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If you’ve ever heard the old saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too,” it usually proves to be true. However, the fine folks over at Bentley are bent on dining on cake whilst enjoying its lavish, unaltered aesthetics. Yes, Bentley is designing its upcoming SUV with a 200 mph V-max.

Bentley’s first utterance of producing an SUV took form at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show . The EXP 9 concept was a terrific interpretation of what Bentley designers could do with the ‘corporate look.’ With development still happening, rumors are starting to swirl from insiders about slight redesigns of the vehicle in order to achieve lower drag numbers.

A lowered roofline, smoothed-out rear end, and a carefully crafted underbody aero pan are all playing a role. The Bentley will still be big at a reported 6.5 feet wide, so engineers are having to cut corners and streamline where they can. Undoubtedly, a massive engine will be needed to power the SUV into supercar territory. W-12 anyone?

Bentley hasn’t had issues making cars go fast in the past. Just look at the Continental GT Speed . The issue comes when combining the characteristic of an Autobahn burner with that of a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Tires are yet another issue. They’ve got to be tough and knobby enough for powering over muddy slopes while still holding the track at warp factor 10. Such tires aren’t in existence yet, so Bentley will likely partner with a reputable developer/manufacturer for such an ambitions product.

The Bentley — rumored to be called the Falcon — is expected at market for the 2016 model year, with early preproduction mules seen in 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Bentley SUV.

Source: AutoCar
Bentley Flying Spur V8

Bentley has always ranked among the upper echelon of luxury automakers with cars the epitomize wealth, success, and even perhaps over indulgence in excess. The same still holds true today, though Bentley may be looking into expanding its customer base with its latest introduction of the 2015 Flying Spur fitted with a V-8 where the massive W-12 normally lives and a rumored baby Bentley.

The V-8 Flying Spur is practically unchanged from its W-12 big brother , save for a handful of cosmetic bits that differentiates the two. Both versions will be on sale together, but prices for the V-8 will likely be considerably less. Why then is Bentley Bentley offering a less exclusive Flying Spur and pandering to a lesser wealthy crowd? Two reasons stick out: making the CAFÉ cut with improved fuel economy and attracting new customers. Granted, the V-8 Flying Spur will be no bargain at roughly $180 - $195,000, but the $20,000 savings over the W-12 does open up the Flying Spur to a few more folks. But will this be good for Bentley’s prestigious image?

Add to that the news that Bentley may be looking at releasing a £100,000 ($166,320) smaller car, and things are starting to get a little odd. Enthusiasts lost their minds when Porsche started releasing other models that fit different niches, though they still remained exclusive on the upper end. Never — save for the Boxster and Cayman — did Porsche cheapen its image, but this baby Bentley is a clear attempt to lower the price of admission to the Bentley brand to attract top-level Mercedes and BMW buyers.

Sure, driving a new S-Class is great, but driving a Bentley is a whole new ballgame that few ever experience.

Click past the jump to see what we think of the cheapening of Bentley.

Bentley Falcon

After getting so much flak when the first design of its SUV came out, who knew that Bentley would eventually have more than 2,000 pre-orders for the vehicle.

But somehow, probably through sheer will and determination, interest in the soon-to-arrive Falcon SUV has picked up significantly as we head toward its launch at the start of 2016. This development should be music to the ears of Bentley execs who had to deal with the backlash the EXP 9 F Concept received when it first came out in 2012.

The negative publicity forced Bentley to quickly return to the drawing board to come up with a new design, or at least something that didn’t remind people of a design that the folks at Lego could’ve built.

With a new exterior and interior look that, according to Autocar, is more "Bentley-like," the Volkswagen Group board is hoping that this new design is going to catch on well with the public that the EXP 9 F just couldn’t do.

Interest appears to be strong with so many pre-orders of the Falcon, and if those numbers hold true, it could aid significantly in the company’s target of selling 15,000 units per year by 2018. It’s still has a ways to go, seeing as 2013 sales amounted to "just" 10,120 units, so you can imagine how much is riding on the Falcon SUV being a sales hit.

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Source: AutoCar

The Continental GT Speed is the flagship model for Bentley’s pavement devouring line of Gran Touring cars, and now it is getting better. The W-12 engine has been massaged, increasing power to 626 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of toque. Consequently, the top speed has been pushed to 206. That makes this the fastest production Bentley ever.

All that power also comes with a revised exterior. The visual presence of the Bentley has never been lacking, but a large collection of subtle enhancements make the GT Speed look that much better. As everyone knows, red ones go faster, so thankfully the exterior changes to the new GT Speed include a new Candy Red paint color.

The fastest Bentley is going to be officially revealed in a few weeks at the Geneva Auto Show nestled in the foothills of the Alps in Switzerland.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed.

It is no surprise that like most other uber-luxury car companies, Bentley is not too keen on changes. It’s buyers like a certain thing and it makes sure to deliver the goods year in and year out, no surprises. Well, Bentley is making the oh-so-rare changeup this year at the Geneva Auto Show , as it will debut the Flying Spur V8 as a complement to the existing Flying Spur W12 .

The V-8 power found under the hood is no stranger to us, as we’ve seen this 4.0-liter in various Bentley models, including the Continental GT . The purpose here is obviously to improve upon the company’s current corporate fuel economy, as the V-8 powerplant adds 2 mpg city, 4 mpg highway and 2 mpg combined to the W-12 engine’s numbers.

