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Caving Under Pressure: The Detroit Auto Show May, In Fact, Move to October

Caving Under Pressure: The Detroit Auto Show May, In Fact, Move to October

Because weather, CES, and automaker influence

The Detroit Auto Show is on the cusp of a long-overdue decision that will effectively move the show out of the winter doldrums of January into a later month with a far more inviting climate. Nothing is official yet, but there’s growing momentum that America’s most esteemed auto show will be moved from January to October beginning in 2020. A decision is expected to be made in the coming weeks as the Detroit Auto Dealers Association is scheduled to vote on uprooting the show from its winter roots and moving it to the fall.

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2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible

2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible

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.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible.

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2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible Pictures Leak

2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible Pictures Leak

For those who want to soak up the sunshine in the fastest offering by Bentley, here are some pictures for you to drool at.

Apart from the eye-sore of a paint-job, the Bentley GTC Speed retains the aggressive stance of the GT Speed sans the roof. While it’s fun to drive with open-top freedom, it does add some extra weight and hampers the stability of the vehicle, though none of these problems are of concern if you’re intent on torturing it at a track.

Staying true to the "Speed" suffix, the convertible is powered by the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine pulled straight out of its hard-top twin, it develops 625-horsepower and 800 Nm of torque, which is quite a lot for a GT luxury cruiser. With an expected time of 4.2 seconds to hit 60mph from standstill and a top speed of 200mph, this makes it the fastest convertible offering since the Bentley Continental Supersports ISR Convertible.

It’s expected to be unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show with a price slightly more than the $220,725 of its hard-top variant. But, being a Bentley, customers wouldn’t fret paying the extra premium for open-top freedom.

Images Courtesy: upcomingvehiclesx’s Flickr page

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2013 Bentley Continental GTC V8

2013 Bentley Continental GTC V8

Bentley put a hold on developing any new models in order to work on a new 4.0 liter, twin turbocharged V8 engine that we already expected to see in the Continental GT V8 at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Details for the Coupe model were already revealed to that effect, but now that the auto show has opened its doors, the new Continental GTC V8 was there, welcoming the auto industry with open arms with its new engine and a total of 500 HP and 487 lb ft of torque. In Europe, the GTC V8 is priced at €149,600 - or about $191,000 at the current exchange rates. Prices for the North American market will be announced at a later date.

"With the new 4.0 liter V8 engine we are widening the appeal of the latest generation of Continentals, introducing a completely new driving experience. The new engine will have all the exhilarating power, drama and performance you would expect from a V8 engine sporting the famous Bentley wings, effortlessly delivered with our characteristic ‘wave of torque’. This is complemented by innovative powertrain technology that delivers exceptional fuel efficiency and emissions," said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive, Bentley Motors.

UPDATE 02/20/12: Bentley has released a new crop of images for the Continental GTC V8, all of which you can check out in the gallery below!

UPDATE 03/19/12: Bentley has unveiled a very cool promo video for their latest Continental GTC V8. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to read more about the new Bentley Continental GTC V8.

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2013 Bentley Continental GT V8

2013 Bentley Continental GT V8

After releasing a video showing off the sound of Bentley’s new V8 engine, the company has officially announced details on the new Continental GT V8 before its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 9, 2012. The new 4.0 liter, twin turbocharged V8 engine will be offered for both the CT coupe and GTC convertible models and will go on sale in the summer of 2012.

The new V8 engine delivers 500 HP at 6000 rpm and 487 lb-ft of torque available between 1700 to 5000 rpm. The models equipped with this new engine will be offered with a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, while top speed will go up to 180 mph. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions have been improved significantly, but official figures will be released in early 2012. Bentley has promised that when equipped with the new V8 engine, the Continental models will be capable of traveling over 500 miles (800km) on a single tank of fuel.

"With the new 4.0 liter V8 engine we are widening the appeal of the latest generation of Continentals, introducing a completely new driving experience. The new engine will have all the exhilarating power, drama and performance you would expect from a V8 engine sporting the famous Bentley wings, effortlessly delivered with our characteristic ‘wave of torque’. This is complemented by innovative powertrain technology that delivers exceptional fuel efficiency and emissions," said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive, Bentley Motors.

UPDATE 02/22/2012: Bentley has unveiled a series of new images of the Continental GT V8. Enjoy!

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Bentley Debuts the Mulsanne and Series 51 Continental GTC in Detroit

Bentley Debuts the Mulsanne and Series 51 Continental GTC in Detroit



The British coach builder Bentley Motors had a few surprises in store for the crowd at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit when they presented the all new Bentley Mulsanne and ’Series 51’ designer edition Continental GTC convertible. The first new car show of the season marks the North American car show debut for the flagship Mulsanne, claimed to be the pinnacle of luxury, the all new Bentley made a resounding world debut at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours, drawing the attention from the throngs of spectators who were in attendance to witness the unveiling of the luxury limousine that has been named after the infamous 250 MPH back straight at Le Mans, which will be arriving in showrooms in the fall.

Meanwhile the special edition Series 51 that was previewed in Frankfurt is still wowing audiences on this side of the pond with its virtually bespoke vehicle experience due to the infinite configuration combination that are available through Bentley’s extensive color and trim catalog that promises to make owners feel unique. Form the looks of things both new cars are sure to be hit here in the U.S.

Video after the jump.

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2009 Bentley Continental GTC Speed

2009 Bentley Continental GTC Speed

Bentley has updated the Continental GTC to go with the subtle changes given to the fixed-roof Continental GT, and as an added bonus, Bentley has made the more powerful engine available to make a "Speed" version of the convertible. Just like the rest of the Continental family, the GTC is powered by a 6.0-liter W12 engine that delivers 552 hp, while the Speed version gets a twin-turbocharged W12 that develops 600bhp.

With the wind in your hair, the GTC Speed can reach 195 mph, but keep the roof up and the performance gets better. With the cloth top in place, the GTC Speed goes from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, 0-100 mph in 10.6 seconds, and the top speed increases by 5 mph.

The six-speed transmission can be left in two fully automatic modes (Drive and Sport) or used as a clutchless manual where the driver can change gears sequentially, via either the automatic shifter or paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.

The changes to the appearance are only minor, including a new front bumper and steering wheel. Pricing should start at about $197,500, which is only about $3,500 more than the previous model year.

Press release after the jump.

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