2018 Bentley Continental GT

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  • Bentley Continental GT
  • Year:
    2018
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  • Engine:
    W12
  • Transmission:
    eight-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    626 @ 6000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    664 @ 4500
  • Displacement:
    6.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    207 mph
  • Price:
    195000 (Est.)
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Faster, fancier, and more powerful than ever!

The Bentley Continental GT has been a huge hit for Bentley and Volkswagen AG since its launch in 2003, but the problem is that the car really hasn’t changed that much over the years. Sure, the facelift brought tweaked styling, a new V-8, and reworked interior, but it still takes a keen eye to spot the differences between the first Conti and those built after 2011. It’s likely that a $200,000 grand touring Bentley coupe/convertible wasn’t a huge priority for VW coming out of a global recession, but now with high-end luxury cars back in full swing, Bentley finally unleashed the third-generation Continental GT.

Revealed ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Conti GT confirms what we already knew from spy shots and the Bentayga SUV. The exterior styling is heavily based on the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, while the interior borrows some of the features and materials seen in the SUV. Bentley also took the new 6.0-liter W-12 that it launched with the Bentayga and dropped it under the Continental’s hood with revised internals and other drivetrain components. All told, the new Continental GT is sportier, quicker, more powerful, and more luxurious than the outgoing model. But more about that in the review below.

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Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations

Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations

There are some great results, and some "close your eyes!" results

One of the great things about car renderings is the ability to let your imagination go crazy. You can use an existing car model and re-imagine it without a roof, or you can get really creative and redesign it in a different body type altogether. There’s something to be said, then, for renderings that take two models from two different automakers and combine them to create an entirely new model. It’s the kind of Transformers-like job that we should be seeing more often in the real world. Or should we? The truth is, BudgetsDirect undertook this very exercise, and the results are all “interesting,” to say the least. As an added bonus, we’re doing our own part and renaming these creations in the best way we can.

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Bentley's Restaurant Atop The Tallest Mountain in the UAE Stayed Open For Seven Days

Bentley’s Restaurant Atop The Tallest Mountain in the UAE Stayed Open For Seven Days

There’s a reason behind the short lifespan of Bentley’s mountaintop resto

Bentley’s taste for luxury and opulence was on full display when it celebrated the Middle Eastern launch of the new Continental GT. Instead of going the traditional auto show route, the British automaker chose to celebrate the Continental GT’s launch in the market by opening a fine-dining restoring atop Jebel Jais, the tallest mountain in the United Arab Emirates, at an altitude of almost 6,400 feet above sea level. World-renowned chef Colin Clague was also brought in to help create the restaurant’s menu. Plague combined traditional British and Middle Eastern cuisines in creating a five-course meal that was served to the restaurant’s guests. About the only downside to the restaurant was that it closed down after only seven days of operation.

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A Bentley Continental GT Hybrid was Spotted Mixing The Best Of Both Worlds

A Bentley Continental GT Hybrid was Spotted Mixing The Best Of Both Worlds

This PHEV is going to be powerful; very powerful

The electrification process has taken over the world by storm. From smallest of hatches, to the marques, every automaker is electrifying its range. Bentley has been vocal about its electrification ambitions, and plans to offer a hybrid version on all its models. Recently, the Bentley Continental GT was spotted in its Hybrid avatar. Even though it looks just like the regular Continental GT, the additional charging port in the rear left fender was the giveaway.

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2019 Bentley Continental GT Speed

2019 Bentley Continental GT Speed

More power, sportier looks

The Bentley Continental GT Speed is a higher performance version of the British grand tourer. Sportier looking and more powerful, it slots between the standard model and the range-topping Supersports. The new-generation GT Speed, based on the latest Conti GT, is scheduled to arrive in 2019 for the 2020 model year.

Launched in 2017, the third-generation Bentley Continental GT is already in dealerships, but the British luxury company has yet to offer all the usual variations, like a base V-8 model and higher-performance models of the W-12-powered coupe. But it seems the wait is nearly over, as the GT Speed was spotted testing on public roads recently. Just like its predecessor, the GT Speed will arrive with slightly sportier looks, a few extras inside the cabin, and a more powerful version of the company’s 6.0-liter W-12 engine.

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The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera vs the Ferrari 812 Superfast vs the Bentley Continental GT

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera vs the Ferrari 812 Superfast vs the Bentley Continental GT

It is a well-known fact at this point that the latest Aston Martin DBS Superleggera will go after the Ferrari 812 Superfast. Even Aston Martin officials implied this. However, I am fairly certain that in terms of poise, speed, technology, and price, the Bentley Continental GT may be thrown in the same ring in an endless fight for prestige among super luxury GTs. Sure, the coupe from Crewe isn’t as hardcore as the machines from Gaydon and Maranello, but the Continental GT will gain even more spirited versions in the future. Some of them will definitely take aim at the buyers of the DBS or the 812. The Supersports, I am looking at you.

For now, let’s see how the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, the Ferrari 812 Superfast, and the Bentley Continental GT stack up against one another.

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2018 Bentley Continental GT First Edition

2018 Bentley Continental GT First Edition

When the best in luxury gets a first-off-the-line variant

In keeping with its new tradition of rolling out First Edition models — the Bentayga SUV and the Mulsanne each got one — Bentley is rolling out the red carpet for the Continental GT First Edition. Described as the “ultimate expression of the legendary grand tourer,” the Continental GT First Edition gets plenty of exclusive appointments that help earn its status as a true first-off-the-line model.

Since this is Bentley we’re talking about, the phrase “exclusive appointments” take on a far more exclusive and opulent meaning. The features included in the Continental GT First Edition include fancy rotating displays, veneer options, and model-specific cosmetic identifiers that firmly establishes its special edition status. Basically, the Continental GT First Edition is a more exclusive version of an already exclusive luxury coupe.

Bentley didn’t say how many Continental GT First Edition units it plans to roll out, but given its status as a First Edition model, don’t expect it to be available in large quantities. The Bentayga First Edition, for example, was limited to just 608 examples, while the Mulsanne First Edition was even rarer with only 50 units made across its entire three-model range. My best guess is that the Continental GT First Edition will have a volume of around 100 units with each unit priced at around $300,000.

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2018 Bentley Continental GTC

2018 Bentley Continental GTC

We spotted the upcoming GTC on the road. Here’s what we know about it

Introduced in 2003, the Bentley Continental GT has become a big hit for the British firm and its German parent company, Volkswagen AG, and the 2011 redesign made it even more popular. However, the update wasn’t as extensive as you’d expect from such a high-profile car, and the second-gen Conti became a bit long in the tooth after years. This is why Bentley launched a completely overhauled version for the 2018 model year. With the new Continental GT almost in dealerships, a convertible model is just around the corner.

Spotted testing on public roads since mid-2016, the new Continental GTC has yet to show itself without camouflage. However, that’s not to say we’re dealing with a mystery since most convertible are identical to the their coupe counterparts below the waist. Expect the new GTC to feel as modern as the recently unveiled Continental GT and boasts the same luxurious cabin with state-of-the-art technology. All of this will be complemented by the infinite headroom that comes with every cabriolet out there.

Updated 05/16/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Bentley Continental GTC out for a new testing session, this time around the famous Nurburgring race track.

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2018 Bentley Continental GT3

2018 Bentley Continental GT3

Bentley’s already successful race car gets new-generation upgrades

Bentley has just introduced the third-generation Continental GT, which rides on a new platform (shared with the Porsche Panamera), uses a new W-12 engine, and employs design cues from the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car. Just like its predecessor, the new Conti GT is set to gain a range of versions, including a V-8-powered and higher performance Speed and Supersports variants. But while these are still under development, the new Continental GT has already made its public debut in motorsport clothes. Meet the second-generation Continental GT3, developed to replace the first-gen race car after four successful years on the race track.

