Bentley Motors posted a 47% increase in year-on-year deliveries for the first two months of 2012, delivering 894 cars to customers worldwide in January and February. The company’s major markets, the United States and China, accounted for 64% of total global deliveries with 251 and 324 units respectively. US deliveries were up 29% year-on-year for the first months of 2012, while China deliveries soared 66% for the same period.
Deliveries on other major markets were up as well with Europe posting a 39% increase year-on-year. The UK market recovered its figures in 2011, delivering 58 cars for a 16% increase year-on-year. Bentley also delivered 93 cars to customers in the Middle East, where political turmoil in 2011 has greatly affected deliveries, reflecting a 55% increase.
“This is an excellent start to the new year for Bentley,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive. Dürheimer added that the company is maintaining the momentum from last year, which clearly reflects the strong confidence customers have in the Bentley brand and in its new products worldwide. The Bentley attributed its extraordinary growth in the first two months of 2012 to the strong demand for both the new GT and the newly unveiled Continental GTC.
The GT and Continental GTC accounted for 265 and 214 cars deliveries respectively. The company expects to maintain its momentum until the second quarter of 2012, when it will deliver the first Continental V8s to waiting customers.
Bentley also sees a possible record year for its Mulsanne flagship model, which is drawing substantial orders from major markets like China and the Middle East. Likewise, the China market has been increasingly drawn to the two-door Continental GT, which exudes the style and excitement associated with sports cars.
The 4.0-liter twin turbocharged V8 engine is powerful enough to help both the Bentley Continental GT V8 coupé and the Bentley GTC V8 convertible achieve impressive power-to-emission ratings in their sector as well as excellent levels of efficiencies. This was expected since the V8 powerplant found in these high performance sports cars could deliver up to 500 hp (507 PS or 373 kW) of output at 6,000 rpm and up to 660 Nm (487 lb.-ft.) of torque available between 1,700 to 5,000 rpm.
Mated to a new close-ratio eight-speed automatic transmission, this 4.0-liter twin turbocharged V8 engine helps the Continental GT V8 coupé and the GTC V8 convertible to dash from zero to 100 km/h in around five seconds and reach a top speed in excess of 290 km/h (180 mph).
Typically, vehicles powered by high-output engines don’t complement the goal of saving more fuel and emitting less carbon dioxide. In the case of the Continental GT V8 coupé and the GTC V8 convertible, Bentley was able make these V8 models achieve splendid levels of fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions among its peers in the luxury performance sector.
This is a feat supported by the fact that both V8 Continental models could travel more than 800 kilometer (500 miles) on a single tank of fuel. These models also fulfill the carmaker’s environmental commitment to build a new powertrain that consumes 40 percent less fuel and emits 40 percent less carbon dioxide. Bentley plans to disclose the complete and official figures for the Continental GT V8 coupé and the GTC V8 in early 2012.
In addition, the new V8 engine in the Continental models is installed with variable displacement system couple with an advanced engine management feature. This means that the engine – when under light throttle load – could be transitioned seamlessly from V8 to V4 mode. Moreover, the Bentley V8 engine boasts of high pressure direct injection, energy recuperation via the charging system, low friction bearings and thermal management. This engine also features a ground-breaking turbo charger packaging that allows it to become more fuel efficient.