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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.

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2021 Bentley Flying Spur Speed

2021 Bentley Flying Spur Speed

The Flying Spur Speed returns after 7 years with power than ever!

The 2021 Bentley Flying Spur Speed is an upcoming, higher performance version of the third-generation, 2020 Flying Spur sedan. The beefed-up four-door marks the return of the Speed-badged Flying Spur after eight years. Although the first-generation Flying Spur featured a Speed version, Bentley skipped the nameplate for the second-generation, opting for the "S" designation instead.

With the Flying Spur redesigned in 2019, the Speed will probably make a comeback in time for the 2021 model year. The badge will add sportier features on the outside, a few bespoke items on the inside, and a more powerful W-12 engine. Find out what we already know about this sedan in the speculative review below.

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The Bentley EXP 100 GT Concept Is About to Lose Its Top

The Bentley EXP 100 GT Concept Is About to Lose Its Top

The resulting road-going car will be a very-limited-edition model slapped with a $1.9 million price tag

If the recent rumors are true, Bentley is looking to capitalize on the stunningly-designed EXP 100 GT Concept by deriving it into a super-exclusive model of the barchetta-style ilk. The open-top sports tourer is in line to receive the carmaker’s W-12 powerplant that’s shared by the likes of Bentayga, Continental GT, and Flying Spur, but it has to qualify for approval first. Once it ticks that box, its development process will fall into the task of Bentley’s Mulliner division - so expect the open-top sports tourer to ooze luxury through every crevice.

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You Finally Have a Chance to Own a 1929 Bentley Blower... Kind of

You Finally Have a Chance to Own a 1929 Bentley Blower... Kind of

Bentley is building 12 of them and they will look just like the original

While we were waiting for new debuts at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, Bentley made a surprising announcement at the 2019 Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance in Crewe, England. The British firm launched a continuation series of the iconic Bentley Blower, a car it originally sold back in 1929. Yes, Bentley is doing exactly what Jaguar did with cars like the E-Type Lightweight, D-Type, and XK-SS, but with a much older car. The Blower will thus become the world’s first pre-war race car continuation series.

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2020 Bentley Flying Spur First Edition

2020 Bentley Flying Spur First Edition

The first model of the special edition Flying Spur will be auctioned off for charity

The arrival of the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur is going to make a lot of bank accounts bleed, but just before the luxury sedan hits the market in full swing, Bentley’s rolling out the Flying Spur First Edition, a special edition model based on, well, the 2020 Flying Spur. The first example of the Flying Spur First Edition will not go on sale. Instead, it will be auctioned off at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s inaugural ball, called the “Midsummer Party,” on July 24 at Jean Pogizzi’s Villa Dorane in Cap d’Antibes, a resort town between Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera. All proceeds from the auction will go to the EJAF. As for the rest of the Flying Spur First Editions, Bentley will only sell it in the first-year production of the Flying Spur. Best be quick if you want to get your hands on one.

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Bentley EXP 100 GT Quirks and Features

Bentley EXP 100 GT Quirks and Features

This Is What Thinking Outside The Box Really Looks Like - Bentley EXP 100 GT Is Incredible

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.

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Bentley previews its future with the EXP 100 GT Concept

Bentley previews its future with the EXP 100 GT Concept

It looks fantastic, features stong powertrain specs, and comes with a super-smart AI system

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.

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Sit Aboard the Bentley Continental GT as it Makes a Devastating Run Up Pikes Peak

Sit Aboard the Bentley Continental GT as it Makes a Devastating Run Up Pikes Peak

This is what it’s like sitting inside a Continental GT that’s setting a record at 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.

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Bentley Will Honor Its 100th Birthday With the Futuristic EXP 100 GT

Bentley Will Honor Its 100th Birthday With the Futuristic EXP 100 GT

British automaker’s vision for the next 100 years will be represented in one concept vehicle

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.

