Watch the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar Livestream Debut Right Here!
The Geneva International Motor Show was going to be the “launchpad” for many automakers to showcase new models, including Bentley. The British automaker was supposed to premiere an ultra-exclusive roofless car called the Bacalar in Geneva. But, with the event being canceled, automakers decided to hold digital press conferences, and Bentley will be unveiling this beauty the same way instead of holding a standalone event later on.
The Bentley Bacalar has been designed by the company’s coachbuilding division, Mulliner. The Bacalar was one of the most anticipated vehicles from the Geneva Motor Show because it is only the second two-seater to have come out from the company’s stable since 1930. We already know that the Bacalar is inspired by the EXP 100 GT that was revealed last year as part of Bentley’s centenary celebrations. The Crewe company did tease the Bacalar in a three-part trailer series, and the last one gives us the vibes that it may actually be a roofless model. Until now, we’ve only seen bits of interior and the set of hot wheels.
If we go by the EXP 100 GT, the cabin will be nothing short of a marvel. The company describes it as, “The two-seat layout and wraparound cockpit of the Bacalar creates a luggage space behind the exquisitely stitched front seats, occupied by a bespoke pair of travel cases trimmed to match the interior materials, all of which are sustainably sourced.” The hand-built model from the world’s oldest coachbuilder will most likely come plonked with the familiar 6.0-liter, W12 engine that will bear impressive performance figures in this lightweight, topless car.
The live-stream is scheduled to start at 8:30 AM GMT / 3:30 AM EST and you can watch it right here.
Can the Bentley Continental GT V8 beat the McLaren GT in the quarter mile?
Drag races these days can involve cars that sport different personalities and purposes. These days, you can expect a BMW 7 Series to do battle against the humble Dacia Logan MCV just to see how they fare in the quarter-mile run, or you can have your family EV going against all-out supercars... and win by a landslide.
But do you know what? Not many people drag race luxury cars. We, for one, would like to see how the S-Class compares to the Audi A8 in a straight line, or let’s say, how the Bentley Continental GT stacks up against the McLaren GT. Wait, what? It’s been done?
We still have no idea of when the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur is going to make its debut but, now that Bentley has teaser the side profile, retractable emblem, and now the interior, we’re pretty sure it’s coming sooner than later. The most recent teaser, which you can see below, showcases a very small part of the interior. Well, to be more specific, it showcases a piece of the interior door trim that Bentley is, apparently, very proud of.
Outside of the contrast stitching, polished metal, wood trim, and piano black elements, the real takeaway here is the diamond pattern leather that Bentley is boasting as “new material.” In reality, it’s really nothing more than shaped leather and just about any automaker could create it if they really wanted to, but I suppose we should give credit to Bentley’s “team of exceptional craftsmen and women,” right? Of course, I’m probably being a little harsh here – after all, Bentley has to keep coming up with new things to keep the Ultra Luxury thing working for it – there’s only so many materials on the face of the earth that actually qualify for use in a car like the Flying Spur.
That said, give the video below a watch to check it out for yourself. The leather’s pattern really is pretty damn cool, and we’re pretty sure that the Flying Spur’s cabin will turn out to be a very nice place to hang out for short or long periods of time.
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).
Tesla Model X P90D vs. Bentley Bentayga – The ultimate showdown: Video
The latest episode of Motor Trend’s Head 2 Head is quite the battle of braun. It’s the lightening quick Tesla Model X P90D pitted against Bentely’s newest model – the 600-horsepower, W-12 monster called the Bentayga. It’s certainly a fight for the ages… or at least in the high-end luxury SUV world.
A quick refresher on the contenders: The Bentley’s aforementioned W-12 produces a whopping 664 pound-feet of torque, which sends it down the quarter mile in 11.9 seconds at 117.1 mph after hitting 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Those are supercar numbers, mind you. The Tesla is equally impressive, with its dual electric motors making a combined 532 horsepower and a crazy 713 pound-feet of torque. And as we all know, electric vehicles make 100 percent of its torque at zero rpm. Both vehicles send power to all four wheels, making grip less of a factor.
The Bentayga’s gas-sucking engine makes up for the Tesla’s whisper-quiet demeanor with loud exhaust tones and quick shifts from its ZF eight-speed automatic. The Tesla, on the other hand, provides the ultimate luxury – the self-driving “autopilot” feature.
Though both vehicles have their talking points, one thing is for sure: the Tesla is fast. Motor Trend even pitted it against the well-renowned Alfa-Romeo 4C in a drag race – with another Alfa 4C on a flatbed trailer hitched to the Model X. If that’s not an impressive drag race, I don’t know what is.
