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Confirmed: Bentley will offer plugin hybrids for every model

Bentley once again confirmed its plans to push PHEV into their future lineups. As a matter of fact, the Bentayga SUV will be the first to have the plugin hybrid technology, which will also be using a V6 engine. Next on the line would be none other than the new generation Bentley Continental GT. And there’s more to come.

During a recent press interview with Automotive News, Wolfgang Duerheimer reiterated the fact that plugin hybrids no longer serve as “temporary bridge technology”. Instead, it now offers the best features of both cars with internal combustion engine as well as those of electric powered vehicles.

The CEO also considers the fact that the upcoming plugin variants would be their answer to the consumers who want to use their cars to go to places where gasoline and diesel engines would no longer be allowed.

At least in the near future. All the same, he believes that hybrids are also great for long distance traveling which is quite difficult to achieve with your conventional electric vehicle. At any rate, he also added how the combustion engine would do better especially for a vehicle to cover long trips or to make it from one place to another just like in the US.

Overall, it looks like we’ll be seeing more Bentleys with plugin technology real soon. Aside from the SUV and the GT, we also heard that Bentley would be making a plugin hybrid variant for the Mulsanne. In short, all Bentley models.

Speaking of hybrids, it seems like some of these luxury brands have been following each other’s footsteps. Aside from Bentley, other luxury automakers Audi, Lamborghini and Ferrari have set up their plans to go full hybrid in the next few years. There is Audi’s Q8 e-tron concept as well as Lamborghini’s SUV, the Urus, which is also a hybrid. And as for Ferrari, the company is already planning to sell as many as 10,000 full hybrid units by 2019.

Going back to Bentley, there are no details yet regarding the exact date of the launch but the Bentayga hybrid will probably come out in 2018. What’s more interesting is that the upcoming hybrid Continental GT would be using a V6 with ICE that could perform the same power output of a V8 model.

In connection to this, a test mule was reportedly seen recently and it could be the new Continental GT PHEV. If that’s the case, we guess we don’t have to wait for so long until Bentley announces its official launch date.

Bentley once again confirmed its plans to push PHEV into their future lineups. As a matter of fact, the Bentayga SUV will be the first to have the plugin hybrid technology, which will also be using a V6 engine. Next on the line would be none other than the new generation Bentley Continental GT. And there’s more to come.

During a recent press interview with Automotive News, Wolfgang Duerheimer reiterated the fact that plugin hybrids no longer serve as “temporary bridge technology”. Instead, it now offers the best features of both cars with internal combustion engine as well as those of electric powered vehicles.

The CEO also considers the fact that the upcoming plugin variants would be their answer to the consumers who want to use their cars to go to places where gasoline and diesel engines would no longer be allowed.

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Bentley Motors boosts Flying Spur range with new W12 S flagship

Bentley Motors is now unveiling the Flying Spur W12 S, the new flagship of its Flying Spur range. The Flying Spur W12 S is power, luxury and style fused into a single four-door Bentley. It is targeted towards customers seeking a more athletic Bentley that boasts of more power, torque and responsiveness.

In fact, this new Flying Spur flagship is powerful enough to cruise over 200 mph – making it the fastest Flying Spur to date. This sterling performance is thanks to its 6.0-liter, twin-turbo W12 engine that has been calibrated and tuned to deliver 635 PS (626 bhp) of max output (plus 10 PS) and 820 Nm (605 lb. ft.) of peak torque (plus 20 Nm), available from just 2,000 rpm.

Technically speaking, this amount of power allows the Flying Spur W12 S to achieve a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph), with the ability to dash from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds). Power from the twin-turbo W12 engine is translated to speed through the all-wheel-drive system. Thanks to a 40:60 rear-biased torque split, the Flying Spur W12 S is able to deliver sporty and dynamic driving experience in any road and weather condition.

Of course, these power-ups are backed by an array of upgrades and updates. For instance, the Flying Spur W12 S now boasts of better handling and more traction thanks to a new and exclusively tuned responsive suspension system. This suspension set-up also allows for a more refined ride, making the Flying Spur W12 S a great choice for both those who wanted to drive and those who wished to be chauffeured.

Its braking system could be specified with the optional carbon ceramic brakes that are available with black or red painted calipers. Agility has been improved with further calibrations for specific damper and stability controls.

Bentley Motors is now unveiling the Flying Spur W12 S, the new flagship of its Flying Spur range. The Flying Spur W12 S is power, luxury and style fused into a single four-door Bentley. It is targeted towards customers seeking a more athletic Bentley that boasts of more power, torque and responsiveness.

