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Bentley Continental: Evolution Of An Icon: Video

Bentley Continental: Evolution Of An Icon: Video

The Bentley Continental GT traces its lineage all the way back to 1952 when the R-Type Continental became one of the world’s first grand tourers. Back then, the R-Type Continental was considered one of the most benevolent vehicles on the road, a reputation it earned for its peerless design and stout performance capabilities. It was also limited to just 208 units, making it ultra exclusive. All these things have led to the belief that the R-Type Continental is regarded as one of the finest Bentleys in history.

The iconic design of the R-Type Continental is one of its most enduring qualities. The car’s striking power line, muscular rear haunches, and the swooping, fast roof line help inspire a generation of fans who have remained loyal to Bentley, even to this day. A lot of things may have changed in the past 63 years, but one thing has remained true: the Bentley Continental GT continues to uphold the legacy left behind by the R-Type Continental.

From the same design cues to its approach towards luxury and performance, the Continental GT has proudly carried on the legacy of the R-Type Continental. In a lot of ways, Bentley has achieved something that’s extraordinarily rare in the industry. It has captured the essence of what the company stands for, thanks in large part to two unique models that share the same DNA, even though they’re separated by six decades.

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Bentley Confirms New SUV And New Sports Car

Bentley Confirms New SUV And New Sports Car

Bentley’s family of models will soon get bigger now that the British automaker has confirmed plans to add two more models to its lineup. The two vehicles are said to a compact SUV that will eventually slot below the Bentayga and a sports car that will set its sights on Aston Martin.

The decision to green light these new models comes as part of a bigger plan by Bentley to double its sales volume to around 25,000 units per year. The launch of the Bentayga SUV is already part of that same plan.

As far as priorities are concerned, the crossover will take precedence over the sports car as Bentley tries to capitalize on the momentum gained by the buzz surrounding the Bentayga. The crossover is expected to be launched in three years sporting different powertrain options, including a V-8, diesel, and hybrid versions. The yet-to-be-named crossover will also receive a modern styling that will appeal to the younger generation, a market that Bentley admittedly is still trying to reach.

As soon as it’s released, the company is expected to shift its focus on a new sports car that’s been described within Bentley as a “small soft-roadster” that will likely be based on the EXP10 Speed Six that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Details are bare on this car, but there is word that it would include a four-wheel-drive battery electric unit that can power the car to a top speed of around 200 mph. If the crossover’s timetable doesn’t experience any snags, a concept version of the sports car could make its debut sometime in 2017, with a production timetable of around 2020.

Once both models are in the market, Bentley is confident that it can boost the company’s sales volume right in the neighborhood of its 25,000 units per year target.

Note: Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept pictured here.

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Bentley Puts Continental GT V8 S Convertible Against Train

Bentley Puts Continental GT V8 S Convertible Against Train

Back in 1930, Captain Woold Barnato – a Le Mans three-time winner – stacked a Bentley Speed Six against Saudi Arabia’s Blue Train as it traveled Cannes to Calais. Barnato found his way into the history books, as he traveled through Calais and headed straight for London. He arrived in London four minutes before the Blue Train made it to Calais. As a tribute to this legendary race, Steven Kane raced a new Bentley Continental GT V-8 S Convertible against Saudi Arabia’s only passenger train.

Kane’s sprint across the desert in the Continental GT took a total of four hours, and 14 minutes as he traveled to Damman, which is located 480 km (298 miles) away from his starting point in Riyadh. In the end, he beat the train with six minutes to spare. You would think the four-hour run would be no different that a normal stint at Le Mans, but Kane admitted that this race was more stressful that an average LeMans Stint. The heat and conditions just added to the stress of not knowing where the train was at during the race. Kane went on record saying that he hopes his performance would make Barnato proud.

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2016 Bentley Continental GT3-R Is "Insane In All The Right Ways:" Video

2016 Bentley Continental GT3-R Is "Insane In All The Right Ways:" Video

Every so often, Rolls-Royce will put out some special edition with an interior made of unicorn leather and wood harvested from trees that only grow on the moon. It’s easy to look at these as celebrations of excess, but if you want real excess, you have to look to the 2014 Bentley Continental GT3-R. You see, however expensive Rolls makes a given one-off special edition, it’s still being used for its intended purpose: making the super rich super comfortable. But with the GT3-R, Bentley has taken a giant car, one that is completely impractical as a growling, track-focused speed machine, and turned it into just that.

Nothing about this car makes sense, but that is what is so gloriously enjoyable about it. As you will see in the video, Bentley has actually made this eye-wateringly expensive lump of insane work. It handles beautifully, sounds like a race car and really is incredibly fast. At some point, the reviewer just starts laughing at the fact that this car exists at all. The video goes into a good deal of detail about the car and why it’s so nuts too, and it’s definitely worth watching all of it.