So, before I spoil any of the results, be sure to watch the video in HD and full screen nodes. It’s 22 minutes you’ll enjoy.
Carfection Gives The Bentley Bentayga An Off-Road Shakedown: Video
A little over a decade ago, the thought of putting the words “Bentley” and “SUV” in the same sentence would’ve been tantamount to heresy. But what was at least ironic 10 years ago is now a reality with the arrival of the Bentley Bentayga, the British luxury brand’s first foray in the auto industry’s fastest growing segment.
So what exactly led Bentley to this path? There are multiple layers to that question, but the short of it is demand. With the global economy largely in the upswing, more and more customers are looking for cars that serve the dual purpose of being highly functional and status-validating. Before the Bentayga broke into the scene, the SUV ladder didn’t have a complete hierarchy with models like the Porsche Cayenne and the Range Rover Sport representing the pinnacle of what that market had to offer. All that changed with the arrival of the Bentayga because, well, it’s a freakin’ Bentley!
Granted, the Bentayga still hasn’t earned the reputation of being a segment-changer because, as Carfection puts it, there are still some concerns about the SUV and how it translates to the company’s closely-guarded reputation. Is it as good as Bentley makes it out to be? Does it justify the $229,100 base price? Most importantly, does it come at the cost of Bentley losing its own identity in the pursuit of economic growth?
Carfection sought to answer those questions in the only way it knew how: it gave the Bentayga the kind of off-road exercise that all other SUVs are subjected to. In a lot of ways, the Bentayga is the four-wheeled embodiment of irony. Nobody thought that Bentley would go down this path, but now that it’s here, maybe it’s time for all of us to embrace the change as much as the company has.
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.
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.
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.
The last time Bentley took the Bentayga to the Nurburgring, it seemed as if the Brits were training an elephant for a ballet contest. Now that the SUV has returned to Germany’s infamous race track, it’s safe to assume that the elephant is still having trouble with his plie.
Fortunately, there’s no ballet contest, and while this doesn’t make the Bentayga look any less silly on the ’Ring, it will learn a few tricks for the road from these testing sessions.
The SUV’s appearance is yet another thing that hasn’t changed recently. Specifically, the Bentayga is still wearing a thin layer of camouflage, which obscures certain areas of the body, including the bumpers, headlamps, taillights, and the quarter-windows. Bentley isn’t yet ready to showcase it to the public and will probably do so toward the end of the year. Expect the SUV to make its official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September and go on sale in the first half of 2016.
Set to become the most expensive SUV on the market, the Bentayga will be launched with two engines at first, a gas-guzzling 6.0-liter W-12 with impressive performance, and a milder 4.0-liter V-8. Customers concerned about how much they spend at the pump will get a diesel version in 2017, while tree-huggers will be able to purchase a hybrid later on.
In the world of high-end automobiles, there are usually two paths to take: the first is draped in finery, an extravagant experience for the passenger who is whisked away in the back seat in the utmost luxury, at ease and relaxed. The other is a realm of speed and tire smoke, where technology is in place not to coddle, but to render space-time as something pliable, ready to be molded under the furrowed brow of a driver in his element. These two spaces are seemingly at odds with one another, but that hasn’t kept automakers from attempting to stitch them together, just as Bentley tried to do with the Mulsanne Speed. Did it work? XCAR decided to find out with this video.
According to the review, part of this dichotomy is represented by Bentley’s current position, which is seen as pushing towards a performance-oriented future while honoring its luxury past. On one side are cars like the Continental GT and the EXP Speed 6 concept. On the other is the marque’s legacy, where attributes like comfort and stature were the primary concerns.
“People will sometimes oversimplify the difference between Bentley and Rolls-Royce by saying ‘you drive a Bentley, you’re driven in a Rolls-Royce.’ But that’s simply just not the case. You don’t buy a Rolls-Royce Wraith to be driven in it,” the narrator says. The Mulsanne, on the other hand, was definitely designed with the back seat passenger prioritized.
But there’s a problem. The Speed adds power and a sporting edge to a car that wasn’t necessarily meant to be a performer to begin with. So where does that leave it?
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Have you ever had a difficult time deciding whether to buy a Bentley Mulsanne or a Mercedes-Benz S-Class? Of course you have, it’s something we all struggle with almost daily. Motor Trend did a video comparison of the Mulsanne and the S65 AMG a while back, but now there is an S600 Maybach and a Mulsanne Speed, making the previous video worthless as a means of easing our anxiety over the decision of which car to buy. But just in time to keep us from spiraling into a serious depression over it, Motor Trend has released a new video.
