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What Crisis? Bentley Increases Sales by 20%

Although the auto industry has been affected tremendously by the recent financial crisis, a few companies have managed to increase their sales during these rough times. A good example would have to be Bentley who announced this week that they have increased their sales by 20%, managing to deliver in the first period of this year 2,978 cars, the most units since 2008.

Most of the success is attributed to the increasing demand for the Continental GT model as well as the company’s increasing exposure in China, where the automaker’s sales have risen by a whopping 57% in comparison to the similar period of 2010, selling 680 cars.

In Europe, Bentley’s sales have risen by 25% (494 units) while in the United States they’re up by 23% (907 cars). The only areas where the company’s sales have fallen are the Middle East and Japan.

Source: Bentley via Carscoop

Spy Shots – 2012 Bentley Continental GTC Speed Facelift

2012 Bentley Continental GTC Speed

Our esteemed colleagues from Motor Authority have managed to grab a few spy shots with the upcoming facelift for the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC Speed. The prototype you see in these photos comes with minimal camouflage so we can catch a glimpse of the car’s styling. You probably noticed already the design of the new bumper which now incorporates bigger intakes, along with the new exhaust tips and probably some updated brakes.

2012 Bentley Continental GTC Speed

Most likely, the engineers from Bentley will probably shave off a couple of pounds and increase the rigidity of the car. The Continental GTC Speed will be powered by a massive W12 6.0-liter engine that is available on all the models in the Continental GT lineup. The output will probably surpass the 600 hp / 553 lb.-ft mark. This engine will be linked to the same 6-speed gearbox from ZF, but it will be considerably faster thanks to the implementation of the Quickshift function which allows double downshifts. If all of these will turn out to be true, the car will be able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in a mere 4.4 seconds, before reaching a top speed of more than 195 mph.

2012 Bentley Continental GTC Speed

The car will most likely be launched in early 2012, a couple of months after the official debut of the standard Continental GTC.

2012 Bentley Continental GTC Speed

Source: Motor Authority

Bentley Celebrates Ice Land Speed Record, Again

Bentley Continental Supersports ISR Mulliner

Bentley has announced yet another special edition model that celebrates the company’s ice speed record, which you probably already know that it was beaten by Audi’s RS6 model so the idea of a model that celebrates something that isn’t valid anymore is pretty pointless if you ask me.

Bentley Continental Supersports ISR Mulliner

Anyway, this new one is based on the Continental Supersports convertible and they are going to make only 100 units. It will be available in three exterior colors: Arctica White, Quartzite and Beluga, and will feature “Supersports ISR” graphics along with red-accented detailing along the body.

Bentley Continental Supersports ISR Mulliner

It will sit on 20-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels that have a “diamond turned finish”, not very attractive in my opinion.

Bentley Continental Supersports ISR Mulliner

Inside the cabin they’ve fitted this special edition with Alcantara, along with high-gloss carbon fiber with a red weave. As standard, the car is offered with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Bentley Continental Supersports ISR Mulliner

Under that hood there is going to be a W12 twin turbocharged 6-liter engine that produces 631 hp and a peak torque of 590 lb.-ft, which will be enough for a 0-60 mph sprint in 3.8 seconds.

Bentley Continental Supersports ISR Mulliner

Prices start at 189,300 pounds so grab one while you still can, taking into consideration that special editions are very desirable among car buyers.

Source: Bentley via Autocar

Bentley Turbo R In The Works?

2012 Bentley Mulsanne

According to various sources, the British automaker Bentley is preparing to bring back to life the “Turbo R” moniker. Essentially, it is going to be a coupe version of the Mulsanne and it will be a rival for the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe.

The engine will probably be an updated version of the V8 6.75-liter that will develop 600 hp (608 PS / 447 kW), which is 95 hp (96 PS / 71 kW) more than in the aforementioned Mulsanne.

Nothing is set in stone at the moment, but the model will probably be launched in the next two years or so. We’ll keep you posted as soon as more information is revealed.

Source: AutoExpress via WCF

New Breitling Bentley Watches Launched

As if the Bentley Supersports QP Light Body Breitling Watch wasn’t enough to celebrate the automaker’s achievement of braking the world record for the fastest car on ice, there are two new watches to go along with the recently announced Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record special edition.

Dubbed GT Ice and GT Racing Ice, both of them feature an Ice White dial and have an all-polished finish. The GT Racing model sports a special finish that alternates between satin-brushed upper surfaces and polished sides. On the back of the case there is a medallion with the outline of the Bentley Continental GT.

Both models have a Breitling Calibre 13B chronograph movement – chronometer-certified by the COSC and fitted with a calendar displaying the date and day through a generous twin aperture at 3 o’clock.

These watches are a limited edition and the price tag is a whopping $7,165.

In my opinion these watches are somewhat pointless because the current top speed record for driving on ice is held by the Audi RS6, a car that clocked 206.05 mph at Gulf of Bothina in Oulu, Finland.

Source: Bentley

Amari Design Bentley Continental GT

GT Evolution

The tuners from Amari Design have been very busy lately as they’ve launched a couple of interesting projects. Their latest iteration is the GT Evolution, based on the Bentley Continental GT, the third tuning program revealed in the last six weeks.

