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Believe it or Not, Bentley is Struggling to Compete with Tesla and Porsche

Believe it or Not, Bentley is Struggling to Compete with Tesla and Porsche

Bentley better come up with a solution before succumbing to pressure and even losing its current crop of customers

Losing customers to your segment rivals is one thing, but losing them to brands from a segment below kind of hurts. This is what Bentley is going through now. The automaker has admitted to losing customers to Porsche and Tesla. When people compare apples and oranges, you can’t really do anything about it, right?

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Bentley's Restaurant Atop The Tallest Mountain in the UAE Stayed Open For Seven Days

Bentley’s Restaurant Atop The Tallest Mountain in the UAE Stayed Open For Seven Days

There’s a reason behind the short lifespan of Bentley’s mountaintop resto

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.

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Don't Like Ferrari's $30,000 Book? Why Not Go For Bentley's 66-Pound Book

Don’t Like Ferrari’s $30,000 Book? Why Not Go For Bentley’s 66-Pound Book

Rivals in the auto world are becoming rivals in the publication world, too

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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Bentley Dropped the Ball When It Came to Electrification, Autonomy, and Connected Vehicles

Bentley Dropped the Ball When It Came to Electrification, Autonomy, and Connected Vehicles

A little late to the game, the Brits are gearing up for a full battery-powered assault by 2025

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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How Would You Like to Have a Kitchen From Bentley?

How Would You Like to Have a Kitchen From Bentley?

British automaker can also dress up your homes

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.

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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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Rolls-Royce Takes Shots At Bentley Bentayga, Essentially Calls It A Rebadged Model

Rolls-Royce Takes Shots At Bentley Bentayga, Essentially Calls It A Rebadged Model

The rivalry heats up between the two former stablemates

The rivalry between Rolls-Royce and Bentley is real and if anybody still doesn’t see it that way, Rolls CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes’ recent comments about the Bentley Bentayga has made it abundantly clear that there’s still no love lost between the two former stablemates. Speaking with Auto News Europe about the upcoming launch of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV, or “all-terrain, high-sided vehicle” as Rolls would like everyone to call it, Mueller-Oetvoes emphasized that the Cullinan will not use “mass-manufactured body shell,” unlike a certain model that he essentially described as a “camouflaged Audi Q7.”

You don’t need to be an expert in the acrimonious history between the two brands to know that Mueller-Oetvoes is referring to the Bentayga, which uses the same MLB Evo architecture that can be found underpinning the aforementioned Q7, as well as the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus. Apparently, Mueller-Oetvoes believes that the approach of platform sharing limits what can be done on the design end of the SUV, which in turn “undermines exclusivity.” For its part, the Cullinan won’t have that problem because it will be riding on the luxury brand’s new “Architecture of Luxury,” a scalable, aluminum space frame platform that was designed specifically to accommodate Rolls-Royce models. The all-new Phantom is the first model to make use of the architecture though it also won’t be the last since the Cullinan, as well as next-gen models of the Ghost, Dawn, and Wraith, will all make use of it at some point.

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Stash your Checkbooks: Volkswagen Has No Plans To Sell Bentley Or Bugatti

Stash your Checkbooks: Volkswagen Has No Plans To Sell Bentley Or Bugatti

Other brands like Ducati aren’t as safe and could be sold in the near future

The depths of despair that the Dieselgate scandal has inflicted on Volkswagen has forced the German auto giant to make tough decisions just to be able to keep its business upright. Fortunately, Volkswagen hasn’t reached the point of actually being forced to sell some of its companies, including Bentley and Bugatti. While there have been rumors that both brands could be let go in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume doused those rumors as far as both brands are concerned.

Speaking with Reuters, Blume shot down any thought of a possible sale even as speculation rises that either Bentley or Bugatti could be on the chopping block. Apparently, Blume claims that there are “no considerations to sell anything.” More importantly, Porsche and Bentley have had a lot of success in cross-brand collaborations so selling Bentley in order to keep its numbers afloat doesn’t make any sense. Then again, with Bentley and Bugatti appearing safe from the seller’s block, other brands don’t appear to be as lucky. Italian motorcycle brand Ducati has been a name that’s being thrown out as a possible candidate to be sold to help generate enough money to fund Volkswagen’s new business strategies moving forward.

