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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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A Bentley Continental GT Hybrid was Spotted Mixing The Best Of Both Worlds

A Bentley Continental GT Hybrid was Spotted Mixing The Best Of Both Worlds

This PHEV is going to be powerful; very powerful

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.

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2019 Bentley Continental GT Speed

2019 Bentley Continental GT Speed

More power, sportier looks

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.

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Bentley Bentayga Caught Testing Near Nurburgring: Spy Shots

Bentley Bentayga Caught Testing Near Nurburgring: Spy Shots

Ah, the VW Group and its weird stickers it uses to “camouflage” its models. The latest one our spy shooters caught wearing these odd-looking stickers was the Bentley Bentayga, and we have the images for you here.

It’s clear that this is a Bentley SUV, despite the team’s attempt to “cleverly” disguise its headlights and taillights. There are also a few odd stickers just forward of the rear fenders. I am not too sure what the test team was trying to hide with these stickers, but they are there and leave me wondering pondering the reason for using them.

There are still no certainties on the Bentayga’s drivetrain, but rumors are swirling about a possible diesel engine – a first for Bentley. Two engines that are near certainties are the 4.0-liter TFSI engine, and the just recently announce W-12 TSI engine. VW unveiled the latter at the International Vienna Motor Symposium, and it boasted a power boost to 608 PS (600 horsepower) at 6,000 rpm and 900 Nm (664 pound-feet) of torque from 1,500 rpm combined with a significant drop in emissions.

We’re sure that our spy photographers will be on the prowl for more Bentaygas in the wild, so keep it locked here for more.

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Bentley Bentayga Caught Almost Free Of Camouflage: Spy Shots

Bentley Bentayga Caught Almost Free Of Camouflage: Spy Shots

The 2016 Bentley Bentayga is no secret, but Bentley has been doing a pretty good job of keeping the design and the details of the “world’s most powerful and luxurious SUV” under wraps as long as possible. But the latest round of spy shots show Bentley’s first-ever SUV wearing very little in the way of camouflage, revealing a welcome departure from the goofy styling of the 2012 EXP 9 F Concept.

Up front, it seems that there is still some heavy cladding obscuring the front fascia, but other than that it’s easy to make out the shape of the headlights. The massive mesh grille and wide front fenders really give the Bentayga an imposing face. At the rear of the SUV, it is a little harder to make out the shape of the taillights, although many of the Bentayga’s intricate lines – including the signature rear haunches – are easily visible. The only other camouflage on this Bentayga covers the rear quarter-windows and the “Flying B” fender vents, which Bentley has already revealed in previous teaser images.

Despite its own body lines, it’s hard to miss the similarities between the Bentayga and the recently introduced 2016 Audi Q7, especially in the shape of the side windows and roofline. There are no shots of the interior yet, but these images do seem to indicate that the 2016 Bentley Bentayga will have a four-passenger seating arrangement.

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2015 Bentley Continental GT V8 RS

2015 Bentley Continental GT V8 RS

With 521 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque under the hood, the 2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S is no slouch. However, it appears that the said model is about to be stripped of its range-topping status as Bentley was caught testing what looks to be an even hotter version of the Conti GT V8.

Although the Brits have yet to say anything on the matter, a slightly modified Continental GT V8 S was recently spotted at the Nurburgring, and this suggests that a more powerful version of the coupe — possibly an RS model — is on its way.

The photos that we received from our trusty spy photographers of this model testing reveal an aerodynamically enhanced V8 GT that takes to the track with a front splitter, a fixed rear wing and a lowered, and likely stiffer, suspension.

There’s no word as to how many horses might be pushing out, but we see it fit for the British manufacturer to have tuned the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter, V-8 engine to deliver at least 550 horsepower.

Is Bentley finally taking the know how from the Continental GT3 race car into a road-going model? Guess we’ll just have to wait a little bit longer to find out. Then again, could this just be Bentley doing random testing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Continental GT V8 RS.

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Spy Shots: Bentley Continental Flying Spur Gets Questionable Cammo

Spy Shots: Bentley Continental Flying Spur Gets Questionable Cammo

The upcoming Bentley Continental Flying Spur has been caught testing at the famous Nurburgring race track once again, but this time, it looks like Bentley has opted to heavily camouflage the luxury sedan. The last time the Flying Spur was caught testing, it was free of cammo and revealed what everybody already knew of its changes, leaving the new disguise to be a bit irrelevant.

