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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Could Throw the Proverbial Turd in Bentley's Punch Bowl

A couple of years ago, Bentley surprised us all by showing off the 2015 Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept, a delicious-looking coupe with a bold design and more character than a Stephen King Novel. Then, just a couple of years later, Bentley found itself in the same place, only this time with the 2017 EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept. It had the bold styling of the first concept, but this time it was said to have an electrified drivetrain and unlimited headroom. The business case has been made, and the masses have shown lots of interest in such a model, but the Volkswagen Group could keep the Bentley two-seater from ever seeing production.

See, since Bentley is a part of the dirty VAG (pun intended,) it has to be careful when it comes to intergroup competition, and with the Audi R8 being a big model for Audi, VAG may not approve of the EXP in production form. In an interview with Motoring, Uday Senapati – the Head of Technical Operations at Mulliner – said, “From within Bentley, definitely yes [there’s momentum]. But we’re part of a big group, and it has to work with the rest of the group… Because we are a portfolio of brands, we can’t be overtly competing against each other.” When asked if a direct competitor to the R8 was off limits, he responded with, “Exactly. So if we can create a niche segment for it, then yes [we can do it].”

So, with that said, Bentley can’t just go the usual route with the two-seater if it’s ever to see production, but that doesn’t mean all is lost. Keep reading to find out.


PostHeaderIcon Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept

There once was a time when Bentley was synonymous with British opulence and luxury. That notion still holds true to this day, but Bentley, like everybody else it seems, has evolved into something more than that. These days, the flying “B” has expanded its reach in the automotive landscape with two recent concept offerings showcasing the future of the company as a creator of sporty and aggressive electric sports cars. We first saw how that looked with the debut of the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and a year later, the Crewe-based, British automaker returned to Geneva to bring the coupe’s convertible counterpart, the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept.

Part electric car, part luxury car, and part sports car, the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept can probably be best described as the love child of all these segments, created and developed to showcase part of Bentley’s future in the event it decides to go down this road. The company has said that it plans to do just that and is convinced that an all-electric sports car like the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept can be built without comprising the company’s long-standing tradition of class and luxury. Sounds like the company’s reaching, but remember, we’ve been down this road before.

After all, this is the same company that people scoffed at when it said that it wanted to build an SUV and yet, here we are in 2017, and the Bentayga is making a pretty good case for itself as one of the best luxury SUVs on the market today. That’s not to say that Bentley is going to follow a similar blueprint with the development of the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept, but the bigger point here is that Bentley has successfully gotten out of its comfort zone, so there’s no reason for it not to dive into more unchartered waters.

Whether it’s the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept or the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept, the days of brushing off Bentley’s ability to spread its wings are long gone. At this point, if it says that it’s committed to building an electric car and it has a concept car that it can use to base a future electric car from, taking the company’s word for it would be a far better option than dismissing it again entirely. We don’t know what the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept is going to amount to, but the fact that it made its debut in Geneva earlier this month speaks to the possibilities of seeing it in production form down the road.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept


PostHeaderIcon Bentley Mulsanne Hallmark Series by Mulliner

Introduced in 2010 as a replacement for the 11-year-old Arnage, the Mulsanne is currently Bentley’s range-topping sedan, sitting above the Continental Flying Spur in the lineup. The limousine received an equipment update in 2013 and various special-edition versions, including a performance-oriented Speed model until 2016, when a mid-cycle facelift was launched. Come 2017 and Bentley introduced the Mulsanne Hallmark Series by Mulliner, arguably the most exquisite limited-edition based on the full-size sedan yet.

Described as a highly exclusive model “inspired by the finest precious metals and luxury materials used by the very best jewellers,” the Hallmark Series is available across the entire Mulsanne range, meaning it can be ordered for the extended wheelbase model too. Marketed as the “ultimate statement of luxury” in the Bentley family, the limited-edition model is quite the flamboyant proposition, being available in two-tone paint finishes and with either silver or gold highlights. A bit too flashy if you ask me, but I’m sure this model will be extremely popular in the Middle East where silver an gold emblems are a big thing.

The Mulsanne Hallmark Series by Mulliner makes its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, so make sure you stick around for photos from the event.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mulsanne Hallmark Series by Mulliner.


