Five of the 60 exceptional cars that will be featured at the 2014 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace this September will be Bentley’s. Among the Bentleys bound for the event is a 1931 8-Liter Park Ward Sports Saloon, which was regarded as one of the finest models created by founder W.O. Bentley.
The 1931 8-liter Park Ward Sports Saloon was considered as “motoring in its very highest form” at its time, as it was able to merge performance (100mph in 1930) with bespoke luxury and comfort.
Aside from the 1931 8-liter Park Ward Sports Saloon, Bentley Motors will also feature the double Le Mans winning car -- known as Old No 1 – at its display in the Concours.
The Blue Train Bentley Speed Six racer was known for grabbing victory at Le Mans in two straight years (1929 and 1930). Not only that, Old No 1 recently successfully challenged the famous hill at Goodwood.
The third exceptional Bentley car to hit the 2014 Concours will be the new Continental GT3-R. The car was inspired by the Continental GT3 race car that captured back-to-back wins in its debut season in the Blancpain Endurance Series.
The Continental GT3-R, tried and tested both in the track and roads, is powered by Bentley’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, that provides up to 580 PS (572 bhp / 426 kW) in output and 700 Nm of torque, allowing it to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds – making the GT3-R as the fastest accelerating road-going Bentley of all time.
Completing the cast alongside the 1931 8-liter Park Ward Sports Saloon, Old No 1 and the Continental GT3-R are new Bentley Flying Spur V8 and flagship Mulsanne.
The Mulsanne saloon – merging state-of-the-art technology with traditional craftsmanship using the finest wood veneers and leather – is considered as the modern successor to the 8 Litre and the Speed Six.
Bentley revealed the most unique and most vibrant addition of the respected Continental family of Grand Tourers with the entrance of the all-new Continental GT3-R. It drew inspiration from the all-new GT3 race car that thundered to a second-round victory at Silverstone at the Blancpain Endurance Series, the first race in the UK for Bentley in over eight decades. Mixing established track and road qualifications, the GT3-R is an extremely select and singular version of luxury focused on performance, restrained to just 300 instances.
Every of the 300 GT3-R versions will be hand-made in Crewe and completed in Bentley's Motorsport sector.
To provide an energetic ability unparalleled in the Grand Touring segment, the GT3-R has a chassis framework dedicated to performance while keeping a treasured refinement level for normal use. Air springs and dampers utilise a progression of the sports-tuned configuration from Continental’s V8 S, still seen as Bentley’s best-handling vehicle ever, while light forged 21" wheels and exteme-grip Pirelli tires use the engine’s torque-vectored power production.
This blend, along with a sport-aimed Electronic Stability Control system, provides the Continental with an all-new height of dynamic handling and turn agility, while the chassis and powertrain both react to throttle inputs immediately.