Bentley’s Restaurant Atop The Tallest Mountain in the UAE Stayed Open For Seven Days
Bentley’s taste for luxury and opulence was on full display when it celebrated the Middle Eastern launch of the new Continental GT. Instead of going the traditional auto show route, the British automaker chose to celebrate the Continental GT’s launch in the market by opening a fine-dining restoring atop Jebel Jais, the tallest mountain in the United Arab Emirates, at an altitude of almost 6,400 feet above sea level. World-renowned chef Colin Clague was also brought in to help create the restaurant’s menu. Plague combined traditional British and Middle Eastern cuisines in creating a five-course meal that was served to the restaurant’s guests. About the only downside to the restaurant was that it closed down after only seven days of operation.
Bentley and the RCA Team Up to Sketch the Future of Elegant Motoring
Bentley, one of the world’s most sophisticated and luxurious marques, has collaborated with second-year design students from the Royal College of Arts (RCA) to envision its future. The students were asked, "What will British luxury mean in 2050?" Out of the 24 responses, four were selected by the lecturers at the college and the Bentley Design Team.
A Bentley Continental GT Hybrid was Spotted Mixing The Best Of Both Worlds
The electrification process has taken over the world by storm. From smallest of hatches, to the marques, every automaker is electrifying its range. Bentley has been vocal about its electrification ambitions, and plans to offer a hybrid version on all its models. Recently, the Bentley Continental GT was spotted in its Hybrid avatar. Even though it looks just like the regular Continental GT, the additional charging port in the rear left fender was the giveaway.
2019 Bentley Continental GT Speed
The Bentley Continental GT Speed is a higher performance version of the British grand tourer. Sportier looking and more powerful, it slots between the standard model and the range-topping Supersports. The new-generation GT Speed, based on the latest Conti GT, is scheduled to arrive in 2019 for the 2020 model year.
Launched in 2017, the third-generation Bentley Continental GT is already in dealerships, but the British luxury company has yet to offer all the usual variations, like a base V-8 model and higher-performance models of the W-12-powered coupe. But it seems the wait is nearly over, as the GT Speed was spotted testing on public roads recently. Just like its predecessor, the GT Speed will arrive with slightly sportier looks, a few extras inside the cabin, and a more powerful version of the company’s 6.0-liter W-12 engine.
Don’t Hold Out for a Two-Seater Sports Coupe from Bentley - It’s Not Going to Happen
Bentley’s new boss, Adrian Hallmark, has big plans for the brand, but a two-seater sports car isn’t one of them. Hallmark made that clear in a conversation with Autocar, saying that the sports car segment is volatile enough as it is and that Bentley isn’t interested in the unpredictability that it comes with. If that’s the tune Bentley’s new CEO is singing, then we might as well say goodbye to our dreams of one day seeing a production version of the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept.
Don’t Like Ferrari’s $30,000 Book? Why Not Go For Bentley’s 66-Pound Book
A few days ago, we caught wind of Ferrari’s$30,000 book and engine sculpture offering. If for nothing else, the book was a flex in audacity on the part of the Italian automaker. But as it turns out, Ferrari isn’t the only automaker that’s floating an opus of its own. British automaker Bentley is in on the fun, as well. Its book, called the Bentley Centenary Opus, is a celebration of the company’s 100th anniversary, and while it doesn’t have a price tag yet, it does have its own attention-grabbing quality: it weighs 30 kilos, which converts to around 66 pounds.
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2018 Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner
Bentley is turning 100 years old in 2019, and a year ahead of its centenary, the British automaker is getting the party started with the release of a new special edition Mulsanne that pays tribute to its founder, W.O. Bentley. Limited to just 100 units, the Mulsanne W.O. Edition gets plenty of exclusive features, all of which have been added by Bentley’s resident personalization savant, Mulliner.
Bentley Bentayga smashes SUV record at Pikes Peak
Just a few weeks after the Bentley announced that it was working on a Bentayga Speed, the Bentayga is in the news again; this time for smashing the record for a production SUV at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Bentley has been on fire lately with the Bentayga, and it looks like the Bentayga is starting to show who the real monster is!
Bentley’s Drinking the SUV Kool-Aid as Plans For a Coupe-SUV Gains Ground
The success of the Bentayga SUV has empowered Bentley to add a new member to its SUV lineup. The new model is tentatively called “Bentayga Sport,” and rumors have surfaced that it’s going to take the form of a coupe-SUV to complement the more traditional SUV-looking Bentyaga. If the British automaker’s plans go as scheduled, the Bentayga Sport could be break cover as early as 2019.