Since this is a comparison of two limousines, the reviewer only gives a brief impression of what the cars are like from behind the wheel, and the majority of the review takes place from the back seat. The level of comfort, quality of the materials and ease of access to champaign are all factored into this review, but it obviously mostly boils down to a matter of taste, as both are pretty exceptional vehicles.
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Bentley has already promised that the 2016 Bentayga will be the fastest, most powerful and most exclusive SUV on the market, and now it is adding one more claim to that list. Along with a new video revealing the first look inside the 2016 Bentley Bentayga, Bentley says that the SUV will be the “most advanced Bentley ever,” and while many details about the Bentayga remain unknown, this sneak peek gives an idea of just some of the cabin tech that will be offered.
Perhaps the coolest of this tech is the touch-sensitive control dial mounted centrally in the console. The outer ring allows the driver to switch between the various drive modes, and while several have been blurred out for this video, there will be at least four off-road modes and a sport mode. In the middle of the dial is the start-stop button, which also looks to be controlled by touch rather than an actual button.
While this area definitely seems to be the focal point of Bentley’s innovations, the Bentayga will have other high-tech goodies, including a large instrument cluster display with a night vision mode and what appears to be a massive head-up display. Bentley has not yet said when the Bentayga will be getting its big debut, but this fall’s Frankfurt Motor Show is a good bet at this point.
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.
There are plenty of interesting engine configurations floating through the collective car enthusiast consciousness. A few standouts would include the inline-six, the V-8, and maybe even the straight-five, if, you know, you get weird like that. The V-12 is another highly celebrated tradition, with the names Lamborghini and Ferrari immediately springing to mind.
But what about the W-12? It’s not exactly something you see every day, unless, of course, you own a Bentley Continental GT. With 6 liters of displacement and two turbos, the Continental’s mill churns out a healthy 617 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, clearly underlining its speed potential. The question, however, remains: why would the British automaker choose to stuff such an unusual powerplant under the hood of its high-performance coupe?
XCAR set out to find the answer in this video. Taking the latest example of the luxury vehicle for a cruise around the snowy roads of northern Sweden, our host delves into the history and engineering of what makes the W configuration work so well in a car like the Bentley. The packaging, refinement, and performance are all paramount to its success, and the end result is a car that’s very fast and very comfortable.
As the rest of the world turns to smaller displacement, XCAR is hopeful that Bentley will continue to put the W-12 into its cars, and I for one share such optimism. Because after all, there’s something to be said about being unusual – even if you’re that straight-five guy.
Launched about a decade after the range-topping, 12-cylinder model, the Bentley Continental GT in eight-cylinder trim was added to the lineup for two major reasons. First of all, it uses almost 50 percent less fuel than the giant W-12, which helps in some ways to keep the overall Bentley CO2 emissions down. Second of all, with 500 horsepower in the GT V8 and 521 horsepower for the GT V8 S, the eight-cylinder Conti GT is by no means an entry-level model, it just offers more choice.
As some of you know, its twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 was developed by Ingolstadt engineers, with different versions of it being used on Audis like the S8, S7, RS7, S6 and RS6 Avant. Thanks to a cylinder-deactivation system, it offers a somewhat decent fuel economy for the 5,000-pound coupe, but you couldn’t exactly call it frugal. The V8 S version hit Bentley dealerships in 2014, and its 502 pound-feet of torque seems to be enough to move Drive’s not-exactly skinny Matt Farah from one place to another with no problems.
In fact, the presenter looks to be smitten with the Continental GT V8 S, going as far as calling it much better than the W-12 model and his favorite Bentley ever. Obviously, not everything is perfect with the car from Farah’s perspective, but then again, he didn’t get to “test-drive” the face-lifted model, since that one arrives at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Launched back in 2003, the Bentley Continental GT is currently enjoying its second youth mainly thanks to its 2011 mid-cycle facelift and the addition of an Audi-sourced V-8 engine as the base model. With Bentley recently adding a more powerful variant of the eight-cylinder and thus creating yet another model in the Conti GT lineup, the nice peeps from XCAR decided to have a go in one and make a video review out of their shenanigans.
Despite the model in the footage sporting a not-exactly-inconspicuous yellow color, the 2014 Continental GT in V8 S trim looks quintessentially British, with classic grand tourer proportions and an old-school interior that makes you go "Aaah!" every time you sit in it. The model is powered by a reworked version of the Audi, 4.0-liter, TFSI engine, delivering 521 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque in this example. Even though it weighs over 5,000 pounds even without a heavy W-12 engine up front, thanks to the all-wheel-drive system and the efficiency of its eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF, the Continental GT V8 S can hit 60 mph from a standing start in just 4.3 seconds. Its top speed is a "decent" 192 mph, making it only 5 mph slower than the Conti GT with a twin-turbocharged W-12.