In fact, this new Flying Spur flagship is powerful enough to cruise over 200 mph – making it the fastest Flying Spur to date. This sterling performance is thanks to its 6.0-liter, twin-turbo W12 engine that has been calibrated and tuned to deliver 635 PS (626 bhp) of max output (plus 10 PS) and 820 Nm (605 lb. ft.) of peak torque (plus 20 Nm), available from just 2,000 rpm.

Technically speaking, this amount of power allows the Flying Spur W12 S to achieve a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph), with the ability to dash from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds). Power from the twin-turbo W12 engine is translated to speed through the all-wheel-drive system. Thanks to a 40:60 rear-biased torque split, the Flying Spur W12 S is able to deliver sporty and dynamic driving experience in any road and weather condition.

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2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed priced from $240,300

Bentley Continental GT Speed is one of the most revered cars of this century. Its elegance and sophistication make almost anyone fall for this British luxury vehicle. Handcrafted to perfection, the Continental GT is a combination of power and opulence and is a standard for the rich and powerful. Las

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Sir Peter Blake designs pop art Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible for charity

Bentley Motors has partnered with none other than British pop art godfather Sir Peter Blake to make a highly unique Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible. Once made, this one-of-a-kind vehicle will then be auctioned off on June 24 by Bonhams for charity during the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The

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Bentley has just unveiled the revised Continental GT Speed, which is now more powerful and a lot quicker than the previous model. To achieve this, Bentley implemented an array of significant changes to its 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine, allowing this Continental GT Speed powerplant to produ

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After British brand Bentley Motors became a part of Volkswagen in 1998, the first model that it came out with was the Bentley Continental Grand Tourer (GT). It has been produced in volumes since 2003 – the first Bentley really to be given the mass-production treatment. Notably, it shares a pla

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Famous high-performance audio brand Monster has joined hands with Mulliner, Bentley Motors’ bespoke coach-building division, in creating the ‘Monster by Mulliner’ bespoke vehicle based on the Bentley Continental GT V8 S. This vehicle made its debut at the CES 2016. The stunning Be

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To celebrate the completion of the 2015 motorsport season and its remarkable run, Bentley is bringing together the Continental GT3 and the 4.5 Litre ‘Blower’. The current version of the GT3 met its 1929 counterpart at the British Racing Drivers’ Club at Silverstone. This Drivers&rs

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Bentley Motorsport has disclosed its drive line-up for the 2016 season. Still driving for Bentley next season are British Bentley Boys Guy Smith and Steven Kane, after the duo re-signed with the team. They will be joined by Vincent Abril, who was recently crowned as 2015 Blancpain Sprint Series cha

Read the entire article Bentley Motorsport taps Sprint Series champ Vincent Abril for 2016 season

When it comes to a luxury chassis and refining super sports cars, the expert that first comes to mind is MANSORY. The company presented the result of its efforts with the Bentley GTC and its newly-designed chassis. What is amazing with this car is that MANSORY not only updated its look but also upgraded the engine as well with its own turbo technology. Power is now at 1,001 HP.

The interior meanwhile gives the appearance of a premium class car. As expected, MANSORY has managed to change the interior to a highly functional control center that displays both novel design and top quality. MANSORY also made sure that when it comes to ensuring comfort, the interior only uses the most exquisite of materials.

The leather for example is hand-crafted making it resilient yet impressively soft. The airbag that is in the steering wheel has been redesigned, giving it that extra flair through the special grain and superior craftsmanship of the embroidery and stitching.

The center console and dashboard panels give it a unique three-dimensional structure, a first not just for MANSORY but in the industry.

The next and final update is with the engines. Power has obviously been increased but other components experienced respective upgrades as well. In addition to the engine, the transmission management system has been upgraded.

Other components include: sport air filter and optimized air passage, camshaft, high-power exhaust system, intercooler, and the piston and piston rods. The different upgrades result in a power output of 1.001 HP/736 kW at 6,000 RPM compared to the standard power of the Bentley GTC of 635 HP/467 kW at 6,000 RPM.

Maximum torque has been increased as well from the standard 800 Nm at 2,000 RPM to the new 1,200 Nm torque at 2,100 RPM. MANSORY’s modification has also resulted in a top speed of 330 km/h with 0 to 100 km/h acceleration of 3.9 seconds. The updated Bentley GTC by MANSORY was unveiled during the IAA 2015 held in Frankfurt, Germany.

