2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Number 1 Edition
It’s been around eight months since the all-new Bentley Continental GT Convertible made its long-awaited debut. Enough time has passed for all of us to absorb what Bentley’s 626-horsepower, roofless, sporty grand tourer is all about. Enough time has also passed for Bentley to drop the first special edition model for the new Continental GT Convertible. And wouldn’t you know it, this special edition Continental GT Convertible is called…the Number 1 Edition. Lack of naming creativity notwithstanding, there is a reason why this special edition Continental GT Convertible is called the Number 1 Edition. As I mentioned, it’s the first SE variant of the all-new Continental GT Convertible. More than that, it pays tribute to a particular old-school Bentley race car: the legendary 1929 Bentley Number 1 Blower. Forget what I said, then, about this special edition’s nomenclature. Clearly, it means a lot more to Bentley than just a random number.
2018 Bentley Continental GTC
The third-generation Bentley Continental GTC is the cabriolet version of the coupe that the British firm introduced in 2017. Almost identical to the coupe design-wise, it features a new soft-top system and borrows all of its technology and drivetrain components from the hard-top version.
Heavily inspired by the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, it looks sportier than before and boasts a longer wheelbase. The redesigned soft-top also turns it into a three-box vehicle when the roof is in place. The new Continental GTC arrives just in time for the upcoming Volante version of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, but it also competes against the fancier Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.
2018 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Galene Edition by 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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2017 Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept
There once was a time when Bentley was synonymous with British opulence and luxury. That notion still holds true to this day, but Bentley, like everybody else it seems, has evolved into something more than that. These days, the flying “B” has expanded its reach in the automotive landscape with two recent concept offerings showcasing the future of the company as a creator of sporty and aggressive electric sports cars. We first saw how that looked with the debut of the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and a year later, the Crewe-based, British automaker returned to Geneva to bring the coupe’s convertible counterpart, the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept.
Part electric car, part luxury car, and part sports car, the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept can probably be best described as the love child of all these segments, created and developed to showcase part of Bentley’s future in the event it decides to go down this road. The company has said that it plans to do just that and is convinced that an all-electric sports car like the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept can be built without comprising the company’s long-standing tradition of class and luxury. Sounds like the company’s reaching, but remember, we’ve been down this road before.
After all, this is the same company that people scoffed at when it said that it wanted to build an SUV and yet, here we are in 2017, and the Bentayga is making a pretty good case for itself as one of the best luxury SUVs on the market today. That’s not to say that Bentley is going to follow a similar blueprint with the development of the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept, but the bigger point here is that Bentley has successfully gotten out of its comfort zone, so there’s no reason for it not to dive into more unchartered waters.
Whether it’s the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept or the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept, the days of brushing off Bentley’s ability to spread its wings are long gone. At this point, if it says that it’s committed to building an electric car and it has a concept car that it can use to base a future electric car from, taking the company’s word for it would be a far better option than dismissing it again entirely. We don’t know what the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept is going to amount to, but the fact that it made its debut in Geneva earlier this month speaks to the possibilities of seeing it in production form down the road.
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2017 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Black Edition
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
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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2019 Bentley Mulsanne Convertible
Launched in 2010, the current Bentley Mulsanne replaced the dated Arnage in the company’s lineup and revived a nameplate the brand previously used between 1980 and 1992. At 5,575 mm (219.5 inches) in length, the Mulsanne is currently Bentley’s largest sedan, sitting above the Flying Spur. The most interesting fact about the Mulsanne is that it received a styling language of its own, being the only Bentley that’s not based on the Continental. Updated in 2013, the full-size sedan spawned several special edition models, as well as a performance-oriented Speed model.
Scheduled to remain on sale for at least three more years, the Mulsanne could soon receive a two-door convertible version. Such a model has been in the rumor mill since 2012 and gained more traction in 2014 when the Brits showcased the Grand Convertible concept. The much-anticipated production model was canceled in 2015 when Wolfgang Durheimer was replaced by Wolfgang Schreiber as Bentley CEO, but now that the former has return to the helm of the brand, the Mulsanne cabriolet is back on the drawing board.
Bentley has yet to make an official statement about it, but Durheimer recently told CarAndDriver that the Grand Convertible concept could be turned into a production car in Mulliner’s workshop. The luxury drop-top would be built in a limited batch and sold with a huge sticker compared to the sedan. Should that happen, Bentley will offer its first full-size convertible since the 2009, when the Arnage-based Azure was discontinued.
