Bentley Continental GT

Bentley Continental GT

  The Bentley Continental GT is a high end two plus two grand touring luxury coupe that was released in 2003. Powered by a 6.0 Liter W12 engine, this model is available in multiple version producing 552hp, 600hp, and 621hp. Torque comes in at 479lb-ft, 553lb-ft, and 590lb-ft. All of this power is sent to all four wheels leading the Continental GT to an acceleration from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.6 seconds and 3.7 seconds, depending on the model. Top speed goes from 197mph to 201 mph.

Bentley unveiled the facelift version of the Continental GT towards the end of 2010, so the next logical step was to refresh their Continental GTC as well. The Speed model is still based on the original Continental GT that was launched in 2003, but has been given updates to make it look fresh and new.

And now, leading up to the Frankfurt Motor Show, Bentley has officially unveiled the 2012 Continental GTC. Just like all of the spy photos we’ve seen of the car, the new Continental GTC comes with an aggressive front fascia, a vented hood, and new headlights. The back of the Bentley also got tweaked with the addition of a trunk-mounted spoiler, slimmer taillights, and a revised exhaust system.

The luxury sportster also benefits from an increase in output from its 6.0-liter W12 engine, a fact that should make fans of the model smile from ear to ear.

UPDATE 11/16/2011: The new Bentley Continental GTC made its North American debut today at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. During the show, Bentley announced that the model will go on sale in late 2011 at a price of $212,800.

Find out more about the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC after the jump.

Everybody knows that October is ’Breast Cancer Awareness Month’ and as such, a lot of people pay tribute to the cause in a variety of ways imaginable.

In the case of Bentley , that tribute comes in the form of a one-off pink Bentley Continental GT that has been codenamed ’Cure’.

the special edition Continental GT was commissioned by Bentley San Diego in California, a luxury automotive sales arm of Symbolic Motor Car Company in La Jolla, California, as an auction piece to contribute awareness to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure breast cancer foundation. Decked in a custom "Passion Pink" finish, the one-off luxury car is currently on sale with the proceeds already earmarked for the foundation as it continues it battle to fight breast cancer through continued research and prevention.

The one-off ’Cure’ Continental GT comes with a factory standard 6.0-liter W12 engine that produces 576 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque with a 0-60 mph acceleration time of just 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph.

The car is unique to its kind not just because of the color it comes in, but more so because of the immense contribution the buyer will be indirectly giving to the Susan G Komen For The Cure foundation.

If there was ever a time to feel good about buying a car that costs $190,000, this is it.

A little over two months ago, a British bespoke tuning company called Imperium unveiled a stunning one-off custom program for the Bentley Continental GT . That particular creation was built for a specific customer and after it garnered tremendous praise, Imperium decided to work on a new program for the British luxury coupe.

The program centers mostly around a comprehensive aerodynamic package - it’s called ’Audentia’, which translates to "boldness and courage" in Latin - that includes a newly designed front bumper with grille, air vents, visually lowering sport side skirts, a new rear bumper with a bootlid spoiler, a subtle rear diffuser and newly designed sports exhaust tips. The program, depending on customer preference, is available in either fiberglass or full carbon fiber at a cost of £25,000, which is around $39,400 based on current exchange rates.

For now, there’s no word on whether the Audentia package will come with performance modifications. But even if the engine was left alone, the Continental GT still comes with a mighty 6.0-liter W12 engine that produces 567 horsepower.

In addition to the Continental GT, Imperium is also offering the Audentia program for the 2012 Continental GTC . In case you’re interested, you need to get up of your couches and place your order now because Imperium will only be building 50 units of the luxury coupe worldwide.

The best part about drawing a line in the sand is that it can always be erased and redrawn. Case in point, new Bentley boss, Wolfgang Durheimer has revealed that an even more powerful version of the Bentley Continental is in the works. The model will be called the Continental GT2 and will be about 441 lbs lighter than the current GT (5,115 lbs) with extra ponies to boot.

Durheimer didn’t want to spill the beans about what will be found under the hood, but it will either be the current W12 engine or the new twin turbo V8. Either way, the GT2 will be pushing out 650 HP making it even more powerful than the 621 HP Supersports model (pictured above). It will also be the first Continental model to feature a four-wheel-drive system.

The Bentley Continental GT2 will be built as a limited edition only and has been described by sources as "the fastest, most spectacular and most powerful road car Bentley has ever built."

"I definitely think there is room for a car with more power than the Supersport," Durheimer said. "I also think some of what we did with the Supersport in the past wasn’t quite right. For example, it should not be a two-seater. That layout should be reserved for the top-line cars."

Source: AutoExpress

Major auto shows like Frankfurt don’t come by without the participation of renowned tuning firm, Mansory. This year’s no different as the German tuning company has rolled out plenty of programs for some of the most expensive exotics on the market.

One of Mansory ’s offerings for Frankfurt is for the Bentley Continental GT and it comes with plenty of aerodynamic and performance upgrades. Speaking about the former, Mansory dressed up the Continental GT with a plethora of items made from lightweight autoclave carbon, including a new front and rear apron that’s been integrated with a new side skirt set. There’s also a spoiler lip, a redesigned engine hood and front fenders, and a new set of 22" alloy wheels. Interior improvements are also available as part of the package with customers getting free reign to design it according to their preference.