When it comes to a luxury chassis and refining super sports cars, the expert that first comes to mind is MANSORY. The company presented the result of its efforts with the Bentley GTC and its newly-designed chassis. What is amazing with this car is that MANSORY not only updated its look but also upgraded the engine as well with its own turbo technology. Power is now at 1,001 HP.

The interior meanwhile gives the appearance of a premium class car. As expected, MANSORY has managed to change the interior to a highly functional control center that displays both novel design and top quality. MANSORY also made sure that when it comes to ensuring comfort, the interior only uses the most exquisite of materials.

The leather for example is hand-crafted making it resilient yet impressively soft. The airbag that is in the steering wheel has been redesigned, giving it that extra flair through the special grain and superior craftsmanship of the embroidery and stitching.

Read the entire article Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible gets 1,001 hp from Mansory

Bentley’s Continental range has just received an updated and the British carmaker announced that it will bring its new models at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. As you can see from the photos, the 2016 Bentley Continental GT shows a new front bumper featuring a smaller radiator shell, more pronounced fenders which feature a new vent as well as the metallic “B” adornment.

Moreover, the V8 S and W12 models get new bright chrome fender badges. Moreover, new wheels to the range of 20-inch and 21-inch designs are available.

According to Bentley, GT V8 and GT W12 models get a new 20-inch six-try-spoke wheel painted finish for the V8 abd bright machined for the W12. Meanwhile, the Mulliner Driving Specification wheel changes to a new 21-inch seven-twin-spoke design, finished in Graphite Grey with bright machined spokes.

A new 21-inch five-spoke directional sports wheel is also available for the V8 S and GT Speed. Bentley says that the Continental GT range also receives three new paint colours: Marlin (a rich metallic blue), Camel (a soft golden tone) and Jetstream (a light, bright metallic blue).

The interior was updated too and the Continental GT arrives with a new straight-fluting pattern that adorns the four seats, while the Mulliner Driving Specification (offered as standard on GT Speed) features “small-diamond” quilting pattern which is reminiscent of a tailored British jacket.

Furthermore, driver controls are all-new , while a more ergonomic and sports-oriented steering wheel and larger gear-shift paddles are offered as an option. Other optional features for the interior include softer semi-aniline hide for the seat cushions and backrests as well as two new leather colours (Shortbread and Camel).

Continental GT W12 models are powered by the mighty 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine, boosted from 575 hp (423 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque to 590 hp (434 kW) and 720 Nm (531 lb-ft) of torqur. Thanks to the variable displacement system and the new evolution, the engine is able to use just six of the 12 cylinders in order to reduce fuel consumption (14.1 l/100 km) as well as lower 329 g/km of CO2 emissions.

Bentley’s Continental range has just received an updated and the British carmaker announced that it will bring its new models at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. As you can see from the photos, the 2016 Bentley Continental GT shows a new front bumper featuring a smaller radiator shell, more pronounced fenders which feature a new vent as well as the metallic “B” adornment.

Moreover, the V8 S and W12 models get new bright chrome fender badges. Moreover, new wheels to the range of 20-inch and 21-inch designs are available.

According to Bentley, GT V8 and GT W12 models get a new 20-inch six-try-spoke wheel painted finish for the V8 abd bright machined for the W12. Meanwhile, the Mulliner Driving Specification wheel changes to a new 21-inch seven-twin-spoke design, finished in Graphite Grey with bright machined spokes.

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Bentley is already working on the next-generation Continental and according to the latest reports from autocar, this model will use the same platform as the next-generation Porsche Panamera. Called MSB, the new platform will be engineered for Porsche’s characteristics, which means that the new Bentley Continental will get even more sportier.

What’s more interesting is that Bentley will receive a new V8 engine from Porsche rather than the current V8 powerplants designed by Audi.

Thanks to the new platform, the new Bentley Continental will ditch the current front transaxle with a system able to drive the front wheels via a ‘quill shaft’ which is driven form the rear of the transmission.

The new system will allow the engineers to mount the engine farther back in the engine bay. Bentley’s next-gen Flying Spur will also receive the MSB platform, which will alloy the company to offer a roomier interior.

Utilising the highest production techniques and the most advanced recognition software to test strength and durability, the new Bentley promises to be of a standard not seen since the icons of yesteryear were mass-produced.