With all-weather capability, the comfort of a luxury sedan, the performance of a thoroughbred sports car and with a somewhat reasonable fuel consumption, the Continental GT V8 S is a more than welcome addition to the Bentley range. It can almost make you forget that underneath is a heavy, 12 year-old car or a "nice Volkswagen," as the video above will most likely prove.
The wait for the arrival of Bentley’s highly anticipated SUV, codenamed ‘Falcon’, has become an excruciating exercise in patience. Fortunately, recent spy shots of the camouflaged luxury SUV has given us a semblance of hope that the long-awaited debut of the SUV is upon us.
But now that Bentley has released a new teaser video of the SUV, that hope is slowly turning into excitement. “The still-unnamed Bentley SUV is upon us!”
The treatment of the new teaser video is a far departure from the first one. This time, we find ourselves looking at a desert before moving silhouettes of the SUV start appearing, less distinguishable at first before morphing into moving images of the hand-stitched upholstery and a quick side glance of the body.
We’ve surmised based on the spy photos that that the SUV will feature a raked rear-end and the distinctive circular Bentley headlights flanking a large front grille.
Details of the engine are still being kept under wraps, but considering that the SUV will ride on the same MLB Evo platform that underpins the next-generation Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q7, we anticipate the luxury vehicle to be offered with a twin-turbo, V-8 engine and a 6.0-liter, W12 engine.
We’re all excited to see what the new Bentley SUV looks like, now more than ever so we can all forget about the monstrosity that was the EXP 9 F.
If you’re as excited as we are about the Bentley SUV, spare some of your time and watch the new teaser video.
It certainly goes without saying that there are few automakers in this world that can compete with Bentley’s status as a premier luxury brand. But being identified with luxury isn’t the only thing that Bentley is proud of; the company also has this goal of combining all that class and elegance with technology. So the company developed a new four-minute short film, titled "Intelligent Details," to specifically showcase how it has achieved blending luxury and technology in one package.
The short film is told through the words of Bentley Director of Design Luc Donckerwolke and Head of Exterior Design Sang Yup Lee. While riding the Mulsanne in the streets of New York, the two describe the company’s goal of offering
"performance that’s compatible with luxury", something Donckerwolke proudly claims no other auto brand in the world can claim.
The two also talk about a new goal for the company to turn the interior of its vehicles into its own living space that’s largely attributed to a renewed sense of empowering it with interior infotainment technology. This is where the short film comes circle in a really cool way. We’re not going to spoil you the ending of the video, but what Bentley used to develop, create, and edit this four-minute short film certainly may shock you, given its professional quality.
To be perfectly honest with you, the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur and the 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost are not necessarily our favorite cars. We’re more interested in nimble sports car, as opposed to massive luxury cars that go fast in a straight line. But if we had to choose between one to have handed to us, we would definitely opt for the Bentley limousine, just because it looks a bit sportier that the Rolls.
This is just our opinions, and we’re sire that plenty of you would take the Ghost. Let’s have a look to see that the folks at Motor Trend think on the two models, and which one would they prefer, as they put the two models against one another in the latest episode of "Head 2 Head."
Be prepared for a slightly unconventional test, as the Motor Trend folks wanted to see if the two models could do a little painting, on top of the typical testing. Check out the video to see which model did best!
Two of the most prestigious sports cars offered from the British market are the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish and the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed. The folks over at Motor Trend decided to see which one was better by putting the two head to head.
In the latest episode of Head 2 Head, Carlos Lago took the two luxury sports cars and wanted to see how they stacked up to one another. He took them to the Motor Trend’s dynamic testing course and pushed them to their limits, then moved to the canyon roads where he seemed to have all the fun in the world throwing these two powerful machines through twists and accelerating on straightaways.
The Aston Martin and Bentley models deliver similar levels of luxury, each is powered by a V-12 engine with more than 500 horsepower and both are priced in the $300k area. So, are they as equal in person as they are on paper? Check out video to find out!
Bentley is continuing to tease its upcoming Continental Flying Spur luxury sedan with a new teaser video called "Quietly Powerful." Even if very short, the new teaser video unveils a little bit more of the luxury sedan and, for the first time, you can get a good look at the headlamps. You just need to pay extra attention around the 20-second mark.
The new Continental Flying Spur will receive a more aggressive front fascia, a vented hood, and - as revealed - new headlights. For the rear, Bentley will add a new trunk-mounted spoiler, slimmer taillights, and a revised exhaust system. The interior will also be upgraded with higher-quality materials and improved technologies. No changes will be made under the hood though, where Bentley will keep the usual 6-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine rated at 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
Full details on the new Continental Flying Spur will be unveiled on February 20, 2013.