Slated to hit the motorsport scene for the 2018 season, the new Continental GT3 uses the aluminum structure of the road car and most of its design cues. But much like its predecessor, its lighter, tipping the scales at "significantly less" than 2,866 pounds, and features a more aerodynamic body. The new Conti GT3 has big shoes to fill — the first-gen car scored 120 podiums and 45 wins across 528 races — and will attempt to do so starting with the opening round of the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Monza in April. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at what it brings to the table.

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Three Awesome Shooting Brakes We Need to Have Now!

Three Awesome Shooting Brakes We Need to Have Now!

Ferrari, Bentley and Rolls-Royce should get to work ASAP!

I’ve been a big fan of station wagons ever since I was a little boy. They just seem fascinating back then. Now, they’re just practical, and some of them are actually pretty. And that’s enough to get me going. But as much as I like wagons, it’s the shooting brakes that get me really excited. It makes sense, considering they’re everything a wagon is, but with a sleeker design. Unfortunately, there aren’t many around. Porsche did launch the Panamera Sport Turismo recently, but other than that, there are only three options available: the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, the CLA Shooting Brake, and the Ferrari GTC4Lusso. The Mercs aren’t even available in the United States, while the Ferrari is awfully expensive.

All told, carmakers need to build more shooting brakes! Preferably affordable ones.

Not going to happen anytime soon, right? The problem is, even if it happens, it’s more likely to get shooting brakes from premium companies. Just look at the one that already exists. But hey, I’m not picky. I can always buy a Volvo 1800ES or a Reliant Scimitar GTE if I want to own a shooting brake without selling my kidneys. But I have a short list of cars that could become cool shooting brakes, and they all come with renderings provided by X-Tomi Design. Let’s check them out below.

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Breitling's New Timepiece Is A Fitting Ode To The New Continental GT

Breitling’s New Timepiece Is A Fitting Ode To The New Continental GT

It’s incredible and assuredly expensive at the same time

For regular folks like us, the world of high-end luxury is nothing more than a fantasy. But for those who have the resources to get access to the clouds, there are items like luxury cars and limited edition timepieces to welcome them with open arms. In the case of Breitling and Bentley, it’s a combination of the two things, as the Swiss watchmaker recently showed with the introduction of the ultra limited Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition watch.

By itself, the “Dark Sapphire” name already screams luxury, and I haven’t even gotten into the actual timepiece. Breitling says that the watch takes inspiration from the new Continental GT, one of the few cars in the world that can legitimately lay claim to being one of the most luxurious ones, too. Name, inspiration, and design cues notwithstanding, the Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition is also limited to just 500 units so there’s no guarantee that everyone in the world who expresses interest in buying the watch will get their hands on one. Put all of these elements together and you can understand why this kind of watch is really reserved for the upper echelon of today’s society, exactly like the luxury sedan from which it’s inspired from. Maybe someday I’ll have enough disposable income to be able to afford a watch like this. Until then, I’ll reserve my seat with the rest of you and admire it from a distance.

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Bentley Launches Third-Generation Continental GT and It's Gorgeous!

Bentley Launches Third-Generation Continental GT and It’s Gorgeous!

It’s said to be “the definitive Gran Tourer”

Bentley has already debuted its all-new Continental GT, but the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show is the first time this high-end Gran Touring machine has been seen in the metal. The 2018 Continental GT marks the third generation for the storied nameplate in modern times. It launched back in 2003 after the Volkswagen Group acquired Bentley in 1998. The second generation brought big improvements in 2013. Relatively minor changes along the way have kept the Conti from stagnating. None of those changes seem to reach the gravitas and refinement of the Conti’s latest iteration. Bentley definitely exceeded expectations.

The 2018 Continental’s exterior design takes cues from Bentley’s EXP 10 Speed 6 concept and the interior’s fixtures can be traced to the automaker’s new Bentayga SUV. But neither are cut-and-paste as the Continental carves its own twisty road through the land of luxury. Returning from the second generation is the Conti’s most formidable powerplant: the 6.0-liter W-12. It now produces a whopping 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque – an increase of 44 horses and 133 pound-feet. Why? Well, this isn’t the exact version found in the second-gen Conti, but rather, the updated 6.0-liter found in the Bentayga. An AWD system keeps power seamlessly flowing, while Bentley’s Electronic Active Roll Control continually adjusts the firmness of the anti-roll bars using 48-volt electronics. A new three-chamber air suspension further enhances the ride. Inside, the Continental boasts two massive screens and more leather and wood than a forest full of cows. There’s plenty more to ogle at, so keep reading for more details.

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Configure the Bentley Continental GT of Your Dreams

Configure the Bentley Continental GT of Your Dreams

Have fun with the hottest luxury grand tourer you can buy in 2017

After nearly seven years on the market, the second-generation Continental GT is getting ready to enter the history books and make way for a redesigned grand tourer. Built on a new platform and with a much lighter aluminum body, the third-gen Conti GT also brings new technology and a revised drivetrain into dealerships. And as it is the case with all new Bentley products, it features new technology and a large amount of new luxury items. There’s new wood veneer, new display, and a rotating infotainment screen, just a name a few, on top of the state-of-the-art interior design and the powerful W-12 engine.

The new grand tourer has yet to make a proper auto show debut, which is scheduled to take place at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, but Bentley has already launched an online configurator for the car. There aren’t any prices available and you can’t browse through all the Mulliner options, but it has what it takes to help you create your next Continental GT. And if you can’t afford one, it’s an entertaining way to play with all the color, upholstery, and equipment options you can get in one of the most luxurious vehicles available as of 2017. Check it out below.

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Bentley's Rotating Display in the Continental GT Will have you Feeling Like James Bond!

Bentley’s Rotating Display in the Continental GT Will have you Feeling Like James Bond!

Big screen or wood veneer? Why not both?

The third-generation Bentley Continental broke cover the other day with a brand-new design and a ton of cool features. Inspired by the cool EXP 10 Speed 6 concept on the outside and powered by a new W-12 engine that cranks out more power than most Ferrari-built V-8s and V-12s, the new Continental GT also boasts a new interior packed with a huge amount of luxury features and technology. But, while the new Koa wood veneer and the "diamond-in-diamond" upholstery are pretty impressive, it’s the Rotating Display that blew me away.

While I’m not a big fan of fancy gadgets, I must admit that the Rotating Display is one of the main reasons why I’ve fallen in love with the new Conti GT. Let’s face it, it’s the kind of feature you’d find in one of James Bond’s car, along with machine guns hidden behind the headlamps. And known James’ weakness for British cars, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the grand tourer in the next film. So why am I so excited it about this? Well, I like clean dashboards with massive wood veneers as much as I enjoy high-resolution screens. Having both was impossible until now, so it’s like a dream come true.

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2018 Bentley Continental GT

2018 Bentley Continental GT

Faster, fancier, and more powerful than ever!

The Bentley Continental GT has been a huge hit for Bentley and Volkswagen AG since its launch in 2003, but the problem is that the car really hasn’t changed that much over the years. Sure, the facelift brought tweaked styling, a new V-8, and reworked interior, but it still takes a keen eye to spot the differences between the first Conti and those built after 2011. It’s likely that a $200,000 grand touring Bentley coupe/convertible wasn’t a huge priority for VW coming out of a global recession, but now with high-end luxury cars back in full swing, Bentley finally unleashed the third-generation Continental GT.