There’s no specific timetable for the Mulsanne convertible, but this gives us just enough time to take guesses upon what it may bring to the table. We also created a rendering to go with our speculative review below. Check it out and stay tuned for updates.
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2016 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible Art Car By Sir Peter Blake
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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Bentley’s surprise unveiling of the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept in Geneva was cool, but it made me think immediately of that car’s namesake. The first Bentley to carry the Speed Six name was one of the vehicles that helped to lay the groundwork for Bentley as we know it today.
The winged “B” badge graces a range of bespoke, handbuilt hyper-luxury sport coupes and sedans today, but Bentley made its name back in the day with some serious balls-of-steel sports cars. The Speed Six raced a freakin’ train, a crazy 570-mile race to settle a wager, and this was back when trains were the fastest way to get around Europe. When it comes to hard-core, Bentley is one of the original gangsters of the sports-car set — right down to the controversy about whether the car everyone claims was involved is really the one that did it. I’m not sure they even give out this kind of street cred any more.
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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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Ever since the Arnage was replaced by the Mulsanne in 2009, Bentley ceased to offer a full-size convertible to go against the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. The Azure, the two-door, convertible version of the Arnage was the last Bentley directly aimed at the Drophead Coupe, with that mission being somewhat transferred to the Continental Convertible, a smaller, yet more powerful vehicle. Rumors about a Mulsanne Convertible have been floating around since 2011, but we have yet to see more than a couple of sketches. This just changed at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, where Bentley introduced the Grand Convertible, a full-size, drop-top concept car based on the Mulsanne.
Although Bentley had nothing to say about possible plans to put the Grand Convertible in production, the concept looks ready to hit the assembly line and we have reason to believe the Brits are finally rolling out a replacement for the Azure. We’ll be on the lookout to find out more about what Bentley intends to do with it, but in the meantime let’s have a closer look at the Grand Convertible or the company’s first full-size cabriolet in five years.
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Bentley’s CEO, Wolfgang Duerheimer, has made it clear a convertible version of the 2014 Bentley Mulsanne will happen. In fact, he says we can expect to see a production-ready version at an auto show in late 2016, perhaps even at the LA Auto Sow. “Wait for the next motor shows to come and what we have to announce, but I can tell you that we are taking close care about the Mulsanne," Duerheimer told Automobile Magazine. "Mulsanne will get further derivatives, and we are going to enlarge this beautiful flagship model line.”
That news means more after understand the back story. Duerheimer served as the Chairman and CEO of Bentley between 2010 and 2012. At that point. Another Wolfgang took over – Wolfgang Schreiber. Upon Schreiber’s arival, he killed off Duerheimer’s plans to create a drop-top version of the Mulsanne, saying it merely had “just a regional demand” and lacked a strong business case.
Well the tables turned and Schreiber’s position at Bentley was handed back to Duerheimer in 2012. Returning to his former position, Duerheimer told Automotive News, “When I returned, I was a bit irritated by the fat that no work had been done on this project in two years.”
Since that time in 2012, Duerheimer and his team at Bentley have been working to develop the high-end convertible. It’s even confirmed that Bentley dealers are already taking orders for the car.
If all holds true, the Mulsanne Grand Convertible should hit showrooms in mid to late 2017.
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When Bentley introduced the Mulsanne Vision Concept at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it did so believing that the car would garner significant attention that would inevitably lead to the company green-lighting a production version sooner than later.
Well, it appears that even the best laid plans sometimes go up in smoke after Bentley CEO, Wolfgang Schreiber, officially confirmed that the a production Mulsanne convertible isn’t in the cards anymore.
Speaking to Car & Driver, Schreiber stated that Bentley will not do the Mulsanne Convertible anymore because the demand for the car isn’t strong enough to justify the time and resources the company would have to put into it. "The demand for a Mulsanne convertible is just regional," Schreiber explained before saying that only a handful of markets like the U.S. would welcome a convertible model of the company’s flagship luxury sedan.
It’s also worth pointing out that the sedan version of the Mulsanne didn’t exactly burn the sales charts when it went on sale — last year’s 1,169 units sold barely crossed the 1,200 mark — so the decision to ax the convertible model isn’t exactly surprising, especially in light of the company’s renewed attempts at building a new crossover.
Make no mistake, the British marquee still has plans of expanding its lineup in the near future. It’s just that the Mulsanne Convertible won’t be a part of it anymore.
