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Bentley Unveils Sleek and Stylish 2019 Continental GT

Following months of speculation, as well as an equally lengthy parade of spy photos. Bentley has finally unveiled the 2019 Bentley Continental GT which aims to bring the fight to established elite sedan rivals, while also redefining the basic elements of what a Bentley should be.

The exterior styling of the 2019 Continental is a gorgeous exercise in elegant lines as well as refined elements that aim to give the Continental more finesse, while retaining the aggression that many fans have come to expect from a true Continental offering. The front fascia is arguably our least favorite element of the car, with the oversized front grille clashing quite garishly with the elegant new headlights. The side profile on the other hand features sculpted rear haunches, as well as a bold chrome accented character line to help instill purpose and sportiness. The rear fascia also gets in on the act, and features a redesigned rear bumper, as well as stylish new tail lights.

The interior of the new Continental is a luxurious balancing act with state of the art technology seamlessly mixing with traditional Bentley cues. This includes acres of supple leather trim and seating surfaces, expansive wood veneers, as well as a rotating panel that allows buyers to either use three analog dials to access vehicle information, or a 12.3 inch infotainment system that is miles ahead of the unit in the last generation Continental. As a bonus, the system even comes with Apple CarPlay as standard equipment, which should be please tech savvy millennials and entertainment buffs.

Performance for the 2019 Continental GT comes from an updated version of the familiar 6.0 liter W12 engine which is supposedly 24 percent shorter than a V12 powerplant. The tweaked engine now produces 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to launch the car to 60 mph in a lighting quick 3.6 seconds when Sport Launch mode is activated. Fuel economy is up by 16 percent thanks to start/stop technology, as well as an all new cylinder deactivation algorithm. Bentley engineers have also upgraded the transmission, with the Continental now sporting an eight speed dual clutch automatic for the first time ever. As usual, the front brakes are larger than those at the rear of the car, which helps them cope with the sheer weight of the W12. The 15 millimeter increase puts them in at a whopping 420 millimeters.

When the 2019 Continental GT eventually makes its way to Bentley showrooms, it will put customization at the forefront of the buying experience. For example, Continental GT buyers can choose from 15 different interior trims, 15 different carpet options, and 15 different exterior colors with as many as 70 being available in the extended range. Beefy 21-inch wheels are standard equipment, but buyers can opt for bigger 22-inch wheels with both options crafted out of either forged alloys or handcrafted alloys. Pricing has not been released, but look for that to not matter much to the elite clientele that loves these cars.






Bentley Unveils 700 Horsepower Continental Supersports

Promising to deliver the most powerful Bentley model ever made, the British luxury car maker has formally unveiled the Continental Supersports ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

The Supersports is based off the Continental, and is seen by many in the industry as the Supersports 1anticipated sequel to the original Supersports which was introduced back in 2009.

For this iteration, the Supersports uses a twin-turbocharged 6.0 liter W12 engine that is good for 700 horsepower and 750 lb-ft of torque. This is 79 horsepower more than before, and torque is also up by 160 lb-ft which should please enthusiasts looking for more performance from their supercar purchase.

These potent figures also allow the Supersports to claw its way to 60 mph in a Supersports carbon fiber veneerscant 3.4 seconds and an equally brisk 209 mph top speed. The all new convertible variant performs the deed in 3.7 seconds, and maxes out at a slightly slower 205 mph.

Bentley engineers revised the suspension to improve handling, but without compromising the comfort associated with Bentley products. A torque vectoring system borrowed from the sold out Continental GT3-R was also fitted, and carbon ceramic brakes are standard all around.

The exterior styling is pure Continental, but a carbon fiber body kit broadcasts the Supersport’s performance intentions and includes a front splitter, rear diffuser, hood vents, and a trunk mounted rear spoiler.

The exterior tweaks also includes revised bumpers as well as dark tinged head and tailights. Rounding out the list of changes are black chrome accents, and elegantly bold 21-inch forged alloy wheels.