Revealed ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Conti GT confirms what we already knew from spy shots and the Bentayga SUV. The exterior styling is heavily based on the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, while the interior borrows some of the features and materials seen in the SUV. Bentley also took the new 6.0-liter W-12 that it launched with the Bentayga and dropped it under the Continental’s hood with revised internals and other drivetrain components. All told, the new Continental GT is sportier, quicker, more powerful, and more luxurious than the outgoing model. But more about that in the review below.

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Bentley Unveils 2018 Continental GT

Bentley Unveils 2018 Continental GT

Looking good, going fast

Bentley just dropped a ton of details on the new 2018 Continental GT ahead of its debut in Frankfurt next month. Now entering its third generation, the Continental GT promises high-end grand tourer speed and comfort, plus unmistakable British style. Outside, the design takes cues from the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, with lightweight aluminum body panels and longer, lower dimensions. In back, you’ll find reshaped taillights, plus LED Matrix lighting. 21-inch wheels are standard, while 22-inchers are available. Inside is the new Bentley Rotating Display, offering both a 12.3-inch touchscreen and three analog dials. Up to four passengers get to enjoy a “diamond in diamond” design for the leather upholstery, while chrome trim and several acres of wood add extra gloss. A 10-speaker stereo comes as standard, while an 18-speaker system is an available option.

So it’s nice to sit in and look at. What about driving it? Under the muscular hoodline is a 6.0-liter W-12 engine producing 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Putting it to the ground is a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission and Active AWD system, helping it reach 62 mph in 3.7 seconds and top out at 207 mph. Larger brakes (up to 16.5 inches in front) throw the anchor, while a Dynamic Ride System enhances both handling prowess and passenger comfort as needed. The engine was also moved further back in the chassis for optimized weight distribution. Look for the 2018 Bentley Continental GT to debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Bentley Wants More One-Off Models In The Future

Bentley Wants More One-Off Models In The Future

Prepare yourselves for a lot more of Mulliner

Just when it started to feel like we’d never run out of limited edition and one-off Bentley models, no less than the company’s own design chief Stefan Sielaff has come out saying that we should prepare ourselves for such a future. Apparently, “exploring more one-off, bespoke vehicles” is one of Sielaff’s primary goals now that he’s been named the man in charge of Bentley’s Mulliner division. In his own words, Sielaff said that he wants to “explore” more of these models, where the “only limitation is the imagination of the customer.”

Those who love them some limited-edition and one-off Bentleys should be thrilled about this declaration, in part because of how Mulliner has legitimately positioned itself as one of the best personalization divisions of any automaker in the business today. Recent releases like its collaboration with Bamford show what Mulliner is capable of, even though it has rarely ventured into the world of complete stand-alone one-off models the way brands like Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, and most notably, Lamborghini have in the past. But there’s still time to change that narrative and it appears that time has come for Bentley. We’ve seen what Mulliner can do by stamping its identity on existing Bentley models. Now we’re about to see what it’s made of when it’s given a blank slate and the opportunity to create something entirely unique from it.

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2018 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Galene Edition by Mulliner

2018 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Galene Edition by Mulliner

Yet another custom Bentley masterpiece from Mulliner

By now, you would think that Mulliner would have done just about every kind of luxury interpretation imaginable. That is at the heart of its job as Bentley’s in-house personalization division. Over the past few years, we’ve seen Mulliner turn Bentleys into works of pure art and opulence. You’d be surprised, though, how creative this group can get, and no more is that in full display than in its latest project, the Continental GT Convertible Galene Edition.

Yes, Mulliner just finished another limited edition build for Bentley. Yes, it looks amazing. Yes, it takes its name from the Greek goddess of calm seas. And yes, it’s nautically-inspired, right down to the whole treatment in the exterior and interior of the convertible. It says a lot about the Continental GT Convertible Galene’s status as a decadent limited edition that even Princess Yachts, the creators of some of the most expensive yachts in the world, got involved in the project with Mulliner. The styling cues in the exterior and interior are indicative of what Princess Yachts does with its own expensive products, and you can tell by how the whole model turns out that it’s a Bentley that’s ideally suited for a specific clientele. Only 30 units of the Continental GT Convertible Galene Edition will be built, too. That’s hardly a surprise considering the people behind its creation. Luxury begets luxury, and the Continental GT Convertible Galene Edition is a physical embodiment of that.

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Bentley Continental 24 Special Edition

Bentley Continental 24 Special Edition

Limited edition Continental Supersports celebrates its involvement in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring

Rolls-Royce may have grabbed the headlines in recent weeks with all the special edition models it’s been unveiling, but rival Bentley is proving itself to be up-to-the-task with the release of its own special edition model. It’s called the Bentley Continental 24 and it’s a tribute to Bentley Motorsport’s entry to the Nürburgring 24 Hours where it hopes to build off of the success it’s had in the last two years since returning to one of the world’s most grueling endurance races.

The special edition Continental is based on the range-topping Supersports variants. While it doesn’t have any engine enhancements to speak of, its status as the fastest model Bentley has ever created more than speaks for itself. So, in the absence of upgrades to its massive 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 engine, the defining features of the Continental 24 rests on its exterior and interior where plenty of inspiration was taken from Bentley’s motorsport themes. The car also holds the distinction of being one of the few limited edition models that have its own options to choose from, thus making it even more limited. Bentley also said it plans to cap production of the limited edition Continental 24 coupe to an obvious number of 24 units, with each model fetching a base price of €250,000 or about $280,000 based on current exchange rates.

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2018 Bentley Continental GT Supersports

2018 Bentley Continental GT Supersports

The iconic Bentley Supersports returns with more power than ever!

The second-generation Bentley Continental GT arrived in 2011 with a mildly redesigned exterior, a new interior, and upgraded technology. Although it uses the same Volkswagen Group D1 platform (shared with the Phaeton and the Bentley Flying Spur), the second-gen Conti GT gained a revised W-12 engine and a brand-new, twin-turbo V-8. Much like its predecessor, the second-gen Continental GT spawned a number of versions, including V8 and W12 trims, convertibles, the higher-performance GT Speed, a race-spec GT3 model, and a road-going GT3-R. In early 2017, Bentley unveiled the Supersports, a successor to the beefed-up model it first introduced in 2009.

The fact that the Supersports arrived almost six years after the second-generation Continental GT went into production isn’t surprising. The first Supersports was launched by a similar schedule, hitting public roads six years after the standard model and two years before the first generation car was discontinued. With the current luxury two-door set to be replaced by a third-gen car sometime in 2018, the Supersports was once again introduced as the ultimate Continental GT.

Just like its predecessor, the new range-topping coupe is the fastest and most powerful Continental GT released to the date. The same goes for its soft-top sibling, which is only marginally slower from 0 to 60 mph.

"The Supersports name is legendary at Bentley. From the very first Supersports of the 1920s, to the Continental Supersports of 2009 – and now with the third iteration of this iconic model – it is a name which excites, impassions and thrills. Only Bentley could create a car which blends immense performance and unrivalled luxury in this way," said Wolfgang Durheimer, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors.

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The Bentley Continental Supersports Is The Continental Variant We've All Been Waiting For

The Bentley Continental Supersports Is The Continental Variant We’ve All Been Waiting For

I can’t decide if I love the car or if I really love the car

Bentley promised to introduce the “most extreme” car it has ever developed, and true to form, the British luxury marque (or is it a performance brand now?) delivered in spades with the debut of the Continental Supersports, a 700-horsepower piece of viciousness that combines everything we love about the Continental line into one stunning coupe.

