Bentley Continental

Bentley Continental

  The British automaker Bentley has used the Continental name on a number of high end luxury coupes since 1952. The last version of the classic Continental was powered by a 6 3/4 Liter turbocharged V8 producing 420 HP and 650 lb-ft of torque and despite its large size could accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in only 6.6 seconds and reach a 170 MPH top speed.

Bentley Continental Supersports is the most impressive model the British company has revealed on the market. No wonder why Breitling has revealed a watch as impressive as the car. The watch comes with a ultra-light titanium case and is about about 45mm wide. It will be offered in a red and black motif and will be launched at Baselworld 2011.

The new Breitling for Bentley watch powerfully complements the design of the Supersports convertible. With its light and sturdy titanium chassis, its “dashboard-style” dial enhanced by three ringed counters and its bezel with a typically Bentley-style raised knurled motif, the Supersports Light Body limited series evokes a sophisticated high-powered coupe car.

In tribute to its sporting qualities, Breitling has equipped it with an extremely intelligent and exclusive double-counter system, featuring a central minute hand and a twin-handed totalizator enabling one to read the elapsed hours and minutes at a glance just as one usually reads standard time on a watch.

A few days ago Bentley managed to smash the world speed record on ice . With this type of opportunity just knocking away, Bentley has gone straight to work to produce a new special edition in order to brag about their accomplishment. The Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record Convertible will be revealed tomorrow at the Geneva Motor Show. There will only be 100 units available worldwide, offered in just three exterior colors: Beluga, Quartzite, and Arctica White, all contrasting with a Dark Grey Metallic soft top. This special edition will be distinguished by muscular styling cues and 20” inch, 10-spoke Supersports wheels with a dark tint finish.

"Juha Kankkunen’s drive was a remarkable achievement and worthy of a very special car. The Continental Supersports ‘Ice Speed Record’ is a true driver’s car that captures that unique Bentley spirit. It offers extreme performance, agility and an extrovert personality, while retaining the refinement, handcrafted luxury and comfort our customers expect."

Hit the jump to read more about the Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record Convertible.

The Supersports model is undoubtedly the most powerful and fastest Continental Bentley has ever built. And, if you don’t believe us, check out the new world record set by the Continental Supersports convertible . The droptop Bentley was able to hit a top speed of 205.48 mph on the frozen waters of the Baltic Sea, off the coast of Finland.

With only a roll-cage, Pirelli winter tires, a rear parachute, and a few minor aerodynamic changes added to the Bentley, world rally champion, Juha Kankkunen, got behind the wheel of this powerful beast and sped his way through the slippery terrain to achieve the world record. He said, "200mph came up after 5km on sheet ice. Then it was just a question of getting everything right in the timing zone and hoping the snow kept away. There’s nothing to beat driving a Bentley at these speeds; the conditions may be perilous but the car responds so well to the slightest adjustment which gives you the confidence to push even harder."

Full story and press release after the jump.

German tuner, Wheelsandmore, provided a kickass tuning package for the Bentley Continental Supersports back in 2010 and we are happy to report that they are revisiting the Bentley brand with a new package for the Continental’s Convertible version.

The engine upgrade is nothing new considering these are the same modifications Wheelsandmore made to the Continental Coupe just last year. Adding power to an already amazing turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine is done with the use of an ECU upgrade combined with a handmade, stainless steel exhaust system and a remote controlled valve flap system, leaving the convertible with 702 HP and 650 lb-ft of torque (up from a standard of 621 HP and 590 lbs-ft. Getting this kingpin to stop are new carbon-ceramic brakes measuring 16.54 inches, the largest available.

Making their second appearance on a Bentley model are the 3-piece C-Sport wheels measuring 10.5x21 inches. These customizable wheels further enhance the look and feel of the vehicle with the use of just about any color imaginable. The final touch is a new electronic lowering module from Wheelsandmore called "LowMaXX". This new suspension raises and lowers the vehicle by around 0.79 inches at a speed of 44 mph to restore comfort and safety.

The past couple of months have been quite busy for tuning firm, Anderson Germany, with their tuning kits for brands such as Ferrari , Lamborghini , and Mercedes , but with a breakout involving such esteemed auto brands, where should they go next? Well, a Bentley, of course. Introducing the new tuning kit by Anderson Germany for the recently launchedBentley GT Supersports .

Much to our delight, the biggest changes were made under the hood. The tuner executed a software optimization along with a new valve controlled sports exhaust system (weight lowering by 17 kg/38 lb) with racing cats and sports air filter. The result? An impressive 695 HP.

The exterior package includes a new diffuser besides front and rear apron, as well as the corresponding side skirts and a rear spoiler. The whole package is finished by 22" 3-part light alloy rims. The interior will get garnish moldings, center consoles in front and rear, and carbon fiber interior light boardings. Adding sultry touches to the interior is the Alcantara equipment in combination with black leather and piping in the car’s color.

Press release after the jump.

Bentley has just unveiled the official details on the new Continental GT 4-seat coupe that will make its world debut at the Paris Auto Show and will go on sale in early 2011. According to Bentley, the new GT coupe "has an even stronger sporting character than ever before. It is an exceptionally refined and comfortable 2+2 Grand Tourer but with the heart, soul and looks of a supercar."

The car’s exterior design is defined by a more upright grille with new headlamp design, in traditional four-lamp format and LED daylight-running lamps, a bootlid inspired by the Bentley Mulsanne and flared elliptical exhaust tailpipes. The track is wider by41mm at the front and 48mm at the rear than the previous model, while the car sits on 20-inch alloy wheels as standard, or 21" as an option.