PostHeaderIcon Bentley Bentayga Mulliner

British-based luxury automaker Bentley first introduced its Bentayga SUV in 2015 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with production ramping up in November of that same year. As the brand’s first-ever SUV, the launch of the Bentayga was anything but timid. Bentley frames the Bentayga as the most luxurious, fastest, and most expensive SUV in the world. Indeed, in this segment, it takes a lot to stand out, but even when the vehicle in question is drenched in luxury and speed and totes an asking price approaching a quarter-million dollars, some customers simply need more. Enter Mulliner, Bentley’s self-described “in-house personal commissioning division,” which was called upon to add bespoke touches and even more opulence to the already-over-the-top SUV. Just how indulgent did Mulliner get? Here are some highlights – new color schemes for the interior and exterior, hand-stitched embroidery for the seats, an onboard refrigerator, crystal champagne flutes, custom china cutlery, and a solid gold clock studded with diamonds. Yep, it’s that kind of SUV.

While certainly eye-raising to most, this list of upgrades is pretty much on par with other custom Bentleys we’ve seen in the past. But of course, the British brand is happy to pull heavily from its list of superlatives when describing this thing, with phrases like “the ultimate luxury SUV” setting the tone. Basically, the Bentayga Mulliner is Bentley’s new flagship utility vehicle, slated as the “most exquisitely appointed luxury SUV ever created,” something that “will appeal to owners searching for the pinnacle of go-anywhere motoring, with the finest performance and comfort.”

Again – you gotta be bold when playing for the top of the heap. Read on for the details on why Bentley thinks this is the best that money can buy.

Continue reading to learn more about the Bentley Bentaryga Mulliner.


PostHeaderIcon Bentley Continental GTC

Although the Bentley Continental GT has being sold in its second-generation specification since 2011, the British grand tourer is actually 13 years old as of 2016. That’s not to say that the Continental GT is a dated vehicle, but it definitely needs an overhaul in order to keep up with the competition. That’s expected to happen in 2017, when Bentley is rumored to roll out the third-generation Conti GT in both coupe and convertible body styles.

Having already discussed the coupe when the first prototypes were spotted in the wild back in February 2016, we will now take a closer look at the drop-top GTC model, which also hit the streets in pre-production form. Much like all test cars wrapped in camouflage, this prototype does a great job hiding the more important exterior bits, but it also provides a few hints as to what we may see in dealerships for the 2018 model year.

I also know that Bentley used the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept as inspiration and that the new Continental GT will ride on a new platform shared with the second-generation Porsche Panamera. The MSB platform provides further hints as to what will motivate the upcoming grand tourer, but more about that in my speculative review below.

Updated 02/15/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Continental GTC out for a new testing session.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Bentley Continental GTC.


PostHeaderIcon Bentley Bentayga Gigante by DMC

The Bentley Bentayga is slowly but surely making an impression in the tuning scene. The high-performance luxury SUV only made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and we’re now seeing aftermarket companies unveiling their tuning kits for the Bentayga. Mansory got the ball rolling at the 2016 SEMA Auto Show and DMC has just followed suit with the “Gigante” program that helps enhance the Bentayga’s output to 700 horsepower and 778 pound-feet of torque.

The “Gigante” name is pretty self-explanatory when you take into account the number of modifications DMC made to the body and engine of the Bentayga. In fact, if you go back to Mansory’s own program for the SUV, you’ll see plenty of similarities as far as the scope of the upgrades are concerned. There are exterior changes, interior upgrades, and engine enhancements. Even better, these modifications aren’t extravagant to the point that they take away from the Bentayga’s own luxury characteristics.

That’s not only a testament to the ingenuity of DMC and Mansory, but also to Bentley for creating a product that has proven to be worth all the hype it has received.

Soon enough, we’re going to see more tuners develop kits for the Bentley Bentayga. That’s not a question of “if,” but “when.” For now though, Mansory and DMC headline the list of tuners with existing programs and the latter’s Gigante kit for the SUV appears to have all the tools to be worth the look, that is if you’re looking to get more out of the Bentayga than what it already has.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Bentley Bentayga “Gigante” by DMC.


