November. The tour will not include test-drives of the car, which was officially launched last weekend at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The Mulsanne will go on sale here in summer 2010, just behind the car's spring launch in Europe.

"Traffic flow on our Web site and calls to the hotline have been overwhelming," said Reuter, who added that he was unable to quantify the response at the moment since the car is only a few days past its debut.


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Friday, August 21, 2009

Bentley Mulsanne: First interior photo!

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We found the first interior photo of the new Bentley Mulsanne. Have a look!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bentley Mulsanne: Chassis no. 1 auctioned for $500,000



Check the video of the first Bentley Mulsanne ever auctioned off for $500,000.
The Mulsanne is touted as the first Bentley designed and produced entirely at the company's Crewe headquarters in England since the legendary 1920's-era 8-liter Bentley, and to mark the occasion, Gooding wheeled W.O. Bentley's own personal ride, the second 8-liter chassis ever made, onto the stage before bidding began. Gooding opened the bids for Mulsanne #1 at $500,000, but after receiving no bids at that price, bidding quickly stepped down to $300k, only to climb back up to the half-million mark where it sold to an undisclosed collector over the phone.


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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bentley Mulsanne: Arnage successor revealed

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Bentley has revealed the "Grand Bentley" the Bentley Mulsanne and successor of the Bentley Arnage. Have a look!
It is a clean sheet design, and nothing on the car’s exterior is shared with any other Bentley apart from the door mirror, which comes from the ethanol-powered SuperSports.

Every panel is unique to the Mulsanne – even the door handles have been developed for the car – and it features many handmade parts, including the fillet of metal below the rear window, constructed from three pieces of metal and brazed by hand.


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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bentley: Bentley Drivers Club 60th anniversary meeting

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Nice photo collection from the Bentley Drivers Club 60th anniversary meeting. Great classics!
Perhaps equal to our raging jealousy is our fascination at the lineup of cars on hand for the 60th meet up. A few favorites: 1928 Speed Six, 1933 Napier-Railton (with a 24-liter, 550 hp W12 -- no front-wheel brakes, either), 1949 MkVI Special, 1990 Turbo R and the Le Mans winning, 600 hp, 217 mph 2003 Speed 8. If none of those float your boat, check your pulse concentrate on the fact that one of the scratch races saw 25 Bentleys of all vintages going wheel to wheel with Michael Higginbotham's MkVI Special coming out on top.


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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Bentley: The British braveheart

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Nice editorial here on the history of Bentley.
et us dive briefly into the design details of the first Bentleys. The chassis was conventional, with half-elliptic springs, brakeless front axle, live rear axle and separate gearbox. The engine was quite revolutionary, with a non-detachable cylinder head, four valves and two spark plugs per cylinder, and an overhead camshaft driven by a series of bevel gears at the front of the engine. W.O. kept to this essential engine format for nearly all his engines, only replacing the gear train with a clever three-throw drive for the camshaft on his straight-six 6½ Litre and 8 Litre models. Only the ill-fated 4 Litre engine, designed in the dying days of the business in 1931, had a detachable head and pushrod-driven camshaft.

To publicize his cars, W.O. made an early, and rather smart, decision to enter them in international races. The Bentley race program began in 1922 when W.O. entered a team of three 3 Litre racers in the Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man and a fourth car in the 1922 Indianapolis 500. He then went on to race a team in 1923 in the Georges Boillot Cup in France, and he entered many events at the Brooklands Racetrack, sometimes driving himself. But it was at Le Mans that Bentley became a legend.


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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Bentley Continental GT: Get one for free, if you buy a boat

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Interesting incentive here in buying a boat: get a Bentley Continental GT for free!
Pearl Motor Yachts, a British company, is partnering up with luxury British automaker Bentley with a special deal for customers buying its flagship Pearl 60 yacht. Every buyer will get a free Bentley Continental GT Coupe.

The matching of the two brands makes sense as they are both British luxury brands that offer their customers well-crafted and high priced vehicles. Pearl Motor Yachts managing director Ian Smallridge revealed during a recent interview with Boating Business that many of his customers are already "huge fans" of Bentley so it was an obvious choice to team up with the automaker.


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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Grand Bentley: Color is personal



Bentley has released a new teaser for the upcoming successor of the Bentley Arnage aka Grand Bentley. Enjoy!

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Friday, July 31, 2009

Grand Bentley: Caught in camouflage

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The Grand Bentley has been caught in camo before its unveiling at Pebble Beach. Have a look!
Although the Grand Bentley is coated in copious amounts of camo, when we look back at the two teasers Bentley released of the hood and rear-quarter, it doesn't take much imagination to piece things together. There's a few shades of the Mulsanne and Brooklands to the profile, primarily accentuated by the ultra-thick C-pillar, and while the body cladding lends an air of Phantom to the fascia, it's decidedly more sculpted and smooth, and should be a fitting place to stack the duo of round headlamps we've seen in previous spy shots.


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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bentley Continental GTC Speed: Like heaven, only better

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Very nice review here of the Bentley Continental GTC Speed. Enjoy the read!
The GTC is phenomenal. Yes, the GTC Speed is more phenomenal, but in the difference between the GTC and the GTC Speed, we're really talking slivers here. They just happen, however, to be slivers of heaven. Fittingly, that sliver will run you nearly $40,000 – the GTC Speed starts at $237,695 – but living a nasty, short, and brutish life in a cruel, cruel world, every little extra bit of heaven counts, no?


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Monday, July 27, 2009

Audi R8, Bentley Brooklands: Phillies' Jimmy Rollins has 'em

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Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies got himself an Audi R8 and a Bentley Brooklands. Have a look!

