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PostHeaderIcon Bentley Adds More Flavor To Its Lineup With A V-8 Bentayga

Lovers of the opulent, over-the-top Bentley Bentayga have reason to get excited, as the British automaker just announced it would expand the nameplate’s offerings with a new V-8 model. While slightly down on power compared to the previous 12-cylinder variant, the new Bentayga V8 still comes brimming with luxury, technology, and impressive speed.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


“The V-8 also manages up to 25 combined mpg thanks to start/stop tech and cylinder deactivation that turns the 'eight into a four-banger, a vast improvement compared to the W-12 model's 15 mpg combined.”

When Bentley initially announced its intentions to create its very first SUV, it hoped to do it right by offering customers the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive SUV in the world. The end result is a luxury box on wheels with a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W-12 engine, 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, an eight-speed automatic transmission, AWD, advanced air suspension, a 0-to-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 187 mph. Pricing starts at over $200,000.

All told, Bentley frames the Bentayga as “the ultimate Grand Touring experience unrestricted by landscape or conditions.” Impressive stuff, no doubt about it, but obviously any time you create the “ultimate” of anything, you leave the door open for the creation of something, well, slightly less ultimate.

Enter the V-8 model, which arrives with a VW-sourced 4.0-liter V-8 powerplant, once again packing in the air thanks to two turbochargers. Standout features include 32 valves and a hot-vee placement for the twin-scroll turbos. Peak output is rated at 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, while the top speed clocks in at 180 mph and the 0-to-60 mph sprint is achieved in 4.4 seconds. The V-8 also manages up to 25 combined mpg thanks to start/stop tech and cylinder deactivation that turns the ’eight into a four-banger, a vast improvement compared to the W-12 model’s 15 mpg combined.


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“Peak output is rated at 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, while the top speed clocks in at 180 mph and the 0-to-60 mph sprint is achieved in 4.4 seconds.”

Bentley claims that this new V-8 model assumes the nameplate’s “most sporting guise to date,” but considering the numbers in play here, we can’t help but question that statement. After all, the V-8 isn’t as powerful and the model isn’t nearly as fast as the ’12, while the rest of the equipment looks more or less unchanged.

Drivetrain Specifications

Bentley Bentayga V-8 Bentley Bentayga W-12
Type 4.0-litre, 32-valve, twin-turbocharged V8 6-litre twin-turbocharged W12 TSI
Max Power 542 HP @ 6,000 RPM 600 HP @ 5,250-6,000 RPM
Max Torque 568 LB-FT @ 1,960-4,500 RPM 664 LB-FT @ 1,250-4,500 RPM
Transmission ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, permanent all-wheel drive with 40:60 front to rear torque split ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox
Top speed 180 mph / 290 km/h 187 mph / 301 km/h
0-60 mph 4.4 secs 4.0 secs
0-100 km/h 4.5 secs 4.1 secs

But maybe Bentley is referring to the brakes, as the V-8 Bentayga also comes with the option for carbon ceramic stoppers. This motorsport-inspired system is a first for the model, and Bentley brags its the largest front brake system available on any production car on the market, measuring in with
enormous 440 mm (17.3-inch) diameter discs and 10-pot calipers. Meanwhile, the rear gets 370 mm (14.6-inch) diameter brake discs.

Keeping it shiny side up is a multi-mode suspension system, with Bentley Drive Dynamics offering a variety of settings that adjust the SUV’s attitude to better suit either comfort or sportiness. The V-8 Bentayga also continues with standard off-roading settings for the Drive Dynamics system, and includes a variety of variable for the ride height.


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“Bentley brags the optional carbon brakes are the largest front brakea available on any production car on the market, measuring in with enormous 440 mm (17.3-inch) diameter discs and 10-pot calipers.”

In terms of aesthetics, the V-8 Bentayga offers buyers 11 individual wheel design options, including a new 22-inch five-spoke design painted in polished black. Overall though, the V-8 model looks quite similar to the older W-12 model, with only minor visual cues added as indication of the new engine under the hood. That includes a black chrome grille up front and twin-quad exhaust tips in back.

Inside, the V-8 Bentayga continues the theme of superlative luxury, and now gets new wood trim and hide on the steering wheel, plus a new carbon fiber panel in high-gloss finish for extra sporting cred. A high-end stereo is also on the options list, offering 1,950 watts of power routed through 18 speakers. An 8-inch touchscreen takes its place in front, and there’s a removable 10.2-inch Android tablet in back, plus onboard WiFi support. Rounding out the tech suite is a variety of driver assists, such as adaptive cruise control, traffic assist, park assist, night vision, traffic sign recognition, and the like.


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“Pricing for the V-8 Bentayga has not yet been announced, but we expect it to be well below that of the W-12 model.”

Pricing for the V-8 Bentayga has not yet been announced, but we expect it to be well below that of the W-12 model.

For reference, the new Bentayga will go up against competitors like the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged.

The Merc is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 making around 415 horsepower and comes packing with some very impressive off-roading chops, and the whole package is expected to see a solid upgrade with the up-and-coming 2019 model year. Pricing starts at $123,600.

Meanwhile, the Range Rover gets 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque thanks to a blown 5.0-liter V-8, and while it’s definitely designed primary for paved-road duty, it’s got the goods for a jaunt in the rough stuff as well. Pricing starts at $104,890.

References

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Bentley Bentayga V8 Announced with 550 PS

It is no longer cool, at least among the sophisticated well-to-do people, to have the biggest, largest and most extravagant. That is why luxury car makers have adopted  downsizing routine this past few years, although downsizing for them is replacing a V12, or W12, engine with a V8. That is the case with the 2018 Bentley Bentayga V8.

Powered by a sweet-sounding 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine, the 2018 Bentley Bentayga V8is the ‘sensible’ version of this super deluxe SUV with 550 horsepower and 568 lb.ft. (770 Nm) of torque. That power is what makes the W12 version look utterly and completely pointless. It propels the road yacht from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds), on to a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). Do you really need a faster SUV? A faster car?

The V8 Bentayga is even cooler and more fun than the W12. Whereas the W12 sounds like a huge vacuum cleaner at high revs, 2018 Bentley Bentayga V8, thanks to its quad exhaust system, has a nice burble throughout the rev range. Other notable highlights include optional carbon-ceramic brakes, a wood and hide steering wheel and the introduction of a high-gloss carbon-fibre interior panel finish.

What’s more, 2018 Bentley Bentayga V8 features Stop-Start technology, which can activate at ‘near-to-stop’ speeds, also contributes to the emissions figure.Speaking of which, the V8 averages 24.8 mpg / 11.4 l/100 km, corresponding to CO2 emissions of 260 g/km. The SUV has a decent range of 64 miles (746 km) on one tank.