Additionally, the new Flying Spur V8 will put the model more in reach to top-line Mercedes , BMW , Jaguar and Maserati buyers. Sure, it’ll still cost way more than models from those manufacturers, but it will give fringe buyers something to think about.

Click past the jump to rear all about the 2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8.

German tuner DMC knows a thing or two about going overboard on some of its projects. Not that it’s a bad thing because anytime DMC has a program to unveil, we all stand up and take notice.

It’s latest creation definitely lives up to that billing.

This is the Bentley Continental GT DURO China Edition, a far more powerful and dare we say, more sinister looking Continental GT than the one we’re accustomed to seeing.

The matte-black finish on the body’s exterior already speaks to us the way matte finishes always do. A new carbon-fiber front bumper was also installed, which not only increases the car’s length by two inches but also improves its aerodynamic capabilities. As if the already fine-handling Continental GT needed any more it.

Other new additions to the exterior package include new LED daytime running lights, new side skirts, a new carbon-fiber rear bumper with a lightweight diffuser, a new carbon-fiber rear spoiler and a new set of 22-inch, diamond-forged, matte-black alloys wrapped in 295/25R22 tires.

On the performance front, DMC installed a new titanium exhaust system, a new sports air filter, and a remapped ECU, which allows the luxury coupe’s 4.0-liter V-8 to now produce 672 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque — a nice spike from the factory 500 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough power to hit 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds to go with a top speed of 202 mph.

That’s a long list of incredible upgrades, enough to justify DMC’s standing as one of the world’s most aggressive aftermarket tuners.

Click past the jump to read about the Bentley Continental GT DURO China Edition

The recent line of special-edition Bentley Mulsanne models is about to gain a new addition with today’s unveiling of the Mulsanne Birkin Limited Edition. But before you start tying up this Mulsanne with those Birkin bags from Hermes, understand that we’re talking about a totally different inspiration for the former.

That inspiration comes in the form of Sir Henry Ralph Stanley ‘Tim’ Birkin, a legendary race car driver from the 1920s and 1930s who was also identified as a style icon in his own right. He’s like David Beckham in today’s time, at least if Beckham raced cars for a living as opposed to kicking soccer balls.

In any case, the Birkin inspiration was intentional, in large part because the racer was considered a true and true Bentley Boy and this lineup of Mulsanne models — 22 models in total — pays homage to the man with numerous unique styling details representing only the finest in British luxury.

The Mulsanne Birkin Limited Edition is available in three colors — Ghost White, Damson for a more vibrant touch, and a sophisticated contrast of Fountain Blue and Dark Sapphire — each carrying a distinctively unique appeal in it of themselves. Door sill plaques have also been added, each carrying a distinctive number to represent which of the 22 models it is.

Inside, its a picture of luxury , one that can only be identified as a true Bentley. Striking 3D ‘Flying B’ logos have been stitched into the headrests and inlaid into the wood of the front fascia and rear picnic tables. Similarly, the seats and door panels were given intricate diamond quilting patterns and complemented by the indented leather headlining and ‘knurling’ details that were done on the cabin’s metalwork.

One thing we know for certain: very few cars in the world come with the same level of intricate and extravagant handiwork that was done on the Mulsanne Birkin Limited Edition.

And if those aren’t enough, the 22-unit vehicle can also be bought with an Entertainment Specification package, which includes twin 8-inch LCD screens in the rear of the seat headrests, a DVD player, a Wi-Fi hotspot, the Naim for Bentley premium audio system and iPads integrated into the hand-crafted solid wood picnic tables.

Luxury meets functionality meets technology meets exclusivity. That, in a nutshell, is how you can put the Bentley Mulsanne Birkin Limited Edition into proper context.

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To be perfectly honest with you, the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur and the 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost are not necessarily our favorite cars. We’re more interested in nimble sports car, as opposed to massive luxury cars that go fast in a straight line. But if we had to choose between one to have handed to us, we would definitely opt for the Bentley limousine, just because it looks a bit sportier that the Rolls .

This is just our opinions, and we’re sire that plenty of you would take the Ghost. Let’s have a look to see that the folks at Motor Trend think on the two models, and which one would they prefer, as they put the two models against one another in the latest episode of "Head 2 Head."

Be prepared for a slightly unconventional test, as the Motor Trend folks wanted to see if the two models could do a little painting, on top of the typical testing. Check out the video to see which model did best!

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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.

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How about an extra helping of luxury on top of your super-luxury car? WEell, that’s what Bentley just did with its Mulsanne flagship sedan at the Dubai Motor Show.

This special edition Mulsanne Shaheen created specifically for Middle East marke, and draws inspiration from the Shaheen eagle - a bird of prey that pay an important part in Middle Eastern culture and society.

It features a paint job inspired by the colors of the Shaheen eagle, using Tungsten over Onyx for the exterior, and Magnolia and Beluga leather combined with Dark Stained Burr Walnut Veneer for the interior. A special Mulsanne Shaheen logo was also adorned on the rear iPad picnic tables using a gold overlay.

The car rides on unique, 21-inch alloy wheels combined with sports-tuned suspension and steering.

Other options offered for the Mulsanne Shaheen include a Wi Fi hotspot; a large tilt-opening, tinted glass sunroof; and an exquisitely designed, electrically operated bottle cooler.

Talk about an overload of top-line luxury features. We’re wondering just how much this bad-boy with cost.

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