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.

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

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!


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