The interior gets spruced up with diamond-quilted leather upholstry, and buyers can chSupersports seatsoose from either wood or carbon fiber trim for the dashboard. Like all other Bentley’s, buyers can work with the company’s Mulliner division to extensively customize all aspects of the interior.

Bentley did not reveal pricing information for the Supersports, but did reveal that the new model will be arriving in Bentley showrooms during the next few weeks. Look for pricing to be unveiled then, with the Supersports most likely commanding a sizable premium over a standard GT Speed model.


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Bentley Previews Flying Spur W12 S

Bentley’s Flying Spur certainly has the elegance, luxury, and pampering that a well heeled buyer cokes to expect. However, performance was not in its bag of tricks, until now, with the British luxury car maker unveiling the all new Flying Spur W12 S.

The exterior styling of the S retains much of the standard Flying Spur’s love it or hate it lines, but much of its bright work has taken a trip to the dark side thanks to the addition of Flying Spur W12 S 2several dark metallic pieces including dark accents for the light surrounds, and a blacked out Beluga Gloss radiator grille. Buyers can amp up the sinister theme even further thanks to an optional rear diffuser and a model exclusive carbon fiber veneer.

As the name implies, this variant is powered by the range topping 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine. Good for a healthy 626 horsepower and an equally potent 606 lb-ft of torque, the W12 S is the first four door Bentley to reach the 200 mph mark, and can make the sprint to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds which is a tenth better than the standard W12 model. In addition to the engine upgrades, Bentley engineers also tweaked the suspension and put a strong emphasis on improved handling and traction though the company was quick to point out that the revisions do not alter the Flying Spur’s refined ride which should please those that prefer to spend the bulk of their time in the back seat.

The interior has also been treated to several model exclusive upgrades and includes a Flying Spur W12 S 3wider palette of colors to chose from  as well as several contrast stitching elements. A distinctive black engine-spin finish has been applied to select elements of the cabin with optional satin carbon fiber available as an optional upgrade.

“The Flying Spur W12 S is the ultimate luxury performance sedan” said Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer. “it combines sharper dynamics and an increase in power from our renowned W12 engine with a more assertive exterior and interior design for customers looking for a Flying Spur with extra attitude.”

Look for the first customer deliveries to begin at the end of the year with the first U.S. spec models arriving early next year.

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Bentley Shows Off Updated Speed Model, New Black Edition Continental

Looking to keep the Continental fresh for the new model year, Bentley has formally unveiled a revised version of the Continental GT Speed, as well as an all new Black Edition model.

The current generation GT Speed is already a potent beast thanks mainly to its 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine. However, Bentley engineers always seek more performance, and managed to extract even more horsepower GT Speed Black Editionfrom this engine. The end result is 633 horsepower, and while this is only a marginal gain from the old car’s 626 horsepower it should please buyers that like to put numbers and figures on the top of their list when buying a luxurious supercar. The upgrades also added 15 extra lb-ft of torque across the entire power band for a new total of 620 lb-ft.

Look for these upgrades to make their biggest mark out on the open road with the big Bentley making the sprint to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds GT Speed Black Edition 3with a final top speed of 206 mph. These figures allow it to further stand out from rivals such as Maserati, Aston Martin, and Ferrari while also building upon the brand’s reputation for performance.

In addition to the newly updated Speed model, Bentley is also bringing an all new Black Edition Continental to showrooms. Avalible on both the coupe and the convertible, the Black Edition is essentially a cosmetic package and brings a healthy dose of gloss black finish to the normally bright chrome work with the lamp bezels and window openings. Gloss black 21- inch five spoke wheels and modelet exclusive red or black brake calipers help complete the sinister transformation.

The exterior styling also features several contrast colors for the front splitter, side skirts, and rear diffuser. Buyers can choose from either Hallmark, Beluga, St. James Red, and Cyber Yellow. The interior is largely unchanged,Continental GT Speed Black Edition 4 but Bentley designers have added splashes of carbon fiber trim to the cabin which helps provide a contrasting background to the split color interior choices (Porpoise, Beluga, Pillar Box Red, or Cyber Yellow.