Led by the Director of Design Dirk van Braeckel, the Bentley GT's front wings and boot lid are formed of a super aluminium process which first heats up the panels to 500 degrees Celsius and then starts to mould them using air pressure. Forming them from just one sheet of aluminium allows for a greater degree of strength in the panels as there are no seams, joins or welding required.

Delivering clearer, crisper lines, the exterior of this Bentley will hold even greater aerodynamics than previous models and will inspire a confidence you come to believe. Containing some familiarities with previous iterations, in particular the R-Type Continental from the 1950s, the rear of the vehicle is distinctly its own beast and comes with even sharper radii.

This is a GT Coupe with a firmer, more inspirational look. It has a matrix grille which is even more prominent and the new LED headlights contained in the traditional four-light fashion have some additional eye-catching jewel detailing on the inside of the lamps.

The LEDs stretch round to the rear of the vehicle where they form part of Bentley's key 'floating' lamps by sitting on the edge of wings. The purpose of which is to exaggerate the strong stance this Bentley has and highlights its width. You can view these details on its widened front track, 4.1 cm at the front and 4.8 cm in the rear of the vehicle.

Taking inspiration from the Bentley Mulsanne, there is a distinctive twin horse-shoe on the boot but when it comes to power and performance there is no doubting this Bentley's sporting ambitions with those elliptical exhaust tailpipes.

Performance is a key aim in the design of the Continental GT Coupe. By reducing drag and improving aerodynamics of the vehicle through extensive testing, the team has installed a great number of upgrades to the underbody, such as aids for the exhaust aerodynamics and the wheel arch.

Subsequently the team has reduced the drag on the GT by as much as 0.33 Cd and the vehicle has greater balance at high end speed due to the lifting of the axles at the front and rear of the GT.

Bentley is already working on the next-generation Continental and according to the latest reports from autocar, this model will use the same platform as the next-generation Porsche Panamera. Called MSB, the new platform will be engineered for Porsche’s characteristics, which means that the new Bentley Continental will get even more sportier.

What’s more interesting is that Bentley will receive a new V8 engine from Porsche rather than the current V8 powerplants designed by Audi.

Thanks to the new platform, the new Bentley Continental will ditch the current front transaxle with a system able to drive the front wheels via a ‘quill shaft’ which is driven form the rear of the transmission.

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Bentley Continental GT3-R is ready to make its North American debut at 2014 Pebble Beach as the most dynamic and fastest-accelerating product built by the company. For those who don’t know, the new Continental GT3-R is inspired by the Continental GT3 race car and carries a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo V8 that develops 572 bhp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

Thanks to a weight drop of 220 lb and shorter gearing, the Bentley Continental GT3-R is able to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in 3.6 seconds. Regarding the design, the Continental GT3-R features a Glacier White finish, as well as two-tone green graphics that trace the prominent power lines on the side profile.

There is also a new front splitter as well as a new fixed rear wing, both finished in carbon fiber. Other exterior highlights include gloss black headlamp bezels, matrix grille, window surrounds and bumper strips, but also a new set of 21-inch lightweight wheels finished in gloss black.

A new carbon fiber cover is found on the 4.0-liter V8 engine. Inside we only find two seats wrapped in Beluga black leather with diamond-quilted Alcantara. The new Continental GT3-R will only be produced in a limited edition of just 300 units and the United States market will receive 100 of them, while Canada will only receive 4 units.

If you are interested in buying one you’d better know that the Continental GT3-R is priced at $337,000 and dealers are already accepting orders. Deliveries will start in the first quarter of 2015.

Christophe Georges, President and CEO, Bentley Motors, Inc. comments: “Pebble Beach is the perfect location for the debut of the rarest and most dynamic Continental GT, the GT3-R. It is a testament to the Bentley trademarks of luxury and performance and we’re excited to share it with the friends of Bentley during this gathering of fine automobiles.”

Bentley Continental GT3-R is ready to make its North American debut at 2014 Pebble Beach as the most dynamic and fastest-accelerating product built by the company. For those who don’t know, the new Continental GT3-R is inspired by the Continental GT3 race car and carries a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo V8 that develops 572 bhp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

Thanks to a weight drop of 220 lb and shorter gearing, the Bentley Continental GT3-R is able to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in 3.6 seconds. Regarding the design, the Continental GT3-R features a Glacier White finish, as well as two-tone green graphics that trace the prominent power lines on the side profile.

There is also a new front splitter as well as a new fixed rear wing, both finished in carbon fiber. Other exterior highlights include gloss black headlamp bezels, matrix grille, window surrounds and bumper strips, but also a new set of 21-inch lightweight wheels finished in gloss black.

