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.

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Although you may not have heard of the the Japanese petroleum group, the Nippon Oil Corporation, however you may be familiar with the name Eneos. Even though we don’t have any of their gas stations here in the U.S. you might have seen the red Eneos sticker stuck to the front of synthetic oil products in almost any automotive parts store here in the States. Aside from the lovely ladies posing for photos and signing autographs, they also had a few high end vehicles on display at their booth at the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas last week.

Eneos brings out a few high end rides at the 2009 SEMA Show

The first item of interest was a very clean Bentley Continental wearing a subtle body kit that mimics the more powerful Super Sports model. The other cool car in the Eneos display was a triple black kitted Ferrari F-430 . Starting off with a flat black finish the Ferrari rode on a set of matching matte black mesh rims that gave us a good look at the braking hardware underneath. However one of the nicest touches on the mid engine prancing horse were a pair of Scuderia inspired glossy black striped running the entire length of the vehicle.

When you usually hear the name ASMA, you tend to think of over the top highly tuned Mercedes Benz models like the SLR super car, but this time the German design studio has moved their attention over to the even more illustrious Bentley Continental . However the more that things change, the more they stay the same, so just like the Perfectus SLR , the Ventus was also built for a wealthy Saudi politician.

ASMA Ventus

ASMA Design modified every aspect of the Continental, and as you can see the final product still has a bit of work that needs to get done before they can complete the transformation. On the outside ASMA has added new front and rear bumpers to give the Ventus a distinct appearance as well as a wide body kit to give the car a much more aggressive stance. Rounding out the exterior modifications are a new downforce enhancing rear wing and diffuser, while the Continental now rides around on a set of 22 inch rims that were painted black to match the exterior. What is left to be sorted out are the seats and steering wheel which still need a few final touches.

Not ones to stand for all show and no go, ASMA Design also massaged the engine in order to raise the Bentley ’s maximum output of the 6.0 Liter W12 power plant from 560 HP all the way up to 644 HP, while at the same time the two door super car’s top speed has been increased to 201 MPH.

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In another installment of racing legend Derek Bell keeping Bentley enthusiasts around the world informed about the new lightweight Continental Supersport with a lap around the Nürburgring race track in Germany. The English coach builder has announced that the first deliveries of the new Continental Supersports will begin later on this month. Mr. Bell is famous for his in car commentary, even while moving along at 200 MPH. The crew from Crewe claim that the new 204 MPH luxury sports coupe is the most extreme Bentley road car ever produced by W.O.’s car company.

Aside from being able to cruise around at over 200 MPH in style and comfort, but the Supersports is also capable of running on E85 biofuel and represents a step forward and most of all Bentley’s commitment to alternative fuels and they ensure that their entire lineup will be capable of burning up to 85% ethanol by the year 2012. The new Continental Supersports is slated to be on sale in most markets around the world by the year’s end. A few of the first batch of Bentley super cars have already been spotted , but we won’t be seeing too many of them here in the U.S. filling up at an E85 pump until the middle of 2010, just in time for the good old summer hike in gas prices.

Derek Bell driving impression videos after the jump.

After being unveiled back at the Geneva Motor Show, the Bentley Continental Supersports has just recently been seen driving around the streets in real life. From the looks of these snapshots, the factory tuned Continental is being driven by a proper Bentley boy judging from the U.K. license plate. This particular example is covered in a flat grey finish that is complimented by the car’s glossy black wheels.

Bentley Continental Supersports spotted in real life

When they built the Supersports Bentley created their most powerful car ever by tweaking the turbocharged 6.0 Liter W12 and finding an additional 21 HP over the GT Speed edition, raising the car’s maximum output all the way up to 621 HP. This much power is good enough to make the Supersports acelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds, pass the 100 MPH mark after 8.9 seconds and eventualy reach a top speed of 204 MPH.

The Supersports’ speed doesn’t just come from the newfound power, but from a series of weight reductions as well. Much of the standard Continental ’s interior has been replaced with units made from lightweight carbon fiber composite material. The rear seats were removed, making the Supersports a true two seater sports car and the racecar theme continues with the carbon fiber racing buckets up front. Bentley says the car is now 243 lbs lighter then the Continental GT Speed , their previous factory tuned power house, meaning that the Supersports has lost about four percent of the car’s total mass.

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Time and time again the old adage that “you can’t buy taste” is all too evident in the world of high end customizing, and while the Beatles used to sing “Can’t buy me love” it appears that English Premier League soccer star Stephen Ireland is trying to dispel that with his girlfriend Jessica Lawlor’s 24th birthday present, an extensively modified Bentley Continental GTC. He got the idea after Jessica jokingly suggested that he get her something in the style of Pimp-My-Ride to match Stephen’s blue accented Audi R8. The 23 year old midfielder kept the entire ordeal a secret from almost everyone, especially Jessica who was simply stunned when she received her gift.