PostHeaderIcon Bentley Continental GT Supersports

The second-generation Bentley Continental GT arrived in 2011 with a mildly redesigned exterior, a new interior, and upgraded technology. Although it uses the same Volkswagen Group D1 platform (shared with the Phaeton and the Bentley Flying Spur), the second-gen Conti GT gained a revised W-12 engine and a brand-new, twin-turbo V-8. Much like its predecessor, the second-gen Continental GT spawned a number of versions, including V8 and W12 trims, convertibles, the higher-performance GT Speed, a race-spec GT3 model, and a road-going GT3-R. In early 2017, Bentley unveiled the Supersports, a successor to the beefed-up model it first introduced in 2009.

The fact that the Supersports arrived almost six years after the second-generation Continental GT went into production isn’t surprising. The first Supersports was launched by a similar schedule, hitting public roads six years after the standard model and two years before the first generation car was discontinued. With the current luxury two-door set to be replaced by a third-gen car sometime in 2018, the Supersports was once again introduced as the ultimate Continental GT.

Just like its predecessor, the new range-topping coupe is the fastest and most powerful Continental GT released to the date. The same goes for its soft-top sibling, which is only marginally slower from 0 to 60 mph.

“The Supersports name is legendary at Bentley. From the very first Supersports of the 1920s, to the Continental Supersports of 2009 – and now with the third iteration of this iconic model – it is a name which excites, impassions and thrills. Only Bentley could create a car which blends immense performance and unrivalled luxury in this way,” said Wolfgang Durheimer, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors.

Continue reading to learn more about the new Bentley Continental Supersports.


PostHeaderIcon The Bentley Continental Supersports Is The Continental Variant We've All Been Waiting For

Bentley promised to introduce the “most extreme” car it has ever developed, and true to form, the British luxury marque (or is it a performance brand now?) delivered in spades with the debut of the Continental Supersports, a 700-horsepower piece of viciousness that combines everything we love about the Continental line into one stunning coupe.

The sheer look of the Continental Supersports validates the exotic label being thrown around to describe it. Not only does it looks like a proper performance car (dare I say, maybe even a supercar?) but it does so by taking the already aggressive styling of the slightly less potent Continental GT3-R and cranks it up to another level. Take a look at those redesigned bumpers and the more discernible body lines that give it that racy look to it. And that fixed rear wing at the back? My oh my, this beauty is a sight to behold.

As aggressive as the Supersports looks, it’s real calling card lies underneath that hood, where a 6.0-liter W12 engine with higher-capacity turbochargers resides. That tweaked engine is good for 700 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque, making it the first Bentley ever to carry a factory output of at least 700 horses. That’s no small feat for a company that made its name in the world of automotive luxury.

Speaking of which, the Continental Supersports isn’t all just about power and speed, although we certainly don’t mind having those two departments being the talk of the car. True to its roots, the most extreme Continental is also a picture of luxury, thanks to an interior that’s been designed and dressed to the nines.

We’re going to have a more comprehensive review of the Bentley Continental Supersports up soon so don’t sweat on the broad strokes look of the car we have for now. In the meantime, take a look at this gorgeous piece of work and appreciate Bentley for giving the second-generation Continental the swan song it deserves.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Is The Bentley Continental Supersports Making A Dramatic Return?

When the name Bentley is mentioned, it traditionally evokes images of luxury, elegance, and class. These are the foundations by which the British car brand built its name and for as long as it’s around, these words will continue to be mentioned in the same breath as the company. On the other hand, a word like “extreme” is rarely mentioned alongside Bentley, which is why this new teaser that the automaker released is pretty darn significant, and all it took is this one very telling description.

“The most extreme Bentley ever…is coming.”

Now before anybody starts hyperventilating, it’s important to ask which model Bentley is actually referring to. We know that the all-new Continental GT is expected to make its debut in the second half of 2017. It’s unlikely that this is going to be that model because the unveiling has been set for January 6, 2016. That’s two days from now.

So it’s unlikely to be the all-new Continental GT. That brings us to the current Continental GT, which will make way for its successor soon. Could it be that Bentley is preparing to give the current Continental GT model a proper send-off in the form of an extreme version of itself?

Looking at the automaker’s history, there is one model that’s been noticeably absent from the Continental lineup and if past versions of that variant are indications of what we can expect, there is a possibility that we could be looking at the return of the Supersports here.