The sheer look of the Continental Supersports validates the exotic label being thrown around to describe it. Not only does it looks like a proper performance car (dare I say, maybe even a supercar?) but it does so by taking the already aggressive styling of the slightly less potent Continental GT3-R and cranks it up to another level. Take a look at those redesigned bumpers and the more discernible body lines that give it that racy look to it. And that fixed rear wing at the back? My oh my, this beauty is a sight to behold.

As aggressive as the Supersports looks, it’s real calling card lies underneath that hood, where a 6.0-liter W12 engine with higher-capacity turbochargers resides. That tweaked engine is good for 700 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque, making it the first Bentley ever to carry a factory output of at least 700 horses. That’s no small feat for a company that made its name in the world of automotive luxury.

Speaking of which, the Continental Supersports isn’t all just about power and speed, although we certainly don’t mind having those two departments being the talk of the car. True to its roots, the most extreme Continental is also a picture of luxury, thanks to an interior that’s been designed and dressed to the nines.

We’re going to have a more comprehensive review of the Bentley Continental Supersports up soon so don’t sweat on the broad strokes look of the car we have for now. In the meantime, take a look at this gorgeous piece of work and appreciate Bentley for giving the second-generation Continental the swan song it deserves.

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Is The Bentley Continental Supersports Making A Dramatic Return?

Is The Bentley Continental Supersports Making A Dramatic Return?

British luxury brand teases "most extreme Bentley ever"

When the name Bentley is mentioned, it traditionally evokes images of luxury, elegance, and class. These are the foundations by which the British car brand built its name and for as long as it’s around, these words will continue to be mentioned in the same breath as the company. On the other hand, a word like “extreme” is rarely mentioned alongside Bentley, which is why this new teaser that the automaker released is pretty darn significant, and all it took is this one very telling description.

“The most extreme Bentley ever…is coming.”

Now before anybody starts hyperventilating, it’s important to ask which model Bentley is actually referring to. We know that the all-new Continental GT is expected to make its debut in the second half of 2017. It’s unlikely that this is going to be that model because the unveiling has been set for January 6, 2017. That’s two days from now.

So it’s unlikely to be the all-new Continental GT. That brings us to the current Continental GT, which will make way for its successor soon. Could it be that Bentley is preparing to give the current Continental GT model a proper send-off in the form of an extreme version of itself?

Looking at the automaker’s history, there is one model that’s been noticeably absent from the Continental lineup and if past versions of that variant are indications of what we can expect, there is a possibility that we could be looking at the return of the Supersports here.

Obviously, there’s been no confirmation from Bentley’s part about that speculation, but it does make sense considering that the last Supersports variants – the coupe and convertible – hit the market in 2009 and 2010, or right around the tail end of the first-generation Continental GT’s life with the second-generation Continental arriving in 2011. Follow that schedule and we’re due for the return of the Supersports variant.

Now about the teaser video itself. There’s not much going on there other than a few close-ups of the car in question, although if you look closely, there is one shot that shows what appears to be a fixed rear wing, a feature we haven’t seen from a production Bentley since the Continental GT3-R.

Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long to get some answers because the car’s debut is happening in two days. Buckle up.

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2017 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Black Edition

2017 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Black Edition

Another Black Edition Bentley that’s going to make our bank accounts weep

If you’ve ever come across any of Bentley’s Black Edition models, you know that the British luxury car brand spares no expense in dressing them up, right down to seemingly inconsequential details like a 12 o’clock red stripe on the steering wheel. Prepare yourselves then for more Black Edition goodness from Bentley because the automaker has just introduced the latest iteration of that series, only this time, it’s for the Continental GT V8 S.

The vehicle is predictably called the Continental GT V8 S Black Edition and like model from which it’s based on, it’s available in both coupe and convertible body styles. The objective of the Black Edition has always been grounded on creating a sportier look for the Continental GT V8 S. It’s a little more appropriate with this particular model since the GT V8 S is touted as a version of the Continental that’s been tuned for power and performance.

So the Continental GT V8 S Black Edition is essentially a marriage of upgrades meant to give the model a comprehensive lineup of enhancements. If the formula sounds familiar, it’s because Bentley has been doing it for quite some time now and the results, more often than not, have been overwhelmingly positive.

Does the special edition Continental GT V8 S follow in the path created by its Black Edition predecessors? That’s what we’re about to find out, although based on first impressions, I’m confident that this new model won’t have any problems making a name for itself.

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2016 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible Orange Flame By Mulliner

2016 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible Orange Flame By Mulliner

Once again, Mulliner has raised the bar for design, luxury, and sophistication

The Bentley Continental is pretty much the epitome of ultra-luxury and performance wrapped into one convenient but expensive package. Bentley managed to build on that perfection and in 2013 released the Continental GT V8 S. Packing a gain of 21 horsepower, a revised suspension system, and relatively impressive fuel economy, the GT V8 S quickly became the object of affection of the wealthiest of the wealthy. Now, Mulliner has upped the ante a little more, this time using something known as Sparkle Carbon.

We’ll talk more about this new material in just a minute, but before we do, let’s talk a little more about things in general. This special edition Continental goes by the name “Orange Flame,” and deservedly so, as one look at it will have you feeling just a little bit warmer inside. Keep in mind; that last phrase comes from someone who is excessively critical of any brand, like Bentley, that uses its name to garner as much money as possible because of its status symbol status in the hierarchy of all things on earth. Needless to say, I’m pretty impressed with this one.

That said, let’s dive on in and cover the important details about this outrageous combination of colors and materials that somehow work together perfectly.

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2016 - 2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed

2016 - 2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed

The most powerful Continental ever gets a mild makeover

It’s been only a year since Bentley introduced a mild visual update for the bonkers GT Speed and massaged its W-12 powerplant for an additional 10 ponies, and the Brits have issued yet another upgrade for its fastest production grand tourer ever. Set to bow at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March as a 2016 model, the revised GT Speed is part of an overhaul of the entire GT lineup, as well as the four-door Flying Spur. The GT Speed essentially borrows the visual enhancements that now adorn the standard GT, while receiving unique details that make it stand out as the most quick and powerful member of the GT family.

The mild upgrade brings a few nips and tucks in the cabin as well, likely to keep it fresh until the third-generation model arrives sometime in 2018. Granted, Bentley’s decision to update the Continental GT Speed two years in a row might seem strange, but the new add-ons are the result of the standard Continental’s mid-cycle facelift. Let’s have a closer look at what the GT Speed has in store for the 2016 model year in the detailed review below.

Updated 05/27/2016: Bentley announced prices for the 2017 Continental GT Speed, both coupe and convertible versions. Check the "Prices" section to see how much you will have to pay for it!

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2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed Black Edition

2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed Black Edition

Blacked-out chrome, flashy highlights, carbon-fiber trim

In March 2016, Bentley launched the Continental GT Black Speed special edition for the Australian market. Essentially a follow-up for the GT Concours, which features blacked-out chrome, the Black Speed was created with help from the bespoke Mulliner division and features a black exterior with red highlights inspired by the "Monster By Mulliner" concept revealed at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. Only a few weeks have passed since the Black Speed was announced and Bentley has launched yet another special-edition using the "Black" moniker, this time based on the range-topping GT Speed.

Unlike the Australian-only version, the GT Speed Black Edition is available for both European and U.S. customers, can be had in both coupe and convertible body styles, and in more than just one exterior color. More importantly, it features the drivetrain update the standard GT Speed just received for the 2017 model year, consisting of extra horsepower and torque, and a quicker 0-to-60 mph sprint.