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Grand Bentley: Coming with engine cutoff technology soon

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Bentley is planning to adapt engine cutoff technology in future models.
Bentley, Volkswagen AG's British luxury brand, is planning to use cylinder cutoffs in the next generation of its top-of-the-line model, the Arnage.

The cutoff technology is designed to sharply reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by closing off individual combustion chambers when they are not needed -- say, at cruising speeds.


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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Grand Bentley: Will it look like this?

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Nice rendering of the upcoming Grand Bentley here. Have a look!
What the replacement steamer will be—and what it will be called—Bentley will most likely reveal at the concours d’élégance in Pebble Beach in mid-August. Meantime, the Arnage has already entered its “final series” stage, with the last 150 cruisers currently selling down, a formidable task in these times.


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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Grand Bentley: New spy shots!

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The Grand Bentley has been caught testing. Have a look!
Expected to be at least 30cm longer than the current model, redesigned parts also include the front bumper, rear end and tailpipes.

Called Project Kimberley internally, the new car will use the next generation of Bentley's petrol-fuelled 6.75-liter V8 engine, which will produce over 550 horsepower and up to 1000Nm of torque.

This should allow the all-wheel drive limo to reach a top speed of about 200mph.


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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Grand Bentley: New video teaser released



Bentley has released a new video teaser for the Grand Bentley.
Dirk van Braeckel, Director of Design and Concepts at Bentley Motors, is narrating the clip while sketching some details of the car. He says a number of things like how the brand needed to touch base with previous generation Bentleys while at the same time moving forward with its design.


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Friday, July 17, 2009

Bentley Continental Supersports: Video from Goodwood Festival of Speed



Very nice video here of a Bentley Continental Supersports driven at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Enjoy!
The Supersports is the first flex-fuel vehicle from the British luxury marque. At this month's Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bentley asked repeat Le Mans winner Derek Bell to spend the weekend ferrying lucky passengers up the hillclimb course in a prototype at elevated speeds.


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Friday, July 10, 2009

Bentley Continental GTC Speed: 200mph with roof down video



Is it possible to drive 200mph in a Bentley Continental GTC Speed with the roof down. Watch the video to find out!
"Like all other convertible car makers, however, Bentley quotes its top speed statistics for its models ‘roof up’. So could it be that a GTC Speed could be made to travel at 200mph with the roof down? And if it did, how would it feel?

"On the Beaufort Scale, wind speed above a piffling 73mph is classified as a hurricane, so the idea of driving roof down at something close to three times that speed sparked the curiosity. I put in the call.

"The man on the other end of the telephone was Dr Ulrich Eichhorn, head of engineering at Bentley. And when I asked him if the GTC Speed would do 200mph with the roof down, he replied that he wasn’t sure, but there would be fun to be had finding out."


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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Grand Bentley: New teaser photo and video

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We have found a new teaser photo and even a new video for the upcoming Grand Bentley which will be unveiled at Pebble Beach in August. Have a look!
The all-new grand Bentley captures the 1920s 'grand touring' spirit of the Bentley Boys, delivering the effortless driving, exclusivity and adventure desired by the real motoring enthusiast. A unique fusion of elegant design, hand craftsmanship and technological innovation, the new model embodies the potent yet luxuriously refined driving experience that is 'pure Bentley'. These have been the hallmarks of a Bentley since that first test drive in 1920.

It is fitting that the 90th anniversary of the Company will be marked by an all-new car. Such events are rare milestones in the Company's history. Designed, engineered and built in Crewe, which has been home to Bentley Motors for over 60 years, it has been a 'once in a career experience' for many involved. The car and its name, which will be revealed at Pebble Beach on 16 August, signal a new era in British luxury motoring.




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Monday, July 06, 2009

Bentley: Now comes as a bike

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Nice Bentley themed motorcycle here.
he paint looks like an approximation of Bentley's Cypress Green, and the saddle is covered in buttery-soft hide. While the badge bespeaks of the Flying B, the chrome-laden V-Twin belches out though open pipes with a decided American accent.


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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Grand Bentley: Spy shots directly from Crewe factory!

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We found some spy shots of the new Grand Bentley directly smuggled from the Crewe factory. Have a look!
Under development with the code-name Project Kimberley, the new Bentley is slated to replace the aging Arnage sedan at the top of the company's line-up and do battle with the Rolls-Royce Phantom. With technological input from its sister companies under the Volkswagen auto umbrella, the as-yet unnamed Grand Bentley promises to take a big step forward from the Arnage, which still carries its mechanicals and platform from the days when the automaker was under the same roof as Rolls -- not in direct competition. The spy shots reveal mesh grilles, LED lights, a retractable hood ornament (like the Phantom's) and a swooping roofline reminiscent of the classic 50's-era R-Type Continental.


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Monday, June 29, 2009

Bentley Continental GTC Speed: Driving review

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Nice driving review here of the Bentley Continental GTC Speed.
It's all due to a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, W-12 engine teamed to an all-wheel-drive system and a six-speed automatic shifter. The engine is a unique design, and one that’s hugely powerful. In standard Conti GT cars, it issues 552hp (390kW), locomotive numbers that push the 5500-pound Continental to 60 mph in less than 5.1 seconds in all versions. In the GTC Speed, lighter engine components and some turbo tweaks boost power to an even 600hp (448kW). One press of the red "Start" button on its wood-paneled, chrome-crusted dash lets on that something's gone astray underhood in a good way: there's an offbeat lumber in its idle, one that pours out torque with just a little feathering on the throttle. Channeling it all is a six-speed, paddle-shifted sequential automatic that's pretty invisible in its action. A Sport shift mode speeds up seamless gearchanges, pushing power around the four wheels through all-wheel drive and a Torsen differential. With all that heft, and all that heavy petting on the gas pedal, it's more shocking that fuel economy can be as good as 10mpg city, 17mpg highway.


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