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The neighborhood of Beverly Hills in Los Angeles doesn’t lack in its share of fancy sports cars, luxury cars and supercars. On just about every corner you’ll find one of these vehicles, just like luxury automakers that have dealerships scattered all over the surrounding areas.
One of them is Bentley Beverly Hills, and recently they came out with a limited edition Continental GTC that’s fixing to have an owner whisk it away. The car has been distinctively painted with custom Tiffany Celeste Pearlescent paint that we haven’t seen on a Bentley before. Needless to say, the finish looks downright stunning.
Adding to the visual visage of the limited-edition Continental GTS with a choice of either liquid-silver or matte-black-finished 22-inch CEC C881 wheels wrapped in a set of Continental Extreme Contact ultra-high performance all-season tires.
No performance upgrades were given to this limited-edition Continental GTC, so expect to see the same 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces 500 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque. The engine is definitely one that should give the looks of the limited edition Continental GTC a suitable technical partner.
After Bentley unveiled the Continental GT Speed at the 2012 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it promised to debut the convertible version at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. While the show is still a few days away, Bentley decided to offer us the first details on the new drop-top. In fact, this is not such a big surprise, considering the first official images leaked on the Internet right before Christmas.
The GT Speed Convertible will be offered with the same technology as its coupe sibling and will be able to hit a top speed of 202 mph — 3 mph less than the coupe version – which is good enough to make it the fastest the fastest four-seat convertible in the world.
Next to being very fast, Bentley has also promised that the new GT Speed Convertible can be driven in any weather conditions, ranging from -30°C to +50°C or more. This impressive performance can be achieved thanks to the car’s four-layer hood and the neck warmer.
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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).
The Bentley Mulsanne Vision is little more than a concept sketch to all of us so far, but that doesn’t stop us from using our imagination in creating it. We passed the sketch off to our talented rendering artist and he came back with a full scale image of what we think the Mulsanne Vision will look like.
Much like the current Mulsanne, the Vision model will boast the signature circular headlights and marker lights up front. It will also boast the same pronounced hood as the base sedan model that it’s derived from. One large difference on the front end of our rendered Vision and the current Mulsanne is that the lower grille in the Vision is open instead of grated.
As you continue down the front of the car, the Vision Mulsanne shows the same signature styling of the current Mulsanne sedan. The differences really come once you hit the doors. The Mulsanne Vision is, of course, a convertible model and features just a pair of doors, as opposed to the Mulsanne’s typical four doors and hard top. Short of those differences, the doors boast almost identical styling.
Once you reach the rear quarter panel, you catch a few more refinements given to the Mulsanne Vision to make it more muscular looking than its 4-door version. The body line that goes over the wheel arch on the sedan version shows elegance, whereas the Vision model shows some added aggression, as the body line starts lower on the quarter panel and swoops upward before sweeping toward the rear of the car, toward the ground, then back toward the rear of the wheel arch.
We are still unsure what’s under the hood of this massive drop-top, but we all assume that it will carry a 12-cylinder engine, as Bentley is reportedly killing off its 6.75-liter turbocharged V-8 engine.
We’ll keep you updated on the 2013 Mulsanne Vision and get you some official images and information as soon as possible, so stay tuned!
British luxury car maker, Bentley, knows how to make waves in the auto industry. Three years ago at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, they unveiled their new flagship sedan, the Mulsanne.
On the same event three years later, Bentley followed it up with the Mulsanne Vision Concept, a convertible version of the Mulsanne and the likely successor of the Azure as their top-dollar convertible model.
While the company didn’t release official photos of the Mulsanne Vision Concept, they did drop a number of sketch photos of the convertible concept, all while touting it as the potential future of the marque’s flagship family.
"The modern, luxurious, high-tech Mulsanne saloon provides a perfect foundation on which to create the world’s most elegant convertible," said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive. "The Convertible Concept will extend the appeal of the Mulsanne family, while enhancing the profile of the Bentley brand, particularly in new and emerging markets."
The Mulsanne Vision Concept exudes the elegant and graceful form of a coach-built marque car, complete with sculpted lines and muscular haunches that convey a sense of power and movement to the luxury car. The interior of the concept was also described as having a spacious yet intimate cabin design that’s inspired by luxurious, high-performance power boats.
Noted for its unrivaled combination of chic, contemporary design, and the painstaking attention to detail and luxury refinement that Bentley is known for, the Mulsanne Convertible Concept is yet another proof that when it comes to high-end luxury, only a few can lay claim to Bentley’s position as one of the best in the business.
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.