Bentley Motors names David Hilton as Head of Exterior Design

Article by Anita Panait, on February 9, 2012

Bentley Motors Ltd. has appointed acclaimed designer David Hilton as its Head of Exterior Design. After spending more than a decade operating his design company, Hilton joins Bentley in the United Kingdom. He will report to Dirk van Braeckel, the company’s Director of Design and Styling. 

Hilton has experienced working with the world’s largest car manufacturers. His award-winning designs adorned vehicles of European and Japanese carmakers, helping them gain new buyers. He used to design vehicles for Ford in Detroit and Germany, and he was Ford Racing’s chief designer. He also worked for Mazda in Japan and VW Autolatina in Brazil.

“With such vast experience and creative design talent, David will be a huge asset to the team at Crewe,” said van Braeckel, adding that Hilton’s proven creative excellence will help Bentley build its current highly successful model line-up as well as enhance the appeal of its vehicles to customers worldwide.

Hilton noted that the company has a distinctive design language that reflects the history and heritage of the Brand but remains relevant to today’s high luxury customers. He added that he could help shape the design of the next generation of Bentleys. Bentley appointed Hilton in lieu of Raul Pires who joined VW’s Italdesign.

Bentley unveils the latest two variants for its Continental GT model- the new 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged Continental GT V8 Coupé and the new GTC V8 Convertible. Both variants boast of impressive power-to-emission ratios, making them stand out in the luxury sports car category.

The two variants’ new, superb and powerful eight-cylinder Bentley V8 engine delivers a maximum power of 500 bhp (507 PS/373 kW) at 6000 rpm and a remarkable peak torque of 660 Nm (487 lb-ft), amazing numbers attainable anywhere in the whole 1,700 to 5,000 rpm range, and resulting in a breathtakingly powerful and energetic engine performance- the norm in Bentley automobiles. Together with a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission, the Bentley V8 engine easily propels the new Continental GT V8 Coupé and the new GTC V8 Convertible from 0-60mph (0-100 km/h) in under 5 seconds and to a maximum speed of over 180 mph or 290 km/h.

New V8 Continental model variants also boast of high fuel efficiency and low CO2 emission levels, noteworthy feats in its category, enabling the two new variants to cover 500 miles or 800 km on a full tank. These and other data shall be included in the full and complete figures to be released in early 2012.

Furthermore, the new V8 Continental variants’ efficient engine is in line with Bentley’s commitment to produce a new and environmentally friendly powertrain with a substantial 40 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.

Another high-tech feature of the new V8 engine is its variable displacement capability, governed by an advanced engine management system. This ensures a smooth and seamless transition from 8-cylinder mode to 4-cylinder mode when the engine is under light load operation. Other notable features of the new V8 engine are its low friction bearings, high pressure direct injection system, energy recuperation via the charging system, thermal management, and an innovative turbo charger package for increased efficiency.

Definitely, the uniquely recognizable roar of the new 4.0 litre V8 engine makes the Continental GT proudly stand out from the rest of its Bentley stablemates.

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