Bentley says that the Black Edition was developed to "meet demand from customers for a model in the Continental line that offers both increased sporting capabilities and instantly recognizable styling cues." In other words, the Black Edition offers the stout performance of the GT Speed, but the subtle looks that other Bentleys, known for their hefty amount of chrome, can’t deliver.

Deliveries for the GT Speed Black Edition begin in the summer of 2016 in both Europe and the United States.

Updated 05/26/2016: Bentley Motors unveiled the new GT Speed and GT Speed Black Edition this week during an exclusive event in New York City. With the occasion the company released prices for both coupe and convertible versions.

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2016 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible Art Car By Sir Peter Blake

2016 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible Art Car By Sir Peter Blake

One-off Continental will be auctioned off at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Bentley has a special, one-off Continental GT V8 S Convertible that it’s bringing at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 24. Why is it special, you ask? Well, for starters, it’s an art car, which comes heavily with personalized touches from the commissioned artist doing it. That brings me to the main highlight of this particular Continental art car. The man behind its colorful design is none other than Sir Peter Blake, arguably the most famous British pop artist in the world, and the man responsible for some of the most famous cover albums in history, including the Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

For this project, Sir Blake traded in his usual gig of designing cover albums in favor of designing an actual car. The fact that the car is a Continental GT V8 S only adds to the magnitude of this project. For its part, Bentley isn’t just touting this one-off project as a showpiece model. This Continental art car has actually donated this car to the Care2Save Charitable Trust, which in turn is sending it to the auction block at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Proceeds of the auction will then go the Trust, which is responsible for providing palliative and hospice care around the world.

It’s unclear how much the Continental V8 GT S art car will cost, but considering the model itself, as well as the man who designed it and the purpose behind the car, it’s safe to say that it’s going to sell well north of the standard model’s $250,000 price range.

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2016 Bentley Continental GT Black Speed

2016 Bentley Continental GT Black Speed

Aggressive and stylish, but for Australia only

The Bentley Continental GT may be sold as a second-generation model since 2011, but its platform is actually 13 years old as of 2016. Sure, it received numerous upgrades throughout the years, but at the end of the day, the Continental GT rides on some of the oldest underpinnings on the market. Despite this, the British coupe is still a popular choice among wealthy customers in need of a car that’s both luxurious and powerful. And proof of that is that Bentley keeps launching limited-edition models, one of which is the Black Speed.

Based on the range-topping GT Speed, the Black Speed was created with help from Mulliner, the brand’s bespoke division. It features a unique livery that highlights the GT Speed’s sportier body kit and an interior that no longer has the Continental’s traditional wood veneer. That’s not exactly big news considering that Mulliner has crafted stone veneers for the Conti GT in the past, but Black Speed is the first to feature aluminum instead of wood.

Developed specifically for Australia and New Zealand, the Black Speed follows in the footsteps of the Continental GT Concours, a special-edition model with blacked-out chrome that was extremely popular in Australia in 2015. Only 10 Black Speeds will be sold and Bentley insists none will be offered outside Australia and New Zealand.

“We talked to some of our customers last year at the Grand Prix about doing something bespoke for Australia, something unique for this market. In the past we had the Concourse edition, where we blacked-out all the chrome and did a black finish for the first time on one of our cars... that was extremely popular in Australia. People want the aggressive version of the manufacturer car," said Bentley Asia-Pacific sales manager David Simpson. “I talked to the factory and said that I want to do something bespoke and something unique. I want to do a run of 10 cars just for our market. That’s when we came to Black Speed.”

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2016 Bentley "Monster by Mulliner" Continental GT

2016 Bentley "Monster by Mulliner" Continental GT

The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show is already upon us and we’ve already seen a bunch of cool concepts and car tech. From the BMW i8 Mirrorless Concept and Volkswagen BUDD-e to FCA’s fourth-gen Uconnect and Ford’s upgraded SYNC system, this year’s CES has everything an automotive nerd wants to see at such an event. However, among the state-of-the-art technology and futuristic cars that may be put in production at some point, CES also showcases more down-to-earth vehicles. Such a product is this bespoke Bentley Continental GT built by Mulliner in cooperation with audio equipment manufacturer Monster Inc.

Suggestively dubbed "Monster by Mulliner," this custom coupe brings together the performance credentials you get with a Continental GT V8 S and a state-of-the-art audio system crafted by Monster. Also, it features a bespoke interior with a stunning color scheme, special Mulliner seats, and even a 24-carat gold wireless headphone. Though it might not be the most technologically advance vehicle at CES, this Bentley is definitely the fanciest.

"Monster is proud to collaborate with Bentley on bringing the sound and look of a Monster ride to those who want something bold and different," said Noel Lee, head of Monster Inc. "With our Pure Monster Sound system, the drive will be truly incredible and brings a new level of excitement to the driving experience. That’s why this collaboration for the Continental GT V8 S is such a perfect fit. Our Monster motto ‘Always Lead Never Follow’ has never been more appropriately applied than in association with this impeccably designed automobile."

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Bentley Continental: Evolution Of An Icon: Video

Bentley Continental: Evolution Of An Icon: Video

The Bentley Continental GT traces its lineage all the way back to 1952 when the R-Type Continental became one of the world’s first grand tourers. Back then, the R-Type Continental was considered one of the most benevolent vehicles on the road, a reputation it earned for its peerless design and stout performance capabilities. It was also limited to just 208 units, making it ultra exclusive. All these things have led to the belief that the R-Type Continental is regarded as one of the finest Bentleys in history.

The iconic design of the R-Type Continental is one of its most enduring qualities. The car’s striking power line, muscular rear haunches, and the swooping, fast roof line help inspire a generation of fans who have remained loyal to Bentley, even to this day. A lot of things may have changed in the past 63 years, but one thing has remained true: the Bentley Continental GT continues to uphold the legacy left behind by the R-Type Continental.

From the same design cues to its approach towards luxury and performance, the Continental GT has proudly carried on the legacy of the R-Type Continental. In a lot of ways, Bentley has achieved something that’s extraordinarily rare in the industry. It has captured the essence of what the company stands for, thanks in large part to two unique models that share the same DNA, even though they’re separated by six decades.

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Bentley Puts Continental GT V8 S Convertible Against Train

Bentley Puts Continental GT V8 S Convertible Against Train

Back in 1930, Captain Woold Barnato – a Le Mans three-time winner – stacked a Bentley Speed Six against Saudi Arabia’s Blue Train as it traveled Cannes to Calais. Barnato found his way into the history books, as he traveled through Calais and headed straight for London. He arrived in London four minutes before the Blue Train made it to Calais. As a tribute to this legendary race, Steven Kane raced a new Bentley Continental GT V-8 S Convertible against Saudi Arabia’s only passenger train.

Kane’s sprint across the desert in the Continental GT took a total of four hours, and 14 minutes as he traveled to Damman, which is located 480 km (298 miles) away from his starting point in Riyadh. In the end, he beat the train with six minutes to spare. You would think the four-hour run would be no different that a normal stint at Le Mans, but Kane admitted that this race was more stressful that an average LeMans Stint. The heat and conditions just added to the stress of not knowing where the train was at during the race. Kane went on record saying that he hopes his performance would make Barnato proud.