In addition to the aforementioned aerodynamic modifications, the Continental GT also gets an impressive power boost courtesy of a reprogrammed engine management system, a sports air filter, and a new sports exhaust system. All these additions took the Continental’s 6.0-liter bi-turbo W12 engine output from the standard 567 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque all the way up to 672 horsepower and 575 lb/ft of torque.

For a company that knows their aftermarket programs really well, Mansory’s new program for the Bentley Continental GT doesn’t disappoint.

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The Car Show: Season 1 Episode 1

Adam Carolla may be in the hot seat for some "decorated" commentary during the Adam Carolla Show podcast, but The Car Show can still forge ahead, hopefully without a loss of viewers. This week’s episode finds the hosts testing the Mercedes SLS AMG against the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 , Dan Neil strolling through the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and an interview with the outstanding Jason Castriota .

Usually a nice segway into the other, more important segments of the show, this week’s mini segments were a bit on the disappointing side. There was a "prank" type video showing us the World’s Worse Valet which had its funny moments, but fell short of what we expected. Then there was the biggest waste of time to date, the Great Car Knack. This mini segment has Adam dressed to the hilt in a cheap fortune teller costume while telling the people in the audience their future. It sounds ridiculous and, well, it was.

Full details on the The Car Show : Season 1 Episode 6 after the jump.

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The Speed version of the new Bentley Continental GT has been completely stripped of its camouflage and our spy photographers were there to capture this beast on film before its Frankfurt Auto Show debut next month.

The final product for the GT Speed gets a redesigned and more pronounced front bumper, giving it a sportier and more aggressive look. A few interior upgrades have also been installed, including new seats and a new navigation system situated in the updated dash.

The changes we are most interested in seeing are found under the hood. There seems to be some changes in the exhaust system, clearly indicating a greater output. The previous GT Speed had 9% more power and 15% more torque than the base Continental GT . If this same increase applies to the new GT Speed, the W-12 will be pump out around 621 horses and 590 ft/lbs of torque.

Along with the added power, the GT Speed will also benefit from a weight loss program. The Bentley Continental GT already boasts of a 143 lbs weight loss, but the GT Speed will add to that to boost fuel efficiency. The lighter body and the added power could propel the GT Speed to 60mph in the 3.8-3.9 second range.

The 2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed will debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show so stay tuned for more details!

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As the English philosopher Francis Bacon once said, "Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety." Most car manufacturers, after efforts like the 2012 Bentley Continental GT , would have been happier to call it a day. However, Bentley looked at this automotive Adonis and decided "everything can be improved." This style of constant tweaking has resulted in multiple versions of the GT Continental. The first of these "tweaks" for the 2012 Bentley Continental GT is the new GT Speed .

This Adonis in an Armani suit will be given a shot in the arm. The previous GT Speed had 9% more power and 15% more torque than the base GT Continental. If this same increase applies to the new GT Speed, the W-12 will be pump out around 621 horses and 590 ft/lbs of torque. This would install the GT Speed as a next door neighbor to the top of the line Continental Supersports.

Full story after the jump.

There is always at least one person out there who is not satisfied with the tuning packages provided to the masses. In fact, there is typically many more than one, but only a few have the financial means to walk right into an exclusive tuning firm and request a one-off model to be made. This is what one UK man did when he called up Scotland tuning firm - Imperium - and asked to get a one-off bespoke Bentley Continental GT tailored to his exact specifications.

This special Continental GT features uniquely designed front and rear apron upgrades, aggressive carbon exposed side skirts, a subtle boot lip spoiler, and a rear carbon fiber diffuser. The special Imperium Continental GT will also receive one-off designed and manufactured ultra light fully forged alloy wheels. They will get a special design, color, and finish as directed by the client himself.

Next to the exterior updates, the model will also receive an optimized braking system, a lowered sport suspension, and an ECU upgrade. The exhaust system has been individually tailored to the exact level of exhaust noise and depth of sound desired by the client. The tuner hasn’t revealed how these changes will improve the 6.0 liter W12 engine’s performance, but expect a bit more than the car’s current 567 HP.

This highly detailed client also provided details as to how the interior was to be made over, choosing specially hand selected luxurious leathers, tailor made carbon fiber, refined wood trim, ultra suede, classic black piano finishes, and a beautiful individually built and designed ergonomic sports steering wheel.

Just the fact that this guy had a hand in just about every aspect of the transformation of the vehicle is enough for us to drool incessantly. The added - and truly tremendous - bonus is that he gets to take it home.

Bentley Continental GTC

Bentley has currently postponed plans for launching any new model or updates for their current models. Instead, the company is moving forward in the development of a new turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that will be used for the future models starting next year. Coincidentally, the same engine will be used for the new Audi S6 and RS6 .

The new V8 engine will be offered in two different versions: a single-turbo unit with around 415 HP - used for the entry level models - and a twin-turbo version with close to 555 HP for the speedier versions (like the RS6). The new engine will be combined with a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.

Bentley will unveil the new GTC at the Frankfurt Motor Show where Audi will also bring the S6, but the new V8 engine won’t be revealed until next year, most likely at the Geneva Motor Show.

Source: AutoCar

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