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PostHeaderIcon Bentley Continental GT First Edition

In keeping with its new tradition of rolling out First Edition models — the Bentayga SUV and the Mulsanne each got one — Bentley is rolling out the red carpet for the Continental GT First Edition. Described as the “ultimate expression of the legendary grand tourer,” the Continental GT First Edition gets plenty of exclusive appointments that help earn its status as a true first-off-the-line model.

Since this is Bentley we’re talking about, the phrase “exclusive appointments” take on a far more exclusive and opulent meaning. The features included in the Continental GT First Edition include fancy rotating displays, veneer options, and model-specific cosmetic identifiers that firmly establishes its special edition status. Basically, the Continental GT First Edition is a more exclusive version of an already exclusive luxury coupe.

Bentley didn’t say how many Continental GT First Edition units it plans to roll out, but given its status as a First Edition model, don’t expect it to be available in large quantities. The Bentayga First Edition, for example, was limited to just 608 examples, while the Mulsanne First Edition was even rarer with only 50 units made across its entire three-model range. My best guess is that the Continental GT First Edition will have a volume of around 100 units with each unit priced at around $300,000.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Bentley Continental GT First Edition.

What makes the Bentley Continental GT First Edition special


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“The specific color Bentley used to showcase the Continental GT First Edition is called “Orange Flame.””

The Bentley Continental GT First Edition is a lot of things. “Special” is one of them. There’s something to be said about the visual presentation of the car, beginning with its body color. If you must know, the specific color Bentley used to showcase the Continental GT First Edition is called “Orange Flame.” There was no mention on whether the special edition Continental GT only comes in an Orange Flame body, but a quick look at the car’s online configurator reveals a total of 13 different colors to choose from. There’s Rubino Red, Sequin Blue, Peacock, and Damson, to name a few.

In keeping with its British tradition, the body of the Continental GT First Edition gets Union Jack accents on the front fenders, just behind the front wheel arches.


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“The first order of business is Bentley’s new Rotating Display, a central feature of the Continental GT First Edition that lets you switch through three different fascia panels depending on your mood”

The car looks provocative from the outside, but it’s really inside where it sets itself apart from other Continental GTs. The first order of business is Bentley’s new Rotating Display, a central feature of the Continental GT First Edition that lets you switch through three different fascia panels depending on your mood. A 12.3-display is the go-to configuration, but you can also switch to a more classic look with three analog dials or a veneer-only fascia that appears only when the car is not running.

Since we’re talking about veneers, the Continental GT First Edition has four different Dual Veneer versions to choose from: Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus, Dark Stained Madrona, Liquid Amber, and Tamo Ash. I don’t have the words to properly describe the look of each of these four veneers, but I trust that Bentley created them to look as fancy as their names sound. Regardless which wood option you get, Bentley will combine them with a Grand Black option that’s exclusive to the Continental GT First Edition. That means that no other special edition model will get this kind of option.


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“A unique contrast stitch is also included, and is only available on the First Edition”

Speaking of features that are limited to the First Edition, the Continental GT also gets diamond-in-diamond quilt stitching on the seats, door panels, and rear quarter panels. A unique contrast stitch is also included, and is only available on the First Edition. A choice of three different audio systems are also on the table. A 650W audio system comes as standard, but there is an option to upgrade to either a 1500W Bang & Olufsen system or a range-topping 2200W Naim audio system.

It wouldn’t be a special edition Bentley Continental GT without Mulliner’s influence, would it? It’s a good thing that Bentley’s own personalization division is involved through its Mulliner Driving Specification. This package adds another layer of exclusivity to the special edition Continental. Drilled alloy foot pedals, jewel-finish oil and filler caps, and a set of 22-inch wheels are all included in the Mulliner Driving Specification. The wheels are also available in bright paint, black, hand polished, or full polish finishes.


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“Needless to say, a car as loaded as the Continental GT First Edition does not come cheap”

Last but certainly not least are the Specification and Touring Specification packages. If you really want your Continental GT First Editions to be filled to the brim with features, the packages add goodies like hands-free trunk opening, pedestrian warning, traffic sign recognition, city braking, adaptive cruise, a heads-up display, and night vision with an infrared camera.

Needless to say, a car as loaded as the Continental GT First Edition does not come cheap. I mentioned that Bentley hasn’t identified a price for the units it plans to sell, but it’s safe to say that you’re looking at a car that could fetch somewhere around $300,000.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Bentley Continental GT First Edition Details Announced

As great as the new Continental GT is in standard form, there are those who will nag Bentley through the ordering process about how it’s not special enough. To shut these guys up, at least for a while, they have come up with the Bentley Continental GT First Edition which is a more extravagant version of the grand tourer produced in limited numbers. 

Bentley wanted this model to not only present extremely high levels of luxury to the discerning customers, but also to wow them with technological highlights. So Bentley Continental GT First Edition comes as standard with the Bentley Rotating Display 12.3 inch touchscreen display. This allows you to seamlessly switch between three different fascia panels to suit the mood of the cabin. But if you are more classically inclined you can swap this for a traditional instrument display with analogue dials.

Exquisite woodwork has always been a feature of the British brand, and 2018 Bentley Continental GT First Edition is no exception. You can choose from one of four unique Dual Veneers for the dashboard fascia, including amo Ash, Liquid Amber, Dark Stained Madrona and Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus. Whichever you go for, it’s complemented in the First Edition with Grand Black accents and mood lighting and illuminated sills emblazoned with ‘Bentley’. Other highlights of the cabin include  diamond-in-diamond quilt pattern on seats, door panels and rear quarter panels, contrast stitching, and such equipment as park assist, pedestrian warning and traffic sign recognition and available Bang & Olufsen sound system.









Boasting drilled alloy foot pedals, jewel-finish oil and filler caps, and unique, 22” wheels, and available in exclusive exterior colors, the Bentley Continental GT First Edition is powered by the high-end 6.0-litre, twin turbocharged W12 TSI engine. It produces 635 PS (626 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft.) of torque, and accelerates the new Continental GT to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds), and on to a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph).

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PostHeaderIcon Bentley Continental GTC

Introduced in 2003, the Bentley Continental GT has become a big hit for the British firm and its German parent company, Volkswagen AG, and the 2011 redesign made it even more popular. However, the update wasn’t as extensive as you’d expect from such a high-profile car, and the second-gen Conti became a bit long in the tooth after years. This is why Bentley launched a completely overhauled version for the 2018 model year. With the new Continental GT almost in dealerships, a convertible model is just around the corner.