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The Bentley Continental GT Just Kicked The Porsche 911 Turbo's Ass Up Pikes Peak

The Bentley Continental GT Just Kicked The Porsche 911 Turbo’s Ass Up Pikes Peak

The Continental GT is the quickest production car at 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.

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2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Number 1 Edition

2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Number 1 Edition

The first special edition for the new Continental GT Convertible is a smasher!

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.

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2019 Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak #100

2019 Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak #100

Bentley wants to set a new record on the "Race to the Clouds"

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."

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2020 Bentley Flying Spur

2020 Bentley Flying Spur

The third-generation Flying Spur is the world’s most advanced four-door grand tourer

The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur is the third-generation version of the company’s full-size luxury sedan. The third-gen four-door replaces a six-year-old sedan in a segment that’s also contested by the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class and the Rolls-Royce Ghost.Heavily inspired by the Continental GT coupe, the 2020 Flying Spur boasts a sportier appearance on the outside, a more modern interior, and a revised W-12 engine.

Built on the same chassis as the Continental GT, the third-generation Flying Spur features a big amount of brand-new, state-of-the-art technology. The sedan is fitted with an active all-wheel-drive system, and it’s also the first Bentley to have four-wheel steering. The revised W-12 engine isn’t notably more powerful than the old unit, but it makes the Flying Spur the quickest sedan in its class and the only one to hit 60 mph in less than four seconds. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

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2020 Bentley Flying Spur Quirks and Facts

2020 Bentley Flying Spur Quirks and Facts

Redefining luxury with speed, technology, leather and beauty

Celebrating the 100th anniversary since its inception, Bentley Motors Limited unveiled the new generation of the luxury executive saloon, the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur. Based around the same platform as the latest Porsche Panamera, the new Flying Spur takes the Volkswagen-developed tech to 11 and offers the most advanced, fastest, and the most opulent sedan of our time.

Valuing Bentley’s historical values, the new Flying Spur comes with a wealth of quirks and features, a fantastic W-12 engine, and a proportional shape - something that we crave for from the cars of today. The new Flying Spur is packed with tech and luxury. Now, I give you exciting and obscure quirks and features established with the new gen Flying Spur.

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The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur has a Crazy Top Speed And a Secret Weapon Against Cornering

The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur has a Crazy Top Speed And a Secret Weapon Against Cornering

The Third-generation Bentley Flying Spur is faster and flashier than ever, but not too flashy

Bentley has just pulled the digital wraps off the third incarnation of its Flying Spur sedan, the four-door sibling to the Continental GT coupe. This latest model has a more athletic looking body, emphasized by more muscular rear flanks. It’s also longer, more spacious and comfortable for passengers, and even better to drive than the model it replaces.

It features several technical innovations, like the first ever retractable Flying B hood mascot, but also rear-wheel steering and additional active and passive safety aids. Its 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine has also been reworked to produce more power and torque. In the near future, the model will also be made available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain and a twin-turbo V-8.

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The Apocalypse-Dominating Bentley Bentayga Bengala is Just Downright Mean

The Apocalypse-Dominating Bentley Bentayga Bengala is Just Downright Mean

You’re going to want to own one of these when Armageddon goes down

The Bentley Bentayga is supposed to be a luxury SUV, unlike any other. It’s still that for the most part, but the Bentayga apparently has a dark and sinister side that’s waiting to be unlocked. Turns out, Spanish design house Bengala Automotive Design SL, with the help of an unidentified Spanish off-road rally champion and his team, has a key to that lock, and it did more than just unlock the Bentayga’s mean mug. It unleashed a tank-like monstrosity known as the Bentley Bentayga Bengala. Only 15 units of the Bentley Bentayga Bengala will be made. Each model will be made to the exact specification of the owner, so it’s unlikely that we’ll see two exact-spec Bengala units. There is no word on how much a unit will cost. Given the limited and custom-centric nature of the Bengala, we can at least expect a unit to cost a hell of a lot more than the Bentayga’s $195,000 base price.

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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 and 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.