The Apocalypse-Dominating Bentley Bentayga Bengala is Just Downright Mean
The Bentley Bentayga is supposed to be a luxury SUV, unlike any other. It’s still that for the most part, but the Bentayga apparently has a dark and sinister side that’s waiting to be unlocked. Turns out, Spanish design house Bengala Automotive Design SL, with the help of an unidentified Spanish off-road rally champion and his team, has a key to that lock, and it did more than just unlock the Bentayga’s mean mug. It unleashed a tank-like monstrosity known as the Bentley Bentayga Bengala. Only 15 units of the Bentley Bentayga Bengala will be made. Each model will be made to the exact specification of the owner, so it’s unlikely that we’ll see two exact-spec Bengala units. There is no word on how much a unit will cost. Given the limited and custom-centric nature of the Bengala, we can at least expect a unit to cost a hell of a lot more than the Bentayga’s $195,000 base price.
Only in Russia: A Bentley Continental on Tank Tracks
The Bentley Continental is one of the most luxurious cars on the market today. Surely, if someone’s going to customize the Continental, he’s not going to butcher the luxury sedan and turn it into a Frankensteinian horror show? In what amounts to Russia’s latest “hold my beer” moment, a Russian tuner did precisely what you’d think it would do. Ladies and gentlemen, feast your ideas on the Bentley Continental Tank. Oh, yes, the Continental, one of the most esteemed sedans that money can buy, is now this rancid monstrosity. For a country that has shown tremendous panache in building some of the most unusual — and I say that loosely — custom car creations you’ve ever seen, the Bentley Continental Tank definitely takes the cake.
Video of the Day: Watch This 42-Liter V-12 Burn More Gas Idling For Two Minutes Than You Used All Week
EV’s and hybrids are all well and good, but sometimes, there’s just no replacement for displacement. The owner of the Packard-Bentley “Mavis” would certainly agree. Break it down, and what you’re dealing with here is basically a Bentley 8 Litre chassis powered by a 42-liter Packard 4M-2500 V-12 engine. Yep, you read that right - 42 friggin’ liters, baby.
Because it was originally intended for use in a WWII-era American PT boat, the engine produces a whopping 1,500 horsepower and 2,000 pound-feet of torque, which, stuffed into a 1930 Bentley chassis is a bit, well, ridiculous. In the best way possible, obviously.
To make it fit, the car’s builder had to move the steering column to an offset angle, while a total of 24 exhaust tips were added to help it spit flames and smoke like some raging hell beast.
While the video doesn’t show the Mavis actually moving, it’s well worth a watch for the gross display of internal combustion (and external combustion, for that matter).
Noted German Tuner Wants To Build A Bentley Mulsanne Coupe
For those who have been reading Top Speed for quite some time now, you’ll know that we’ve been writing about some of the tuning programs created by German tuner McChip. Over the years, it’s created kits for a wide range of cars, including the Mercedes-SLS AMG, the Porsche Panamera, and even the Fiat 500. If diversity were the name of the tuning game, McChip would stand out head and shoulders above the rest. I mention all of this because the German tuner is back in the news, although this time, it’s not for another tuning program. Rather, it’s actually building a car none of us have ever seen before: a Bentley Mulsanne Coupe.
Yes, you read that right. McChip is building a one-off coupe version of the Bentley Mulsanne. It’s something that we’ve been waiting for Bentley to do since the luxury automaker unveiled the Mulsanne all the way back in 2009. It’s never happened so instead of waiting around for something that Bentley will likely never do; the German tuner is taking matters into its own hands, literally. There’s still a lot we don’t know about the build. To be more specific, we know nothing about McChip’s complete strategy for it. The tuner did say though that it’s looking to make extensive use of carbon fiber and create a new aluminum skin for the C-pillars to go with re-engineering specific sections of the Mulsanne’s bodywork. Those are only a few things that the tuner is looking to do on the road to creating the Mulsanne Coupe. It’s unclear how long the build is going to take, but rest assured, the tuner is serious about doing this, as shown by pictures of an actual Mulsanne getting prepped for the proverbial automotive surgery.
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2017 Bentley Mulsanne by Mansory
You’d be hard-pressed to find a tuner that has embraced the outlandish more times than Mansory. Run down its catalog of past of works and they’re all there for you to see. There are the Siracusa kits for the Ferraris, the Carbonado kits for the Lamborghinis, and while I’m at it, remember the Bentley Continental Vitesse Rose from 2009? Yikes. As colorful as Mansory’s tuning history is, we can all agree that it makes the kind of statements that very few of its peers in the tuning game are able to do. Which is why it is a bit disappointing to find out that its latest program – one for the Bentley Mulsanne – came with a headline that begins with “subtle modifications.”