Spotted testing on public roads since mid-2016, the new Continental GTC has yet to show itself without camouflage. However, that’s not to say we’re dealing with a mystery since most convertible are identical to the their coupe counterparts below the waist. Expect the new GTC to feel as modern as the recently unveiled Continental GT and boasts the same luxurious cabin with state-of-the-art technology. All of this will be complemented by the infinite headroom that comes with every cabriolet out there.

Update 11/24/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Bentley Continental GTC out for a new testing session, but this time during cold winter conditions.

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

Spy Shots

November 11/24/2017 – Upcoming Bentley Continental GTC caught testing in cold weather


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February 15, 2017 – Bentley Continental GTC caught testing once again


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October 26, 2016 – Continental GTC caught testing on the roads around the Nürburgring


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July 6, 2016 – First testing session


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Exterior


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“Unlike the second-gen Continental GT, the third-generation coupe is a bit more exciting to look at, as the redesigned exterior feels sportier, more modern, and actually pretty gorgeous”

Unlike the second-gen Continental GT, the third-generation coupe is a bit more exciting to look at, as the redesigned exterior feels sportier, more modern, and actually pretty gorgeous. Sure, it’s not as extreme as the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, which had a supercarish stance, but it’s great to see something completely fresh on this grand tourer after almost 15 years. And the good news is that every single cool design feature of the Continental GT will find its way on the GTC model.

Look for the front fascia to include the same EXP 10-inspire grille, which is significantly wider and sits lower, the quad headlamps with the tiny units toward the corners, and the three-piece intake section in the bumper. The LEX Matrix lights with the unique design inspired by the finest cut-crystal glasses should be there too.

The longer and lower stance of the Conti GT’s profile will also carry over to the GTC, likely enhanced when the roof is wrapped in the trunk. With the soft-top up, the GTC should sport a similar profile, although the roof shape won’t be as sexy as on the coupe. The taillights shaped into ellipses, the similar exhaust pipes, the wider trunk lid and the beefier rear bumper should round off the new look.

Interior


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Note: Bentley Continental GT interior pictured here.

“Having already seen the GT, it's safe to assume that the GTC will feel like a road yacht when the soft-top is folded flat”

The cabin of the new Continental GT provides every hint we need to unlock the features of the GTC. Remove the fancy talk and this means that the cabriolet will be identical to the coupe on inside. Except that it won’t have a metal roof obviously.

Having already seen the GT, it’s safe to assume that the GTC will feel like a road yacht when the soft-top is folded flat. Just look at that massive slab of wood that extends from the dashboard onto the door panels, the huge display, the modern controls, and the high-sheen center console. Speaking of which, customers will have access to loads of new veneers, including Koa, a wood that’s rarely used in cars, and a dual-veneer option.

Of course, almost every inch of the cabin is wrapped in fine leather highlighted by contrast stitching, and new quilt technique called “diamond in diamond.” Other fancy features will include 20-way adjustable seats with heating, cooling, and massage function, a big instrument cluster with 3D LED lights, and a 10-speaker, 650-watt sound system. The latter is just the standard unit, as options include a 16-speaker, 1,500-watt Bang & Olufsen system and an 18-speaker, 2,000-watt system by Naim.


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Note: Bentley Continental GT interior pictured here.

“Of course, almost every inch of the cabin is wrapped in fine leather highlighted by contrast stitching”

But Arguably the most interesting feature of the upcoming Continental GTC will be Bentley’s new infotainment display. Called the Bentley Rotating Display and introduced with the Continental GT, the 12.3-inch touchscreen is housed in a three-sided unit that revolves in the center stack. When the ignition is off, the screen is hidden in the dashboard, with the wood veneer flowing uninterrupted from the passenger side to the instrument cluster. When the engine start button is pressed, however, the veneer in the center stack glides forward and rotates to reveal the big screen. The third side of the Rotating Display reveals three analogue dials displaying outside temperature, a compass, and chronometer. Opting for the latter gives you an elegant, old school-style dash that works great with the massive wood veneer.

Of course, another interesting feature will be the possibility to drive with an open top, which provides access not only to unlimited headroom, but also to a summer’s warm breeze, and the engine high-displacement roar.

Drivetrain


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“The third-generation Continental GT remained faithful to Bentley's already traditional 6.0-liter W-12 engine”

The third-generation Continental GT remained faithful to Bentley’s already traditional 6.0-liter W-12 engine. However, the British firm is now using a brand-new twin-turbo unit, which was developed before the Bentayga SUV was introduced.

The powerplant, which is shared with some Audi models, generates a massive 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. That’s an extra 44-horsepower and 133-pound-feet compared to the previous model. The significant extra oomph is also aided by the lighter architecture that shaves around 200 pounds lighter off the previous model. The transmission is a dual-clutch eight-speed automatic.

“The powerplant generates a massive 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque”

Performance-wise, the Conti GT needs 3.6 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, a half-second quicker than the outgoing model. As it the case with most convertibles, the GTC will probably be a tenth-second slower, but a 3.7-second sprint is pretty impressive given the size and weight of this car. Top speed should increase, but don’t expect the GTC to be as fast as the coupe, which is good for 207 mph. However, it’s safe to assume that the drop-top will do at least 200 mph.

A new all-wheel-drive system will transfer the power to all four wheels. While the previous unit had a 40:60 power delivery split between front and rear wheels, the new AWD system varies the front-to-rear torque split based on driving conditions. But the Bentley Continental GTC will be mostly a rear-wheel-drive cars during normal driving.

Prices

With pricing information for the new Continental GT not yet available, estimating a precise sticker for the GTC model is almost impossible right now. However, with the third-generation coupe likely to retail from around $220,000, the Continental GTC could cost around $240,000 before options. A more affordable alternative could become available in 2018, when Bentley plans to roll out V-8 versions of the Continental GT. Assuming that the GTC will also get one, pricing should sit at just under $200,000.

Competition

Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante


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When it comes to fast and luxurious British grand tourers, you can’t go wrong with the Vanquish Volante. Introduced in 2013, one year after Aston Martin revived the Vanquish name from its five-year hiatus, the Vanquish Volante sports a significantly more aggressive design and a powerful V-12 engine under its long hood. The mild 2018 update, likely the last of the current-generation car, added a new aerodynamic package including many carbon-fiber parts, new graphics on the outside and new materials and finishes on the inside. The output of the 5.9-liter V-12 engine was increased to 592 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, which enables the drop-top to hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Top speed is rated at 197 mph. Pricing starts from $312,950, which makes it significantly more expensive than the Bentley Continental GTC.

