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.

It may take a few years for automobile sales to recover, but that’s not going to stop Bentley from making a few new roll outs. It just may mean a few more of the unseen bits are borrowed from other members of the Volkswagen family (i.e. mass-produced).

By the fall There will be a new version of the Arnage for the Grey Poupon crowd. While we will have no trouble accepting the tester car from Bentley, the new one that will really make news is the replacement for the honey mustard-loving crowd: the Continental.

Bentley makes about 8,000 Continentals per year in two-door (GT), four-door (Flying Spur), convertible (GTC) and high-performance (Speed) models. While this would be considered small batches for more car companies, this is Bentley’s idea of mass production.

The current Continental already shares a platform Volkswagen Phaeton, but the rumor is that the replacement due in 2011 will borrow even more bits from its VW siblings. The Audi A8 seems to be the place where Bentley will start rummaging for this car. This will likely result in a longer car that uses more aluminum components.

Between the Audi parts, and possibly some lessons learned building the Continental Supersports , the total weight savings should be about 400 lbs.

The next Continentals should be faster not only from less weight, but also more power. W12 engine could be raised from 552 hp in the standard car to 580 hp and 515 lb-ft of torque. For the Speed models the output will be raised to from 600 hp to 650 hp.

Source: Automobile

As we suspected, once Bentley got ready to drop the veil on its latest supercar project, it would also lose the Victoria name . Bentley has released full details on the car now known as Continental Supersports.

Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley has created its most powerful car ever by taking its turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine and raising the horsepower to 621 (up 21 hp from the Continental GT Speed editions .) With this amount of power the Supersports makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3.7 seconds, the 0 -100 mph in 8.9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 204 mph.

Bentley Continental Supersports

The speed in the Supersports doesn’t just come from power, but from weight reduction as well. A lot of glut was removed from the interior and replace 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.

The Continental Supersports was designed to run on either regular gasoline or biofuel. Bentley says it’s using this car to begin a three-year process of spreading FlexFuel technology over the entire lineup. The car will go on sale in Europe in the fall of 2009, and in North America starting the summer of 2010.

More details in the press release after the jump.

Bentley has updated the Continental GTC to go with the subtle changes given to the fixed-roof Continental GT, and as an added bonus, Bentley has made the more powerful engine available to make a "Speed" version of the convertible. Just like the rest of the Continental family, the GTC is powered by a 6.0-liter W12 engine that delivers 552 hp, while the Speed version gets a twin-turbocharged W12 that develops 600bhp.

Bentley Continental GTC Speed

With the wind in your hair, the GTC Speed can reach 195 mph, but keep the roof up and the performance gets better. With the cloth top in place, the GTC Speed goes from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, 0-100 mph in 10.6 seconds, and the top speed increases by 5 mph.

The six-speed transmission can be left in two fully automatic modes (Drive and Sport) or used as a clutchless manual where the driver can change gears sequentially, via either the automatic shifter or paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.

Bentley Continental GTC Speed

The changes to the appearance are only minor, including a new front bumper and steering wheel. Pricing should start at about $197,500, which is only about $3,500 more than the previous model year.

Press release after the jump.

Driving on snow... this could be an impressive experience for any driver, with no matter how much experience. But driving a Bentley on snow, that is indeed an extraordinary experience. If yo can take a trip to Finland in February-March 2009 you could enjoy it!

Bentley – Power on Ice Driving Experience

Bentley is putting the 560-610 hp cars from the Continental series on ice. You will learn to drive them at temperature as as low as -30 degrees, at a mere 60 km from the Arctic Circle.

The latest Power on Ice programme is the fourth of its kind and follows successful events held in the winters of 2006, 2007 and 2008. The dates for the upcoming programme fall between 16.2 and 10.3.2009. This experience will cost you between 7,590 and 8,990 euros.

Press release after the jump.

After Bentley revealed the higher performance Speed versions of the Continental GT and the Flying Spur , it is now focusing its attention on the remaining car, the convertible. CAR caught the Continental GTC Speed testing at the Nurburgring.

The GTC Speed will use the same technology as any other Speed model: a 6.0-liter V12 upgraded to 600bhp, revised radiator and air intakes, new exhaust pipes and unique 20in multi-spoke alloys. With 50 hp extra power the GTC Speed will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in around 4.5sec and will hit a top speed of 200mph. Production versions should be available by next year.

Source: CarMagazine
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Bentley Continental GT Speed

Catalogated as one of the finest manufacturers in the world, Bentley showed us that even the biggest companies make mistakes. The British manufacturer owned by Volkswagen announced that it is recalling 13,000 vehicles in order to remediate a defection found at the fuel filter and caused by the road salt. According to Bentley, the defection affects all the Continental series built between 2004 and 2008. Although it sounds silly to recall the vehicles the manufacturer added that if not repaired the defection could cause a fuel leak and maybe a fire...

The Bentley Continental looks amazing from the start, but in this "murder red" Candy paint job it is simply amazing! The car is own by Ice T, and after few weeks of work it is finally "on the road again!"

Ice T's "murder red" Bentley Continental

The paint job was made by Merzees, and we have to admit they done an incredible job!

The "Murder Red" Continental will be presented this year at the SEMA Show, but more details will follow by then. Stay tuned!

A Bentley Motors apprentice team has won a special “Spirit of Greenpower” award for its performance in the Greenpower Corporate Challenge which took place at Goodwood race circuit yesterday. The Bentley apprentice team designed, engineered and built the electric powered car which they entered into the Greenpower Challenge as well as a season of “F24+” racing.

Bentley Continental DC

The Bentley Greenpower car is called Continental DC (Direct Current) and runs off a 24-volt motor supplied by two 12-volt batteries. Designed for lightness and maximum power efficiency the one-seater Continental DC has a carbon fibre chassis and low resistance tyres.

The Continental DC is powered by a 24v Motor that delivers 0.5bhp and 5.1 lb ft. It is capable of hitting a top speed of 40 mph and has Zero CO2 emissions.

Technical specifications after the jump.

Even if you like boxing or not, for sure you know who Mike Tyson is. What you might not know is that he owned a 1999 Bentley Continental SC, a model limited to only 73 units. When new, the car was priced at more than £250,000.

Mike Tyson is one of the world’s most controversial sportsman of all time famed for making headlines out of the ring as much as inside. Twice world heavyweight champion of the world, Tyson was worth more than £150 million at one stage, but was declared bankrupt in 2003.

Mike Tyson's Continental SC for sale

The 41-year old hit the headlines recently after claims he’s going to step back into the ring in a bout against fellow veteran Evander Holyfield – whose ear he famously bit in a 1997 fight. And for a man who had a tiger for a pet, you’d expect him to have a flash car collection – so step forward his old Bentley Continental SC.

The Continental SC is powered by a 6.75-litre V8 engine that delivers 420bhp and 590lb/ft and was the most powerful Bentley ever at the time and accelerated from 0-60mph in six seconds and on to a top speed of 155mph.

The Mike Tyson’s old Bentley is available for £135,000.

Source: AutoTrader

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