The words “Mansory” and “subtle” should be mentioned in the same sentence about as often as the words “Reliant Robin” and “reliable” are. And yet, here we are, presenting a Mansory program for Bentley’s luxury limousine that doesn’t quite feel like something that the German tuner worked on its tuning laboratory. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of fancy carbon fiber bits and pieces here and there. It even has a notable power upgrade, which is rare in the aftermarket scene for a car as massive as the Mulsanne. But since this is Mansory we’re talking about, there’s a level of audacious expectation that has to be met, one that I this program wasn’t able to reach. I don’t think it’s a sign that the tuner is slowing down on the imagination aspect of the game, so it does make me wonder if this is Mansory’s way of showing a side of itself that we rarely get to see.
Continue after the jump to read more about the Bentley Mulsanne by Mansory.
2017 Bentley Bentayga Gigante by DMC
The Bentley Bentayga is slowly but surely making an impression in the tuning scene. The high-performance luxury SUV only made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and we’re now seeing aftermarket companies unveiling their tuning kits for the Bentayga. Mansory got the ball rolling at the 2016 SEMA Auto Show and DMC has just followed suit with the “Gigante” program that helps enhance the Bentayga’s output to 700 horsepower and 778 pound-feet of torque.
The “Gigante” name is pretty self-explanatory when you take into account the number of modifications DMC made to the body and engine of the Bentayga. In fact, if you go back to Mansory’s own program for the SUV, you’ll see plenty of similarities as far as the scope of the upgrades are concerned. There are exterior changes, interior upgrades, and engine enhancements. Even better, these modifications aren’t extravagant to the point that they take away from the Bentayga’s own luxury characteristics.
That’s not only a testament to the ingenuity of DMC and Mansory, but also to Bentley for creating a product that has proven to be worth all the hype it has received.
Soon enough, we’re going to see more tuners develop kits for the Bentley Bentayga. That’s not a question of “if,” but “when.” For now though, Mansory and DMC headline the list of tuners with existing programs and the latter’s Gigante kit for the SUV appears to have all the tools to be worth the look, that is if you’re looking to get more out of the Bentayga than what it already has.
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2017 Bentley Bentayga by Mansory
German tuner Mansory is making the trip to Las Vegas in November, and it’s not going there to take in a Cirque de Soleil show. Instead, it’s headed to the 2016 SEMA show and it’s bringing with it it’s latest tuning masterclass, one specifically developed for the Bentley Bentayga. Needless to say, Mansory is known for building show-worthy programs and this one for the Bentayga is no different. It’s got loads of refinements in the exterior and interior and it has an engine upgrade that takes the luxury SUV’s power numbers up to an impressive 691 horses and 773 pound-feet of torque.
The power numbers and subsequent performance capabilities are the highlights of the kit, but they’re far from the only ones. This is Mansory, after all, and when it comes to these guys, no program is complete without the presence of carbon fiber. This kit for the Bentayga has carbon fiber. Lots of it, in fact. It also has an outlandish interior program that features only the finest in luxury applications and a new set of wheels that were thrown in for good measure.
The Mansory-tuned Bentayga will certainly feel at home at SEMA with all its aftermarket brethren. But there’s something to be said for a tuner that’s known more for appearing at the Geneva Motor Show to make the trip to Las Vegas to showcase its wares to a predominantly American audience. You’d think that the tuner would’ve preferred a similar event that’s closer in proximity like the Essen Show in Germany. Is it possible that Mansory wants to become a bigger player in the American tuning scene?
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2016 Bentley Flying Spur by Mansory
For some reason, the Bentley Flying Spur hasn’t received the kind of attention that a car of its stature deserves. Think about it, mention Bentley and the first model that comes to mind is the Continental. Then there’s the Bentayga SUV, which itself is interesting because it’s an entirely new model. It’s the same thing with the Mulsanne because it’s the flagship model. That leaves the Flying Spur in the shadows and it’s evident with the sheer number – or lack thereof – of tuning programs currently available for Bentley’s mid-size model. Fortunately, things seem to be turning around after the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Not only did the Flying Spur get some much needed love with the debut of the V8 S model, but the V12 version was also the subject of a tuning program from Mansory.
