Bentley

Thanks to multiple wins at Le Mans and a rather consistent race history, some think of Bentley as a strong arm of performance, but Bentley doesn't offer pure speed machines like it once did. Some of its models perform admirably well, but the company's road-going cars are more in tune with opulence and luxuriousness than they are going fast and performing around the track. Bentley has been under the ownership of the Volkswagen Group (VAG) since 1998 and has continued to see a positive increase In sales performance from its sedans and coupes. More recently, Bentley introduced its first SUV, the Bentayga, and it too has received a lot of positive attention. In terms of price and luxuriousness, Bentley sits near the top of the food chain, competing primarily against Rolls-Royce.

The Bentley Centenary Book Costs More Than $200,000

The Bentley Centenary Book Costs More Than $200,000

It also tips the scales at 66 pounds, so you’ll need a sturdy coffee table

History is a quintessential component in a brand’s dynamics. It is what defines that brand’s rise and fall, and to some extent, history also dictates a company’s future. Few car brands outrank Bentley when it comes to legacy, so the idea of a luxury book that tells the history of Bentley is by no means far-fetched.

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Flying Spur Teaser: Taking Leather to All-New Dimensions

Flying Spur Teaser: Taking Leather to All-New Dimensions

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.

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Only in Russia: A Bentley Continental on Tank Tracks

Only in Russia: A Bentley Continental on Tank Tracks

Our comrades in Russia have done it yet again

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.

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Bentley Just Teased the New Flying Spur and We're Beyond Intrigued

Bentley Just Teased the New Flying Spur and We’re Beyond Intrigued

The exquisite Flying B will sit on the most manly looking Flying Spur to date

Two years on from the unveiling of the third-generation Continental GT, Bentley is doing the groundwork before presenting to the world its majestically brutal Continental GT with two bonus doors, otherwise known as the Flying Spur. So far, the British manufacturer has only released a vague teaser image showing the car’s silhouette, and now we’re seeing its retractable hood ornament in detail. Will the Rolls-Royce Ghost be schooled by the new Bentley?

Bentley and Rolls-Royce used to be two birds of a feather merely a couple of decades ago but, since they ended up under different ownership in the early ’00s, Britain’s two top luxury brands have arguably taken two different routes. Bentley, soaking in all of its sporting credentials and a rich motorsport heritage, specialized in brisk sedans and sumptuous grand tourers while Rolls-Royce decided to stay true to its own heritage and kept putting out full-size sedans that abounded in lavish materials and state-of-the-art equipment while more recently tapping into the niche of limited-edition models. The two brands are, as such, quite different in their image now but the upcoming Flying Spur will still have to worry about whatever Rolls-Royce is doing with the Ghost because, as you know, a new Ghost is on the way as well.

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2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid

2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid

It’s the company’s first hybrid vehicle!

The 2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid is the electrified version of the company’s first SUV. It’s also Bentley’s first hybrid ever, as well as the world’s first luxury SUV with an electric motor. The Bentayga Hybrid joins the original 2017 Bentayga with the W-12 engine that Bentley unveiled in 2015, as well as the V-8 and diesel variants that the British firm launched since 2017.

The Bentayga Hybrid is virtually identical to the regular SUV inside and out. The exterior features an additional "fuel" cap for the plug-in socket, while the interior includes new tech and a revised infotainment system for hybrid duty. Things are notably different under the skin though, where the familiar W-12 and V-8 engines were replaced with a V-6 and an electric motor. The layout is similar to that in the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid. Let’s find out more about this electrified SUV in the review below.

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2019 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid

2019 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid

Bentley second hybrid takes the ultra-luxury market all for itself

The Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid is an upcoming plug-in hybrid version of the company’s full-size sedan. The four-door follows in the footsteps of the Bentayga Hybrid, Bentley’s first-ever electrified model, which was unveiled in 2018. The Flying Spur Hybrid is part of the third-generation model lineup that should debut by the end of 2019.

Spotted testing with a Porsche Panamera body in 2017, the Flying Spur began making appearances in its camouflaged production shell in 2018. Come 2019, and the sedan is slowly losing camo, but Bentley is also testing new versions. Our paparazzi caught a batch of Flying Spurs testing on public roads in April 2019, including a plug-in hybrid version. Let’s find out what we already know about it in the speculative review below.

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2019 Bentley Bentayga V8 Design Series

2019 Bentley Bentayga V8 Design Series

It combines exclusive Mulliner features with extra standard equipment

The Bentley Bentayga V8 Design Series is a special-edition version of the luxury SUV. As an appearance package, Design Series combined new features designed by the Mulliner division with a range of existing options. Bentley says it’s "a contemporary styled and visually dynamic version of the world’s most luxurious SUV," although the Design Series isn’t a major departure from the standard Bentayga.

Although the British SUV is available with two gasoline engine, a diesel, and a hybrid, the Design Series is restricted to just one drivetrain. As the name suggests, it only comes with the 4.0-liter V-8, which is the entry-level model in terms of pricing. There’s no word as to how many will be built, but it probably won’t be around for too long.

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The Bentley Continental GT V8 Coupe and Convertible are Surprisingly Quick and Efficient

The Bentley Continental GT V8 Coupe and Convertible are Surprisingly Quick and Efficient

Can An Extraordinary V-8 In The 2020 Bentley Continental GT Make It a Better Car Compared With the W-12 Powered Model?

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.