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Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Production Version Not Yet Funded

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Production Version Not Yet Funded

Bentley has been keeping itself very busy lately with development of the 2016 Bentley Bentayga, but even with the brand’s first-ever SUV looming on the horizon, it’s another car that keeps popping up in discussions: the beautiful 2015 Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept. When it was unveiled earlier this year at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Bentley said that the concept car “could be a future model line” and is a “bold vision for a brand with a bold future,” but the automaker is now tapping the brakes just a little bit when it comes to discussing this car’s future.

In an interview with The Detroit Bureau, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer said that a sports car based on the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept has not been approved for production, and the company’s main focus right now is on the launch of the Bentayga SUV. Although a business case is still being formulated for such a car to join the Bentley lineup, Durheimer definitely seems to be in the EXP 10 Speed 6’s corner as he was quoted as saying that it “will make a different company out of Bentley Motors.”

The sleek concept coupe wowed crowds with its sporty, production-ready appearance. Before we see a production version of this “state-of-the-art sports car,” Bentley has previously said that “the styling of the EXP 10 Speed 6 could influence the expansion of the Bentley family.”

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XCAR Reviews 2016 Bentley Continental GT: Video

XCAR Reviews 2016 Bentley Continental GT: Video

Launched in 2003, the Continental GT was a revolutionary car for Bentley, particularly for being the brand’s first vehicle to employ mass-production manufacturing techniques. It also transformed the company into a global brand and spawned an array of models, including race cars. It’s been 12 years since the first Continental GT rolled off the assembly line and the grand tourer is virtually unchanged.

Sure, it’s received various new features, updated engines and mild styling upgrades, but it’s the same five-meter, 5,000-pound coupe sitting on Volkswagen’s D1 platform (shared with the Phaeton). Despite this, it remains a popular luxury grand tourer that’s not likely to change dramatically anytime soon.

The 2016 facelift for the Continental GT confirms that. Dirk van Braeckel’s design is largely unchanged, though the coupe seems a bit more aggressive, thanks to its resculpted front bumper, revised diffuser, and the mild spoiler integrated into the trunklid. The refresh is basically following the same rule everyone else is applying these days: make it look sportier, regardless of whether there’s extra horsepower and torque under hood.

But the new 2016 Bentley Continental GT has that extra kick to go with the sportier looks, having received an additional 15 horses and 15 pound-feet for a grand total of 582 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of twist. That’s more than what the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is able to deliver in standard form, but is the Continental GT as good as it sounds on paper? XCAR just took it out for a spin to find out.

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New Bentley Continental Won't Get A Supersports Version

New Bentley Continental Won’t Get A Supersports Version

For a company that builds giant luxury vehicles, Bentley places an awful lot of emphasis on performance. But Bentley’s performance image was earned through six Le Mans wins, and the luxury marque has been banking on it with Speed and Supersports models in recent years. That is, there were Supersports models. With the refresh of the Continental in all its various forms, Bentley deemed it unnecessary to have two high-performance trims above the base model, and now the Speed enjoys top billing in the Continental lineup.

Not only has the top performance trim gone away, but word from Bentley is that there are no immediate plans to bring it back. The reason is that Bentley is simply too busy. All of the company’s efforts are currently going into bringing the 2016 Bentley Bentayga to the market, and Bentley isn’t even stopping there, there is another model in the works after that, quite possibly (hopefully) a production version of the 2015 Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept. Since the Supersports was pretty much a niche car anyway, it doesn’t make sense to divert manpower to the project at the moment, although it hasn’t been completely ruled out for sometime down the road.

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Bentley Has To Decide Between Speed 6 Sports Car And Baby SUV

Bentley Has To Decide Between Speed 6 Sports Car And Baby SUV

Bentley’s got a difficult decision to make: should its next addition to the lineup be a sports car or a small SUV?

The answer to that question would seem to be obvious, especially with the 2015 Bentley EXP10 Speed 6 Concept already generating a lot of excitement. In spite of that, however, the company is also considering the business case for a small SUV to slot into the lineup below the upcoming 2016 Bentley Bentayga.

These plans are fairly far out; we’re talking about vehicles that won’t go into production until 2020 or 2021. Bentley doesn’t anticipate being able to produce both vehicles, as the company’s development budget can only be stretched so far. And while a sports coupe would be in keeping with Bentley’s legend, a compact SUV might boost the bottom line and enable future gentlemen’s sports cars bearing the winged B.

In an interview with Autocar, Wolfgang Durheimer, Bentley’s CEO, said, "We can’t do both those cars at the same time, because Bentley is still a small company and our resources are very stretched. We are doing the studies for both those models and then we will decide on the fifth model."

