For all the attention the Bentley Continental GT Le Mans Edition models are getting - and rightfully so - it’s important to note that Bentley also released a Le Mans Edition model for its flagship model, the Mulsanne.
For this model, Bentley really went to work on giving the Mulsanne Le Mans some unique styling cues, particularly the interior. Diamond-quilted hide seat coverings are just the start. There are also diamond-quilted hide door panels, illuminate tread plates, drilled alloy foot pedals, a Le Mans Edition clock face, an embroidered Le Mans badge on each headrest and tread plates with the limited edition name.
Outside, a new sport-tuned suspension and ‘Quad’ Effect Tailpipe Finishers were added and rounding out the whole package are a new set of two-piece five-spoke dark tint alloy wheels.
While the Continental Le Mans Edition models are getting more of the love, don’t sleep on the Mulsanne Le Mans, either.
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Bentley is celebrating its six victories at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race over the years by unveiling a special Le Mans Edition. In fact, there are six Continental GT models, each inspired by the driver that lead the cars to the victory. Each version will be limited to only 48 units.
The first version was inspired by John Duff, who obtain Bentley’s first win at Le Mans 24 Hours in 1924. This version is painted in Moonbeam paint, while the interior gets a two-tone Linen and Beluga with contrasting stitching.
The second version was inspired by the Dudley Benjafield - the driver who lead the team to victory in 1927. This version is coated in Verdant paint, while the interior gets a two-tone combination of Linen and Cumbrian Green with contrast stitching.
Next there is a version inspired by Woolf Barnato - the driver who obtain victories in 1928, 1929 and 1930. This version combines a Granite exterior paint with Hotspur interior and Beluga stitching. The fourth version was inspired by Tim Birkin and comes painted in Glacier White combined with a Beluga interior trim.
The fifth version was inspired by Glen Kidston - who claimed first place at Le Mans in 1930. The model dons Dark Sapphire exterior paint combined with a two-tone Newmarket Tan and Imperial Blue interior trim.
Finally, the sixth version was inspired by Guy Smith whom won the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours. This model features a Beluga color on both exterior and the interior.
Each car will also get a unique Le Mans Edition numbered badge, Le Mans Edition clock face, embroidered Le Mans badge to each headrest, tread plates with the limited edition name and unique Le Mans Edition wheels.
Under the hood, these models retain the stock 6.0-liter W-12 engine that produces 616 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. This output sprints the Continental GT to 60 mph in 4 seconds and to a top speed of 205 mph.
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Bentley’s next addition to its lineup is a production version for the EXP 9 F SUV, but in the long-term, the company could also develop a four-door coupe model as a competitor for top versions variants of the BMW 6-Series GranCoupe and Mercedes CLS.
In a recent interview, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Schreiber said that the company would really enjoy developing such a model, but it won’t happen "any time soon, that’s for sure, but maybe in the longer term." According to Schreiber, such a model would sit below the current Mulsanne and would be just one of the models needed by the company to raise sales from 8,510 units in 2012 to 15,000 by 2018. The future four-door coupe, if produced, would be priced at about £130,000 ($198,000 at the current exchange rates).
In the same interview, Schreiber confirmed that the SUV will arrive on the market by 2015 at a starting price of £120,000 ($182,000). It will be completely redesigned from the EXP 9 F concept and Bentley has already received 2,000 orders for it.
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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-going Continental 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.
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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. Full story
It looks like the German tuner, DMC, got tired of updating McLaren and Ferrari models and it has now turned its attention to the new Bentley Continental GT Coupe. The project is called "Dura" (Spanish word for "Hard") and is focused on improving the car’s overall design and adding a few extra ponies under the hood.
For the exterior, the German tuner is offers a carbon-fiber body kit that includes a new front bumper, new side skirts and new wing-lets replacing the traditional side diffusers. For the rear, the kit adds a new bumper, new diffuser and a new spoiler. The car sits on 22-inch diamond-forged wheels wrapped in 295/25R22 tires. On the inside, DMC combined carbon fiber with fine Italian leathers.
In order to increase the W-12 engine’s output, the tuner installed a new titanium exhaust, sport air filters and optimized electronics. The end result is an output of 672 horsepower and a peak torque of 575 pound-feet – a gain of 105 horsepower and 59 pound-feet. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is now made in 4.5 seconds – 0.2 seconds faster than the stock model – and the top speed goes up to 201 mph.
It’s been a while since we last brought you any tuning kit from Anderson Germany, but today the tuner announced a new upgrade kit for the new-generation Bentley Continental GT. The kit includes upgrades to the exterior and the interior, plus, some extra ponies in the stable.
Under the hood, the tuner installed professional software optimization and a remotely controllable valve exhaust system in three sound levels. These updates increase the engine’s output up from the standard 575 horsepower up to 680 horsepower.
Such a powerful car requires a suitable aerodynamic kit. It was made in carbon fiber and includes a new hood, boot lid, front lower spoiler and lower lip, side skirts with air intakes, and the rear spoiler with diffuser. The car sits on new gloss-black rims sized 9-by-22 inches with 265/30R22 at the front axle and in 10.5-by-22 inches with 295/25R22 at the rear axle. The car was painted in Grey Hyper Gloss Metallic.