Bentley revealed that the first deliveries will take place in summer with pricing information being revealed prior to their formal launches.

First Look: 2017 Bentley Bentayga

The recent resurgence of SUV sales the past few years has caused many automakers to rethink their long term sales plans. FCA recently announced that its doubling down on pickup trucks and SUVs (killing the slow selling 200 and Dart small cars in the process) and many other automakers are putting more of the spotlight on their utility models. Even automakers that once held their noses at the very thought of offering an SUV are now beginning to branch out into this all important segment. With rivals from Rolls Royce, Lamborghini and Aston Martin on the horizon, does the Bentley Bentayga have what it takes to stand out in a over-saturated segment of the market?

When one views the 2017 Bentley Bentayga, its sheer size is usually the first thing that they will notice. With a curb weight of 5,375 lbs and height that makes it taller than a Range Rover, this big Bentley certainly does its best to look elegant yet imposing on the road. However, don’t think that its larger than life suit of clothes has sacrificed overall IMG_0470style. The theme is unmistakably Bentley with cues such as its over-sized round headlamps, distinctive grille design, and the flying “B” logo front and center. Personally I preferred the rear styling which looks cleaner, and also more elegant as well especially with regards to its slick tail lights. First Edition Bentaygas (pictured) stand out thanks to 22-inch two tone wheels, special Union Jack badging, and illuminated treadplates.

While its exterior styling may leave some folks scratching their heads, the interior is a completely different story and is a very spacious and opulent place to spend time in. First Editions receive diamond quilted leather seats and they are very comfortable with commendable amounts of support and look very stylish. The rest of the interior is IMG_0471flawlessly executed and features warm wood accents as well as copious amounts of knurled metal and chrome trim. The dashboard is a fusion of Continental and Mulsanne cues and is pretty straight forward with good ergonomics and loads of technology.

Performance for the Bentayga comes from the Continental Speed’s 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine which is good for a thunderous 600 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. It is also capable of rocketing the big Bentley to 60 mph in just under 4.0 seconds and to a top speed of 187 mph. The Bentayga also comes with a trick all-wheel drive system that can be adjusted to tackle sand dunes, gravel, and other backwoods obstacles. However, Bentley admits that roughly 98 percent of Bentayga owners will keep their purchases on pavement, with slushy roads and hills at the local mall being the closest thing that it will do to off roading. As for the one percent that will take their bespoke SUV’s off roading? I salute you, and will put you in the same level of boldness as the one percent of buyers that added a manual transmission to their Aston Martin DB9 purchase before the option was scrapped.

Looking to add a Bentley Bentayga to your garage? Pricing will begin at just over $200,000 with First Edition models pushing the MSRP closer to $300,000. At this price point, its only major competitor is the $199,495 Range Rover SVAutobiography but look for that to change once the Lamborghini Urus, Aston Martin DBX, and Rolls Royce’s unnamed SUV entry make their way into the marketplace. First Edition’s will be even harder to find with Bentley only producing 608 copies.

Bentley Introduces Stone Interior Veneers, Aims To Satiate Well Heeled Demand

Buyers looking for an alternative to wood trim in their luxury car purchase can now choose an unconventional style of trim if they choose to purchase a Bentley product for their garage.

In an announcement released earlier today, Bentley revealed that in addition to wood trim, buyers can now choose new stone trim accents. The addition of stone trim is nothing new in the luxury car segment (Maybach debuted granite trim in the old 57 and 62 sedans back in the mid 2000s) but it is the first time that this particular option has been available to Bentley customers.