Obviously, there’s been no confirmation from Bentley’s part about that speculation, but it does make sense considering that the last Supersports variants – the coupe and convertible – hit the market in 2009 and 2010, or right around the tail end of the first-generation Continental GT’s life with the second-generation Continental arriving in 2011. Follow that schedule and we’re due for the return of the Supersports variant.

Now about the teaser video itself. There’s not much going on there other than a few close-ups of the car in question, although if you look closely, there is one shot that shows what appears to be a fixed rear wing, a feature we haven’t seen from a production Bentley since the Continental GT3-R.

Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long to get some answers because the car’s debut is happening in two days. Buckle up.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Bentley Continental GT V8 S Black Edition

If you’ve ever come across any of Bentley’s Black Edition models, you know that the British luxury car brand spares no expense in dressing them up, right down to seemingly inconsequential details like a 12 o’clock red stripe on the steering wheel. Prepare yourselves then for more Black Edition goodness from Bentley because the automaker has just introduced the latest iteration of that series, only this time, it’s for the Continental GT V8 S.

The vehicle is predictably called the Continental GT V8 S Black Edition and like model from which it’s based on, it’s available in both coupe and convertible body styles. The objective of the Black Edition has always been grounded on creating a sportier look for the Continental GT V8 S. It’s a little more appropriate with this particular model since the GT V8 S is touted as a version of the Continental that’s been tuned for power and performance.

So the Continental GT V8 S Black Edition is essentially a marriage of upgrades meant to give the model a comprehensive lineup of enhancements. If the formula sounds familiar, it’s because Bentley has been doing it for quite some time now and the results, more often than not, have been overwhelmingly positive.

Does the special edition Continental GT V8 S follow in the path created by its Black Edition predecessors? That’s what we’re about to find out, although based on first impressions, I’m confident that this new model won’t have any problems making a name for itself.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Bentley Continental GT V8 S.


PostHeaderIcon Bentley Flying Spur Limited Edition By Mulliner

Bentley’s Mulliner personalization division is capable of some luscious creations. Just last week, it presented the Bamford X Bentley Mulliner Mulsanne Speed. That one featured a black-on-black color scheme that was created through a process called Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD). It’s a complicated process that flies over my head; all I know is that Mulliner is capable of such a thing. I mention all of this because Mulliner’s back with a new creation, only this time, it’s for the Bentley Flying Spur.

At this point, refinements like a Peacock Blue paint finish and British Elm in the interior are what you can expect from Mulliner. They’re quintessentially British by nature, and so is the Flying Spur, which makes this particular personalization program a treat to the senses for those who prefer going over-the-top with their luxury amenities.

I don’t think it necessary to remind everyone of the kind of class and status surrounding the Bentley Flying Spur. It’s a sedan that’s made to ooze those qualities on its own. Then again, it doesn’t hurt that a personalization program like Mulliner is a skip and a knock away from rolling up its sleeves and working on the well-crafted additions that a particular customer may want from there Flying Spurs.

The results certainly speak for themselves, and in this particular instance, the final product is a testament to the quality of the Bentley Flying Spur and the all-around ingenuity of Bentley’s go-to personalization program.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Bentley Flying Spur by Mulliner.


PostHeaderIcon Bamford X Bentley Mulliner Mulsanne Speed

It’s safe to say that Mulliner, Bentley’s in-house bespoke personalization division, has established a reputation for being a purveyor of some of the most unique Bentleys we’ve seen in a long time. That’s what happens when you’re responsible for building one-off to limited edition models for the British auto brand. You’re afforded the freedom to be creative with your work and as far as recent examples are concerned – the Mulsanne Sinjari Edition being one of them – that’s exactly what Mulliner has done. Now, it’s at it again with another creation: a one-off Mulsanne Speed built specifically for George Bamford, the man behind Bamford Watch Department, regarded by many as the U.K.’s premier bespoke timepiece personalization company.

The one-off Mulsanne is formally called the Bamford X Bentley Mulliner and if you’re sensitive to cars that have been turned upside their heads, you might want to look away for this one. But if you can take the proverbial heat, then feast your eyes on this enthralling work by Mulliner.