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Vegans in California Don't Want Leather in their Bentleys

Vegans in California Don’t Want Leather in their Bentleys

Leave it to Californians to demand an alternative to leather

Bentleys are one of the most luxurious vehicles you can buy, aptly being considered “ultra luxury” models. We’re talking about the finest leather and wood trim appointments the market has to offer. Lots of space and obscure features like a champagne chiller, fragrance nozzles, and even crystal drinkware – these are all features reminding those who ride inside that they are some of the wealthiest individuals in the world. Well, what happens when you mix vegans and overpowering wealth? As it turns out, you get automakers like Bentley considering alternative materials to use instead of leather. Yup; you read that right. In a recent interview with Automotive Express, Bentley’s director of design, Stefan Sielaff, said that the brand is considering materials other than leather to appease the vegans of the world.

“You can’t sell an animal-containing product like a Bentley, with 20 leather hides, to someone with a vegan lifestyle,” Sielaff said. “We’ve been talking to these customers, in California especially, and they’re asking us what can we give them. We do a lot of custom-made and coach-built solutions, in conjunction with our colleagues at Mulliner, and therefore we want to satisfy these customers because they are the peak of a trend.”

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In the Name of Luxurious Laziness, Bentley Now Offering Fuel Delivery to Some Clients

In the Name of Luxurious Laziness, Bentley Now Offering Fuel Delivery to Some Clients

Another way to make the one-percenter life even easier

Bentley as always served the likes of the world’s wealthiest one percent, and don’t hold your breath if you’re expecting that to change anytime soon. Offering some of the world’s most luxurious vehicles like the Bentley Continental, Bentley Mulsanne, and even the Bentley Flying Spur, Bentley attracts some of the worlds’ biggest lushes – a statement that can be backed solely by the $160,000 Breitling for Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon in-dash clock that is available as an option in the Bentayga SUV. But, it’s about to get worse. Partnering up with Filld, Bently is now offering a pilot program that will allow Bentley customers to order fuel and have it delivered – effectively putting an end to the embarrassing need to stop at one of those dirty gas stations like the rest of the world’s normal people.

For now, this pilot program is only available in California at this time but is expected to eventually expand to other markets as well. Bentley owners get access to a new mobile app called “Filld for Bentley” that they can use to select a location and time for filling, be it at home, at work, or at the local health food store. And, thanks to the new connected nature of new cars, Bentley owners don’t even have to break a sweat unlocking the fuel fill door as the fuel delivery driver will be able to do all of the hard work.

Christophe Georges, Bentley’s Director of Product and Marketing, said, “Bentley ownership is about more than just the vehicle – it’s the entire luxury experience. We are continuously investigating ways in which to offer our customers tailored, convenient, smart services that afford them the greatest luxury of all: more time. Our Connected Car strategy will continue to expand and innovate in order to further enhance the Bentley lifestyle.

So there you have it. If you own a Bentley and live in California, you no longer have to deal with those dreaded folks that pump their own gas. And, it’s a simple as calling for roadside assistance. Eventually, as cars become more connected, owners won’t even have to request a fuel delivery. The car will automatically alert Filld, and set up a time around the owner’s schedule for refueling. Filld will show up and bill the owner directly, leaving the owner to go about his one-percenter duties without having to even think about getting has.

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Former Bugatti And Bentley CEO Suing Volkswagen For Patent Royalties

Former Bugatti And Bentley CEO Suing Volkswagen For Patent Royalties

Wolfgang Schreiber wants to be compensated for his role in the development of Volskwagen’s DSG, dual-clutch transmission

Former Bugatti and Bentley CEO Wolfgang Schreiber is laying the smackdown on his former employer in the form of a lawsuit that claims that the Volkswagen Group owes him hundreds of millions of dollars in royalty fees for his contributions in developing the company’s DSG, dual-clutch transmission.

German auto magazine Der Spiegel reported that Schreiber turned down a $22 million compensation for his role in the creation of the ground-breaking gearbox and was looking to get compensation that merited his contributions. The former executive believes that he’s entitled to a nine-figure amount due to the belief that he was one of the most influential people who helped push the DSG transmission to the market. Considering that he is named in a number of patents for the technology and is even credited as an inventor in some patents gives him a pretty compelling argument.