For the interior, the tuner also offers a carbon-fiber package, combined with numerous elements in leather and Alcantara. There is a new sports steering wheel and a high-end sound system with amplifier, subwoofer and speakers.
When it comes to delivering enough carbon fiber to serve a lifetime, nobody does it more than Mansory.
If expressive programs are the name, Mansory is the game. At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the tuner is bringing a lineup of new programs, including one for the Bentley Continental, called the Sanguis.
In true Mansory fashion, the Sanguis program includes a newly designed front apron, a light carbon-fiber bonnet, carbon-fiber front wings, newly designed side sills and rear widening components that considerably reinforce the wide-body look of the Continental. Additionally, the new rear apron delivers additional downthrust and creates enough space for Mansory to install its new exhaust system. Rounding out the exterior modifications is a new set of 22-inch ultra-light forged wheels with 10 double spokes wrapped in Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tires.
Inside, the modifications include plenty of sport functionality and luxurious ambience with leather by master craftsmen predominantly used. A newly designed sport steering wheel was also added while the aluminum pedals, the door entry sills and the Makassar ebony wood elements round out what can only be described as an opulent reminder of what Mansory is capable of.
Speaking of what it’s capable of, no Mansory product comes without any power enhancements, which is why the Sanguis program also carries its own performance upgrade. Thanks to a new sports exhaust system, a new air filter and an optimized engine performance graph, Mansory was able to drive up the output of the Continental to 672 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 575 pound-feet of torque at 1,700 rpm. All told, the Continental can now hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 200 mph.
Following the updates offered for the Continental GT and the Continental GTC models, Bentley is also offering an update for its Flying Spur model. Just like with the other models, the Flying Spur will receive both exterior and interior changes, while the engine only received some minor upgrades.
Just like with the other two Continental models, the Flying Spur will receive a tricked out exterior with a more aggressive front fascia, a vented hood, and new headlights. For the rear, the luxury full-size vehicle will get a new trunk-mounted spoiler, slimmer taillights, and a revised exhaust system. The interior will feature even more luxury, thanks to the addition of higher-quality materials and improved technologies.
The new Flying Spur will be about 110 pounds lighter than the previous model, and, according to Bentley it offers no less than 600 new parts.
Updated 02/20/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the new Bentley Continental Flying Spur. Full story
Bentley is continuing to tease its upcoming Continental Flying Spur luxury sedan with a new teaser video called "Quietly Powerful." Even if very short, the new teaser video unveils a little bit more of the luxury sedan and, for the first time, you can get a good look at the headlamps. You just need to pay extra attention around the 20-second mark.
The new Continental Flying Spur will receive a more aggressive front fascia, a vented hood, and - as revealed - new headlights. For the rear, Bentley will add a new trunk-mounted spoiler, slimmer taillights, and a revised exhaust system. The interior will also be upgraded with higher-quality materials and improved technologies. No changes will be made under the hood though, where Bentley will keep the usual 6-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine rated at 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
Full details on the new Continental Flying Spur will be unveiled on February 20, 2013.
Ultra-luxury brands beware, another one of your comrades is falling down the shame spiral and building a - gasp - SUV!
Sure that’s a little dramatic, but so are all of the people that are scoffing at the fact that Bentley has now confirmed a new SUV scheduled to hit their lineup sometime in 2015. If everyone remembers correctly, these are the same people that were horrified that Porsche decided to build the Cayenne and look how well that turned out for them.
Now, with a 37-percent increase in sales in 2011 (to 7,003 vehicles sold), Bentley is looking to double this number by the time this new SUV comes out by making it "the world’s most luxurious 4x4" SUV and targeting growing SUV markets like the U.S. and China. The "luxurious" title will also match the price; rumors point to the starting price for this future SUV coming in at $271,000, making the $48,200 starting price of the Porsche Cayenne look like it belongs on a Kia Sportage.
So, what constitutes the jumbo price tag? Other than the supposedly tremendous amount of luxury built into the future SUV, rumors are swirling that a V-8 twin-turbocharged engine would be the standard powerplant and a W-12 engine is a possible option.
Bentley is taking a big step with its improving sales by giving an SUV a chance to flourish. Does the world need a strong competitor for the Porsche Cayenne? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean that high-end customers with deep pockets won’t be writing out checks for a chance to wallow in the luxurious nature promised by Bentley.
UPDATE 02/03/2013: Volkswagen Group has finally given the green light to the EXP 9 F super-luxury SUV unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The production version is internally known as the "Falcon" and is expected to be unveiled in the upcoming three years. The good news is that reports are pointing toward that the production version likely dropping the controversial design of the EXP 9F concept and will adopt a more conventional Bentley look. When put on sale in will be priced at about 200,000 euro - about $271,000 at the current exchange rates. Additionally, Bentley plans to sell about 5,000 units of its new SUV per year. (Automotive News)