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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.

Everyone knows by now that Bentley plans to unveil "the world’s most luxurious 4x4" SUV sometime after 2015, but the company has now revealed that it will be the only SUV in the world to feature a W12 engine: "We will be first to use a 12-cylinder petrol engine in a luxury SUV. I like this idea; it makes clear whose car is the boss," said Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer.

Moreover, the Bentley SUV will be designed in such a manner that it won’t just carry the W12 engine, but a V12 engine as well. And that’s because the company plans to offer a a V12 TDI version of the SUV a few years after its launch. The W12 engine will be a next-generation version of today’s W12 unit used in the Continental family, and the V12 TDI will be a next-generation version of Audi’s 493bhp 6.0-liter V12 TDI currently being in the Q7 .

However, don’t expect the new SUV before early 2015: "The production date will be dictated by the cyclicity of models," Dürheimer said. "The Mulsanne came in 2010, then the Continental no more than a year later. The lifespan of a model is usually six to eight years, so the new model will be valuable when we are expecting a lull. The downswing is the time to introduce this SUV."

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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."

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Yesterday, there were reports that the new generation Porsche 911 would be around for the next 14 years, sprouting off a ton of variations in the process. The number of variants really isn’t anything new though. Wolfgang Durheimer had a hand in developing this game plan during his stay at Porsche and, now that he has moved on, Durheimer plans to do the same with Bentley . The Porschification of Bentley is further underway with the addition of ex-Porsche engineer, Rolf Frech, as Chief Engineer for Bentley starting in November 2011. Together, these two are ready to tackle Bentley’s future.

p>"We can make more of the Continental line up than we have today," Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer said. "I could see it developing as the 911 derivatives did; lightweight models, special models, that was a very successful strategy. With the Mulsanne we get requests all the time for a longer wheelbase model, for instance. The question is whether we do it as a special order or put it on the model line. We are evaluating it, but I have no doubt we could also sell that type of car in the US and China."

Bentley’s new plans for their lineup include a Mulsanne convertible and coupe, as well as a few new versions for the Continental line-up currently consisting of the Supersports , Flying Spur , GT , and GTC models. Rumors about coupe and convertible versions of the Mulsanne have been circulating for some time now, but now it’s official. It is also believed that a Mulsanne convertible will revive the Azure name.

Source: AutoCar

There’s always a fine line between ultra luxury and just being extravagantly over-the-top. British automaker, Bentley , knows a thing or two about luxury and at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the company showed off exactly what it’s all about with the new executive interior concept for the brand’s flagship model, the Mulsanne .

Turning the Mulsanne into an Apple multimedia connective hub, Bentley went completely bananas in outfitting it with just about every product Apple has on the market these days, save for an actual fruit basket of the doctor’s best friend. There are Apple iPads with Bluetooth keyboards, a Mini Mini Mac in the boot compartment, and an Apple Media Center. The concept interior also carries ’W-Lan’ internet connectivity, and a 15.6" High Definition LED drop-down monitor. There are also two electric-powered, foldable wood veneer picnic tables, an illuminated center console, individual armrests for the rear seats, various new storage areas, and a Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) and audio system.

If your head’s spinning from all the features included in the Executive Interior Concept, you’ll have to sit down, take a deep breath, and keep on reading. They’re not done. The final list of additions for the whole interior concept include a Tibaldi pen, a cooler, a Privacy Telephone handset, and numerous lights set-ups, as well as other ports and connectors.

According to Bentley, the whole set-up takes up to 170 hours, which means that all that hours spent working on the interior will warrant charges that will be beyond absurd. Bentley hasn’t announced how much it will cost, but you only need to read all the elements included to determine that it’s going to cost more than you can afford.

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.

The Bentley Continental Supersports is one of the preeminent luxury cars to come out of the UK. Renntech is a Florida-based tuning company that specializes on performance programs for some of the most famous European sports cars in the world. And when British luxury meets American tuning prowess, the results can be downright impressive.

Renntech has come out with a new performance program for the Continental Supersports, one that includes a combination of an ECU remap and the addition of a new performance stainless steel exhaust system. As one of the foremost authorities in tuning Bosch and Siemans engine control units - the same one found on the Continental Supersports - Renntech was able offer significant improvements in the car’s performance and throttle response without sacrificing the Continental Supersport’s noted reliability.

In order to achieve their goal of ratcheting up the Bentley engine’s specs, Renntech modified the ignition timing and throttle mapping of the engine, optimized the air and fuel ratios, increased the engine’s rev limiter, and tweaked the boost mapping. The result is a 6.0-liter turbocharged W12 engine that saw its output increase from the standard 621 horsepower and 590 lb/ft of torque all the way up to 710 horsepower and 680 lb/ft of torque.

Noted for their works with Mercedes vehicles, Renntech is quickly proving that they can run the whole gamut of high-end performance cars, including the Bentley Continental Supersports.

Bentley , in collaboration with British design company, Linley, has announced a special edition Continental Flying Spur limited to only 10 units. The model will be sold in China where large four-door models are the most successful.

The special edition Continental Flying Spur Linley features a special rose-wood applied to the fascia, center console, waistrail, and roof console. The veneers cover the entire wood surfaces of the model, where Bentley chestnut or walnut would normally be used.

A unique Linley Helix motif has been taken from the distinctive Linley Helix Furniture Collection and is being used on the waist-rails and picnic table of the Flying Spurs. The Helix pattern is made up of four different types of veneer which contrast with the Santos rosewood to show the wave effect delivered by the marquetry. In addition, the rear console is being modified for a customer-commissioned Linley humidor.

Brett Boydell, senior designer at Bentley, says: "A special box has been designed by Linley which drops into a unique console. We have reconfigured the console so that the box can fit in, moving things around and creating a space. It was an engineering feat to meet the quality requirements of a Bentley and the design cues of Linley."

UPDATE 10/02/11: Bentley has officially unveiled the China-exclusive Continental Flying Spur Linley Limited Edition. Check out the new photos from the unveiling in the gallery!

Bentley Motors and Estede are celebrating their first year anniversary of partnering together by releasing a limited series of solid gold sunglasses that will cost you the price of a decent-sized car.

We’re not joking; that’s just how Bentley and Estede roll.

The Bentley Estede Mulsanne sunglasses are available in either 18ct solid gold, silver palladium, or platinum with Bentley’s famed "B" logo settled in hand-polished enamel coating with full engraved surfaces. Each pair of sunglasses are made to order and will be individually numbered to only 100 pieces per color variation. What’s more, these glasses use special lenses that offer the latest in lens technology with state of the art lens coating.

So how much is a pair going to cost? Well, we advise you to sit down before you continue reading. The cheapest of the lot - the 18ct models - will set you back €7,700, which is about $11,000 based on current exchange rates. More expensive than that is the limited edition 18ct gold sunglasses that retails for €10,000, which is around $14,400. And then there’s the grand daddy of the collection: the platinum sunglasses. Each pair will set you back a ridiculous €31,500. Convert that and you get $45,400.

What recession, right?

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