A spokesperson for Volkswagen refused to comment on the details of the lawsuit because it is still ongoing and has yet to be resolved. However, the spokesperson did confirm to Automotive News that Schreiber had “formally demanded” compensation from the German auto giant.

The Schreiber lawsuit is another high-profile case that the Volkswagen Group has to deal with and the former CEO’s claims that he is owed well into the nine figures is another potentially major blow to a company that’s still reeling from an emissions scandal that has cost it an amount that makes Schreiber’s sought after compensation look like a drop in the bucket by comparison.

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Bentley Prepares To Bring The 6.75-Liter V-8 Engine To An End

Bentley Prepares To Bring The 6.75-Liter V-8 Engine To An End

The 6.75-liter will be no more, but its sacrifice will pave the way for a new 12-cylinder engine

It seems hard to believe, but Bentley’s famed 6.75-liter V-8 engine has been around for 57 years. Over the years, the engine has been upgraded to comply with ever-increasing emissions and fuel economy standards that brought the aging power plant into the world of fuel injection, camshaft phasing, and stronger internal components. The engine hasn’t exactly exceeded its life expectancy yet, as Bentley could bring things like direct fuel injection of cam-in-cam technology, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.

Despite the fact that Bentley could continue to upgrade and morph the 6.75-liter to continue complying with current standards, Car and Driver reports that Bentley has chosen not to continue dumping money into the constantly aging engine. Apparently, Wolfgang Durheimer – the CEO of Bentley – said that the V-8 has found its “final home” and indicated that Bentley’s next flagship model will be powered by a 12-cylinder engine.

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering that BMW tried to kill off the L-Series engine in the late 90s when it introduced the 4.4-liter V-8. Of course, shortly after that Volkswagen took over and reintroduced the L-Series engine. Since then, the engine has been continuously upgraded, but as it goes in life – all good things eventually come to an end. Keep in mind that the 6.75-liter will still be around for at least a few years. Durheimer didn’t supply any timetable as to when it will unleash what is sure to be a beast of a 12-cylinder, and the Mulsanne was just updated for 2017, so Bentley has some time to develop its big power plant.

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Best Year For Bentley's Power on Ice

Best Year For Bentley’s Power on Ice

The Power on Ice driving experience was a Bentley-themed exhibition of big power and all-wheel grip. The event was held on the frozen lakes of Finland this past January and February, giving enthusiasts the chance to sample some of the British automaker’s fastest machinery.

Over 200 participants honed their car control skills behind the wheel of a Continental GT3-R and Mulsanne Speed, making big slides and misty white trails across tracks set atop ice that was six-feet thick. The brain behind the track design was Finland’s very own four-time WRC champion Juha Kankkunen, who took lucky guests for a ride-along to demonstrate the cars’ high capabilities. 

With studded tires and heated leather seats, the four-day affair melded comfort with adrenaline, providing race instruction and the freedom to push the sports cars to their limits. Additional activities included snowmobiling, ice karting, nighttime husky sled adventures, a traditional Finnish smoke sauna and dinner at a historic reindeer farm. 

Bentley donated two spaces for the event as prizes in a competition to raise money for Care2Save, a charity to improve hospice and palliative care around the world. One winner, Ian Bradley, commented – “Getting behind the wheel of a Bentley on a frozen lake in Finland was truly exhilarating. The opportunity to passenger with Juha Kankkunen, while enjoying luxurious hospitality, contributed to what was a once in a lifetime experience, and all for a worthy cause, Care2Save.”

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4,000 Customers Already Showed Interest in Bentley's Future SUV

4,000 Customers Already Showed Interest in Bentley’s Future SUV

As Rolls-Royce ponders its future in the SUV market, Bentley is already off to a promising start. Bloomberg is reporting that ahead of the 2016 Bentley Falcon even being officially unveiled, about 4,000 potential customers have already stepped up to show interest in the SUV. Remarkably, that’s more than the 3,000 units that Bentley is reportedly planning to build annually.

