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Bentley EXP 9 F

When Bentley revealed the oddly named EXP 9 F Concept SUV , some of us cheered out of delight, but many almost cringed at its gaudy appearance. To call a Bentley gaudy is like calling most pop singers “Divas;” it’s pretty much a given. But the EXP 9 F was a little over the top – to say the least.

In a recent interview, Bentley spokesperson, Martin Broomer, made reference to the possibility of the EXP 9 F undergoing a bit of a redesign before it is re-revealed around the end of 2012. Bentley made it clear that the EXP 9 F was a show car and not a “dressed-up preproduction car,” which means it will likely be scaled down a bit in production.

We’ll see exactly how far Bentley takes this revision to this controversial concept. We do know that Bentley won’t strip it of the typical over-the-top design of its vehicles, but it does need some mild adjustments.

For now, all we can do is sit and wait until Bentley feeds us a little information on what it has in store for its debut SUV. One thing is for sure, this tweaking is a solid indicator that this is a little more than just another concept; Bentley is serious about jumping into the ultra-premium SUV segment.

Source: Inside Line

Bentley has been rumored to be preparing a comeback to the racing circuits for quite some time. Those rumors will be put to rest in just a few hours when the Paris Auto Show opens its doors and we are introduced to the Continental GT3 Concept specially designed for the FIA GT3 European Championship. The future race car will be racing in the 24-hour marathons starting 2013 and will be joining the circuit to tackle the likes of Alpina, Aston Martin, and Porsche.

The Continental GT3 Concept will be based off of the Continental GT Speed . It will be powered by a W12 engine, but unlike the road-going version, it will be much lighter. In fact, the car needs to undergo a significant drop in weight considering its rivals in this category only weigh about 2,755 lbs. By comparison, the standard Continental GT Speed weighs an agonizing 5,478 lbs. The luxury racer will also feature a rear-wheel drive chassis in accordance with the regulations, state-of-the-art motorsport hardware, and a comprehensive aerodynamic package

The vehicle would have to drop all of its luxurious features found in the standard model’s interior and adopt a full race cage and carbon fiber shell seats to participate in these races. The large rear wing and front bumper will be made of carbon fiber and the entire body will consist of lightweight materials.

Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, stated: "The clear message from our customers is that Bentley belongs on the racetrack, and the Continental GT3 is the realisation of a dream we’ve had ever since the launch of the Continental GT. The new GT Speed is the perfect car for us to develop into a racer, and our work so far has shown huge potential. The Continental GT3 is set to show the world what the Continental GT is capable of in its most extreme form, and establishes a solid foundation for Bentley’s long-term motorsport plans."

UPDATE 10/16/12: A few weeks after unveiling the Bentley Continental GT3 Concept at the Paris Motor Show, Bentley has released a new promo video of the concept racer, showing it’s "transformation" from luxury sports car to all-conquering race car. Check it out by clicking on the photo above!

Bentley Continental Flying Spur

The upcoming Bentley Continental Flying Spur has been caught testing at the famous Nurburgring race track once again, but this time, it looks like Bentley has opted to heavily camouflage the luxury sedan. The last time the Flying Spur was caught testing, it was free of cammo and revealed what everybody already knew of its changes, leaving the new disguise to be a bit irrelevant.

Hidden under this new cover-up should be a more aggressive front fascia, a vented hood, and new headlights, as well as a new trunk-mounted spoiler, slimmer taillights, and a revised exhaust system for the back end. Unless the camouflage is now hiding a surprise addition to the sedan, this should be all of the new exterior changes for the Flying Spur.

The standard Flying Spur will be offered with a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine rated at 575 HP and 516 lb/ft of torque, but just like all of the other Continental models, Bentley will also be offering it with a 4.0 liter, twin turbocharged V8 engine producing an output of 500 HP and 487 lb-ft of torque.

The official debut for the 2013 Bentley Continental Flying Spur will be made by the end of 2012.

The Bentley Mulsanne Vision is little more than a concept sketch to all of us so far, but that doesn’t stop us from using our imagination in creating it. We passed the sketch off to our talented rendering artist and he came back with a full scale image of what we think the Mulsanne Vision will look like.

