Bentley announces Power on Ice winter driving adventure

Article by Christian A., on January 27, 2012

Bentley’s Power on Ice adventure will be tested next month in Finland on one of the most unusual and difficult test tracks in the world. This is the same track where Bentley broke two ice speed driving records with the four-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen.

What Bentley is now offering guests is the chance to have fun in driving the 6.0 litre 567bhp (575PS) Continental GT Coupe and the 621bhp (630PS) ultra high performance Continental Supersports coupe. Peter Barnes a senior instructor with Bentley Driving, said that the circuits are not like anything seen before as they are built from snow and ice.

Barnes explained that Power on Ice combines the joy of “slaloming a Bentley supercar on a purpose-built course or taking a spin around a ‘figure of eight’ track” with the chance to learn advanced techniques from a personal instructor.

He added that after this, drivers will be able to confidently handle their cars even under the worst weather conditions. Bentley’s Continental range is perfect for winter driving as it comes with the most sophisticated all-wheel drive system that uses an advanced Torsen differential, guaranteeing a safe but dynamic sports car handling on types of road surfaces and weather conditions.

The all-wheel drive system has a power split of 40:60 rear bias for sporting handling and spirited mid-corner acceleration. But the power split can be adjusted instantly between the front and rear wheels depending on the available grip.

The sophisticated Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system offers added security and grip whatever the driving style. In February 2011, Finnish motorsport legend Juha Kankkunen, set a record while driving the all-wheel drive Continental Supersports Convertible on the frozen Baltic Sea. He reached a speed of 205.48 mph (330.695 km/h). This broke his own ice speed record of 199.83 mph (321.6 km/h) while he was driving the original Continental GT in 2007.

Bentley unlocked a new achievement courtesy of its new 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged Continental GT V8 coupe and GTC V8 convertible. The two vehicles have been recognized for its exceptional power-to-emissions standards in the high luxury sports car segment.

Now with a maximum power of 500 bhp (507 PS/373 kW) at 6000 rpm and a superb peak torque of 660 Nm (487 lb.-ft.) available across the entire rev range of 1700 to 5000 rpm, the new Bentley V8 proudly shows off Bentley’s tradition of providing a combination of exhilarating performance and effortless power delivery. In combo with an all-new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission, this model is capable of a 0 to 60 mph (0 to 100 km/h) acceleration time of less than 5 seconds and a range-topping speed of more than 180 mph (290 km/h).

The new V8 Continental models also received recognition for achieving outstanding levels of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions in the luxury performance segment all thanks to its capability to travel on a single tank of fuel for more than 500 miles (800 km). All details and official figures have been released in 2012.

Bentley’s efforts in its environmental commitment are greatly shown by the arrival of their new V8 Continental models. The company has successfully produced a new powertrain with an impressive 40 per cent improvement in terms of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.

Packed with a highly sophisticated engine management system featuring variable displacement, the new V8 engine is guaranteed to run on a seamless and inconspicuous transition from V8 to V4 mode on light throttle load. Not only that, this high-technology V8 has a wide variety of features including a high pressure direct injection, some low friction bearings, thermal management, energy recuperation care of the charging system, and an innovative turbo charger packaging perfect for greater efficiency.

The new 4.0-liter V8 engine has a particular engine growl that sets it apart from all other Bentley models. These new V8 engines will power two models – the Continental GT and the Continental GTC. To further emphasize its dominant muscular character, these models are fitted with a black gloss matrix grill with chrome frame and center bar, a red enamel Bentley ‘B’ badge, and a black matrix three-segment lower front bumper each in distinctive body-colored strakes.

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