Read our full review of the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet


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The first convertible to wear the “S-Class” badge and Mercedes’ first open-top luxury four-seater since the early 1970s, the S-Class Cabriolet is one of the very few vehicles that can give the Continental GTC a run for its money. Sporty but elegant and fitted with Mercedes’ latest technology, it also comes with semi-autonomous drive and a powerful V-8 engine under the hood. The twin-turbo, 4.0-liter cranks out 463 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of twist, enabling the massive drop-top to hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. For those looking for an alternative to the W-12 GTC, Mercedes offers the AMG S63, which uses a more powerful V-8 rated at 612 horses. This version hits 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, which should be quicker than the upcoming W-12 GTC. Finally, the AMG S65 Cabriolet comes with a 6.0-liter V-12 that delivers 630 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. However, this model is RWD only and needs 4.1 seconds to reach 60 mph. Pricing is also on the Merc’s side. The standard model retails from $131,400, while the AMG fetches $176,400 before options. On the other hand, the AMG S65 costs a whopping $247,900.

Read our full reviews of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and Mercedes-AMG S63 and S65 Cabriolet.

Conclusion


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Arguably one of the most impressive luxury convertibles available on the market, the Continental GTC is about to get even better with the third-generation model. The new platform will solve the Continental’s weight problems, while access to hybrid drivetrains will enable Bentley to offer a more fuel-efficient model and improve the nameplate’s carbon footprint. The EXP 10 Speed 6-inspired design will also give the GTC a sportier stance that’s closer to the Vanquish, leaving the Continental Flying Spur sedan to parade as the more elegant proposition in the lineup.

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    • Expensive compared to the S-Class
    • Likely still slower than competition

References

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Update History

Updated 09/28/2017:
We added a new rendering of the Continental GTC, as well as updated information. Check it out below.

Updated 10/26/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Continental GTC out for a new testing session, this time on the roads around the Nürburgring.

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.

PostHeaderIcon Bentley Bentayga Field Sports by Mulliner Belongs to a Bygone Era

It is delightful that in this climate of downsizing and extreme efficiency there are still those who care only for refinement and luxury. But their efforts are not in tune with the times and therefore could seem quite ridiculous to some. Such is the deal with the Bentley Bentayga Field Sports by Mulliner.

Built to be the “ultimate luxury SUV for field sports enthusiasts,” the Bentley Bentayga Field Sports by Mulliner is the result of a joint project between Bentley and luxury gun maker Purdey. The kind of person they had mind when designing this car, it appears, is the archetypal British aristocrat, perhaps a Duke or a high-caliber Lord, in need of a deluxe SUV to take on hunting trips around his huge estate. This sort of clientele is all but extinct, of course, which is why the Bentayga Field Sports is a one-off.

It is quite an exquisite thing though, this Bentley Bentayga Field Sports by Mulliner. There aren’t too many clues on the outside to give away the inner excellence of this car. For that you need to open the tailgate and marvel at the twin-compartment sliding stowage unit featuring tailored sections for the transportation of cartridges, binoculars and protective wear. The handcrafted kit also includes a beautifully made humidor and is lockable for extra security. Your Purdey shotguns, up to two of them, go in an exquisite, leather-trimmed stowage case between the rear seats. And of course there is a cabinet for spirits.

Bentley on Purdey shotguns: When placing an order for a new Purdey, the customer begins a process of hand-crafting that takes up to two years to complete. Barrel tubes are machined to within four thousandths of an inch and each tube is then filed by hand. Such attention to detail – and eye for quality design – makes Purdey the perfect match for Bentley.








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2018 Bentley Continental GT3

Bentley has just introduced the third-generation Continental GT, which rides on a new platform (shared with the Porsche Panamera), uses a new W-12 engine, and employs design cues from the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car. Just like its predecessor, the new Conti GT is set to gain a range of versions, including a V-8-powered and higher performance Speed and Supersports variants. But while these are still under development, the new Continental GT has already made its public debut in motorsport clothes. Meet the second-generation Continental GT3, developed to replace the first-gen race car after four successful years on the race track.

Slated to hit the motorsport scene for the 2018 season, the new Continental GT3 uses the aluminum structure of the road car and most of its design cues. But much like its predecessor, its lighter, tipping the scales at “significantly less” than 2,866 pounds, and features a more aerodynamic body. The new Conti GT3 has big shoes to fill — the first-gen car scored 120 podiums and 45 wins across 528 races — and will attempt to do so starting with the opening round of the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Monza in April. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at what it brings to the table.

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What makes the Bentley Continental GT3 special

  • Based on production model
  • Aggressive bumper with race-spec aero
  • Vented engine hood
  • Wider fender flares
  • Side sill extensions
  • Massive rear wing
  • Race-spec diffuser
  • Lighter than street model
  • FIA-aprroved seats and roll-cage
  • Twin-turbo V-8 engine
  • 550 horsepower

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“The new GT3 benefits from the coupe's redesigned body lines”

Obviously based on the third-generation Continental GT, the new GT3 benefits from the coupe’s redesigned body lines. Sportier, decidedly more modern, the new Conti GT is a more production friendly version of the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car and its new styling cues work well with the aerodynamic package of the race car. Up front, the GT3 looks like a Conti GT on steroids. However, the beefed-up elements retain the basic form of the production parts. The bumper for instance, has the same three-piece layout with the wide, trapezoidal vent in the middle. Granted, it’s far more aggressive than the stock bumper, but it’s nice to see that Bentley made efforts to keep the race car as closely related to the production model as possible.

But while the bumper finds its roots in the production car, there are several race-spec features that set it apart, such as the large splitter, the side-mounted canards, and an additional center element finished in green. Speaking of which, the main grille and the sides of the bumper also sport green accents. What’s more, most of the new aero elements in the bumper are made from exposed carbon-fiber. The wider fenders and the vented hood with quick-release pins rounds off the race-ready front fascia.


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“Onto the sides, the GT3 is a more significant departure from the standard model”

Onto the sides, the GT3 is a more significant departure from the standard model. Not only the fenders are significantly wider, but the side skirts also gained big extensions and extra vents. There’s a big intake in the front fender, as well as additional vents atop the wheels. The standard mirrors have been replaced by thinner, aero-optimized elements. The quarter windows have also been covered and now host the fueling caps.

Around back, the Conti GT3 is a beautiful display. If you’re a fan of GT3-spec racing that is. The upper fascia is the only feature borrowed from the road car, including the new oval taillights. Above, the deck lid has a new hump with a vent toward the rear glass, but the real highlight is the massive wing. The posts are mounted on the rear fenders, while the actual wing sits pretty high above the deck lid, even when compared to other GT3 cars. Below, a massive twin diffuser with big vertical fins replaces the production bumper. Just like the front end, the rear fascia is highlighted by bright green details on the dark gray and black paint.