Like most of the bespoke division’s past works, the Bamford X Bentley Mulliner is more than just an expression of extreme personalization. There’s a story behind the work that Mulliner put into this Mulsanne to make it a true and legitimate one-off piece. Specific materials and methods were used to represent the identity of the BWD brand, and like a true craftsman whose name and reputation are worth the land he’s standing on, Mulliner went over and above it’s own capabilities to create a bespoke Mulsanne that’s unlikely to be replicated anytime soon.

“This is personalization. This is how you do personalization.” This is what George Bamford himself said when he saw the Bamford X Bentley Mulliner.

Wiser words have never been spoken.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Bamford X Bentley Mulsanne by Mulliner


PostHeaderIcon Bentley Flying Spur

Launched in 2005 and updated in 2013, the Bentley Flying Spur is getting a little long in the tooth. As a result, the British firm has already begun testing the next-generation model and we have already received the first spy shots of the upcoming luxury rig.

Don’t let the Panamera body fool you, this is actually a Bentley mule, and the fact that Bentley is using a Porsche body is by no means surprising. As you may recall, the first Bentayga prototype hit the road with an Audi Q7 body. Also, keep in mind the Bentley, Porsche, and Audi are all under the same Volkswagen Group umbrella. If you’re still in doubt, our paparazzi have already checked the British plates with the DVLA, which revealed that the prototype is indeed registered as a Bentley.

Likely to break cover in late 2018 or early 2019, the next-generation Flying Spur will bring major improvements to the nameplate. Arguably the most imporant is the MSB-F platform, which already made its debut in the new Porsche Panamera. The redesign will also spawn a new styling language, a more luxurious interior, and give the sedan more powertrain options.

Official data is virtually non-existent, but I gathered all existing rumors in a speculative review that should keep you covered until a Bentley-bodied prototype shows up in 2017. Make sure you stay tuned for details.

Updated 03/20/2017: Our spy photographers caught a more advanced mule for the next generation Flying Spur out for a new testing session.

Continue reading to learn more about the Bentley Flying Spur.


PostHeaderIcon Naim for Bentley Audio System Now Available for Your Home

When it comes to the absolute best in luxury, only a few names come to mind. I’m not talking about Mercedes or BMW luxury; I’m talking about the type of luxury that is enjoyed by an elite few with pockets deeper than the ocean. While my description could easily have you thinking “Rolls-Royce,” today I’m actually talking about Bentley. It’s no secret that Bentleys are nicer than anything most of us will have the privilege of owning, and part of the luxury that comes with a Bentley is the unparalleled sound quality from the NAIM for Bentley sound system, which is found in models like the Bentley Bentayga. To put it simply, NAIM for Bentley offers exceptional clarity that can only be appreciated by those with a very healthy love for music. Well, for those elite few, they can now have the same audio quality in their own home with the Mu-so and Mu-so qb wireless audio system.

You read all of that correctly, NAIM for Bentley has officially transitioned into a home audio system as well. And, to no surprise, the system is just as elegant as the vehicles it was once limited to. The now liberated sound system is offered in two different flavors with the entry-level Mu-so qb offering up 300 watts from a small, cubed housing. The range-topping Mu-so delivers an ear ringing 450 watts of power through six speakers. Both systems run on a 32-bit digital signal processor with softer specially tuned in Naim’s listening room.

But, it’s not just the output and sound quality that makes this the Bentley of home audio systems. See, the rotor control knobs on the units feature the same signature knurling found in Bentley cars. The speaker cabinet itself is crafted out of wood but is later covered in a fairly thick layer of anodized aluminum to give it a modern look and the ability to provide distortion-free sound. The Naim fo Bentley logo on each model will illuminate whenever the speaker is in use. So how much will it cost you to enjoy the absolute finest audio quality available? Well, the entry-level model will set you back £750 while the range-topping Mu-so commands £1,195. That computes to about $1,108 and $1,694, respectively.


PostHeaderIcon Bentley Bentayga by Mansory

German tuner Mansory is making the trip to Las Vegas in November, and it’s not going there to take in a Cirque de Soleil show. Instead, it’s headed to the 2016 SEMA show and it’s bringing with it it’s latest tuning masterclass, one specifically developed for the Bentley Bentayga. Needless to say, Mansory is known for building show-worthy programs and this one for the Bentayga is no different. It’s got loads of refinements in the exterior and interior and it has an engine upgrade that takes the luxury SUV’s power numbers up to an impressive 691 horses and 773 pound-feet of torque.