There’s a Bentley Bentayga Speed on the Way with "Big" Design Changes
Every premium automaker has a luxury SUV in its line-up today. There’s the Rolls Royce Cullinan, the Lamborghini Urus, the Porsche Cayenne, and the Bentley Bentayga, to name a few. This segment is in great demand, and every manufacturer is tirelessly trying to outdo each other by introducing various engine options and what not. This time, Bentley is developing a faster Bentayga, called the Bentayga Speed. This SUV will not just be faster on the road; it’s also set to feature some big design changes.
Comparison: 2018 Bentley Bentayga vs 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan
Premium SUVs have been around for quite some time now. Many claim that the first luxury hauler arrived in 1984 as the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, but the modern era began in 1999 when BMW introduced the X5. In 2016, Bentley reshaped the segment with the Bentayga, the first full-blown luxury SUV that gathered fine upholstery, state-of-the-art tech, fancy features, and high-performance under one roof. At the time of its launch, it was the quickest, fastest, and the most expensive SUV. Two years have passed and Rolls-Royce delivered its first people hauler, just like it promised a few years back. It’s called the Cullinan, and although it’s not faster than the Bentayga, it’s definitely the more expensive choice.
While the premium segment is packed with SUVs from European, American, and Japanese automakers, the range-topping luxury market is still very small. With no other products around, Bentley and Rolls-Royce are the only firms fighting for supremacy here. The Cullinan and the Bentayga will go against each other for the richest, most pretentious customers out there for years to come. Who will win? It’s hard to predict at this point, but we set up a thorough comparison for the most luxurious SUVs ever built as of 2018.
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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).
Bentley Dropped the Ball When It Came to Electrification, Autonomy, and Connected Vehicles
The auto industry is changing at a very rapid pace, what with all the crazy new technology we see popping up to make cars more comfortable, more convenient, and more fuel efficient. Unfortunately, some automakers are a bit slow on the uptake, especially high-end luxury marques like Bentley. As such, Bentley’s new boss is ramping up the company’s tech efforts in a big way.
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The New, 2019 Flying Spur Will Be the Last Non-Electrified Bentley
The Bentley Flying Spur has been in the market for more than a decade now. The luxury sedan is one of the most popular models from the Bentley stable and is expected to be revamped as a much more distinctive luxury saloon in 2019. However, this will be the last Bentley to be launched before the company completely reinvents its cars for the electrification era. Read on to know more.
How Would You Like to Have a Kitchen From Bentley?
There are automakers that have become so big in their own way that labeling them strictly as a “car company” doesn’t sound right anymore. Just about every auto brand has its own clothing line these days. A company like Ferrari has even branched out to other ventures, including having its own theme park in Abu Dhabi. Then there’s Bentley. The British automaker prides itself on being one of the finest luxury car makers in the world. Not many people know, though, that it’s also into home design now. At the 2018 Salone Internazionale de Mobile, Bentley was in attendance to showcase its newest creation: the Buxton kitchen.
Caving Under Pressure: The Detroit Auto Show May, In Fact, Move to October
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.
Porsche’s Mission E Platform is Being Tossed Around Like a Dirty Diaper — Even Bentley Will Use it for an EV
Word has it that Bentley has given a four-door EV the green light for development and production, and it will serve as the brand’s flagship model once it finally arrives. The caveat to this statement is that the brand aims for it to be undeniably a Bentley at first glance and it must be a standalone model that isn’t based on any other model or concept produced by the brand thus far. That means it won’t be based on the EXP 12 Speed 6E Concept or the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Coupe. Of course, Bentley is a member of the dirty VAG, so you can bet that it will ride on the J1 platform, the same guts that will power models like the Porsche Mission E and the Audi E-Tron GT that we informed you up just a couple of weeks ago.
The Bentley Bentayga Now Comes with the Tiniest Little Biometric Safe
As if the Bentley Bentayga isn’t opulent enough on its own, Bentley is throwing in a new feature that’s going to help owners keep their valuables in a secure location. Courtesy of the Mulliner personalization division, Bentayga owners can now avail of a biometric stowage space in the SUV’s center console that can only be opened through capacitive fingerprint sensor technology. Fingerprint technology on the Bentayga? All in a day’s work for Mulliner.