There’s a lot to look at here, specifically the way Mansory used a similar white and gold treatment on the Flying Spur, similar to one of its recent programs, the Rolls-Royce Wraith Palm Edition 999. Granted, this kit is unlikely to be offered as a nine-piece exclusive, so don’t expect any actual gold components. But what it does have is the usual Mansory tuning blueprint. It has an eye-catching body, lavish interior, and most of all, an impressive engine upgrade that adds a significant amount of horsepower into the sedan’s 6.0-liter W-12 engine.
As far as tuning kits for the Flying Spur are concerned, this is as good as it gets. Then again, that might count for much considering how few programs exist, but still, anytime Mansory gets involved, it’s more than likely going to catch a lot of people’s attention.
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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.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Bentley Continental GT.
German tuner DMC knows a thing or two about going overboard on some of its projects. Not that it’s a bad thing because anytime DMC has a program to unveil, we all stand up and take notice.
It’s latest creation definitely lives up to that billing.
This is the Bentley Continental GT DURO China Edition, a far more powerful and dare we say, more sinister looking Continental GT than the one we’re accustomed to seeing.
The matte-black finish on the body’s exterior already speaks to us the way matte finishes always do. A new carbon-fiber front bumper was also installed, which not only increases the car’s length by two inches but also improves its aerodynamic capabilities. As if the already fine-handling Continental GT needed any more it.
Other new additions to the exterior package include new LED daytime running lights, new side skirts, a new carbon-fiber rear bumper with a lightweight diffuser, a new carbon-fiber rear spoiler and a new set of 22-inch, diamond-forged, matte-black alloys wrapped in 295/25R22 tires.
On the performance front, DMC installed a new titanium exhaust system, a new sports air filter, and a remapped ECU, which allows the luxury coupe’s 4.0-liter V-8 to now produce 672 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque — a nice spike from the factory 500 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough power to hit 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds to go with a top speed of 202 mph.
That’s a long list of incredible upgrades, enough to justify DMC’s standing as one of the world’s most aggressive aftermarket tuners.
Click past the jump to read about the Bentley Continental GT DURO China Edition
Onyx Bespoke Automotive has released a new program for the Bentley Continental GT V8, showing that even a British marquee known for its luxury can be treated to some sportiness and pure aggression.
Then again, we shouldn’t be surprised that Onyx is capable of doing something like this; the tuning company has established itself as one of the finest Bentley tuners in the world. For its latest program, Onyx has developed quite a treat of a program for the Continental GT V8, dubbing it the GTX.
The rather radical cosmetic change done on the Continental is only the first of many things we love about what Onyx did to the luxury coupe. Full carbon and polycarbonate were the materials of choice on the aerodynamic components. The front, sides and rear of the Continental each received their aero modifications, bringing life to a luxury coupe that now looks wider and more taut than its standard configuration.
The car’s suspension was also given the old upgrade treatment with Onyx establishing a wider track and lowering the ride height by 10 mm (0.39 inches), allowing the Continental improved handling characteristics.
A set of 22-inch wheels are also offered in a multitude of colors, while the car’s V-8 is upgraded to develop a full 600 horsepower, improving its 0-60 mph time by a full second to just a little over four seconds.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Bentley Continental GT V8
Vorsteiner unveiled its first tuning kit for the Bentley Continental GT back in 2012 when it pleased us with a sweet “BR-10” package. The tuner is now on its second upgrade kit for the Continental GT with this new package that improves the car’s look, while also maintaining the car’s heritage and contemporary style.
As usual, Vorsteiner upgraded the look of the Bentley coupe with the addition of a new aerodynamic kit made in pre-preg carbon fiber. The kit includes a new front bumper, new side skirts and a new rear bumper to help add some extra aggressiveness to the Continental without going overboard.
Lastly, Vorsteiner also offers a deck lid spoiler, made in carbon fiber and a new set of forged monoblock wheels. Customers can choose between three different size wheels: 20, 21, or 22 inches.
Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Continental GT by Vorsteiner.
After months of what seemed like endless teasing, Bulgarian tuning firm, Vilner, has finally released its beyond-insane program for the 2013 Bentley Continental GT.
We all know Vilner as crafters of some of the best interior programs in the business, but it really outdid itself this time. This extensive project also included some insane work on the exterior and, best of all, a performance program that really gave the Continental GT some serious horses under its hood.
It was a project that took eight months to build, but it sure was worth the wait; wasn’t it?
To the person who owns this Continental GT, we have no problem believing that you are a very happy person.
We would be, too, if Vilner did this to our Bentley. That is, if we happened to have a Bentley in our driveway...
Click past the jump to read about Vilner’s program for the Bentley Continental GT
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.
