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.

2014 has been a busy year for Bentley so far. The Brits have begun testing their upcoming SUV and launched the Continental GT3-R , a high-performance coupe paying tribute to the GT3 race car . The next few months will also see the introduction of the Mulsanne Speed , but apparently, Bentley won’t stop there. As we speak, the luxury manufacturer is developing a strategy to further expand its offerings.

According to Car & Driver, Bentley is focusing on two different fronts. The first one revolves around developing limited-edition models under the Mulliner badge. These vehicles would be aimed at wealthy customers and collectors to help Bentley enter a very profitable niche currently dominated by the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini . This idea has been floating around the company’s headquarters in Crewe for a while now, but it seems the Brits are finally ready to make the big step.

The second expansion lies on the other side of the lineup and involves the introduction of a brand-new vehicle to sit below the Continental. Bentley doesn’t build new vehicles too often, so this is obviously the bigger news of the pack. Stick around to find out more.

Note: Bentley Continental GT pictured here.

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Source: Car & Driver

Bentley is planning to field a factory team at the Nurburgring 24 Hours next year. The British automaker will tackle the famed endurance event using its Continental GT3 race car. The announcement comes ahead of the 2014 race this weekend.

Bentley revealed that it is also considering other endurance races in 2015, but the automaker declined to get too deep in the detail. The Brits did, however, confirm that the Bentley Continental GT3 will take part in the Blancplain Endurance Series in 2015, most likely with a two-car lineup. What’s more, Bentley Motorsport will extend the Continental GT3 program to include several customer teams.

In the meantime, the Continental GT3 will face its first official 24-hour test in the upcoming 24 Hours of Spa on July 27th. The race will take place at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and is the fourth event of the 2014 Blancplain Endurance Series.

Click past the jump to read more about Bentley Continental GT3.

The Continental GT arrived for the 2003 model year as the first Bentley vehicle launched under Volkswagen ’s ownership. Sold in both fastback and convertible guises, the first-generation Continental GT got its juice from a 6.0-liter W-12 engine. Many special editions and iteration followed until 2011, when the second-gen model was introduced. The redesigned grand tourer keeps its W-12 mill, but a 4.0-liter, V-8 engine was finally added to the lineup. In 2013, Bentley unveiled the Continental GT3 , a race car that marked the manufacturers return to racing. And just a year after the track-only GT3 arrived, the Brits rolled out a special-edition GT3-R coupe to pay tribute to the track-exclusive machine.

To be sold as the GT3-R beginning with the fourth quarter of 2014, the new vehicle sits atop the Continental V8 lineup, boasting more horsepower than any of its brothers, and a bevy of exclusive features and technologies. It’s also the fastest-accelerating, and the most dynamic and responsive Bentley ever built, feats that will likely help sell the 300-unit production run like hot cakes.

Adding to the GT3-R’s appeal is the fact that all examples will be hand-built at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe before being sent off to the company’s Motorsport division for the final touches. Now let’s see what makes the GT3-R so special.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Continental GT3-R.

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Bentley unveiled the GT3 Concept car at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and now the production version made its world debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex, England.

The model continues from where the concept left, but it looks a little bit more aggressive and more track-ready. When compared to a base Continental GT , the new GT3 racer is about 2,200 pounds lighter and combined with the powerful engine found under the hood, you will get a real monster on the race track.

The new Continental GT3 will enter its first development races before starting full competition in the FIA Blancpain Series in 2014. Until then it will run the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb, piloted twice a day by Bentley Boy and 2003 Le Mans champion, Guy Smith.

Updated 07/12/2013: The production version Continental GT3 made its world debut today at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Updated 11/15/2013: Bentley unveiled a new video showing the development process behind the new Continental GT3 racer. The video comes just a few days before the car’s debut at Yas Marina circuit in December 2013.

Updated 01/07/2014: Bentley unveiled a new video showing the new Continental GT3 Race Car in action at the Gulf 12 Hours, held at the famous Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Continental GT3 Race Car.

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Bentley Continental GT Speed

It looks like Bentley has some big plans for the next six years, or so. Along with the new SUV that is penciled in to arrive in 2015, the new-generation for the Continental and the new Mulsanne lineup, the company also talking about a new, four-door coupe that will target models like BMW M6 Gran Coupe and Mercedes CLS 63 AMG.

The new Bentley is penciled in for 2018 as either a standalone model or as part of the Continental family. The new model will be similar in size to the Continental GT, and it will sit on Volkswagen Group’s MSB platform, which will see its first assignment under the next Porsche Panamera that will arrive in 2015.