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2016 Bentley Continental GT3-R Is "Insane In All The Right Ways:" Video

2016 Bentley Continental GT3-R Is "Insane In All The Right Ways:" Video

Every so often, Rolls-Royce will put out some special edition with an interior made of unicorn leather and wood harvested from trees that only grow on the moon. It’s easy to look at these as celebrations of excess, but if you want real excess, you have to look to the 2014 Bentley Continental GT3-R. You see, however expensive Rolls makes a given one-off special edition, it’s still being used for its intended purpose: making the super rich super comfortable. But with the GT3-R, Bentley has taken a giant car, one that is completely impractical as a growling, track-focused speed machine, and turned it into just that.

Nothing about this car makes sense, but that is what is so gloriously enjoyable about it. As you will see in the video, Bentley has actually made this eye-wateringly expensive lump of insane work. It handles beautifully, sounds like a race car and really is incredibly fast. At some point, the reviewer just starts laughing at the fact that this car exists at all. The video goes into a good deal of detail about the car and why it’s so nuts too, and it’s definitely worth watching all of it.

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XCAR Reviews 2016 Bentley Continental GT: Video

XCAR Reviews 2016 Bentley Continental GT: Video

Launched in 2003, the Continental GT was a revolutionary car for Bentley, particularly for being the brand’s first vehicle to employ mass-production manufacturing techniques. It also transformed the company into a global brand and spawned an array of models, including race cars. It’s been 12 years since the first Continental GT rolled off the assembly line and the grand tourer is virtually unchanged.

Sure, it’s received various new features, updated engines and mild styling upgrades, but it’s the same five-meter, 5,000-pound coupe sitting on Volkswagen’s D1 platform (shared with the Phaeton). Despite this, it remains a popular luxury grand tourer that’s not likely to change dramatically anytime soon.

The 2016 facelift for the Continental GT confirms that. Dirk van Braeckel’s design is largely unchanged, though the coupe seems a bit more aggressive, thanks to its resculpted front bumper, revised diffuser, and the mild spoiler integrated into the trunklid. The refresh is basically following the same rule everyone else is applying these days: make it look sportier, regardless of whether there’s extra horsepower and torque under hood.

But the new 2016 Bentley Continental GT has that extra kick to go with the sportier looks, having received an additional 15 horses and 15 pound-feet for a grand total of 582 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of twist. That’s more than what the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is able to deliver in standard form, but is the Continental GT as good as it sounds on paper? XCAR just took it out for a spin to find out.

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2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series Limited Edition

2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series Limited Edition

The greatest testament to the prestige and authenticity of the Bentley nameplate and the street cred of the Continental GT coupe isn’t the car’s stunning blend of performance and top-shelf luxury. Nor is it its remarkable success in carrying the legend of the “Bentley Boys” forward into the new millennium. No, what really sets the Continental GT apart from the average automobile is its ability to spawn themed limited editions and still be taken seriously.

Don’t get me wrong; the Continental GT is a fantastic car, especially in GT Speed trim. And I am fully in favor of broadening the range with new trim combinations. But the fact remains that at a certain point, paint-and-trim upgrades to a car begin to erode its ability to be taken seriously. The introduction of the Breitling Jet Team-inspired limited-edition Continental GT Speed could come off like a six-figure mullet, but Bentley’s Mulliner coachworks seems to have created yet another elegant variant without watering down the model range.

Introduced in 2003, the Continental GT has been among Bentley’s best-sellers, helping to bring the company back to profitability after the recession. The Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series is a seven-car limited-production run featuring unique paint and interior trim. One car will be produced for each of the seven aircraft on the team, and the special edition debuts alongside the Breitling Jet Team at the Boeing Seafair Airshow in Seattle on July 31.

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New Bentley Continental Won't Get A Supersports Version

New Bentley Continental Won’t Get A Supersports Version

For a company that builds giant luxury vehicles, Bentley places an awful lot of emphasis on performance. But Bentley’s performance image was earned through six Le Mans wins, and the luxury marque has been banking on it with Speed and Supersports models in recent years. That is, there were Supersports models. With the refresh of the Continental in all its various forms, Bentley deemed it unnecessary to have two high-performance trims above the base model, and now the Speed enjoys top billing in the Continental lineup.

Not only has the top performance trim gone away, but word from Bentley is that there are no immediate plans to bring it back. The reason is that Bentley is simply too busy. All of the company’s efforts are currently going into bringing the 2016 Bentley Bentayga to the market, and Bentley isn’t even stopping there, there is another model in the works after that, quite possibly (hopefully) a production version of the 2015 Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept. Since the Supersports was pretty much a niche car anyway, it doesn’t make sense to divert manpower to the project at the moment, although it hasn’t been completely ruled out for sometime down the road.

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New Generation Bentley Continental GT Coming In 2017

New Generation Bentley Continental GT Coming In 2017

It is nearly impossible to overstate just how important the Continental GT has been to the success of Bentley under VW ownership. The brand saw a sevenfold increase in sales after just the first year of Continental GT production, and Crewe knows better than to mess with success. So the task of introducing a new GT for 2017 will be a difficult one, as Bentley needs to show improvements without changing too much. Fortunately, it has the best possible help when it comes to improving a car: Porsche.

Mechanically, the new GT will be a close relative of the upcoming generation of the Porsche Panamera, using a shortened version of the Porsche’s MSB platform. Bentley’s current 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 will still be used for the whole Continental lineup, but most of the other tech will be borrowed from Porsche. Not that this is a bad thing, and the Continental won’t be taking any of the Panamera’s looks, which have been controversial to say the least. But you will see some design influence coming from the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept, which was shown at the Geneva Motor Show, particularly in the front fascia.

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Note: Current Bentley Continental GT pictured here.

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Idris Elba Breaks Historic 'Flying Mile' Record In Bentley Continental GT Speed

Idris Elba Breaks Historic ’Flying Mile’ Record In Bentley Continental GT Speed

Idris Elba is an actor with many talents, one of which is apparently driving really fast. The British actor has just broken the “Flying Mile” land speed record for Pendine Sands, Whales in the UK. Elba piloted a 2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed up to 180.361mph to break the previous record of 174.8mph set by Sir Malcolm Campbell and his Napier-Campbell Blue Bird in 1927. The record was broken as part of an upcoming four-part Discovery Channel series called Idris Elba: No Limits.

When Sir Malcolm set his record in 1927, it was also the world land speed record, but with that record now well over 700mph, Elba didn’t quite manage to break it as well. Neither did he break the UK land speed record, which is over 300mph. What he broke was the Pendine Sands Flying Mile record, and before you go thinking that this isn’t much of an accomplishment, keep in mind how difficult it is to keep a car under control at 180mph on very wet sand. We must also commend Elba for breaking the record so stylishly, behind the wheel of a 616-horsepower Bentley.

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Chris Harris Makes a Bentley Continental GT3 R Dance: Video

Chris Harris Makes a Bentley Continental GT3 R Dance: Video

Most Bentleys are known for huge amounts of power and torque, high top speeds, lavish interiors and elegant designs, so seeing one getting wrung out on a test track is nothing short of spectacular. This is exactly what Chris Harris did recently with a Continental GT3-R, and the video is mesmerizing.

Built in a limited edition of just 300 units – all of which have been sold already – the Bentley Continental GT3-R is essentially the road-going version of the Continental GT3, although it doesn’t share as many features with the race car as Bentley would like you to believe. Chris Harris found that out while trying to make the four-wheeled elephant tap dance, but in his words that is not exactly a bad thing. The Conti GT3-R is probably a much better grand tourer than the Conti GT V8.