The new Bentley Continental GT models are one of the few vehicles that are perfect straight from the factory, needing no updates to extend their luxurious nature. German tuner Wheelsandmore apparently doesn’t agree or just likes a challenge as they have found some features that they decided to tweak.
Their package can be ordered for both the V8 and W12 versions and includes some pretty cool updates for the wheels, power, exhaust, and suspension. The most impressive updates can be found in the engines. The W12 engine gets its output increased from the standard 575 HP up to 635 HP and the V8 engine goes from 507 HP to 565 HP. Allotting for 15 HP is the new stainless steel exhaust system with remote valves which joins the new suspension system with an adjustable electronic lowering module that allows lifting at speeds up to 50 mph. The price for this conversion is 2,748 euro, or about $3,550 at the current exchange rates.
The only aesthetics included in the package is a new set of 21" 3-piece handcrafted 6Sporz² wheels at a price of 9,916 Euro (about $12,800 at the current exchange rates).
Tuner extraordinaire Vorsteiner revealed some teaser images of their new ’BR-10’ program for the 2012 Bentley Continental GT Coupe just before the holidays came last month.
Well, it didn’t take them long to unveil the whole details of their new tuning program.
As to be expected from these guys, the crux of their program involves a comprehensive aerodynamic package featuring a plethora of carbon fiber elements that add sporty touches to Bentley’s resident high-end luxury sports coupe. As part of the program, Vorsteiner fitted the Continental GT with a two-piece front spoiler with central splitter, sill skirts with an integrated lower section in lacquered carbon, a subtle gurney deck lid spoiler, an aggressive diffuser that has been attached to the car’s standard bumper, and a plethora of wheel options that can be customized according to the tastes of their customers. Among them, and a set that we’re dying to get our hands on, is Vorsteiner’s very own 22" VS-120 series forged aluminum mono block wheels. Wrap that in Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 rubber tires and you have a set-up that’s right around the wheelhouse of what Vorsteiner is capable of building.
As far as technical upgrades are concerned, Vorsteiner has been mum on any performance upgrades. But that won’t stop us from speculating that there’s one under that hood, especially when you consider that the Continental GT Coupe’s 6.0-liter W12 powertrain comes with a total of 567 horsepower that is just begging to be tuned to high heaven.
UPDATE 08/20/2012: Vorsteiner has released a new batch of photos of its ’BR-10’ program for the Bentley Continental GT. Unlike their first take on the car, this new iteration of the program offers a little bit more of a darker edge. Want to find out why? Check out the gallery below!
Last year a British bespoke tuning company called Imperium has unveiled a very cool tuning package called Audentia based on the Bentley Continental GT. Now the tuner repeats the history, but this time the Audentia package is based on the Bentley Continental GTC. Just like with its coupe sibling, the new Audentia GTC will be built in a limited edition and is now available to order directly only through UK based Imperium.
The Audentia GTC package will be distinguished by a new front bumper with grille, air vents and visually lowering sport side skirts. For the rear the tuner added a custom rear apron with a new subtle boot lip spoiler, rear diffuser and newly designed sports exhaust tips. All the elements will be built in the finest ultra light prepreg autoclave carbon fiber.
Imperium did not revealed the prices for the new tuning kit, but we believe it will be similar to the coupe version: £25,000, which is around $39,400 based on current exchange rates.
Charlotte, North Carolina is a hotbed for NASCAR racing so it only seems fair to say that the folks over there know a thing or two about cars. That being said, we are not in the least bit surprised that one of the finest European tuners in America come from Charlotte in the form of GMP Performance. For their latest project, the boys over at GMP took the task of building a fancy program for no less than the Bentley Continental GT.
Thanks to some help from Hamann and ADV.1 Wheels, GMP Performance successfully tricked out the British luxury sports coupe to pretty intense levels. The first order of business was importing the wide-body kit from Germany while also fitting in various new components, including a new front bumper, flared extensions on the fenders, new side skirts, a new rear wing, and a matte charcoal gray finish that was lifted from the Lamborgini Reventon. On top of the exterior enhancements, GMP Performance also fitted the Continental GT with a new set of 22" ADV.1 alloy wheels, which comes with brushed gunmetal centers and matte black lips & inner barrels.
Rounding out the extensive tuning work done on the Continental GT is a performance upgrade that includes remapping the car’s ECU unit as well as the addition of a new stainless steel exhaust system that increases the car’s output from 552 horsepower and 479 lb/ft of torque all the way up to 620 horsepower and 600 lb/ft of torque.