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Back in June at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bentley introduced the Continental GT3-R, a new model inspired by the Continental GT3 race car. It appears that this limited edition model was a success as Bentley sold all the 300 units that will be hand-built in Crewe and finished in its motorsport division.

Although it was revealed as a range-topping performance version of the Continental, Bentley’s design chief Luc Donckerwolke says that a rear-wheel-drive version of this model is possible and customers are already asking for an even more extreme one.

Donckerwolke said that he wants to celebrate Bentley’s race success and build an even more extreme version of the Continental GT, not only with an updated powertrain but also with a new styling that will closely link the race and road cars.

In addition, Donckerwolke believes that a RWD version of the Continental GT will bring younger buyers to the brand. For those who don’t know, the Continental GT3-R is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers 580 hp (426 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 700 Nm of torque from 1,700 rpm.

The engine is bolted to a 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox with a shorter output gearing that delivers the power to a renowed all-wheel drive system. As a result, the Continental GT3-R is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds and from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.6 seconds.

Back in June at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bentley introduced the Continental GT3-R, a new model inspired by the Continental GT3 race car. It appears that this limited edition model was a success as Bentley sold all the 300 units that will be hand-built in Crewe and finished in its motorsport division.

Although it was revealed as a range-topping performance version of the Continental, Bentley’s design chief Luc Donckerwolke says that a rear-wheel-drive version of this model is possible and customers are already asking for an even more extreme one.

Donckerwolke said that he wants to celebrate Bentley’s race success and build an even more extreme version of the Continental GT, not only with an updated powertrain but also with a new styling that will closely link the race and road cars.

Read the entire article Bentley design chief wants a hotter version of the Continental GT3-R with RWD

Bentley introduced today the all-new Continental GT3-R, a new model inspired by the Continental GT3 race car. According to Bentley, this limited edition Continental GT3-R will be limited to just 300 units and all of them will be hand-built in Crewe and finished in Bentley’s Motorsport division. Under the hood, there is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers 580 hp (426 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 700 Nm of torque from 1,700 rpm.

This engine is bolted to the 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox with shorter output gearing that delivers the power to a renowed all-wheel drive system. For the first time, Bentley’s drivetrain has now the ability to control the torque at each of the rear wheels through the use of torque vectoring. Moreover, Bentley recalibrated the paddle shift functionality, while the Drive and Sport modes were moved further apart.

The new titanium exhaust not only brings a weight reduction of 7 kg but also a new sound. The V8 engine pushes the Continental GT3-R from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds).

Bentley also says that the dynamic capabilities of this new model are enhanced with a chassis system focused on performance. As a result, air springs and dampers use a development of the sports-tuned setup from the Continental V8 S, while the 21-inch lightweight forged wheels deploy the torque-vectored power output of the engine.

Meanwhile, the sport-focussed Electronic Stability Control programme offers a new level of handling dynamics. Behind the 21-inch wheels we find the Carbon Silicon Carbide (CSiC) braking system which features 420 mm front discs with 8-piston calipers finished in eye-catching green paint and 356 mm discs on the rear axle.

Regarding the design, the Continental GT3-R features a carbon fiber front splitter and fixed rear wing and two vents found on the bonnet to improve the cooling capacity of the engine. The vehicle comes with a Glacier White paint finish inspired by the Continental GT3 race and it is highlighted by the two-tone green graphics that trace the two power lines to the side profile.

The headlamps bezels, matrix grille, window surrounds and bumper strips are all finished in gloss black, just like the 21-inch wheels. The interior reveals a two-seat configuration with new bespoke sporting seats that offer additional side support thanks to the deeper bolsters. The seats are finished in Beluga black leather with diamond-quilted alcantara.

The same amterial is also found on the hand-trimmed steering wheel and gear shifter, while the centre console and fascia panels are handcrafted in carbon fibre. Bentley also used the carbon fiber to create the sculpted door casings that also include diamond-quilted Alcantara inner panels. Replacing the rear seats is a carbon fibre surround and finished in leather and Alcantara.