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Idris Elba Breaks Historic 'Flying Mile' Record In Bentley Continental GT Speed

Idris Elba Breaks Historic ’Flying Mile’ Record In Bentley Continental GT Speed

Idris Elba is an actor with many talents, one of which is apparently driving really fast. The British actor has just broken the “Flying Mile” land speed record for Pendine Sands, Whales in the UK. Elba piloted a 2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed up to 180.361mph to break the previous record of 174.8mph set by Sir Malcolm Campbell and his Napier-Campbell Blue Bird in 1927. The record was broken as part of an upcoming four-part Discovery Channel series called Idris Elba: No Limits.

When Sir Malcolm set his record in 1927, it was also the world land speed record, but with that record now well over 700mph, Elba didn’t quite manage to break it as well. Neither did he break the UK land speed record, which is over 300mph. What he broke was the Pendine Sands Flying Mile record, and before you go thinking that this isn’t much of an accomplishment, keep in mind how difficult it is to keep a car under control at 180mph on very wet sand. We must also commend Elba for breaking the record so stylishly, behind the wheel of a 616-horsepower Bentley.

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Chris Harris Makes a Bentley Continental GT3 R Dance: Video

Chris Harris Makes a Bentley Continental GT3 R Dance: Video

Most Bentleys are known for huge amounts of power and torque, high top speeds, lavish interiors and elegant designs, so seeing one getting wrung out on a test track is nothing short of spectacular. This is exactly what Chris Harris did recently with a Continental GT3-R, and the video is mesmerizing.

Built in a limited edition of just 300 units – all of which have been sold already – the Bentley Continental GT3-R is essentially the road-going version of the Continental GT3, although it doesn’t share as many features with the race car as Bentley would like you to believe. Chris Harris found that out while trying to make the four-wheeled elephant tap dance, but in his words that is not exactly a bad thing. The Conti GT3-R is probably a much better grand tourer than the Conti GT V8.

Sure, because of the shorter axle ratio it has a much lower top speed ("just" 170 mph, compared to 188 mph for the GT V8), but that has never stopped a grand tourer from showing its best bits in other areas. It seems that the GT3-R, despite its 4,839 pounds, is a lot more agile and just as comfortable as its V8-powered brothers. I’m still not too comfortable with the look of its rear wing and those stickers though, maybe next-year’s more hardcore version will look a bit less weird.

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Bentley May Alter EXP 10 Speed 6 Design Before Production

Bentley May Alter EXP 10 Speed 6 Design Before Production

Officially unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the EXP 10 Speed 6 was also in Bentley’s booth in New York and is currently at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show as well. The concept car’s world tour will not end there, as Bentley’s chairman Wolfgang Dürheimer wants the luxury carmaker to build a database of customer opinions about the model’s styling. In turn, this would help create a feasibility study concerning mass production. So far, it seems that feedback is positive, but this doesn’t mean that the EXP 10 Speed 6 will reach production without any design changes.

"What we already received as a clear indication after Geneva, the message was ‘don’t change anything, just do it.’" Dürheimer told Autocar. "There are only little tweaks that need to be done. Our present intention is to make the front section look a little bit faster. The grille will not be as upright, it will be a little bit more laid down. We will probably look again at the headlight configuration. They look a little bit awkward from different angles. For a Bentley face, circular shaped headlights are what our customers like. This type of headlight you find in the Mulsanne and in the forthcoming SUV, and our customers say this is what we like from Bentley," he continued.

Surprisingly, Dürheimer didn’t mention any styling tweaks regarding the concept’s lavish and new-retro interior, which means that it may actually end up in the production version. There was also not a single mention of powertrain options, even though the Speed Six name would presumably require something with six cylinders.

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Bentley Plans Lighter Continental GT Version For 2016

Bentley Plans Lighter Continental GT Version For 2016

If you thought the Continental GT3-R was the ultimate Bentley sports car, you thought wrong, because an even more extreme version of the model is coming in 2016. According to Bentley’s head of engineering, Rolf Frech, the upcoming GT3-R-like Continental will have a rear-wheel-drive layout and be lighter than the original model.

"A lot of people expected the GT3-R to be a proper rear-wheel-drive sports car," Frech told Autocar, "but the problem was timing. We needed the car at the end of the first season of our GT3 racing car, and to do a proper change of the complete powertrain needed longer than we had. But we have the concept in our mind, so why not?" he continued.

The model is to become the first road-going Bentley in over two decades to go under 4,400 pounds, most of the weight loss resulting from the RWD conversion. Powered by a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 that should deliver more than the 572 horsepower of the GT3-R, the relatively lightweight Continental will likely be faster but a tad less controllable. The usual Bentley design features and interior trim will be kept to a minimum, similar to the Porsche 911 GT3 or Aston Martin GT12 in terms of comfort. There is no confirmation regarding the number of cars to be built, but the hardcore Continental is expected to be part of an extremely limited run and cost even more than the GT3-R.

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