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“Under the hood, the massive 6.0-liter W-12 in the road cars has been replaced by a new development of the 4.0-liter V-8”

As usual, there are no photos or information about the interior, but it’s safe to assume that the layout is based on the production model, but enhanced by motorsport-specific features. While the dashboard likely retains the production shape, all luxury amenities like leather and aluminum trim are gone. Race-spec features should include an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, FIA-approved seats, lightweight door panels from carbon-fiber, and a full roll-cage.

Under the hood, the massive 6.0-liter W-12 in the road cars has been replaced by a new development of the 4.0-liter V-8 in the previous Continental GT3. The unit sports a redesigned dry sump,intake, and exhaust systems. Bentley says that unrestricted power is “in excess of 550 horsepower,” but the final output will depending on the weight of the race-prepped vehicle.

The race car has already started a six-month test program ahead of the 2018 season and will complete test sessions in the United Kingdom, France, and Portugal. Upcoming development work also includes full 24-hour endurance race simulations.

Bentley Continental GT3 Racing History


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Unveiled at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Continental GT3 had its first race in December the same year, starting in the 12 Hours of Yas Marina. 2014 saw the GT3 race its first season and the British coupe won its first race in May, at the 3 Hours of Silverstone. The year’s second important success came in June, at the 3 Hours of Paul Ricard. The following year saw the Continental GT3 enter various competitions, with several races around the world and notable results at Nogaro, Monza, Oschersleben, Zolder, Paul Ricard, Spa, Zandvoort, and Nurburgring. The GT3 won the 2015 Blancpain Sprint Series championship with drivers Vincent Abril and Maximilian Buhk and came just three points shy of winning 2015 Endurance Series. It 2016, the British coupe entered the Bathurst 12 Hour race and joined even more racing series around the world. It was Bentley’s most successful campaign, capturing the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.

GT3-spec Competitors


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Starting 2018, the Continental GT3 will go against a wide range of GT3-spec race cars. In the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup, competitors will include the Audi R8 LMS, Ferrari 488 GT3, Lamborghini Huracan GT3, McLaren 650 GT3, Lexus RC F GT3, Mercedes-AMG GT3, and the Porsche 911 GT3 R. The list remains similar on the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, but the Bentley will also encounter the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 and the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 on race tracks around Europe.

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Bentley Continental GT.


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2012 Bentley Continental GT3 Concept.



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PostHeaderIcon New Bentley Continental GT3 Revealed Based on 2018 Model

We were all awestruck when Bentley unveiled their new-look Continental since it is one of the prettiest cars they have ever built. Now that beauty is spreading itself to the race track. Meet the new Bentley Continental GT3 race car, ready to take to the track in 2018. 

Currently under development, the new Bentley Continental GT3 will be ready for sale to private teams and individuals from June 2018. The car is qualified to enter the Intercontinental GT Challenge and Bentley is planning to win with it many Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup titles. To achieve that goal they are working with Bentley’s motorsport technical partner, M-Sport, to create a flawless racing machine. What you get out of all this is a magnificent thing to look at on the race track.

2018 Bentley Continental GT3 has the same body as the road car, but it’s equipped with a massive aerokit which adds a good dose of drama to the GT’s lustful body. The extra downforce produced by this kit complements the racing suspension and brakes to make the GT3, whose weight is lowered to 1,300 kg, a sharp and precise tool on the track. Meanwhile the  4.0-litre Bentley twin-turbo V8, with a totally redesigned dry sump system and all-new intake and exhaust systems, pumps out 550 horsepower according to the rules and regulations.





entley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush comments: “After four years of success with our Continental GT3, we’re excited to reveal our second-generation car. The new car leaves no area or system untouched in the search for even better performance, and the early test results are promising. The new Continental GT road car has proved to be a great starting point for the development of a new racer, and the engineering development work is true to Bentley’s impeccable standards.”

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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 12/20/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Bentley Flying Spur out for a new testing session. This time the luxury sedan was caught out, playing in the snow.

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Spy Shots

December 20, 2017 – Bentley Flying Spur caught playing in the snow


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November 2, 2017 – Bentley Flying Spur caught testing once again


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June 6, 2017 – Bentley Flying Spur caught wearing its real body prototype


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March 20, 2017 – Next Bentley Flying Spur caught testing


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Exterior


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While the Panamera mule provided no details as to how the next-generation Flying Spur will look like and the more recent test cars wore camouflage that resembled the outgoing model, that’s not to say we are clueless on its exterior design. Much like the current model, the upcoming sedan will be a four-door version of the Continental GT. And before you say that the Conti has yet to show itself in public without camouflage, we already know that the coupe will borrow numerous features from the EXP10 Speed 6 concept. And the latest spy shots confirm just that.

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“Much like the current model, the upcoming sedan will be a four-door version of the Continental GT.”

That being said, I expect the Flying Spur to share most if its front fascia with the Continental GT. Notable features will include the quad headlamp layout with smaller lamps toward the sides, a lowered nose, and a wider grille placed lower into the fascia, as well as a sportier bumper with big side openings. A sculpted engine hood is also on the table, but with more subdued, elegant lines compared to the Continental GT.

Onto the side, the front fenders and doors will be identical for the most part, but most features will change toward the rear. Naturally, the Flying Spur will get a second pair of doors, a longer wheelbase, and redesigned rear fenders. The latter will continue to sport a muscular design, but this is where the sedan will stand out as a more graceful version of the Conti GT. The rear end is a complete mystery, but I expect Bentley to retain the rectangular taillight configuration, albeit in a longer and slimmer shape. The long decklid, raked D pillars, and imposing bumper should round off this area.

Rendering


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As mentioned above, we used many of the EXP10 Speed 6 concept’s features to design the next-generation Flying Spur. This is most visible up front, where the main headlamps flanking the grille are joined by smaller lights toward each corner. These are smaller than the ones seen on the outgoing model and now have their center sections covered, meaning they look like thin LED rings. The main grille retains the already traditional shape, but it now sits closer to the ground, thus lowering the nose for a sportier stance. Below, the Flying Spur should feature a three-piece grille configuration with two wing-like elements separating the cooling vents in the upper corners. The profile of the rendering is very similar to the current model, but we can see a revised fender vents, redesigned side windows, and more muscular rear haunches.

Interior


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Note: Bentley Continental GT pictured here.

“Just like the Continental GT, the Flying Spur's interior will take cues from the EXP10 Speed 6 concept.”