The veneers are available in four different colors (Autumn White, Galaxy, Copper, and Terrace Red) and will be equipped to either the Continental GT or its four door cousin the Flying Spur by Mulliner. This bespoke division is already in charge of other Bentley option packages, and will tailor the stone trim to the exact specifications laid out by the buyer. Bentley claims that the stone (a mixture of slate and quartzite) is obtained from hand selected quarries in Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, India by splitting sections of the rock from larger pieces of stone. After the initial splitting is completed, the stone is cured using glass fiber and a bespoke resin before making the trek to the Bentley plant in Crewe where Mulliner technicians handcraft the final shape of the trim pieces.

The British luxury car maker elaborated further revealing that the surface of the finished pieces are both light and very translucent which allows the grain and overall pattern of the material to be visible to occupants in the cabin. Bentley did not release details regarding how much the switch to stone veneer material will cost, but considering the time and labor involved in getting the pieces as well as the rarity of the material itself, look for it to be a healthy premium over some of the other veneer choices in Bentley’s trim library.


Bentley Working On Faster Version Of Bentayga SUV?

Bentley’s recently unveiled Bentayga SUV has certainly made a splash in its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but if a new report from England is to be believed. It suggests that the British luxury car maker has an even faster Bentayga already in the pipeline that could be a formidable contender to rivals such as the Range Rover SVR, while also being the most powerful performance SUV ever built.

The report claims that the new variant is tentatively called the Bentayga Speed, and it will pack a tweaked version of the 600 horsepower 6.0 liter W12 engine that currently sees duty in the standard issue Bentayga (pictured.) The souped up motor would be linked up to an equally modified eight speed automatic transmission, which would allow the Speed version to make the sprint to 60 mph in under four seconds. This particular figure would make the Bentayga Speed one of the fastest models on the market, and put it in a very elite club of contenders.  The extra grunt would be enhanced by revised exterior styling that will include a new body kit, bigger spoilers front and rear, side skirts, and a deeper rear bumper housing a performance tuned exhaust system. Meanwhile a comprehensive suite of suspension and brake upgrades would allow the big Bentley to carve corners while also being able to deliver smooth and steady stops from a wide range of vehicle speeds.

As expected, the folks in Crewe are not revealing any official details regarding the Bentayga Speed or if the project has even been formally approved or not. The only shred of information in the report that appears to be somewhat official is that while the Speed would be the most powerful SUV ever, it will not be the first SUV to break the 200 mph barrier due to a laundry list of safety concerns as well as its unfavorable aerodynamic profile. Instead, look for Bentley engineers to limit the top speed to a still lofty 187 mph which is quite good for an SUV as big as the Bentayga.

If these rumors are indeed proven to be true, look for the Bentley Bentayga Speed to make its public debut as early as next year with a teaser campaign preceding that debut in a fashion very similar to what was seen in the standard Bentayga. The Speed would essentially be alone in its segment for a brief while, but that will change when Lamborghini will unveil the production version of the Urus concept. The Urus would be the first serious rival to the Bentayga Speed and would try to outshine the big Bentley with its own Italian take on performance.

Bentley Bentayga Displays Off-Road Prowess In New Video Teaser

Following on the heels of a recent teaser video showcasing the technological side of the Bentley Bentayga, the British luxury car maker has now showcased the upcoming SUV’s ability to tackle the beaten path, revealing new footage of the Bentayga going through its paces on a off-road course in Northern Spain.

While it is highly unlikely that the majority of Bentayga owners will take their posh rides over anything beyond a hilly mall parking lot, this new video as well as the company’s prior round of cold weather testing does appear to show that the company is aiming to make the Bentayga into a formidable entry that can back up its lofty price tag while also targeting higher end Range Rovers at the same time. It could also be an advantage over Rolls Royce’s upcoming entry, the still unnamed “Project Cullinan” which may eschew some traditional SUV traits in lieu of delivering more comfort and on road civility.

Performance for the Bentayga is expected to come from a turbocharged version of the company’s familiar 6.0 liter W12 engine, but a smaller V8 variant as well as hybrid models could make their respective appearances in the near future as slightly more fuel efficient alternatives to the thirsty but potent 12 cylinder. The Bentayga is expected to eventually arrive in Bentley showrooms sometime next year, with a base price of roughly $200,000.