The price for the Bentley Falcon has still yet to be set. In the past, we’ve heard pricing varying anywhere from £130,000 to £200,000 ($196,000 to $302,000 as of 1/9/2015), and this newest report puts the expected price of the new Bentley around $214,000. This, of course, doesn’t even factor in the different options including powertrains, which will drive the price even higher. Again, while no official details have been announced, Bentley has confirmed its SUV will eventually be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, and it is also expected to come with a high-output W-12 engine.

In adding the SUV, Bentley is hoping to increase its global sales to 15,000 units by 2018, which stands as a 36-percent increase over the next three years compared to the 11,020 units it sold in 2014. That. Last year, Bentley’s global sales were up 9 percent with 29 percent of all cars sold in the U.S. (3,186 units — up 1.4 percent) and 24 percent sold in China (2,670 units — up about 22 percent). Moving forward, these two markets will continue to be important with the launch of the Falcon.

Beyond this SUV, the report also said that Bentley is considering adding yet another model to its lineup, although no further information was given.

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Bentley May Bring a Second, Smaller SUV to its Lineup

Bentley May Bring a Second, Smaller SUV to its Lineup

Even though more and more car manufacturers have been continuously increasing their crossover/SUV lineups in recent years, it seems that the market for this type of vehicles is still on the rise. This why the people in charge of Bentley are apparently thinking about launching yet another SUV in the near future, a smaller model to accompany the already-confirmed "Falcon."

According to Autocar’s Steve Cropley, who recently had a chat with Bentley chairman and CEO Wolgang Dürheimer, the British luxury marque has also noticed that the SUV market is "expanding three times faster than the market as a whole." With original sales predictions for Bentley’s first ever SUV sitting at just 3,000 units per year, it seems that over 4,000 people have already expressed interest in buying the internally-codenamed "Falcon" SUV.

Dürheimer doesn’t seem to think that those numbers are enough though, and in his push of making Bentley achieve an annual production of 20,000 units by 2020, another smaller SUV could be a big part of the solution. As the Bentley factory in Crewe will receive upgrades costing no less than £840 million ($1,268 billion as of January 8, 2015) in about a year from now, there shouldn’t be any production capacity problems with adding a second crossover SUV to the lineup. At the moment, there are no clear plans for another SUV besides the big "Falcon," but if there were, the model would probably be based on the second-generation Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan platform, which would be made available by the Volkswagen Group.

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2015 Bentley to Unveil New Design Language on its Future SUV

2015 Bentley to Unveil New Design Language on its Future SUV

Bentleys introduction to the SUV world will come in the form of the Falcon. Due next year, Bentleys new flagship model, will be designed by Luc Donckerwolke, who has worked for the Volkswagen group for many years now and was the designer behind the Lamborghini Murcielago and Gallardo. His style usually utilizes sharp, crisp lines designed to reflect light. “I like really sharp, defined surfaces. If it’s too voluptuous, it’s too sweet. You need spices.”Said Donckerwolke.

This is somewhat different to the usual Bentley design, which is about softer, more rounded edges. However, despite his love for sharper lines, the new Falcon SUV will stick closely to the Bentley design language while still being a new direction for the famed British brand. “We are adapting the DNA of the brand to a new topology of car, but it’s always good when you do something that the brand hasn’t done before.”

A larger issue that Donckerwolke faces is creating a car for both the Western and Eastern markets. The Chinese and Russians seem to like the EXP 9 F concept, in which the Falcon is based, quite a bit, however the Western markets seemed more opposed to it. So the design for this car has to meet somewhere in the middle for both markets. Donckerwolke claims this is a difficult task and says Bentley “can’t design for just one market. We are ambassadors of a culture, and we have to look like a Bentley.” Hopefully Donckerwolke is up to the task, as he will have some stiff competition from Maserati and Aston Martin, which are both developing their own SUVs.

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Bentley Continental GT3-R Could get a More Extreme Version

Bentley Continental GT3-R Could get a More Extreme Version

The Bentley Continental GT3-R made a lot of noise when it debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2014. But as it turns out, Bentley is looking at the possibility of an even more powerful Continental in the future. Yes, more powerful than the 572-horsepower GT3-R.

Bentley design chief Luc Donckerwolke spoke to Autocar about the incredible demand generated by the Continental GT3-R. The company only released 300 units of the model and according to Donckerwolke, all 300 have been accounted for. It’s this incredible demand surrounding the GT3-R that leads Bentley to keep the door of a more extreme version of the sports car.