Pimped out Bentley Continental GTC Stephen Ireland style

The modified 200 MPH drop top is full of special details that make this Bentley truly unique. Stephen had the flying B on the hood of the car replaced with a J and even the two tone deep dished rims have Jessica’s initials panted on them. On the inside Stephen went the extra step and had an oversized heart stitched into the red headrest with the message “To Jess Love From Stephen” monogrammed inside. Despite the extreme lack of a taste and absence of style, Jessica is absolutely delighted with her birthday gift, after all what 24 year old female wouldn’t.

Although the Bentley Continental GTC underwent £264,000 worth of modifications, the mighty 6.0 Liter W12 was left alone and still produces a maximum output of 552 HP and is capable of accelerating the all wheel drive grand touring car from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.8 seconds and keep on going all the way up to a top speed of 198 MPH.

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In 1961 Bentley’s first official styling department was established in Crewe by the gifted John Blatchley. It was the place where the 1950s Bentley Continental Bentley Continental s models were designed. To honor the year, Bentley will unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show a special edition Continental GT and GTC.

Bentley Continental Series 51

The new Continental Series 51 model will feature a highly-distinctive interior color palette and unique exterior design cues. The GTC version displayed in Frankfurt will feature a Imperial Blue as a main and secondary hide, Linen seat and door inserts and Newmarket Tan as the accent color.

Both GT and GTC version will feature 20” 14-spoke polished Diamond wheel with a dark centre cap provides Series 51 cars with a purposeful and stylish appearance. The cars will be further distinguished by a signature ‘51’ badge on the front wings.

UPDATE 01/14/10
The British coach builder Bentley Motors had a few surprises in store for the crowd at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit when they presented the all new Bentley Mulsanne and ’Series 51’ designer edition Continental GTC convertible. The first new car show of the season marks the North American car show debut for the 51 that was previewed in Frankfurt and is still wowing audiences on this side of the pond with its unique persona due to the infinite configuration combination that are available through Bentley’s extensive color and trim catalog that promises to make owners feel unique. Form the looks of things both new cars are sure to be hit here in the U.S.

Press release after the jump.

The Le Mans racing legend and honorary Bentley Boy, Derek Bell, got behind the wheel of the new Bentley Continental Supersport at the GoodWood Festival of Speed just a few week ago and from the looks of things, he enjoyed ever minute of it.

The all new Bentley Continental Supersport is powered by a 6.0 Liter W12 twin-turbocharged engine that can run on E85 gasoline if needed, and produces 621 HP, that is up 21 HP from the Continental GT Speed edition. With this amount of power the Supersports Bentley can go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds, hit 100 MPH in 8.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 204 MPH.

Press release after the jump.

If you just so happen to be in the market for a new Bentley Continental Supersports you are in luck, the English super luxury car builders have released a program that allows potential customers to put together their Bentley online.

The road going version of the Bentley Supersports is powered by a turbocharged 6.0 Liter W12 engine that produces 621 HP, an additional 21 HP over the Continental GT Speed . With this much power, the Supersports can go from 0 to 60 MPH in only 3.7 seconds, and reach 100 MPH from a standstill in just 8.9 seconds. However; one of the most impressive features that come standard with most modern Bentleys is a 200+ MPH top speed, in this case it’s 204 MPH.

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If you saw the Concept back at the Geneva Motor Show then you know that the super car builder Bentley is preparing one of the most hardcore Continental GTs ever, well they are taking their duty to the environment very seriously and are developing this bio-ethanol version of their 200 MPH for luxury coupe.

Cars powered by bio-ethanol engines are capable of delivering more power because of the increased octane rating. Better yet, the fuel is made from renewable resources, so it is providing environmentally friendly energy. The Bentley Continental Super Sports keeps the familiar 12 cylinder engine in a “W”. The 6.0 Liter motor will deliver a maximum output of 630 HP and be the first Bentley of its kind.

However; the Continental Super Sports is more than just another GT that runs on 85% Ethanol. It has the added benefit of being 110 pounds lighter than the GT Speed, and can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in under 3.7 seconds, and reach 100 MPH in 8.9 seconds. But this green Bentley won’t stop until it hits 204 MPH.

Turns out going green can sometimes cost a lot of green. It’s no surprise that Bentley’s bio-fueled Continental Supersports will be priced out of the hands of the typical eco-friendly driver, but the $267,000 list price will put it in very rare territory for even trust-funders.

The $43,000 premium over the Bentley Continental GT Speed yields an extra 21 hp (or about $2K per pony.) The extra cash for the Supersports is not just about power, but getting less (weight) as well. A lot of glut was removed from the interior and replaced with lighter composite materials. The rear seats were completely removed, and the remaining front buckets use carbon fiber for rigidity. Bentley says the car is now 243 lbs lighter then the Continental GT Speed, which represents about a four percent total weight reduction.

Continental Supersports is powered by a 6.0-liter W12 engine that delivers 621 hp. It does 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds (0.6 seconds better than the GT Speed), 0 -100 mph in 8.9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 204 mph (2 more than the GT Speed). Orders for U.S. cars will start to be taken in October, but those will be gas-only cars. Well-heeled environmentalists will have to wait until next summer for the full 621 hp bio-fuel model.

Source: Autoblog

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