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2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed

2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed

The world’s fastest production SUV (sort of)

The Bentley Bentayga Speed is the range-topping version of the company’s first-ever SUV. Launched in early 2019, it joins the standard gas model, the diesel, and the hybrid versions of the British hauler. The Speed badge is borrowed from the Continental GT, which Bentley introduced for the first time back in 2008. Just like the Continental GT Speed, the Bentayga Speed is a slightly beefed-up version of the regular model. It’s also equipped with unique features, while some of the Bentayga’s usual options are offered as standard. However, the Speed is only marginally more powerful than the Bentayga, which prevents Bentley from having a full-fledged competitor for the Lamborghini Urus. Still, it’s the company’s most powerful SUV yet, and it’s also one of only two production SUVs that can hit 190 mph.

Update 3/12/2019:We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Bentley Bentayga Speed that we took during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of the page!

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Bentley Launches The 2019 Bentayga Speed At Geneva and It's Faster Than The Urus

Bentley Launches The 2019 Bentayga Speed At Geneva and It’s Faster Than The Urus

Bentley decided it would be a good idea to take over the crown as the maker of the fastest SUV in the world in the year of its centenary

Bentley’s first SUV just became more powerful and faster although you won’t notice it that quickly when you look at the exterior of the new Bentayga Speed. Underneath the pretty bronze exterior, there’s a 626 horsepower 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, W-12 behemoth that helps the not-so-pretty beast reach 190 mph and a bit. That bit is one 1 km/h more than the Urus and this allows Bentley to take home all the bragging rights for now.

We are well accustomed to automakers goosing it out over who makes the fastest supercar but we’re now seeing this trend awkwardly trickle down to big SUVs. Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo was, arguably, the first modern SUV that packed a decent punch but many have followed in its wake with Lamborghini dropping the first Super-SUV ever (as they call it) with the Urus. Let’s see if Lamborghini responds with a peppered-up Urus or not, considering both companies are under the VAG umbrella.

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2019 Bentley Continental GT Number 9 Edition by Mulliner

2019 Bentley Continental GT Number 9 Edition by Mulliner

Bentley and Mulliner pay tribute to 100 years of British automotive excellence

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.

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The 2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed Comes To Conquer The Title Of World's Fastest SUV

The 2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed Comes To Conquer The Title Of World’s Fastest SUV

It’s not as powerful as the Lamborghini Urus though

It’s been more than three years since Bentley introduced the Bentayga, its first-ever SUV, and the highly anticipated Speed model is here to boost the nameplate’s performance pedigree even further. The first Bentley SUV to carry the badge taken from the Continental, the Bentayga Speed is the quickest, fastest, and more capable British hauler yet.

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What is the Least Expensive Bentley?

As the producer of excessively luxurious vehicles, Bentley has a lineup of just four models, the cheapest of which is the Bentley Bentayga with a starting price of $165,000. The cheapest car in Bentley’s lineup is the Flying Spur which sports a sticker price of $189,000. Keep in mind, however, that Bentley sells few models at this price as the options lists are typically huge, and end pricing can skyrocket if you start checking option boxes like crazy.

What is the Sportiest Bentley?

The Bentley Continental is the sportiest model in the lineup thanks to styling that is almost like a blend of DNA that includes BMW and Mercedes along with traditional Bentley Styling Cues. In 2019, during the Pikes Pike Hillclimb, the Continental GT became the fastest production car to climb to the top of the hill with a time of 10:18.488 over the 12.42-mile course. It beat out the current record holder, a Porsche 911 Turbo S by more than eight seconds. The Bentley Continental sits in the middle of the lineup with a starting price of $218,400.

What is the Most Popular Bentley?

It’s hard to say what Bentley’s most popular model really is, but with the introduction of the new Bentayga, it is probably the thrown holder thanks to the mass interest in SUVs. It starts out at $165,000 but can easily be configured to more than $200,000.

What is the Most Expensive Bentley?

The most expensive Bentley is Mulsanne, a replacement for the Arnage and the Azure that hit the market back in 2010. Despite its age, it’s nearly $100,000 more expensive than the Continental GT with a starting price of $304,670.

What is the Fastest Bentley?

While the Bentley Continental GT is the fastest Bentley in production and can hit 60 mph in 3.6 seconds on the way to a top speed of 207 mph. However, the Flying Spur, which is a less-sporty, four-door version of the Continental, has the same power output and can hit the same 207-mph top speed. The only difference in performance is that the Flying Spur’s torque doesn’t kick in until later in the powerband and that, paired with the extra weight, makes it 0.1-seconds slower to 60 mph.

Bentley Lineup Performance Comparison

Bentley Bentayga W-12 Bentley Continental GT  Bentley Flying Spur Benley Mulsanne
Engine 6.0-liter W-12 6.0-Liter W-12 6.0-liter W-12 6.75-liter V-8
Horsepower 600 @ 5,250 rpm 626 @6,000 rpm 626 @ 6,000 rpm 506 @ 4,200 rpm
Torque 664 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm 664 lb-ft @ 1,350 rpm 664 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm 752 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm
0-60 mph 4.0 Seconds 3.6 Seconds 3.7 seconds 5.1 seconds
Top Speed 187 mph 207 mph 207 mph 184 mph

Are Bentleys Reliable?

Bentley doesn’t sell huge amounts of cars, so there’s no real reliability ranking out there. However, a survey ran in 2015 suggested that cars produced by Bentley are actually the least reliable, and Porsche doesn’t come off much better. According to the source, Bentleys often have an average repair price of around $678 with the highest cost to repair (in that survey) being $8,406. The automaker was ranked at the bottom of the list while Japanese and American automakers found themselves toward the top. So, despite the high price tag of all models in the lineup, you may want to plan for high repair costs down the road.