Sure, because of the shorter axle ratio it has a much lower top speed ("just" 170 mph, compared to 188 mph for the GT V8), but that has never stopped a grand tourer from showing its best bits in other areas. It seems that the GT3-R, despite its 4,839 pounds, is a lot more agile and just as comfortable as its V8-powered brothers. I’m still not too comfortable with the look of its rear wing and those stickers though, maybe next-year’s more hardcore version will look a bit less weird.

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What is the Perfect Car?

What is the Perfect Car?

There’s no such thing as the "perfect car." There — said it right off the bat. Not because I subscribe to the platitude that perfection is completely subjective, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder or any of that. Objective standards do exist. For instance, objectively, Scarlett Johansson probably looks better in a bikini than Steve Buscemi. Any dissenting opinion there? No? That’s because we can apply certain dimensional criteria, certain mechanical evaluations to determine who likely wears Spandex best. The same is true for non-human machines, like cars.

Even so, finding "perfection" that way means setting criteria, as opposed to expecting perfection as some kind of absolute. Absolute perfection is always an ideal. It’s kind of like the North Star. You can use it to navigate, to figure out which direction you’re going; but no matter how long you sail toward it, you’ll probably never get perceptibly closer. You’ve got earthly limitations in the here and now that kind of preclude the possibility.

So for this article, we’re going to stick to the earthly limitations of the here and now. We’ll look at our guiding star of ideal perfection first, just to get a navigation point. But from there, we’re on our own, left to sail those uncharted waters to find the closest thing to automotive perfection, sticking as closely as possible to the shores of today’s technology.

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Bentley Plans Lighter Continental GT Version For 2016

Bentley Plans Lighter Continental GT Version For 2016

If you thought the Continental GT3-R was the ultimate Bentley sports car, you thought wrong, because an even more extreme version of the model is coming in 2016. According to Bentley’s head of engineering, Rolf Frech, the upcoming GT3-R-like Continental will have a rear-wheel-drive layout and be lighter than the original model.

"A lot of people expected the GT3-R to be a proper rear-wheel-drive sports car," Frech told Autocar, "but the problem was timing. We needed the car at the end of the first season of our GT3 racing car, and to do a proper change of the complete powertrain needed longer than we had. But we have the concept in our mind, so why not?" he continued.

The model is to become the first road-going Bentley in over two decades to go under 4,400 pounds, most of the weight loss resulting from the RWD conversion. Powered by a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 that should deliver more than the 572 horsepower of the GT3-R, the relatively lightweight Continental will likely be faster but a tad less controllable. The usual Bentley design features and interior trim will be kept to a minimum, similar to the Porsche 911 GT3 or Aston Martin GT12 in terms of comfort. There is no confirmation regarding the number of cars to be built, but the hardcore Continental is expected to be part of an extremely limited run and cost even more than the GT3-R.

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Bentley Continental GT - W12 vs V12: Video

Bentley Continental GT - W12 vs V12: Video

There are plenty of interesting engine configurations floating through the collective car enthusiast consciousness. A few standouts would include the inline-six, the V-8, and maybe even the straight-five, if, you know, you get weird like that. The V-12 is another highly celebrated tradition, with the names Lamborghini and Ferrari immediately springing to mind.

But what about the W-12? It’s not exactly something you see every day, unless, of course, you own a Bentley Continental GT. With 6 liters of displacement and two turbos, the Continental’s mill churns out a healthy 617 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, clearly underlining its speed potential. The question, however, remains: why would the British automaker choose to stuff such an unusual powerplant under the hood of its high-performance coupe?

XCAR set out to find the answer in this video. Taking the latest example of the luxury vehicle for a cruise around the snowy roads of northern Sweden, our host delves into the history and engineering of what makes the W configuration work so well in a car like the Bentley. The packaging, refinement, and performance are all paramount to its success, and the end result is a car that’s very fast and very comfortable.

As the rest of the world turns to smaller displacement, XCAR is hopeful that Bentley will continue to put the W-12 into its cars, and I for one share such optimism. Because after all, there’s something to be said about being unusual – even if you’re that straight-five guy.

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2016 Bentley Continental GT

2016 Bentley Continental GT

As the first all-new Bentley after Volkswagen took over the company, the Continental GT is almost single-handedly responsible for the British marque’s massive sales successes in the beginning of the third millennium. Launched in 2003, the most affordable Bentley is still far from a new generation, but recently got it yet another facelift too keep it fresh.

Don’t expect a major restyling, although the new Conti GT went under the knife from almost every angle. Despite being 12 years old, the Bentley coupe still looks the business, which is probably Bentley didn’t change that much. A bit more power, slightly better fuel consumption and some nip and tucks both inside and out are all that the 2015 refresh brings to the table, but those may be all it needed to stay in shape anyway.

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Bentley Continental V8 S Driven By Matt Farah: Video

Bentley Continental V8 S Driven By Matt Farah: Video

Launched about a decade after the range-topping, 12-cylinder model, the Bentley Continental GT in eight-cylinder trim was added to the lineup for two major reasons. First of all, it uses almost 50 percent less fuel than the giant W-12, which helps in some ways to keep the overall Bentley CO2 emissions down. Second of all, with 500 horsepower in the GT V8 and 521 horsepower for the GT V8 S, the eight-cylinder Conti GT is by no means an entry-level model, it just offers more choice.

As some of you know, its twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 was developed by Ingolstadt engineers, with different versions of it being used on Audis like the S8, S7, RS7, S6 and RS6 Avant. Thanks to a cylinder-deactivation system, it offers a somewhat decent fuel economy for the 5,000-pound coupe, but you couldn’t exactly call it frugal. The V8 S version hit Bentley dealerships in 2014, and its 502 pound-feet of torque seems to be enough to move Drive’s not-exactly skinny Matt Farah from one place to another with no problems.

In fact, the presenter looks to be smitten with the Continental GT V8 S, going as far as calling it much better than the W-12 model and his favorite Bentley ever. Obviously, not everything is perfect with the car from Farah’s perspective, but then again, he didn’t get to “test-drive” the face-lifted model, since that one arrives at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

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2016 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

2016 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

In the world of high-performance grand touring cars, the Bentley Continental GT is, by far, one of the most exquisite vehicles to see and be seen in, but it is worth noting that the overall design for this car hasn’t really changed much since it was first introduced in 2003. Sure, there have been plenty of enhancements over the years such as the addition of new models and even a 2011 refresh, but even so, it still requires a keen eye to spot these subtle year-to-year changes.

With that in mind, Bentley has just released all the details and a slew of images for the updated 2016 Bentley Continental GT family of coupes and convertibles, that show noteworthy improvements to almost every aspect of the car. The revised lineup will make its debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show including the stunning drop-top shown above.

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Bentley Continental V8 S Reviewed by XCAR: Video

Bentley Continental V8 S Reviewed by XCAR: Video

Launched back in 2003, the Bentley Continental GT is currently enjoying its second youth mainly thanks to its 2011 mid-cycle facelift and the addition of an Audi-sourced V-8 engine as the base model. With Bentley recently adding a more powerful variant of the eight-cylinder and thus creating yet another model in the Conti GT lineup, the nice peeps from XCAR decided to have a go in one and make a video review out of their shenanigans.

Despite the model in the footage sporting a not-exactly-inconspicuous yellow color, the 2014 Continental GT in V8 S trim looks quintessentially British, with classic grand tourer proportions and an old-school interior that makes you go "Aaah!" every time you sit in it. The model is powered by a reworked version of the Audi, 4.0-liter, TFSI engine, delivering 521 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque in this example. Even though it weighs over 5,000 pounds even without a heavy W-12 engine up front, thanks to the all-wheel-drive system and the efficiency of its eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF, the Continental GT V8 S can hit 60 mph from a standing start in just 4.3 seconds. Its top speed is a "decent" 192 mph, making it only 5 mph slower than the Conti GT with a twin-turbocharged W-12.