The power numbers and subsequent performance capabilities are the highlights of the kit, but they’re far from the only ones. This is Mansory, after all, and when it comes to these guys, no program is complete without the presence of carbon fiber. This kit for the Bentayga has carbon fiber. Lots of it, in fact. It also has an outlandish interior program that features only the finest in luxury applications and a new set of wheels that were thrown in for good measure.

The Mansory-tuned Bentayga will certainly feel at home at SEMA with all its aftermarket brethren. But there’s something to be said for a tuner that’s known more for appearing at the Geneva Motor Show to make the trip to Las Vegas to showcase its wares to a predominantly American audience. You’d think that the tuner would’ve preferred a similar event that’s closer in proximity like the Essen Show in Germany. Is it possible that Mansory wants to become a bigger player in the American tuning scene?

Continue after the jump to read the full review.


PostHeaderIcon Bentley Bentayga Diesel

Introduced in late 2015, the Bentayga is Bentley’s first-ever SUV. It’s also the most expensive and luxurious, factory-built SUV in the world as of 2016, as well as the quickest to 60 mph and the fastest in terms of top speed thanks to its brand-new, 600-horsepower W-12 engine. The people hauler is also equipped with Bentley’s latest convenience features and the finest leather and wood trim available on the market and the company’s most customizable vehicle to date. All told, until Rolls-Royce launches its SUV later this decade, the Bentayga is the fanciest option you have if you’re in the market for a luxury SUV. In 2016, Bentley enlarged the Bentayga family by adding a diesel drivetrain, making the SUV its first-even vehicle to use an oil burner.

It’s no secret that Bentley plans to turn the Bentayga into a full-size lineup of vehicles, with both a gasoline V-8 and a hybrid version being in the making. However, the big news for 2017 is the arrival of the Bentayga Diesel, the company’s first vehicle to use a different type of fuel other than gasoline. The reasoning behind it is that Bentley wants to provide a more fuel-efficient alternative to the W-12 Bentayga, as well as reduce its overall carbon footprint in anticipation of upcoming, more stringent regulations for automakers in both the European Union and the United States.

Much like any recent Bentley automobile, the Bentayga Diesel borrowed its drivetrain from other Volkswagen Group products. In this case, the engine came from the performance-oriented Audi SQ7. On the other hand, the Bentayga Diesel retained all the fancy features available in the W-12 model, including its incredibly expensive options. Find out more about it in our detailed review of the SUV.

Updated 09/21/2016: Bentley dropped the official details on the Bentayga Diesel.

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PostHeaderIcon Bentley 8-Litre Tourer

When the Great Depression struck the world, the automotive industry, like other industries at the time, suffered dramatically. It took a serious toll on Bentley; so much so, that it didn’t take long for its finances to fall into shambles, and the company to be placed in receivership. Before that happened, however, Bentley tried to turn things around by introducing the Bentley 8 Litre. It was announced to the public on September 15, 1930, and was the last completely new model from Bentley before the company fell apart and Rolls-Royce Limited took ownership of the struggling company.

Due to the timing of the Great Depression, sales of Bentley’s newest wealthy people hauler were incredibly slow. With only 100 examples produced between 1930 and 1932, that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Despite the fact that sales were poor, the 8 Litre was a fine automobile. It featured an 8-liter straight-six, and the chassis came at a cost of about $1,850. The model we’re here to talk about today is a 1932 tourer model that features coachwork by Vaden Plas. To put it shortly, the car is elegant and beautiful.

This specific model just went under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s auction during Monterey Car Week in 2016. We were on the scene and snagged a lot of good pictures of this beauty. So, let’s dive on in and take a closer look at this 1932 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer by Vaden Plas.

Keep reading for our full review.


PostHeaderIcon Bentely Continental GTC

Although the Bentley Continental GT has being sold in its second-generation specification since 2011, the British grand tourer is actually 13 years old as of 2016. That’s not to say that the Continental GT is a dated vehicle, but it definitely needs an overhaul in order to keep up with the competition. That’s expected to happen in 2017, when Bentley is rumored to roll out the third-generation Conti GT in both coupe and convertible body styles.