Our paparazzi didn’t manage to get close enough to snap shots of the interior, but given the Panamera body, there a big chance that the cabin is also made of Porsche parts as of this writing. However, with the Continental GT’s interior having taken cues from the EXP10 Speed 6 concept, the sedan could go a similar way. If so, the Flying Spur will get a sporty yet elegant cockpit with a wide instrument cluster, a wrap-around dashboard that extends into the door panels, and maybe even the tall center console that separates the front seats in the coupe.

The GT’s new infotainment display should also find its way into the sedan. Called the Bentley Rotating Display, it’s a 12.3-inch touchscreen housed in a three-sided unit that revolves in the center stack. When the car is not in use, it appears to be no screen in the centre of the dashboard, with the wood veneer flowing uninterrupted across the dashboard. When the engine start button is pressed, however, the veneer in the center stack glides forward and rotates to reveal the configurable screen. The third side of the Rotating Display reveals three analogue dials displaying outside temperature, a compass, and chronometer.


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“The sedan will get the Bentley Rotating Display, a 12.3-inch touchscreen housed in a three-sided unit that revolves in the center stack”

The new instrument cluster will be equally modern with two digital clocks with 3D LED lights that make the dials seem analogue and a big screen in the middle for high-resolution images and information.

We should find new veneers on the dashboard and center console too, including a dual-veneer. Most surfaces will be wrapped in fine leather with contrast stitching, Alcantara, and many other options from the Mulliner division. The 20-way adjustable seats should have heating, cooling, and massage function as standard. Apple CarPlay, real time traffic, and Private eCall for emergency services are just a few of the convenience features that Bentley will transfer from the Continental GT.

All told, no one will have a reason to complain about the car’s interior, whether they’re driving or resting in the back seat.

Drivetrain


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“The Flying Spur will share underpinnings, and possibly engines, with the Porsche Panamera”

The redesign should also bring a few changes under the hood, but given the new platform, these are mostly unknown as of this writing. Word has it the Flying Spur will share some engines with the Panamera, which makes sense given the Volkswagen Group’s current strategy. The most likely candidate for the Flying Spur is the revised 4.0-liter V-8 offered in the new-for-2018 Panamera Turbo.

The twin-turbo unit cranks out 550 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque and it could make it into the Bentley with minor changes. For reference, the current 4.0-liter V-8 pumps 521 horses and 502 pound-feet in the Flying Spur V8 S.
It’s not yet clear whether or not Bentley will get the 2.9-liter V-6, but if it does, it will generate around 450 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque in the base Flying Spur.

Now that Bentley has already launched its first-ever diesel model in the Bentayga lineup, the Flying Spur could also get an oil burner. Naturally, the sedan will share the 4.0-liter V-8 with the SUV, which currently benefits from 429 horses and 664 pound-feet.

“The W-12 engine will likely continue as an option, but the new 6.0-liter will generate in excess of 600 horsepower”

The W-12 engine will likely continue to be an option, but the current unit will be replaced by the redesigned engine that debuted in the Bentayga and then found its way into the new Continental GT. Also displacing six liters and using two turbochargers, the W-12 cranks out a massive 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque in the SUV, and 626 horses in the coupe. Any of these configurations should push the four-door from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds and toward a top speed in excess of 200 mph.

Finally, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Flying Spur also gets the Panamera’s hybrid drivetrain. The combo pairs a twin-turbo, 2.9-liter V-6, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery and delivers 462 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of twist. It can also travel for 31 miles on electric power alone. This drivetrain will most likely find its way in the Bentayga first, and that’s when we will find out more about the configuration Bentley is planning to use.

Prices

With the production model set to arrive in late 2018 or early 2019, it’s definitely way too early to talk about prices. However, it’s safe to assume that the base model will cost in excess of $200,000, while the range-topping W12 version will fetch at least $250,000 before options.

Competition

Rolls-Royce Ghost


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The Ghost is the Flying Spur’s traditional rival as it can offer the same amount of opulence and performance. On the market for six years as of 2016 and updated in 2014, the Ghost will most likely receive a complete redesign by 2019. The next-gen Phantom is already scheduled to arrive in 2018, so it’s safe to assume that a new Ghost will follow suit. Unlike the Flying Spur, the current Ghost is a V-12 machine only, as both the standard and V-Specification models are powered by a twin-turbo 6.6-liter V-12. The first version comes with 562 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque, while the latter benefits from 592 horses. The next-gen model should come with a revised V-12, but a hybrid or even an all-electric version are on the table too. Likely to retail from around $300,000, the Ghost will be a much more expensive proposition, especially when compared with the less powerful, non-W-12 Flying Spurs.

Find our more about the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II.

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class


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Discontinued in 2012, the Maybach brand returned in in 2015 as Mercedes-Maybach. Now selling mildly revised S-Class models equipped with far more luxurious interiors, Maybach has two vehicles on offer. The base model is called S500 and uses a 4.7-liter V-8 rated at 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The second, more expensive version, goes by the name S600 and uses the larger, 6.0-liter V-12 with 530 horses and 612 pound-feet of twist. While the exterior of the Mercedes-Maybach is identical to the S-Class, the cabin is a different story, sporting the most luxurious features Mercedes-Benz has to offer. The wheelbase is also longer, providing more room for rear-seat passengers. It’s also more affordable too, with the range-topping S600 starting from $189,350 in the U.S. However, Maybach offers plenty of options to take that sticker beyond $300,000.

Learn more about the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

Conclusion


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It’s definitely too early to draw a conclusion here, but based on what Bentley did with the Bentayga, the next-generation Flying Spur should bring improvements in just about every department. The sedan should get more power, more luxury, some of the most ludicrous and expensive options on the market, and a sportier design. More importantly, it will also become more fuel efficient with either a diesel or hybrid drivetrain. Or both.

  • Leave it
    • * Still an expensive choice
    • * Still a couple of years away

Update History

Updated 11/02/2017: The upcoming Bentley Continental Flying Spur was caught testing once again, still wearing a great amount of camouflage.

Updated 06/06/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Bentley Flying Spur out for a new testing session this time wearing a real body prototype.

Updated 06/01/2017: Based on the recent spy shots and rumors, we created a rendering for the upcoming Bentley Flying Spur. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about it!

PostHeaderIcon Breitling’s New Timepiece Is A Fitting Ode To The New Continental GT

For regular folks like us, the world of high-end luxury is nothing more than a fantasy. But for those who have the resources to get access to the clouds, there are items like luxury cars and limited edition timepieces to welcome them with open arms. In the case of Breitling and Bentley, it’s a combination of the two things, as the Swiss watchmaker recently showed with the introduction of the ultra limited Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition watch.