Donckerwolke also pointed out the incredible opportunity Bentley has in connecting to a younger market that might have become used to identifying the company as a luxury adult brand.

A car like the GT3-R showed that Bentley still has the chops to build models that celebrate its successful history in motorsports. But with a more powerful model, it can open itself up to establishing an identity with younger generations of buyers more like the one that surrounds Porsche and Aston martin.

Donckerwolke didn’t specifically divulge any details behind this potential British rocket, but we do know that the Continental GT3-R has set the bar on how fast and powerful the Continental can be. If a more powerful Continental GT3-R is in the works, anything less than 600 horsepower would be a disappointment.

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Bentley Wants to Build an Entry-Level Coupe

Bentley Wants to Build an Entry-Level Coupe

2014 has been a busy year for Bentley so far. The Brits have begun testing their upcoming SUV and launched the Continental GT3-R, a high-performance coupe paying tribute to the GT3 race car. The next few months will also see the introduction of the Mulsanne Speed, but apparently, Bentley won’t stop there. As we speak, the luxury manufacturer is developing a strategy to further expand its offerings.

According to Car & Driver, Bentley is focusing on two different fronts. The first one revolves around developing limited-edition models under the Mulliner badge. These vehicles would be aimed at wealthy customers and collectors to help Bentley enter a very profitable niche currently dominated by the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini. This idea has been floating around the company’s headquarters in Crewe for a while now, but it seems the Brits are finally ready to make the big step.

The second expansion lies on the other side of the lineup and involves the introduction of a brand-new vehicle to sit below the Continental. Bentley doesn’t build new vehicles too often, so this is obviously the bigger news of the pack. Stick around to find out more.

Note: Bentley Continental GT pictured here.

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Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Gets the Boot

When Bentley introduced the Mulsanne Vision Concept at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it did so believing that the car would garner significant attention that would inevitably lead to the company green-lighting a production version sooner than later.

Well, it appears that even the best laid plans sometimes go up in smoke after Bentley CEO, Wolfgang Schreiber, officially confirmed that the a production Mulsanne convertible isn’t in the cards anymore.

Speaking to Car & Driver, Schreiber stated that Bentley will not do the Mulsanne Convertible anymore because the demand for the car isn’t strong enough to justify the time and resources the company would have to put into it. "The demand for a Mulsanne convertible is just regional," Schreiber explained before saying that only a handful of markets like the U.S. would welcome a convertible model of the company’s flagship luxury sedan.

It’s also worth pointing out that the sedan version of the Mulsanne didn’t exactly burn the sales charts when it went on sale — last year’s 1,169 units sold barely crossed the 1,200 mark — so the decision to ax the convertible model isn’t exactly surprising, especially in light of the company’s renewed attempts at building a new crossover.

Make no mistake, the British marquee still has plans of expanding its lineup in the near future. It’s just that the Mulsanne Convertible won’t be a part of it anymore.

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Bentley to Announce a Plug-in Hybrid Variant By 2016

The Detroit Auto Show just isn’t a place to see all-new model, it is also a great place to get juicy news for future developments. Included in the news gathered from Detroit is that Bentley has finally felt the itch to develop a plug-in Hybrid model after a successful track record of announcing cars powered by fuel-chugging V-8s and W-12s.

With Rolls Royce already jumping onto the bandwagon with the Phantom 102EX, Bentley CEO Dr Wolfgang Schreiber has announced plans to introduce a green variant to Bentley’s lineup.

Such a variant will grace the bodies of the Bentleys starting within three years, as Schreiber is quoted saying “It might actually be too late for diesel now, plug-in hybrids offer an even better fuel economy and don’t alienate petrol-only markets, we won’t see them for the next three years, but for us a plug-in hybrid is a must.”

Bear in mind though, that the decision for a hybrid model hasn’t been confirmed by the board as diesel power is still in the cards. However, given the fact that diesel power isn’t very popular in Bentley’s strong markets — Middle East, U.S and China — a plug in hybrid system will most likely be the favorite choice among the Bentley Boys, according to Dr Schreiber.

