Can the Bentley Continental GT V8 beat the McLaren GT in the quarter mile?
Drag races these days can involve cars that sport different personalities and purposes. These days, you can expect a BMW 7 Series to do battle against the humble Dacia Logan MCV just to see how they fare in the quarter-mile run, or you can have your family EV going against all-out supercars... and win by a landslide.
But do you know what? Not many people drag race luxury cars. We, for one, would like to see how the S-Class compares to the Audi A8 in a straight line, or let’s say, how the Bentley Continental GT stacks up against the McLaren GT. Wait, what? It’s been done?
Bentley EXP 100 GT Quirks and Features
Celebrating 100th anniversary from the birth of the company, Bentley revealed an astonishing EXP 100 GT. A massive grand tourer with Lamborghini-like scissor doors pack the electric drivetrain, yet unseen technology, incredible luxury features, and the most astounding creature comforts we have seen in a car. Ever!
The Bentley EXP 100 GT represents the ultra-posh Grand Tourer conceived for the year 2035. I feel that Bentley crafted it as an answer to the Rolls-Royce Vision 100 Concept. So, before you discard it as one more thing that will never happen, I have to tell you that it can drive by itself, it can mimic the surroundings by managing ambient inside the cabin, and it is fast!
I present to you the most incredible facts and features about the new Bentley EXP 100 GT.
Bentley previews its future with the EXP 100 GT Concept
This is perhaps the best birthday celebration we have seen in recent times. The general trend on any birthday is to go back in time and celebrate the most iconic moments from history. But instead, Bentley decided to give us peek into its future on its 100th birthday. What is it, you ask? It’s what the company’s future looks like and where it sees itself in the next 15 years. Bentley unveiled the EXP 100 GT concept in Crewe, England, to commemorate the milestone. If this is what the future looks like, we are in safe hands.
Sit Aboard the Bentley Continental GT as it Makes a Devastating Run Up Pikes Peak
The Bentley Continental GT came, saw, and conquered. That was the outright narrative last week at the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb after the Continental GT destroyed the hill climb record for a production car with a ridiculous time of 10:18:448. The Continental GT ran roughshod over the 12.41-mile (19.98-kilometer) course with Rhys Millen behind the wheel. With the “King of the Mountain” taking charge, the Continental GT destroyed the previous record by a whopping 8.4 seconds. That previous record was held by David Donner, who piloted a Porsche 911 Turbo S up the mountain in 2015, finishing with a time of 10:26.8. If you need any more proof of Millen’s record-setting time going up Pikes Peak, Bentley has released the full onboard video of the Continental GT’s lap. There were a few hair-raising moments in the video, but, then again, it was Millen driving the Continental GT. No big deal for that man.
Bentley Will Honor Its 100th Birthday With the Futuristic EXP 100 GT
Bentley’s 100th anniversary comes to a head on July 10, the day the automaker marked as its official birthday. While we can count on songs to be sung and cakes to be blown, Bentley’s also using its birthday to preview its future, specifically the automaker’s vision for the next 100 years. That vision is called EXP 100 GT. Ok, so it isn’t a presentation or a blueprint of what we can expect from Bentley in the next century. It’s a concept vehicle that is, according to the automaker, a “showcase of sustainability and innovation, engineered to create a greater awareness of the world outside.”
Vague as that description is, it does point to the likelihood that the EXP 100 GT will be presented as a futuristic electric car that exudes Bentley’s flair for the opulent and meticulous attention to detail. Beyond that, the Bentley EXP 100 GT remains a mystery, as it should considering its importance in shaping Bentley’s next 100 years as one of the world’s premier luxury automakers. The Bentley EXP 100 GT debuts on July 10 in the U.K. at 4 P.M. British Standard Time. That’s about 11 A.M. EST in our area of the world.
The Bentley Continental GT Just Kicked The Porsche 911 Turbo’s Ass Up Pikes Peak
The 2019 Bentley Continental GT just became the quickest production car on the iconic Pikes Peak course. A stock version of the British grand tourer completed the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, with three-time champion Rhys Millen at the wheel, in 10:18.488 minutes. That’s a whopping eight seconds quicker than the previous record that was set by a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S.
2019 Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak #100
The Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak #100 is a race car based on the production grand tourer. The Brits developed this vehicle specifically for the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Bentley aims to break the record for production cars, currently set at 10:26.9 minutes.
The Pikes Peak-spec Continental GT follows in the footsteps of the Bentayga, which set a record for production SUVs at the 2018 race. The Bentayga "climbed" the mountain in 10:49.9 minutes, shaving nearly two minutes of the previous record with an average speed of 66.5 mph. The race-spec Continental GT will be driven by Rhys Millen, a Pikes Peak veteran and a former winner of the "Race to the Clouds."
We still have no idea of when the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur is going to make its debut but, now that Bentley has teaser the side profile, retractable emblem, and now the interior, we’re pretty sure it’s coming sooner than later. The most recent teaser, which you can see below, showcases a very small part of the interior. Well, to be more specific, it showcases a piece of the interior door trim that Bentley is, apparently, very proud of.
Outside of the contrast stitching, polished metal, wood trim, and piano black elements, the real takeaway here is the diamond pattern leather that Bentley is boasting as “new material.” In reality, it’s really nothing more than shaped leather and just about any automaker could create it if they really wanted to, but I suppose we should give credit to Bentley’s “team of exceptional craftsmen and women,” right? Of course, I’m probably being a little harsh here – after all, Bentley has to keep coming up with new things to keep the Ultra Luxury thing working for it – there’s only so many materials on the face of the earth that actually qualify for use in a car like the Flying Spur.
That said, give the video below a watch to check it out for yourself. The leather’s pattern really is pretty damn cool, and we’re pretty sure that the Flying Spur’s cabin will turn out to be a very nice place to hang out for short or long periods of time.
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.
The Bentley Continental GT V8 Coupe and Convertible are Surprisingly Quick and Efficient
The Bentley Continental GT is perhaps the most recognizable car coming from Crewe, England. Finally available with a V-8 in its newest form, the 2020 Bentle Continental GT V8 is capable of reaching 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, a top speed of 198 mph, and cruise for more than 500 miles on one tank of fuel. The performance isn’t far off of what the Bentley Continental GT W12 can do, but the range is considerably higher. Available in a coupe guise as a GT V8 and convertible layout as a GTC V8, the prices for the Continental with a V-8 engine come in at $203,825, and $223,675, respectively.
2019 Bentley Continental GT Number 9 Edition by Mulliner
Bentley is celebrating its 100th anniversary at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, and it’s doing it in style with a special edition model called the Continental GT Number 9 Edition by Mulliner. Limited to just 100 units — one for each year of Bentley’s existence — the Continental GT Number 9 Edition is a fitting ode to the automaker’s centenary. More than that, the special edition Continental GT also pays tribute to arguably one of the most famous race cars in history, the legendary — and supercharged — Bentley Blower that Sir Henry Ralph Stanley “Tim” Birkin drove at the 1930 Le Mans 24 Hours. No timetable has been set on when the special edition Continental GT Number 9 Edition goes on sale. Rest assured, though, all 100 units should fly off the shelves faster than it takes the Continental to go from 0 to 60 mph.
Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations
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.