Series 51 Bentley Continental debut announced for Frankfurt

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2009

Bentley will unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show a new design direction for the company's Continental GT and GTC models: the Series 51 Continental! These new models represent an evolution of exterior and interior styling and will allow customers to order off the peg from an exclusive range created by Dirk van Braeckel's renowned team of Crewe-based designers.

The 'Series 51' name comes after the year that the first official styling department was established in Crewe by the gifted John Blatchley, who shaped the original and iconic 1950s Bentley Continentals.

This new program will enable customers to make their cars unique with new interior details including the use of non-indented hide for diamond quilting, contrast piping for the seats and doors as well as bespoke Series 51 treadplates.

Bentley's designers have also selected a range of premium-quality materials for the dashboard and centre console to complement the three-tone interiors. The Dark and Bright Engine Spin aluminium options provide a striking contrast with darker and lighter hide colour choices and a special, limited-edition Amboyna veneer reserved for Series 51.

The new 20-inch 14-spoke polished Diamond wheels will accentuate the road presence of the Series 51 cars as well as the new two-tone paint that will be commissioned which complements the contrasting interior configuration.

The first car from the Series 51, a Bentley Continental GTC, will feature Imperial Blue as a main and secondary hide, Linen seat and door inserts and Newmarket Tan as the accent colour. The new Series 51 models can be ordered from 1st September 2009.

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