If such a project takes off, expect the hybrid system to be developed by Volkswagen in coordination with Audi and Porsche. Details are still scarce on what particular system will be used. So, once they roll in, we’ll post them as soon as possible

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Report: Lamborghini Urus and Bentley EXP 9 F Concept May be Delayed

With its acquisition spending-spree apparently over – for now – Volkswagen has turned its attention to developing its current models, which are plentiful. Two models, however, are likely receiving the wrong kind of attention, as Reuters is reporting the Lamborghini and Bentley may see their respective SUVs – the Urus and EXP 9 F Concept – delayed.

As we all know, the European market has been ravaged by the crash of the global economy and VW has been one of the handful of European automakers to succeed in these dark days. This delaying of the two limited-production SUVs would help VW stretch its funds farther with its more productive lineups, like itself, Audi, and Seat. VW is planning a spending review and the final answer will not come until November 23rd, so we’re stuck waiting on an answer for at least a month.

Also up for a potential delay is the upcoming Bugatti sedan, which, just like the Bentley and Lamborghini SUVs, will only be produced and sold in very small numbers. We’ll keep an eye on this situation, as VW inches toward cutting its manufacturing by a reported 300,000 units.

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2013 Bentley Mulsanne Vision

2013 Bentley Mulsanne Vision

The Bentley Mulsanne Vision is little more than a concept sketch to all of us so far, but that doesn’t stop us from using our imagination in creating it. We passed the sketch off to our talented rendering artist and he came back with a full scale image of what we think the Mulsanne Vision will look like.

Much like the current Mulsanne, the Vision model will boast the signature circular headlights and marker lights up front. It will also boast the same pronounced hood as the base sedan model that it’s derived from. One large difference on the front end of our rendered Vision and the current Mulsanne is that the lower grille in the Vision is open instead of grated.

As you continue down the front of the car, the Vision Mulsanne shows the same signature styling of the current Mulsanne sedan. The differences really come once you hit the doors. The Mulsanne Vision is, of course, a convertible model and features just a pair of doors, as opposed to the Mulsanne’s typical four doors and hard top. Short of those differences, the doors boast almost identical styling.

Once you reach the rear quarter panel, you catch a few more refinements given to the Mulsanne Vision to make it more muscular looking than its 4-door version. The body line that goes over the wheel arch on the sedan version shows elegance, whereas the Vision model shows some added aggression, as the body line starts lower on the quarter panel and swoops upward before sweeping toward the rear of the car, toward the ground, then back toward the rear of the wheel arch.

We are still unsure what’s under the hood of this massive drop-top, but we all assume that it will carry a 12-cylinder engine, as Bentley is reportedly killing off its 6.75-liter turbocharged V-8 engine.

We’ll keep you updated on the 2013 Mulsanne Vision and get you some official images and information as soon as possible, so stay tuned!

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Bentley Killing off the 6.75-Liter V-8 Engine

Bentley Killing off the 6.75-Liter V-8 Engine

Almost all of the major car manufacturers are figuring out ways to go to smaller displacement engines with fewer cylinder, yet the same horsepower. This is leading to turbocharged V-6 engines replacing V-8 engines and turbo V-8s replacing V-10s and V-12s. From the looks of things, Bentley is taking a different approach.

According to reports, Bentley is moving toward larger 12-cylinder engines and away from their turbocharged V-8 engines. We’re not sure exactly why Bentley is going this route, as it is opposite of the trend, but that very well may be the only reason. This would give Bentley the exclusivity that it needs to get a leg up on its rival, Rolls Royce.

Then again, maybe Volkswagen has a slew of 6.0-liter W-12 engines left over from its W-12-powered Phaeton, which was cut from the lineup in 2012, and is deciding to fit V-8 Bentleys with this massive hunk of 444-horsepower-producing metal.

Then again, with the Azure T’s 6.8, err, we mean six-and-three-quarter-liter engine pumping out just 450 horsepower and getting 9 mpg, the 12 mpg and 444 ponies that the W-12 pumps out looks tempting. Add a little boost to it to increase the torque from its 406 pound-feet mark and you have an engine that is not only more powerful, but gets better fuel economy than the turbocharged Bentley V-8 engine.

We’ll keep an eye on this and let you know what Bentley’s plans are just as soon as we know what exactly is going on.

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