Under the hood there is a 6.0 liter W12 powertrain that delivers a total of 567 HP and 700 NM of torque. The car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and can hit a top speed of 198 mph. Bentley also announced that a new high-output 4.0-liter V8 engine option will be introduced in late 2011.

Updated 09/29/2010: Bentley today announced prices for the 2011 Continental GT. Deliveries will start in the first quarter of 2011. Prices will start at $189,900.

Updated 11/10/2010: We have added 50 new high res images to out gallery. Enjoy them!

Press release after the jump.

So far, Bentley has been keeping busy with their upcoming Continental GT, but sometime after the grand touring luxury coupe gets released, we would bet that the British manufacturer will move on to the next generation of the Continental Flying Spur . Can’t wait until then to see a refreshed Bentley? Don’t worry, Japanese tuner, Wald International, has been thinking of the folks that want to see their current Flying Spur in a new light and have come out with the Black Bison package. The new package includes a wide body kit, new wheels, and a new exhaust system.

This isn’t a new package by any means considering Wald International has dressed up different Mercedes , Toyota , Nissan , and other Bentley models in the same Black Bison appearance, but it works so they take advantage of that. That being said, like all of the Black Bison models, the Flying Spur will get a new front bumper with bigger vents, LED running lights, rear bumpers, sportier fender ducts, refreshed sidesteps, two new rear spoilers (one on the decklid and one above the glass), and 22-inch matte Renovatio wheels. Then, of course, there’s the obvious black exterior, the intense use of carbon fiber, and a new quad pipe exhaust system. What car would be complete without that, right?

Like all of the Black Bison packages, the tuner has stuck to improving the car on the outside and has left the engine without a single modification. Engine upgrades are our favorite kind of modification, but the package in itself is impressive nonetheless so we have to cut Wald some slack for it.

Prices for this package have yet to be announced.

With an incredible look and 621 HP under the hood, the Bentley Continental Supersports seems to be the car that needs no improvements. Of course, now that it has been written and spoken, you know there will always be a tuner that will kick it up a notch and take the Supersports to the next level. American tuner, Wheelsboutique, seems to be that tuner and, while they did not make any major changes to the car’s look, they have added some small details that should make a difference.

The package includes a set of 22" HRE 940R wheels painted in gloss black with a color matched lip and color matched inner. The wheels are wrapped in Pirelli PZero tires.

For the Bentley’s engine, the tuners offered up an Evo MS Tune system and Mansory Air Filter, as well as an RSC exhaust system. The whole package is finished by a Renntech lowering module.

The tuner said nothing on how the car’s performances have been improved, but for us, a 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 204 mph is more than enough. Not to mention that the white exterior looks amazing!

The overall look of the car sort of reminds us of the Supersports tuning kit provided by Wheelsandmore back in April. Not that the tuning kits are identical, but this package looks to be the classier, more upscale version of the Supersports, while the kit by Wheelsandmore was the hip, young, and trendy version. Basically, these two kits would be the perfect solution for a father/son purchase.

Source: Luxury4Play

The Pebble Beach Concours was the place to be this past weekend and Bentley took advantage of that fact to unveil two new special editions designed exclusively for the North American market. These new editions are similar to and come shortly after the Bentley Flying Spur that was designed specifically for the Middle East market. North America’s new models are called the GTC and the GTC Speed 80-11 and will each be limited to 80 units. Sales will begin in 2011.

The new GTC 80-11 is distinguished by new 20", 14-spoke alloy diamond wheels equipped with unique black center caps that feature Bentley’s distinctive ‘B’ emblem. The GTC Speed 80-11 gets 20" wheels darkened with a dark tint and highlighted by red brake calipers. The two new editions will be offered with a new and unique Midnight color and Bentley’s gray metallic soft top and Mulliner fuel-filler cap.

On the interior, the two models get a dark main hide color with the stitching and emblems sparkling in a contrasting white color for the GTC and red for the GTC Speed. The interior also features alloy sport foot pedals and the "80-11 Edition" signature as well as a bright finished dash trim for the GTC and darker finish for the GTC Speed.

The Bentley GTC and GTC Speed are powered by the same 6.0-liter W12 engines as their standard counterparts delivering 552hp for the GTC and 600hp for the GTC Speed. Both editions will be available for order in fall of 2010 as model-year 2011 vehicles.

Press release after the jump.

Those of you who know your cars and your TV Guides probably know that last week, Top Gear finally made its long-awaited return to the BBC with the first episode of their 15th season. Well, that should pose as great news for those who actually have access to BBC and could therefore watch the show from the confines of their own living rooms. But as for us here in America, any chance of watching the show as soon as it hits UK television is left all up to live streamings, or, if we’re lucky, downloadable torrents that are made available as soon as the episode ends in the UK.

But that’s a topic for another day because what we’d like to show you was how Top Gear kicked off their 15th season, and it’s something that should be of interest to those who have fallen head over heels for this car. ’This car’, of course, is the Bentley Continental Supersports , which Jeremy Clarkson puts to task as he reviews every nook and cranny of the new Bentley powerhouse. Clarkson takes equal turns in heaping praise for the car and just as quickly, criticizing for one reason or another. It’s a good video to watch, especially for those who have strong opinions - good or bad - on the Bentley Continental Supersports.

Source: YouTube

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