Having already discussed the coupe when the first prototypes were spotted in the wild back in February 2016, we will now take a closer look at the drop-top GTC model, which also hit the streets in pre-production form. Much like all test cars wrapped in camouflage, this prototype does a great job hiding the more important exterior bits, but it also provides a few hints as to what we may see in dealerships for the 2018 model year.

I also know that Bentley used the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept as inspiration and that the new Continental GT will ride on a new platform shared with the second-generation Porsche Panamera. The MSB platform provides further hints as to what will motivate the upcoming grand tourer, but more about that in my speculative review below.

Updated 07/19/2016: Based on the recent spy shots and speculations, we created a rendering for the upcoming Continental GTC. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about it.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Bentley Continental GTC.


PostHeaderIcon Bentley Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner

The Bentayga arrived in 2015 as Bentley’s first-ever SUV. It’s also the most expensive and luxurious, factory-built SUV in the world as of 2016, as well as the quickest to 60 mph and the fastest in terms of top speed thanks to its 600-horsepower W-12 engine. The hauler is also packed with Bentley’s latest convenience features and the finest leather and wood trim available on the market. Finally, it’s also Bentley’s most customizable vehicle to date.

All told, until the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and the Mercedes-Maybach GLS hit the streets at the turn of the decade, the Bentley Bentayga will remain the fanciest SUV out there. But, despite the head start, Bentley isn’t resting on its laurels and is already selling special-edition models based on the Bentayga – one of them being the Fly Fishing by Mulliner.

Described as the “ultimate angling accessory,” the Mulliner-built SUV is a modern interpretation of the shooting brake. But, instead of carrying shooting parties at hunting events, the Fly Fishing provides fishermen with all the equipment required to catch fish. In short, the SUV comes with a bespoke trunk that houses anything from rods and nets to a master tackle station and a wader-stowage trunk.

“The Bentayga Fly Fishing car showcases the breadth and level of detail a customer can expect from Mulliner. This is an individual bespoke solution and our skilled craftspeople can design elegant and exquisitely executed bespoke solutions to complement any customer lifestyle or hobby. Fly fishing is a sport that requires a variety of equipment and clothing, so it was essential to package the rods, reels, waders, boots and fly-tying station into the car in a luxurious, accessible and elegant way – and the end result is truly extraordinary,” said Geoff Dowding, director of Mulliner.

Continue reading to learn more about the Bentley Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner.


PostHeaderIcon Bentley Chief Talks Shop About Possible New SUV & Sports Car Models

Bentley has made no bones about expanding its lineup. What was once a company that only had the Continental as a model, Bentley has slowly built up a lineup that now includes the Mulsanne, Flying Spur, and the recently launched Bentayga SUV. With all four models already in the market, the British automaker is looking ahead to a fifth, and possibly sixth model. The only question, which one is going to come first. Autocar caught up with Bentley chief Wolfgang Dürheimer to discuss which of the two models – a sportier version of the Bentayga, or a production version of the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept – is Bentley preparing first.

According to Dürheimer, no decision has been made on that front but he did indicate that both models could be developed one after the other. For a long time, it was believed to be that the sporty SUV was the next model up for Bentley. But the success and overwhelmingly positive reception the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept received at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show has given Bentley a good problem on its hands.

Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long for an answer as Dürheimer promised an answer “by the end of the year.” And for what it’s worth, the automaker is already working on both, but finances and manpower prevent them from doing both models at the same time. Still, it’s good to know that Bentley isn’t making an “either-or” choice on the matter. It plans to build both; it just depends on which model it wants to do first.

Either way, expect both the sporty Bentayga SUV and the sports car, reportedly named the Barnato, to both arrive by 2020. That timetable ties into the company’s plan to grow its sales volume to 20,000 sold units per year by 2025. Likewise, the timetable for both cars figures into Bentley’s other plan of investing £840 million in infrastructure, processes and technical equipment by the end of 2018.

The wheels are definitely spinning over in Crewe, U.K. as Bentley continues to ramp up its long-term plan of becoming a bigger player in the premium markets of the auto industry.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


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