This new platform will also be used for all the upcoming Bentley models — Mulsanne, Continental and the new baby-Bentley — and it has the advantage of making the cars lighter, and accommodating a wide array of engines, ranging from a base four-cylinder and to the mighty W-12.

If this new four-door coupe makes its way onto the market, buyers can expect a price ranging from €125k ($169k) to €150k ($200k).

Click past the jump to learn more about baby-Bentley’s competitors.

Source: CAR
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Bentley Mulsanne Vision Concept

With Maybach out of the picture , it’s not surprising to hear that Bentley plans to expand its lineup and enter new segments. The first model to roll out looks like it will be a convertible version of the current Mulsanne . According to a report coming from Automotive News, if the model gets approved, it will hit the market sometime in 2015. In fact, we have already seen sketches of the Mulsanne Convertible in August 2012.

Next, there will be a new premium crossover priced at about $250,000. The new crossover will be built as a production version of the EXP 9 SUV Concept, and it will arrive on the market in 2016. Just like with all of Bentley’s future models, the new crossover will share its platform with other models from the crowded Volkswagen Group. In the case of the crossover, it will share a platform with Lamborghini, Audi and Porsche.

The last model to arrive will be a new-generation Bentley Continental . It will be built on the same platform as the Audi A8 and Porsche Panamera,and will be offered in the usual GT coupe, GTC convertible and Flying Spur sedan.

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming Bentley crosover.

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After at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show Bentley unveiled the Continental GT V8 version. Now, the company plans to expand the Continental lineup at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show with the addition of a new Continental GT V8 S version.

Offered in both coupe and convertible version, the new model is characterized by an extra 21 horsepower, a revised suspension and increased performance figures. In short, Bentley described its latest creation as "sleeker, faster and more responsive." Also, despite the extra power, the new Continental GT V8 S deliver impressive fuel economy figures, including an incredible driving range of 500 miles.

Along with the extra power, the model also received updates to the exterior look, the addition of two specially developed exterior paints, a revised interior look and the usual list of standard Bentley features.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Continental GT V8 S.

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Two of the most prestigious sports cars offered from the British market are the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish and the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed . The folks over at Motor Trend decided to see which one was better by putting the two head to head.

In the latest episode of Head 2 Head, Carlos Lago took the two luxury sports cars and wanted to see how they stacked up to one another. He took them to the Motor Trend’s dynamic testing course and pushed them to their limits, then moved to the canyon roads where he seemed to have all the fun in the world throwing these two powerful machines through twists and accelerating on straightaways.

The Aston Martin and Bentley models deliver similar levels of luxury, each is powered by a V-12 engine with more than 500 horsepower and both are priced in the $300k area. So, are they as equal in person as they are on paper? Check out video to find out!

When it comes to cars, nothing breaks our hearts more than seeing a supercar go up in flames. So, imagine the depression in the room when we watched this video.

A trailer full of exotics - four of them, actually - all turned into scrap metal after a fire in a BMW eventually led to all four cars getting completely engulfed in a fiery blaze. According to news reports in Thailand, the cars were an unidentified BMW, a Lamborghini Murcielago , a Ferrari F430 and a Bentley Continental.

The cars were being towed on a trailer with the driver saying he was transferring them from a showroom in Bangkok to a gas station in the Si Sa Ket province on the Thai-Cambodia border, where an "unknown person" would be there to pick them up. Sounds like a shady transaction, huh?

But all that changed when all four exotics caught fire, not only destroying some fine supercars but also costing a total of 100 million baht, which is about $3.3 million based on current exchange rates.

This isn’t the first time a supercar has unexpectedly gone up in flames. Click past the jump to see previous occasions where an exotic met a rather untimely and fiery demise.

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The current Bentley Continental Supersports was released in 2009 and for the 2014 model year Bentley is working on a new high-performance flagship coupe, according to sources from Bentley. The new model will be placed between the current GT Speed that delivers a total of 616 horsepower and the upcoming road-goingContinental GT3 rumored to deliver a total of 675 horsepower.

The new Continental Supersports will feature carbon-fiber panels, stiffer suspension and a twin-turbo W-12 engine that will deliver around 650 horsepower. As you can see, the output will represent a modest increase of just 30 horsepower over the GT Speed model, but Bentley officials confirm that "Supersports wouldn’t be all about pure power."

The company will also focus on reducing the car’s total weight, revising the chassis settings and improving braking power. Rumors suggest that in order to reduce the car’s weight Bentley could also drop the rear seats, while the front ones will be made in lightweight composites.

Hit the jump to learn more about the Continental Supersports.

Updated 04/02/2013: Today we have created a very nice rendering for the upcoming Continental Supersports. Let us know what do you think in the comments section below.

Source: AutoCar

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