By itself, the “Dark Sapphire” name already screams luxury, and I haven’t even gotten into the actual timepiece. Breitling says that the watch takes inspiration from the new Continental GT, one of the few cars in the world that can legitimately lay claim to being one of the most luxurious ones, too. Name, inspiration, and design cues notwithstanding, the Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition is also limited to just 500 units so there’s no guarantee that everyone in the world who expresses interest in buying the watch will get their hands on one. Put all of these elements together and you can understand why this kind of watch is really reserved for the upper echelon of today’s society, exactly like the luxury sedan from which it’s inspired from. Maybe someday I’ll have enough disposable income to be able to afford a watch like this. Until then, I’ll reserve my seat with the rest of you and admire it from a distance.

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This is what a limited edition Breitling is all about


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I don’t proclaim myself to be an expert in high-end timepieces, but I do know my around watches, at least for the most part. Having said that, Breitling’s limited edition Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition watch is perplexing for its incredible detail and ingenuity.

“Breitling’s limited edition Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition watch is perplexing for its incredible detail and ingenuity.”

Let’s start with the case. Since this is Breitling we’re talking about, plastic, glass, or quartz won’t cut it with this watch. Instead, Breitling uses a Breitlight polymer, which by the way is proprietary, meaning that it’s Breitling’s own creation. According to the watchmaker, the material is both scratch and corrosion resistent, as well as non-magnetic and non-allergenic. In other words, it’s made from supreme quality, the kind that we can normally associate with a watch company that’s been around since 1884. That’s 133 years, ladies and gentlemen.

Moving on, the Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition also features a Dark Sapphire shade from which it gets its name. The exclusive color is similar to one that Bentley is offering for the Continental GT, making for another useful tie-in between watch and car. Even the trim around the watch’s dial comes in a diamond pattern, evoking the stitching we see in the interior of the Continental GT. Even the glare-proofed sapphire crystals that protect each side of the watch is another page off of Breitling’s luxury playbook.


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“Make no mistake though; the watch will not come cheap.”

Unfortunately, the watchmaker has yet to give a specific price on the super limited Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition watch. Make no mistake though; the watch will not come cheap. Breitling is known for having some of the most expensive watches in the world with some models selling for as much as five figures. Given the exclusivity attached to this particular timepiece, combined with the involvement of Bentley itself, don’t expect Breitling’s Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition cost anything less than an arm and a leg. Maybe even a kidney.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Bentley Launches Third-Generation Continental GT and It’s Gorgeous!

Bentley has already debuted its all-new Continental GT, but the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show is the first time this high-end Gran Touring machine has been seen in the metal. The 2018 Continental GT marks the third generation for the storied nameplate in modern times. It launched back in 2003 after the Volkswagen Group acquired Bentley in 1998. The second generation brought big improvements in 2013. Relatively minor changes along the way have kept the Conti from stagnating. None of those changes seem to reach the gravitas and refinement of the Conti’s latest iteration. Bentley definitely exceeded expectations.

The 2018 Continental’s exterior design takes cues from Bentley’s EXP 10 Speed 6 concept and the interior’s fixtures can be traced to the automaker’s new Bentayga SUV. But neither are cut-and-paste as the Continental carves its own twisty road through the land of luxury. Returning from the second generation is the Conti’s most formidable powerplant: the 6.0-liter W-12. It now produces a whopping 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque – an increase of 44 horses and 133 pound-feet. Why? Well, this isn’t the exact version found in the second-gen Conti, but rather, the updated 6.0-liter found in the Bentayga. An AWD system keeps power seamlessly flowing, while Bentley’s Electronic Active Roll Control continually adjusts the firmness of the anti-roll bars using 48-volt electronics. A new three-chamber air suspension further enhances the ride. Inside, the Continental boasts two massive screens and more leather and wood than a forest full of cows. There’s plenty more to ogle at, so keep reading for more details.

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PostHeaderIcon Bentley Mulsanne Design Series by Mulliner

At this point, it’s reasonable to expect that whenever Mulliner and Bentley get together, something special is usually in the works. We’ve seen it time and time again, and now we can look forward to seeing two more Bentleys getting the full-scale Mulliner treatment. One of these models is the Bentley Mulsanne, and it’s headed to the Frankfurt Motor Show as the Mulsanne Design Series by Mulliner.

I know what some of you are thinking; another Mulsanne project by Mulliner? Does this ever end? Well, it’s unlikely that it will, but there’s no reason why it should end given the string of incredible projects undertaken by Bentley’s own personalization division. The Frankfurt-bound Mulsanne Design Series by Mulliner follows on the same path with its own set of upgrades and individualized design touches, though it is worth pointing out that as far as this particular example is concerned, there is something that’s, well, lacking. Maybe it’s the fact that we’ve all gotten used to Mulliner’s penchant for stringing along one exceptional program after another, but at some point, there will be a bump in the road, or to be more specific, something that doesn’t quite measure up to the obscenely high standards that Mulliner has created for itself. This is, in a lot of ways, one of the problems with Mulliner. Expectations always call for something exceptional, and yet, what happens when a program falls a tad short of that? Well, see for yourselves.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Bentley Mulsanne Design Series by Mulliner.

PostHeaderIcon Configure the Bentley Continental GT of Your Dreams

After nearly seven years on the market, the second-generation Continental GT is getting ready to enter the history books and make way for a redesigned grand tourer. Built on a new platform and with a much lighter aluminum body, the third-gen Conti GT also brings new technology and a revised drivetrain into dealerships. And as it is the case with all new Bentley products, it features new technology and a large amount of new luxury items. There’s new wood veneer, new display, and a rotating infotainment screen, just a name a few, on top of the state-of-the-art interior design and the powerful W-12 engine.

The new grand tourer has yet to make a proper auto show debut, which is scheduled to take place at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, but Bentley has already launched an online configurator for the car. There aren’t any prices available and you can’t browse through all the Mulliner options, but it has what it takes to help you create your next Continental GT. And if you can’t afford one, it’s an entertaining way to play with all the color, upholstery, and equipment options you can get in one of the most luxurious vehicles available as of 2017. Check it out below.

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PostHeaderIcon Bentley’s Rotating Display in the Continental GT Will have you Feeling Like James Bond!

The third-generation Bentley Continental broke cover the other day with a brand-new design and a ton of cool features. Inspired by the cool EXP 10 Speed 6 concept on the outside and powered by a new W-12 engine that cranks out more power than most Ferrari-built V-8s and V-12s, the new Continental GT also boasts a new interior packed with a huge amount of luxury features and technology. But, while the new Koa wood veneer and the “diamond-in-diamond” upholstery are pretty impressive, it’s the Rotating Display that blew me away.

