2015 Bentley Turbo R

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Bentley R-Type Concept

Bentley Motors has announced that they will build a two-seater sports car said to rival the Ferrari 458 Italia not only in terms of performance, but design as well. The legendary automaker has not built sports cars since its racing glory days, but the signs have been clear. Bentley has a storied racing past and is a thriving company today thanks to high selling models like the Continental GT . The company is poised to re-invest a significant portion of profits towards the development of this new car and has already enlisted the help of its parent company, Volkswagen, and their Cup racing team to develop certain components.

Recent years have seen Bentley push the envelope in terms of power and performance, especially with the introduction of models like the Continental GT Speed. Consider also that for no apparent reason, Bentley broke the World Ice Speed record in a convertible powered by bio-fuel. It now appears that these introductions were more than just publicity stunts, but may have been used as testing for technologies to be used in the new “Turbo R” model.

Rumors circulating around the Crewe, England factory seem to point towards the new model resurrecting the legendary Turbo R moniker. The most recent model to hold this name was built between 1985 and 1997. It used a turbocharged 6.75 liter V8 engine, that can propel the car from 0-60 mph within 6.7 seconds, with a top speed of 152 mph. This was something to be very proud of back in the day, but expect the latest model to be a whole different animal.

This could certainly be a new chapter for Bentley Motors and if they are able to successfully develop a car that can challenge the Ferrari 458 and others like the McLaren MP12-4C than they may begin racing once again. The last Le Mans series that Bentley was in was 2003 and with the development of new performance and racing technology, we hope that the brand will return to the track in the next several years. We’ll be sure to pass along any more information revealed as soon as we get it.

UPDATE 04/01/2011: April Fool’s!! This is 100% not true, but would be kind of cool!


11 comments:

hehe,. Nice one!Maybe I would believe if they have said that its the Continental that will beat the 458.Well, who knows one of this day Bentley would open its doors to make a sports car.

@Omarion_Steve , it seems that another one has bite the dust. BTW, I find those grille similar to Cadillac car.

Yeah,if that thing is true,Well, that’s definitely too ambitious! And I think sports car for Bentley is such an hideous idea!

haha. Don’t make take this thing seriously inigo_montoya! Even in my wildest imagination I can’t figure out a two seater Bentley that will compete against the Ferrari 458.I don’t want to see how will the Bentley eat the dust with that ambition!

Well, this one is definitely a rather nice joke. But I wonder what they would come up with if Bentley actually does venture in sports car production. That would be rather interesting.

Continental GT is quite successful model! Well, thanks a lot that Turbo R is just a joke because i find it kind of gas guzzler, this would be just a waste of effort!

Just by looking at the car, I already knew that I am in for something. That car doesn’t even come close to being sporty, let alone being as sleek as a Mclaren.

Tsk, I’m scammed again. Bentley did pull a big one on this, and I though I would be finally seeing a Bentley sports car. Too bad.

haha. Nice one. How come does Bentley would compete to the aggressiveness and sportier look of the Italia. However, I find this thing kind of cool!

Ha, as expected. I know that Bentley’s image izs more of the classy executive cars, so I doubt that they would easily change that into something more sporty.

Hey, this one actually looks good. I am still not sold to the idea that Bentley is building a supercar, but I would definitely want to see this.

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