The design of the interior are completed by the vivid accent green colour found on the centre console, passenger-side fascia panel and sill treadplates, as well as on the seats. Every customer who will purchase the new Bentley Continental GT3-R will get free standard servicing for four years (at the 10,000, 20,000 and 30,000 mile marks). Deliveries will start in late 2014. [source: Bentley]

Bentley introduced today the all-new Continental GT3-R, a new model inspired by the Continental GT3 race car. According to Bentley, this limited edition Continental GT3-R will be limited to just 300 units and all of them will be hand-built in Crewe and finished in Bentley’s Motorsport division. Under the hood, there is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers 580 hp (426 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 700 Nm of torque from 1,700 rpm.

This engine is bolted to the 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox with shorter output gearing that delivers the power to a renowed all-wheel drive system. For the first time, Bentley’s drivetrain has now the ability to control the torque at each of the rear wheels through the use of torque vectoring. Moreover, Bentley recalibrated the paddle shift functionality, while the Drive and Sport modes were moved further apart.

The new titanium exhaust not only brings a weight reduction of 7 kg but also a new sound. The V8 engine pushes the Continental GT3-R from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds).

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For this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bentley will launch a high-performance version its Continental GT model that is expected to be carry the GT3 badge. The new Continental GT3 will be the lightest version of th Continental GT, although it is not clear what engine will use.

The V8-powered Continental GT has a total weight of 2,295 kg, which means 1000 kg more than the race version. As a result, Bentley replaced the four-wheel drive system found on all of its Continental GT models ands replaced it with a rear-wheel drive system in order to save some weight.

No matter what engine will be seen under the hood, the Continental GT3 will have around 700 hp. In addition, there is also an aerodynamic kit consisting of a new front lip spoiler, new side sills as well as a fixed rear wing.

Bentley is not planning to offer this model for every customer who wants it, as it will build a limited run with only 30 units for UK delivery. According to Autocar, customers already placed a deposit for the new model.

Currently, the most powerful version of the Continental GT range is the Continental GT Speed. This model uses the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine that delivers 635 hp (467 kW) and 820 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque.

The 2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed has a top speed of 206 mph or 331 km/h and is able to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.0 seconds (100 km/h or 62 mph in 4.2 seconds).

Bentley’s new Continental V8 models exude a sculpted and muscular elegance much like its siblings in the W12 range, thanks to a distinctive wide rear track, well-formed aluminium wings, a low-poised stance, and powerful haunches. However, there are a few key differences that set the V8 branches of the Continental series apart from the others.

Among these differences, the most significant one also happens to be the smallest: the ‘B’ emblems. Take the Mulsanne and 6.0 W12 Continental models, whose winged ‘B’ emblem found above the radiator grille comes with a black enamel background. When it comes to the Continental V8, this enamel background comes in red. This distinction dates back to the 1920s, when the ‘red label’ badge was used on Bentley’s smaller cars like the short-chassis 3-liter and the ‘black label’ badges were reserved usually for the vehicles with larger engines.

There are also external differences that are more striking. For one, the V8 models’ radiator grille boasts a gloss black mesh that is bordered by fine chrome surround instead of the brightwork of the W12 Continental GT. Under this radiator grille, the lower bumper likewise has a black mesh and it is divided into three distinct segments by strakes. The effect is a Bentley car with a darker, potent, challenging, and muscular character.

At the rear, the Continental V8 models feature 'figure eight' exhaust pipes on each side of the dark lower rear valance. These pipes are an indicator that these Bentley models are powered by the efficient and advanced 4.0-liter V8.

Both the convertible and the coupe will be launched with standard 20-inch wheels and you will also be able to choose from a couple of 21-inch wheel designs especially created for the V8 models. These two options both have a six-spoke alloy with a sporty theme and come in either Diamond Silver or the V8-exclusive Diamond Black finish. Each Bentley emblem on the wheel center caps also comes in red.

For this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bentley will launch a high-performance version its Continental GT model that is expected to be carry the GT3 badge. The new Continental GT3 will be the lightest version of th Continental GT, although it is not clear what engine will use.

The V8-powered Continental GT has a total weight of 2,295 kg, which means 1000 kg more than the race version. As a result, Bentley replaced the four-wheel drive system found on all of its Continental GT models ands replaced it with a rear-wheel drive system in order to save some weight.

No matter what engine will be seen under the hood, the Continental GT3 will have around 700 hp. In addition, there is also an aerodynamic kit consisting of a new front lip spoiler, new side sills as well as a fixed rear wing.

Read the entire article Rear-wheel drive Bentley Continental GT3 to be unveiled at 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

M-Sport Bentley has secured the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series, despite the race car and the new race team competing only in their second event. The #7 Continental GT3 car piloted by Guy Smith, Andy Meyrick and Steven Kane secured first place even after being hit with a drive-through penalty in the first hour.