While I’m not a big fan of fancy gadgets, I must admit that the Rotating Display is one of the main reasons why I’ve fallen in love with the new Conti GT. Let’s face it, it’s the kind of feature you’d find in one of James Bond’s car, along with machine guns hidden behind the headlamps. And known James’ weakness for British cars, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the grand tourer in the next film. So why am I so excited it about this? Well, I like clean dashboards with massive wood veneers as much as I enjoy high-resolution screens. Having both was impossible until now, so it’s like a dream come true.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Bentley Continental GT Officially Unveiled

Yes, it’s as good as we were all hoping! The Speed 6-inspired 2018 Bentley Continental GT is now official and boy is it beautiful. The old GT has been around since the Stone Age, but the replacement has definitely been worth the wait. 

Slimmer lights and an overall curvier and more hunkered-down look are the main features of the new model. 2018 Bentley Continental GT has lots of fine details in its design. You have to be an aficionado to understand them all. But everyone can appreciate how good they look. The chrome strip around the sills,for instance, or the retro rear hatch. In short, the design of the 2018 Continental GT is a five-star job.

Another good news is the W12 engine has not been ditched. For use in the 2018 Bentley Continental GT the motor is revised and upgraded. It now makes 635 PS (626 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft.). That translates to 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds) and top speed
of 333 km/h (207 mph). You get a dual-clutch, eight-speed transmission and all-wheel-drive, plus adaptive chassis with Bentley’s intelligent 48-volt Dynamic Ride System.So the new Grand Tourer is great to drive as well.

As for the interior, while the design is largely familiar, there are nice new details to keep you amused. The coolest feature is a rotating display. It houses a 12.3” touchscreen with one of the best satnavs you ever saw. There is also a 10 speakers and 650 Watts, while a Bang & Olufsen as standard. But youcan upgraded that with two better systems if you like. It just remains for Bentley to reveal the price of this bad boy. Then we would know by how much we cannot afford it!









 

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PostHeaderIcon Bentley Unveils 2018 Continental GT

Bentley just dropped a ton of details on the new 2018 Continental GT ahead of its debut in Frankfurt next month. Now entering its third generation, the Continental GT promises high-end grand tourer speed and comfort, plus unmistakable British style. Outside, the design takes cues from the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, with lightweight aluminum body panels and longer, lower dimensions. In back, you’ll find reshaped taillights, plus LED Matrix lighting. 21-inch wheels are standard, while 22-inchers are available. Inside is the new Bentley Rotating Display, offering both a 12.3-inch touchscreen and three analog dials. Up to four passengers get to enjoy a “diamond in diamond” design for the leather upholstery, while chrome trim and several acres of wood add extra gloss. A 10-speaker stereo comes as standard, while an 18-speaker system is an available option.

So it’s nice to sit in and look at. What about driving it? Under the muscular hoodline is a 6.0-liter W-12 engine producing 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Putting it to the ground is a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission and Active AWD system, helping it reach 62 mph in 3.7 seconds and top out at 207 mph. Larger brakes (up to 16.5 inches in front) throw the anchor, while a Dynamic Ride System enhances both handling prowess and passenger comfort as needed. The engine was also moved further back in the chassis for optimized weight distribution. Look for the 2018 Bentley Continental GT to debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

PostHeaderIcon Bentley Continental GT

The Bentley Continental GT has been a huge hit for Bentley and Volkswagen AG since its launch in 2003, but the problem is that the car really hasn’t changed that much over the years. Sure, the facelift brought tweaked styling, a new V-8, and reworked interior, but it still takes a keen eye to spot the differences between the first Conti and those built after 2011. It’s likely that a $200,000 grand touring Bentley coupe/convertible wasn’t a huge priority for VW coming out of a global recession, but now with high-end luxury cars back in full swing, Bentley finally unleashed the third-generation Continental GT.

Revealed ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Conti GT confirms what we already knew from spy shots and the Bentayga SUV. The exterior styling is heavily based on the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, while the interior borrows some of the features and materials seen in the SUV. Bentley also took the new 6.0-liter W-14 that it launched with the Bentayga and dropped it under the Continental’s hood with revised internals and other drivetrain components. All told, the new Continental GT is sportier, quicker, more powerful, and more luxurious than the outgoing model. But more about that in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the next generation Bentley Continental GT.

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

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

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

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Bentley Wants More One-Off Models In The Future

Just when it started to feel like we’d never run out of limited edition and one-off Bentley models, no less than the company’s own design chief Stefan Sielaff has come out saying that we should prepare ourselves for such a future. Apparently, “exploring more one-off, bespoke vehicles” is one of Sielaff’s primary goals now that he’s been named the man in charge of Bentley’s Mulliner division. In his own words, Sielaff said that he wants to “explore” more of these models, where the “only limitation is the imagination of the customer.”

Those who love them some limited-edition and one-off Bentleys should be thrilled about this declaration, in part because of how Mulliner has legitimately positioned itself as one of the best personalization divisions of any automaker in the business today. Recent releases like its collaboration with Bamford show what Mulliner is capable of, even though it has rarely ventured into the world of complete stand-alone one-off models the way brands like Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, and most notably, Lamborghini have in the past. But there’s still time to change that narrative and it appears that time has come for Bentley. We’ve seen what Mulliner can do by stamping its identity on existing Bentley models. Now we’re about to see what it’s made of when it’s given a blank slate and the opportunity to create something entirely unique from it.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Bentley Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition

Fresh off of announcing the Mulliner’s new Design Series for the Flying Spur, Bentley is back at it again with another special edition version of the luxury sedan. It’s called the Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition and it’s essentially a dressed-up version of the sedan that features plenty of dark tints lights and black gloss brightware, among other things.

It’s become a little bit of a tradition for Bentley to offer these special edition models in quick succession, so it’s not a surprise that we’re seeing another so soon after the British automaker released a previous special edition Flying Spur with Mulliner heavily involved in it. No one’s going to confuse these new Black Edition Flying Spurs for Mulliner’s Design Series, and I suppose that’s a good thing. With so many SEs coming out of Crewe these days, being different is a good thing, even if it means getting fewer digs than others. That’s essentially what the Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition is. There’s not much to go by compared to what Bentley has come up with in past months, but there are still enough new features to at least justify it getting the SE label. It’s still a Flying Spur, too, so even if it’s lacking in distinctive upgrades relative to our expectations, there’s still more than enough opulence to go around for everybody.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Bentley Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition.

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