The Bentayga also represents a new frontier for Bentley and many of its bespoke rivals with the Bentayga fighting for a piece of a relatively untouched segment that will also feature SUV entries from Lamborghini, Aston Martin, and Rolls Royce. That said the Bentayga will have to fight hard to stand out amongst well heeled buyers, while also serving as a symbol of what the future holds for Bentley and the bespoke SUV market as a whole.



Bentley Unveils Flying Spur Beluga Specification

While the Flying Spur’s large size and odd styling may evoke references to a whale when it is compared to the fore-mentioned large sea creature, Bentley designers went all out to improve its exterior styling, and have unveiled the all-new and ironically named Beluga Specification for the Flying Spur.

Currently available for the V8 version of the Spur only, the package was designed to incorporate a suite of upgrades that were designed to make the ultra luxury sedan look “more athletic” and visually appealing. A distinctive set of 20-inch wheels and a gloss black adorned front grille round out the exterior tweaks while the interior receives equally subtle tweaks and gains new knurled shift paddles, piano black veneer, contrast stitching, and higher quality carpets (just in case the already plush standard upholstery doesn’t cut it somehow.) Buyers looking to add even more exclusivity to their Beluga spec purchase can combine it with the desirable Mulliner Driving Specification package and get 21-inch wheels as well as several other interior upgrades.

It is currently unknown if the top tier W12 variant will receive the Beluga treatment or not, but we suspect that this will most likely be a V8 exclusive and serve as a unique alternative to the standard styling theme. While it will take more than subtle upgrades to make the Flying Spur truly shed its elegantly mismatched styling cues, we look forward to seeing what else Bentley has in store for the Flying Spur especially when it receives its mid-cycle refresh in the near future. A new front fascia with tweaked headlight elements will most likely be seen as well as some light revisions to the interior with both mirroring what first debuted in the recently updated Continental coupe.



Bentley Teases Bentayga Interior, Showcases Touch Sensitive Controls

Following a set of previous videos that the British luxury company had released late last year, Bentley has revealed a brand new video teaser which features our first compelling glimpses at the Bentayga’s interior as well as the technology that will define it as a ultra luxury offering including what could very well be the worlds first touch sensitive engine start/stop button.

While the upcoming Bentayga will keep its dictionary defying name, the interior does appear to reveal that the SUV will be a rolling technological showcase, and feature technologies that have yet to be seen on a Bentley product. As expected, the Bentayga will Bentayga 2follow the lead of many modern SUV’s and feature a terrain management system. The system in the Bentley may closely resemble the unit that sees duty in various Land Rover products especially with its dial operated method of selecting various modes. But, we expect the Bentayga to be more of an on-road warrior than those models with the big Bentley preferring groomed asphalt road surfaces versus Rubicon trail grade excursions into the wilderness.

In addition to this terrain management system, the video also reveals that the Bentayga will come equipped with a state of the art night vision system as well as a heads up display, and a high end stereo system that promises to bring plenty of speakers and amps to the Bentayga 3musical experience of the Bentayga. The night vision technology in particular stands out as our favorite of the three thanks to its high resolution, as well as its placement between the gauges in easy view of the driver.

Overall the basic design of the interior appears to be cleaner and more conventional versus the radical and adventurous cabin design that made its initial debut on the Bentley EXP 9 F concept car. The concept had a waterfall-esque themed center console, but the production Bentayga ditches it for a more conventional unit that also sees duty in other Bentley  products but still manages to look good as well.

Expect the Bentley Bentayga to make its formal debut later this year at the Frankfurt Auto Show with its official launch sometime after that. When it does arrive in Bentley showrooms, it will be joined by rivals such as the Aston Martin DBX, Lamborghini Urus, as well as Rolls Royce’s upcoming SUV entry in what is quickly becoming a new frontier for these ultra exclusive car only companies.  In the meantime you can check out the slick video below, and share your thoughts on the upcoming Bentayga.