That penalty left the #7 Continental GT3 in seventh place. However, Kane’s perfect driving and pit-stops enabled him to take the lead with just 15 minutes remaining in the three-hour race. He was able to keep his pace and maintain a two-second gap against the #99 McLaren of Andy Soucek.

Minutes went by and Kane and the #7 Continental GT3 crossed the finish line ahead of everyone – to the delight of the M-Sport Bentley team and the British fans.

Rolf Frech, member of the Board for Engineering at Bentley, remarked that while they knew that the Continental GT3 was a potential race winner, being able to capture first place in its second race “feels very special.” He remarked that the victory at the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series is a result of an outstanding effort by the whole team.

Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, quipped that the second round of Series was a hard-fought race, especially that Smith took the drive-through penalty in the first hour of the contest. He noted that the aside from a very strong car and impeccable drivers, the team also has a pit stop crew that recorded their best times.

Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, adds: “That was a hard-fought race. When Guy took the drive-through penalty in the first hour, we knew we had the pace to get back on the podium, and we were determined to do so. The car was very strong, the drivers were impeccable and the pit stop crew recorded their best ever times – including their practices over the last month! The Continental GT3’s strength is in long, fast corners, and our pace here will hopefully translate in to good speed at the other rounds of the championship. In the meantime, a maiden victory at the home of British motorsport feels fantastic.”

M-Sport Bentley has secured the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series, despite the race car and the new race team competing only in their second event. The #7 Continental GT3 car piloted by Guy Smith, Andy Meyrick and Steven Kane secured first place even after being hit with a drive-through penalty in the first hour.

That penalty left the #7 Continental GT3 in seventh place. However, Kane’s perfect driving and pit-stops enabled him to take the lead with just 15 minutes remaining in the three-hour race. He was able to keep his pace and maintain a two-second gap against the #99 McLaren of Andy Soucek.

Minutes went by and Kane and the #7 Continental GT3 crossed the finish line ahead of everyone – to the delight of the M-Sport Bentley team and the British fans.

Read the entire article Bentley Continental GT3 wins 2nd round of Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone

For the 2015MY, Bentley updated its flagship Grand Tourer, the Continental GT Speed and promises that it will make its world debut in March, at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Under the hood, there is the iconic 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine that now develops 635 hp (467 kW) and an impressive 820 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque.

With these numbers, the coupe has a top speed of 206 mph or 331 km/h, while the convertible can reach 203 mph or 327 km/h. Regarding the design, the 2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed has a more distinctive visual presence. As a result, it comes with a sharp front spoiler, discrete side skirts and an elegant air diffuser that are finished in the same exterior paint colour for the first time.

The design is completed by the dark tint finish seen on the 21-inch Speed wheel design, headlamps and taillights. Behind the 21-inch wheels we find the red-painted brake calipers. Moreover, the vehicle features the ‘Speed’ badge on the front fenders that looks marvelous on the brand new Candy Red paint colour available only on the Speed models.

Inside, we find a completely new colour split reserved for the Speed models. Furthermore, the interior features accent stripes in a contrasting colour found across the doors, rear panels, fascia wings, inner console and gear lever.

Matching contrasting stitching is then sewn to various aspects of the cabin, with a new cost option to continue contrast stitching through the diamond quilting of the seats and doors. ‘Speed’ badge is seen sewn on the front and rear headrests, while a subtle yet elegant chrome “Speed” badge adorns the passenger side fascia panel.

For the 2015MY, Bentley updated its flagship Grand Tourer, the Continental GT Speed and promises that it will make its world debut in March, at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Under the hood, there is the iconic 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine that now develops 635 hp (467 kW) and an impressive 820 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque.

With these numbers, the coupe has a top speed of 206 mph or 331 km/h, while the convertible can reach 203 mph or 327 km/h. Regarding the design, the 2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed has a more distinctive visual presence. As a result, it comes with a sharp front spoiler, discrete side skirts and an elegant air diffuser that are finished in the same exterior paint colour for the first time.

The design is completed by the dark tint finish seen on the 21-inch Speed wheel design, headlamps and taillights. Behind the 21-inch wheels we find the red-painted brake calipers. Moreover, the vehicle features the ‘Speed’ badge on the front fenders that looks marvelous on the brand new Candy Red paint colour available only on the Speed models.