Hidden under this new cover-up should be a more aggressive front fascia, a vented hood, and new headlights, as well as a new trunk-mounted spoiler, slimmer taillights, and a revised exhaust system for the back end. Unless the camouflage is now hiding a surprise addition to the sedan, this should be all of the new exterior changes for the Flying Spur.

The standard Flying Spur will be offered with a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine rated at 575 HP and 516 lb/ft of torque, but just like all of the other Continental models, Bentley will also be offering it with a 4.0 liter, twin turbocharged V8 engine producing an output of 500 HP and 487 lb-ft of torque.

The official debut for the 2013 Bentley Continental Flying Spur will be made by the end of 2012.

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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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2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur V8

2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur V8

In keeping up to speed with the Bentley Continental GT and GTC models, the future Continental Flying Spur will also be offered in both W12 and V8 versions. Just the other day, we were able to capture the first spy shots of the W12 version, and now it’s time to take a look at the V8-powered model.

These new spy shots lead us to believe this is the Continental Flying Spur V8 because the grey prototype is equipped with a different set of exhaust pipes, similar to the ones we have seen on the GT and GTC V8 models. Those exhaust pipes should lead us to the same 4.0 liter, twin turbocharged V8 engine as in the coupe and convertible models. This engine will deliver a total of 500 HP at 6000 rpm and 487 lb-ft of torque available between 1700 to 5000 rpm. We expect the sedan version to be a bit slower than the coupe, so the 0 to 60 mph will be made in about 5 seconds, while top speed will be below 180 mph.

Expect to see the new Bentley Continental Flying Spur V8 launched sometime in 2013.

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Spy Shots: 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur starts testing

Spy Shots: 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur starts testing

After offering updates for the Continental GT and the Continental GTC, Bentley has switched focus over to the Continental Flying Spur to provide it with some similar upgrades.

While most people will consider this a facelift, Bentley says the changes provided to the Flying Spur will make it a new model - just like the Continental GT. We have to admit, the changes are significant enough to justify the title. They include more upright bumpers with a new shape, new headlights with LED lights, and redesigned side mirrors. The chrome stripe at the bottom of the car has been removed and the door handles have been moved further down on the door. The Bentley has also received a slightly different roof line, new rear doors, a new bumper, and new taillights to match the headlights.

The only place left untouched on the Bentley Continental Flying Spur is its already superb 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine rated at 575 HP and 516 lb/ft of torque.

Expect to see the new Continental Flying Spur launched by the end of 2012.

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2012 Bentley Continental GTC

2012 Bentley Continental GTC

Bentley unveiled the facelift version of the Continental GT towards the end of 2010, so the next logical step was to refresh their Continental GTC as well. The Speed model is still based on the original Continental GT that was launched in 2003, but has been given updates to make it look fresh and new.

And now, leading up to the Frankfurt Motor Show, Bentley has officially unveiled the 2012 Continental GTC. Just like all of the spy photos we’ve seen of the car, the new Continental GTC comes with an aggressive front fascia, a vented hood, and new headlights. The back of the Bentley also got tweaked with the addition of a trunk-mounted spoiler, slimmer taillights, and a revised exhaust system.

The luxury sportster also benefits from an increase in output from its 6.0-liter W12 engine, a fact that should make fans of the model smile from ear to ear.

UPDATE 11/16/2011: The new Bentley Continental GTC made its North American debut today at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. During the show, Bentley announced that the model will go on sale in late 2011 at a price of $212,800.

Find out more about the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC after the jump.

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Spy Shots: 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Completely Naked

Spy Shots: 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Completely Naked

The Speed version of the new Bentley Continental GT has been completely stripped of its camouflage and our spy photographers were there to capture this beast on film before its Frankfurt Auto Show debut next month.

The final product for the GT Speed gets a redesigned and more pronounced front bumper, giving it a sportier and more aggressive look. A few interior upgrades have also been installed, including new seats and a new navigation system situated in the updated dash.

The changes we are most interested in seeing are found under the hood. There seems to be some changes in the exhaust system, clearly indicating a greater output. The previous GT Speed had 9% more power and 15% more torque than the base Continental GT. If this same increase applies to the new GT Speed, the W-12 will be pump out around 621 horses and 590 ft/lbs of torque.

Along with the added power, the GT Speed will also benefit from a weight loss program. The Bentley Continental GT already boasts of a 143 lbs weight loss, but the GT Speed will add to that to boost fuel efficiency. The lighter body and the added power could propel the GT Speed to 60mph in the 3.8-3.9 second range.

The 2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed will debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show so stay tuned for more details!

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