Much like the current Mulsanne , the Vision model will boast the signature circular headlights and marker lights up front. It will also boast the same pronounced hood as the base sedan model that it’s derived from. One large difference on the front end of our rendered Vision and the current Mulsanne is that the lower grille in the Vision is open instead of grated.

As you continue down the front of the car, the Vision Mulsanne shows the same signature styling of the current Mulsanne sedan. The differences really come once you hit the doors. The Mulsanne Vision is, of course, a convertible model and features just a pair of doors, as opposed to the Mulsanne’s typical four doors and hard top. Short of those differences, the doors boast almost identical styling.

Once you reach the rear quarter panel, you catch a few more refinements given to the Mulsanne Vision to make it more muscular looking than its 4-door version. The body line that goes over the wheel arch on the sedan version shows elegance, whereas the Vision model shows some added aggression, as the body line starts lower on the quarter panel and swoops upward before sweeping toward the rear of the car, toward the ground, then back toward the rear of the wheel arch.

We are still unsure what’s under the hood of this massive drop-top, but we all assume that it will carry a 12-cylinder engine, as Bentley is reportedly killing off its 6.75-liter turbocharged V-8 engine .

We’ll keep you updated on the 2013 Mulsanne Vision and get you some official images and information as soon as possible, so stay tuned!

Bentley Hunaudieres

Most people won’t remember the 1999 Bentley Hunaudières (pictured here), a concept car created shortly after Volkswagen took ownership of Bentley . It was built on a Lamborghini platform and powered by a W16 engine, shining a whole new light on the otherwise limousine-filled Bentley lineup. This supercar was so unlike anything Bentley would ever push towards production that we wouldn’t doubt it if not one person ever thought they would see this car again.

We can’t promise that the Hunaudières will come back from its 13-year-long hiatus, a la the Porsche 928 H50 Concept/Panamera return, but we can say that Bentley is making some changes and bringing another cool sports-car concept out into the open. This new Bentley sports car will be making its first appearance at the 2012 Paris Auto Show in September.

There are no details available on this new concept at this point, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see this sports car concept be put into production solely because of Bentley’s sales target of 15,000 units annually. This new model will join the company’s upcoming facelift version for the Continental Supersport , the four-door Continental Flying Spur , the open-top version of the Mulsanne , and the SUV set to be launched in 2015.

Source: CarAndDriver

We caught a glimpse of the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but the details were still a little scattered. Bentley has been planning an official debut of its new flagship performance coupe at the Moscow Motor Show on the 29th of August, but it chose to release the information on this upcoming model a little early.

We just got our hands on the full press release from Bentley and we are rather impressed with what this ultra-luxury car builder has done with this coupe, on the surface. What really matters is what’s down deep inside the cracks and crevices of this super coupe.

With this new information in hand, we are prepared to give you a full look at the upcoming sports coupe a full week before it ever hits the international auto shows. We’ll also pit it against like models – though there are few cars like the GT Speed – and let you know which looks better on paper.

Click past the jump to read our full review on the 2013 Continental GT Speed.

Tuner extraordinaire Vorsteiner revealed some teaser images of their new ’BR-10’ program for the 2012 Bentley Continental GT Coupe just before the holidays came last month.

Well, it didn’t take them long to unveil the whole details of their new tuning program.

As to be expected from these guys, the crux of their program involves a comprehensive aerodynamic package featuring a plethora of carbon fiber elements that add sporty touches to Bentley’s resident high-end luxury sports coupe. As part of the program, Vorsteiner fitted the Continental GT with a two-piece front spoiler with central splitter, sill skirts with an integrated lower section in lacquered carbon, a subtle gurney deck lid spoiler, an aggressive diffuser that has been attached to the car’s standard bumper, and a plethora of wheel options that can be customized according to the tastes of their customers. Among them, and a set that we’re dying to get our hands on, is Vorsteiner’s very own 22" VS-120 series forged aluminum mono block wheels. Wrap that in Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 rubber tires and you have a set-up that’s right around the wheelhouse of what Vorsteiner is capable of building.