Read the entire article 2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed Coupe and Convertible unveiled

Wald International is well-known for tuning Japanese car brands such as Toyota, Lexus as well as German brands such as Mercedes-Benz. Still, the latest masterpiece from Wald International is based on the Bentley Continental GT and we must admit that we are quite impressed.

Dubbed Bentley Continental GT Black Bison Edition, the new vehicle comes with a new body kit consisting of a new front bumper with side air vents, side sills, a rear bumper with side vents and a new air diffuser with integrated exhaust system. The exterior design is completed by the multi-spoke DPE wheels as well as by the striking orange finish.

There are no details regarding the engine, which means that we will find the standard 6.0-liter W12 rated at 575 hp and &00 Nm of torque, which can push the coupe from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds and to a top speed of 190 mph or 308 km/h.

If based on the Bentley Continental GT Speed, the same engine delivers 625 hp and 800 Nm of torque and can push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds and to a top speed of 205 mph or 329 km/h.

These numbers are possible thanks to the close-ratio ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Bentley also offers the Continental GT V8 powered by a 4.0-liter TFSI V8 engine that develops 500 hp and 660 Nm of torque. With this engine, the coupe sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 5 seconds while the top speed is 180 mph or 290 km/h.

Wald International is well-known for tuning Japanese car brands such as Toyota, Lexus as well as German brands such as Mercedes-Benz. Still, the latest masterpiece from Wald International is based on the Bentley Continental GT and we must admit that we are quite impressed.

Dubbed Bentley Continental GT Black Bison Edition, the new vehicle comes with a new body kit consisting of a new front bumper with side air vents, side sills, a rear bumper with side vents and a new air diffuser with integrated exhaust system. The exterior design is completed by the multi-spoke DPE wheels as well as by the striking orange finish.

There are no details regarding the engine, which means that we will find the standard 6.0-liter W12 rated at 575 hp and &00 Nm of torque, which can push the coupe from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds and to a top speed of 190 mph or 308 km/h.

Read the entire article Bentley Continental GT Black Bison by Wald International on DPE wheels

Bentley Motors has unveiled the Continental GT V8 S at the Qatar Motor Show. The new model -- building on the V8 platform for enhance performance and a sportier look – will be sold in the Middle East starting April 2014. The launch Continental GT V8 S came a day after Al Wajba Motors, the sole distributor for Bentley in Qatar, announced the opening of its new Bentley showroom in Doha.

“Bentley has enjoyed remarkable success across the Middle East in recent years and the region is one of our most valued global markets,” remarked Kevin Rose, member of the Board for Sales, Marketing, Aftersales.

“The Continental GT V8 S is an exciting addition to the Bentley range and we are confident it will be a favorite amongst drivers in the region with its sportier stance and enhanced performance.”

Continental GT V8 S could be availed in either coupe or convertible forms, and is powered by an uprated version of Bentley’s twin-turbo, 4.0-liter engine that provides up to 521 bhp (528 PS/ 389 kW) of output and 680 Nm (502 lb.ft) of torque.

The Continental GT V8 S also features suspension modifications and new exterior and interior features. The Continental GT V8 S has lowered suspension and lower-body styling that entails a sharp front splitter, discrete side sills and a subtle rear diffuser finished in Beluga gloss. Continental GT V8 S touts of the signature 20-inch wheels with distinctive, red-painted brake calipers. 

Subtle “V8 S” badges are featured on each front fender, with the famous Bentley Wings badges touting a red center. Also exhibited at the Qatar Motor Show was a favorite among Middle East customers, the Mulsanne flagship model. The Mulsanne is considered as the purest example of a Grand Touring Bentley, as it merges coach-built elegance and hand crafted luxury with power and sportiness.

Bentley Motors has unveiled the Continental GT V8 S at the Qatar Motor Show. The new model -- building on the V8 platform for enhance performance and a sportier look – will be sold in the Middle East starting April 2014. The launch Continental GT V8 S came a day after Al Wajba Motors, the sole distributor for Bentley in Qatar, announced the opening of its new Bentley showroom in Doha.

“Bentley has enjoyed remarkable success across the Middle East in recent years and the region is one of our most valued global markets,” remarked Kevin Rose, member of the Board for Sales, Marketing, Aftersales.

“The Continental GT V8 S is an exciting addition to the Bentley range and we are confident it will be a favorite amongst drivers in the region with its sportier stance and enhanced performance.”

Read the entire article Bentley unveils Continental GT V8 S at 2014 Qatar Motor Show
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