With all-weather capability, the comfort of a luxury sedan, the performance of a thoroughbred sports car and with a somewhat reasonable fuel consumption, the Continental GT V8 S is a more than welcome addition to the Bentley range. It can almost make you forget that underneath is a heavy, 12 year-old car or a "nice Volkswagen," as the video above will most likely prove.

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2014 Bentley Continental GT3-R

2014 Bentley Continental GT3-R

The Continental GT arrived for the 2003 model year as the first Bentley vehicle launched under Volkswagen’s ownership. Sold in both fastback and convertible guises, the first-generation Continental GT got its juice from a 6.0-liter W-12 engine. Many special editions and iteration followed until 2011, when the second-gen model was introduced. The redesigned grand tourer keeps its W-12 mill, but a 4.0-liter, V-8 engine was finally added to the lineup. In 2013, Bentley unveiled the Continental GT3, a race car that marked the manufacturers return to racing. And just a year after the track-only GT3 arrived, the Brits rolled out a special-edition GT3-R coupe to pay tribute to the track-exclusive machine.

To be sold as the GT3-R beginning with the fourth quarter of 2014, the new vehicle sits atop the Continental V8 lineup, boasting more horsepower than any of its brothers, and a bevy of exclusive features and technologies. It’s also the fastest-accelerating, and the most dynamic and responsive Bentley ever built, feats that will likely help sell the 300-unit production run like hot cakes.

Adding to the GT3-R’s appeal is the fact that all examples will be hand-built at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe before being sent off to the company’s Motorsport division for the final touches. Now let’s see what makes the GT3-R so special.

Updated 08/11/2014: The new Continental GT3-R will make its North American debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August 2014 and will start at $337,000. Deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2015. Only 99 units will make it to the North American market.

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Bentley Continental GT3-R Could get a More Extreme Version

Bentley Continental GT3-R Could get a More Extreme Version

The Bentley Continental GT3-R made a lot of noise when it debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2014. But as it turns out, Bentley is looking at the possibility of an even more powerful Continental in the future. Yes, more powerful than the 572-horsepower GT3-R.

Bentley design chief Luc Donckerwolke spoke to Autocar about the incredible demand generated by the Continental GT3-R. The company only released 300 units of the model and according to Donckerwolke, all 300 have been accounted for. It’s this incredible demand surrounding the GT3-R that leads Bentley to keep the door of a more extreme version of the sports car.

Donckerwolke also pointed out the incredible opportunity Bentley has in connecting to a younger market that might have become used to identifying the company as a luxury adult brand.

A car like the GT3-R showed that Bentley still has the chops to build models that celebrate its successful history in motorsports. But with a more powerful model, it can open itself up to establishing an identity with younger generations of buyers more like the one that surrounds Porsche and Aston martin.

Donckerwolke didn’t specifically divulge any details behind this potential British rocket, but we do know that the Continental GT3-R has set the bar on how fast and powerful the Continental can be. If a more powerful Continental GT3-R is in the works, anything less than 600 horsepower would be a disappointment.

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Bentley Wants to Build an Entry-Level Coupe

Bentley Wants to Build an Entry-Level Coupe

2014 has been a busy year for Bentley so far. The Brits have begun testing their upcoming SUV and launched the Continental GT3-R, a high-performance coupe paying tribute to the GT3 race car. The next few months will also see the introduction of the Mulsanne Speed, but apparently, Bentley won’t stop there. As we speak, the luxury manufacturer is developing a strategy to further expand its offerings.

According to Car & Driver, Bentley is focusing on two different fronts. The first one revolves around developing limited-edition models under the Mulliner badge. These vehicles would be aimed at wealthy customers and collectors to help Bentley enter a very profitable niche currently dominated by the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini. This idea has been floating around the company’s headquarters in Crewe for a while now, but it seems the Brits are finally ready to make the big step.

The second expansion lies on the other side of the lineup and involves the introduction of a brand-new vehicle to sit below the Continental. Bentley doesn’t build new vehicles too often, so this is obviously the bigger news of the pack. Stick around to find out more.

Note: Bentley Continental GT pictured here.

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Bentley Plans to Enter Nurburgring 24h Race in 2015

Bentley Plans to Enter Nurburgring 24h Race in 2015

Bentley is planning to field a factory team at the Nurburgring 24 Hours next year. The British automaker will tackle the famed endurance event using its Continental GT3 race car. The announcement comes ahead of the 2014 race this weekend.

Bentley revealed that it is also considering other endurance races in 2015, but the automaker declined to get too deep in the detail. The Brits did, however, confirm that the Bentley Continental GT3 will take part in the Blancplain Endurance Series in 2015, most likely with a two-car lineup. What’s more, Bentley Motorsport will extend the Continental GT3 program to include several customer teams.

In the meantime, the Continental GT3 will face its first official 24-hour test in the upcoming 24 Hours of Spa on July 27th. The race will take place at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and is the fourth event of the 2014 Blancplain Endurance Series.

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2004 Bentley Continental GT Dragster by Webster Race Engineering

2004 Bentley Continental GT Dragster by Webster Race Engineering

The Bugatti Veyron may be the world’s fastest production car according to the Guinness Book of World Records, but the Molsheim-built supercar is far from being the most powerful road-legal vehicle ever built.

The Hennessey Venom GT, for instance, is one of the very few machines that surpass the Veyron in terms of ponies. The American hypercar has no less than 1,244 horses pushing it from behind, while the Bugatti benefits from "just" 1,200 horsepower. Then there’s the amazing Koenigsegg One:1, a 1,340-horsepower packed vehicle that threatens to obliterate all production car records.

But the Swedish supercar is no match to the Bentley Continental GT that’s ready to shake the Santa Pod raceway located in the United Kingdom this weekend. Don’t let its GT configuration and luxurious status fool ya, this is no regular Continental GT, but a heavily modified that’s hiding 3,124 horsepower under the hood.

As you might have already guessed, the GT is no longer sporting a Bentley powerplant under the, but a Chevrolet-sourced, 10.2-liter, V-8 crate engine with twin turbochargers. It also features a strengthened steel body shell and a lightweight interior consisting of several carbon-fiber parts that reduce the car’s overall weight.

Built in about eight months by a team of enthusiasts that spent in excess of $400,000 for the mods, the monstrous Bentley Continental GT will compete in the Street Eliminator class for road-legal vehicles, part of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship.

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2015 Bentley Continental GT V8 RS

2015 Bentley Continental GT V8 RS

With 521 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque under the hood, the 2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S is no slouch. However, it appears that the said model is about to be stripped of its range-topping status as Bentley was caught testing what looks to be an even hotter version of the Conti GT V8.

Although the Brits have yet to say anything on the matter, a slightly modified Continental GT V8 S was recently spotted at the Nurburgring, and this suggests that a more powerful version of the coupe — possibly an RS model — is on its way.

The photos that we received from our trusty spy photographers of this model testing reveal an aerodynamically enhanced V8 GT that takes to the track with a front splitter, a fixed rear wing and a lowered, and likely stiffer, suspension.

There’s no word as to how many horses might be pushing out, but we see it fit for the British manufacturer to have tuned the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter, V-8 engine to deliver at least 550 horsepower.

Is Bentley finally taking the know how from the Continental GT3 race car into a road-going model? Guess we’ll just have to wait a little bit longer to find out. Then again, could this just be Bentley doing random testing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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