As far as technical upgrades are concerned, Vorsteiner has been mum on any performance upgrades. But that won’t stop us from speculating that there’s one under that hood, especially when you consider that the Continental GT Coupe’s 6.0-liter W12 powertrain comes with a total of 567 horsepower that is just begging to be tuned to high heaven.

UPDATE 08/20/2012: Vorsteiner has released a new batch of photos of its ’BR-10’ program for the Bentley Continental GT. Unlike their first take on the car, this new iteration of the program offers a little bit more of a darker edge. Want to find out why? Check out the gallery below!

British luxury car maker, Bentley , knows how to make waves in the auto industry. Three years ago at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance , they unveiled their new flagship sedan, the Mulsanne .

On the same event three years later, Bentley followed it up with the Mulsanne Vision Concept, a convertible version of the Mulsanne and the likely successor of the Azure as their top-dollar convertible model.

While the company didn’t release official photos of the Mulsanne Vision Concept, they did drop a number of sketch photos of the convertible concept, all while touting it as the potential future of the marque’s flagship family.

"The modern, luxurious, high-tech Mulsanne saloon provides a perfect foundation on which to create the world’s most elegant convertible," said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive. "The Convertible Concept will extend the appeal of the Mulsanne family, while enhancing the profile of the Bentley brand, particularly in new and emerging markets."

The Mulsanne Vision Concept exudes the elegant and graceful form of a coach-built marque car, complete with sculpted lines and muscular haunches that convey a sense of power and movement to the luxury car. The interior of the concept was also described as having a spacious yet intimate cabin design that’s inspired by luxurious, high-performance power boats.

Noted for its unrivaled combination of chic, contemporary design, and the painstaking attention to detail and luxury refinement that Bentley is known for, the Mulsanne Convertible Concept is yet another proof that when it comes to high-end luxury, only a few can lay claim to Bentley’s position as one of the best in the business.

Almost all of the major car manufacturers are figuring out ways to go to smaller displacement engines with fewer cylinder, yet the same horsepower. This is leading to turbocharged V-6 engines replacing V-8 engines and turbo V-8s replacing V-10s and V-12s. From the looks of things, Bentley is taking a different approach.

According to reports, Bentley is moving toward larger 12-cylinder engines and away from their turbocharged V-8 engines. We’re not sure exactly why Bentley is going this route, as it is opposite of the trend, but that very well may be the only reason. This would give Bentley the exclusivity that it needs to get a leg up on its rival, Rolls Royce.

Then again, maybe Volkswagen has a slew of 6.0-liter W-12 engines left over from its W-12-powered Phaeton , which was cut from the lineup in 2012, and is deciding to fit V-8 Bentleys with this massive hunk of 444-horsepower-producing metal.

Then again, with the Azure T’s 6.8, err, we mean six-and-three-quarter-liter engine pumping out just 450 horsepower and getting 9 mpg, the 12 mpg and 444 ponies that the W-12 pumps out looks tempting. Add a little boost to it to increase the torque from its 406 pound-feet mark and you have an engine that is not only more powerful, but gets better fuel economy than the turbocharged Bentley V-8 engine.

We’ll keep an eye on this and let you know what Bentley’s plans are just as soon as we know what exactly is going on.

In keeping up to speed with the Bentley Continental GT and GTC models, the future Continental Flying Spur will also be offered in both W12 and V8 versions. Just the other day, we were able to capture the first spy shots of the W12 version, and now it’s time to take a look at the V8-powered model.

These new spy shots lead us to believe this is the Continental Flying Spur V8 because the grey prototype is equipped with a different set of exhaust pipes, similar to the ones we have seen on the GT and GTC V8 models . Those exhaust pipes should lead us to the same 4.0 liter, twin turbocharged V8 engine as in the coupe and convertible models. This engine will deliver a total of 500 HP at 6000 rpm and 487 lb-ft of torque available between 1700 to 5000 rpm. We expect the sedan version to be a bit slower than the coupe, so the 0 to 60 mph will be made in about 5 seconds, while top speed will be below 180 mph.

Expect to see the new Bentley Continental Flying Spur V8 launched sometime in 2013.


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