Bentley secures £3 million grant to boost R&D activities

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 31, 2011

Bentley announced today that it received confirmation of a conditional grant allocation of £3 million from the Department for Business Regional Growth Fund (RGF). For those who don’t know, this would be the second time this year when Bentley receives the Government’s RGF has been successful with the Government’s RGF, having received £1.68m to create new manufacturing jobs and training.

The new grant allocation will help Bentley support the development of a new powertrain application, which will enable it to exploit new export markets. Moreover, this allocation will safeguard over 200 jobs and also create a small number of additional positions.

"This is a real boost for Bentley which has one of the most highly skilled automotive workforces in the country and, uniquely, has now been awarded two RGF grants. It shows that the Government recognises the importance of Bentley and the contribution we make to high value manufacturing and UK exports.” said Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive, Wolfgang Dürheimer.

“Our customers expect the very best in terms of exclusivity, technology, quality and engineering excellence which requires significant ongoing investment in R&D. This is why we retain such a strong engineering capability exclusively for Bentley here in the UK. This grant will help safeguard those operations as we look to develop new powertrains which appeal to new markets and new customers.” he added.

The creation of the Bentley Continental GT Coupe is a significant event in the Crewe’s history, especially for its development teams, as it intrepidly redirects the evolution of the marque’s iconic Continental line. The hugely successful 2003 Bentley Continental GT was a pioneer in resurrecting the Bentley name, and it became the originator of an entirely new market segment. As a prestige car, the 2003 GT also became known for its practicality, but it stayed faithful to the grand touring heritage the marque is famous for.

All-new Continental GT Coupe is a four-seater that is expected to continue the successful run of its well-known ancestor. It infuses the GT aura with superior levels of stylishness, technology, prestige, workmanship, sportive performance and refinement, along with regular usability.

New and exquisitely shaped body form provides a more definite and solid presence for the Bentley Continental GT Coupe. Interiorly, it updates and enhances the styling and comfort levels while also exhibiting prime workmanship. For instance, the seats have been made even more supportive with additional leg room.

The stylish dashboard sweeps across the front part with an updated design. There is also a new touchscreen-controlled infotainment system centralising the cutting-edge navigation system, Google Maps and entertainment system. Also implemented is the latest Balanced Mode Radiator speaker technology and Dirac Dimensions digital sound processing for superior audio quality.

The new version of the well-praised Bentley 6-litre, 12-cylinder, twin-turbocharged engine is now capable of more power – up to 575PS (567bhp/423kW) and 700Nm (516lb ft.) of torque. This is paired with the new Quickshift transmission that allows double downshifts. The innovative FlexFuel technology feature provides the versatility to run on either standard unleaded petrol (gasoline), sustainable bioethanol (up to E85) or a combination of the two.

There is also a newer, high-output 8-cylinder engine which will become available by late 2011. This cutting-edge power plant will decrease carbon emissions by 40 percent as opposed to the W12 engine, while also ensuring a best-in-class emissions-to-power ratio without compromising the renowned Bentley sophistication and capability.

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