A fleet of outstanding Bentley models led the 170 competitors of the legendary Nürburgring 24 Hour Race during the kick-off of the event. Chairman and Chief Executive Wolfgang Dürheimer was part of the parade with modern-day Bentley Boys Guy Smith, Eric van de Poele and Juha Kankkunen, as well as Chairman and Chief Executive Wolfgang Dürheimer.
The Bentley models, which form the official parade vehicle fleet, include the Mulsanne, the Continental GTC W12, the new Continental GT V8 and the 630 bhp Continental Supersports. They are accompanied by a pair of Flying Spurs that offer a VIP shuttle service. Dürheimer stated that the automaker is "proud to help support" the Nürburgring event this year.
The event is "one of the most punishing endurance tests on the motorsport calendar." He shared that as a regular visitor to the Nürburgring during vehicles' development and with his "personal passion for driving the track," he is "delighted" that the automaker "is here in a race environment." He wished all the drivers "the very best of luck for the long race ahead."
Bentley’s new Continental GT coupe is, for Crewe's designers and engineers, an opportunity for the brand to set an exciting and bold direction for its most revered name: the Continental. This highly successful and seminal Continental GT, which was introduced to the market in 2003, represented the very first step in the carmaker’s renaissance and defined an entirely new segment. The Continental GT was a luxury GT that offers exceptional usability and that remained true to the grand touring spirit of the brand.
The new Bentley Continental GT coupe builds on its iconic predecessor’s success and captures that GT spirit, yet with higher standards of engineering, design, craftsmanship, luxury, everyday practicality, dynamic performance and refinement.
This 4-seat coupe features a beautifully sculptured body, which gives it an even crisper and more defined look. Moreover, the Continental GT coupe’s contemporary interior delivers new levels of comfort, cabin design, as well as hand-crafted luxury. For one, the seats offer greater support and a bigger rear leg-room. Then there’s the sweeping dashboard, which boasts even more modernity and more style. The car also has a new touchscreen infotainment system, which features Google Maps, entertainment, and state-of-the-art navigation. Meanwhile, enhanced audio quality is delivered by the cutting-edge Balanced Mode Radiator speaker tech and the Dirac Dimensions digital audio processing.
In addition, the carmaker’s acclaimed 6L, 12-cylinder, twin-turbocharged powertrain generates a raised power output of 567bhp/423kW and a torque of 516lb-ft. This is paired with a new Quickshift transmission that enables double downshifts. Plus, the car is also able to run on standard unleaded petrol, on sustainable bioethanol, or on a mix of the two, thanks to its advanced FlexFuel technology.
A new high-output eight-cylinder engine is also going to be available to order starting late 2011. This advanced power unit can deliver 40% reduced emissions as compared with a W12 engine and it is going to offer a CO2 emissions-to-power ratio that is class-leading, together with Bentley levels of refinement and performance.