They used high quality plastic and carbon fiber for various parts of the car, including the front bumper, bonnet, lip spoiler, fender, side skirts, quarter panel extensions, rear diffuser, rear bumper and exhaust. This Continental GT sits on Amari Design AD 1 rims, extreme deep concave 3-piece forged wheels. The tuning firm announced that pretty soon they will launch their own line of forged wheels.

GT Evolution

Under the bonnet they’ve added a hybrid supercharger, along with a remapping of the ECU and an exhaust upgrade. Thanks to these modifications, the GT Evolution packs over 750 hp (760 PS / 559 kW).

On the inside, they’ve used carbon fiber trimmings on the dashboard paneling, door grabs and steering wheel. The seats have been wrapped around in a mix of Alcantara and Napa leather.

The company announced that they will have their very first showing at the Amari supercars showroom in Preston from the end of this May.

Source: amarisupercars.com via WCF

Bentley Supersports QP Light Body Breitling Watch

Bentley Supersports QP Light Body Breitling Watch

If this isn’t your first visit on rpmGO, you probably know by now that Bentley has broken the ice speed world record a few weeks ago with its Continental Supersports Convertible, a car that managed to reach a top speed of 205.48 mph (330.695 km/h). Last week in Geneva, the British automaker revealed the Supersports Ice Speed Record limited edition in order to celebrate their achievement.

Bentley Supersports QP Light Body Breitling Watch

They also teamed up with Breitling for introducing a special edition watch that honors the automaker’s achievement. Dubbed Bentley Supersports QP Light Body, the watch comes with a sturdy titanium “chassis”, a raised knurled motif and a dashboard-style dial with three ringed counters.

The watch also features a double-counter system with a central minute hand as well as a twin-handed totaliser, enabling one to read the elapsed hours and minutes at a glance.

Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record Announced

Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record

A couple of weeks ago Bentley managed to break the ice speed world record by hitting a top speed of 205.48 mph (330.70 km/h), a record that was set by Juha Kankunen. In order to celebrate this important achievement, the automaker announced that it will roll out a special edition Supersports Ice Speed Record edition which will be unveiled this week at the 81st edition of the Geneva Motor Show.

Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record

The car will feature a W12 twin turbocharged 6.0-liter engine that produces 631 hp (640 PS / 471 kW) and 590 lb.-ft (800 Nm) of torque. Thanks to this massive power unit, the car will be able to sprint to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and to 100 mph in only 9.4 seconds.

Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record

The car will also get large diameter (420 mm front / 356 mm rear) carbon ceramic brake discs with 8-piston calipers in the front for offering fade-resistant stopping power. The 20-inch, 10-spoke wheels are wrapped around with Pirelli 275/35ZR20 ultra high performance rubber.

Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record

Bentley announced that they are going to make only 100 units of the Supersports Ice Speed Record and all of them will be built at the company’s Crewe plant.

Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record

No information regarding the price of this limited edition was revealed.

Bentley Planning To Expand Lineup

Bentley Continental Supersports Coupe

At the moment, Bentley’s lineup of cars consists of four models, including the Mulsanne, Azure T, Brooklands and the Continental. The latter is available in four different versions, as follows:  GT, GTC, Flying Spur and the Supersports. The automaker’s bosses are working on expanding this lineup and the new models will be underpinned by the soon-to-be-sister brand Porsche’s architecture.

The first future model will most likely be a 4-door coupe variant of the Continental GT that will have to face up some serious competition coming from the exquisite Aston Martin Rapide and the Mercedes CLS. At the same time, it will also take on other models by the VW Group, including the Porsche Panamera and the sexy Audi A7.

Rumors say that Bentley is also working on a crossover which will be based on the Porsche Cayenne. Those same sources say that the automaker will use the Cross Continental badge for that model.

Another possible model will be a smaller coupe that will be placed below the aforementioned Continental GT and will be aimed to grab customers from the Mercedes SL 63 AMG and the Maserati GranTurismo.

These new models should see the light of day sometime in 2015.

Wheelsandmore 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible

2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible by Wheelsandmore

If you remember, back in 2010 the German tuners from Wheelsandmore launched a very cool tuning program for the Bentley Continental, dubbed Ultrasports 702. They didn’t stop there as we have another Bentley Continental tuned out by these guys; this time it is the convertible model.

If you didn’t know, the standard model has a powerful W12 6.0-liter turborcharged engine and with the inclusion of an ECU upgrade mixed with a brand new handmade, stainless steel exhaust system along with a remote-controlled valve flap system, the engine now produces 702 hp (up from 621 hp) and 650 lb.-ft of torque (up from 590 lb.-ft). To stop efficiently, the Continental Convertible got the biggest carbon-ceramic brakes possible, measuring an incredible 16.54 inches.

The car now sits on a set of 3-piece C-Sport rims that measure 10.5×21 inches. The Continental also got an electronic lowering module that can raise or lower the car’s suspension by approximately 0.70 inches at a speed of maximum 44 mph.

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Bentley Is Very Fast On Ice

Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible

If you were wondering which the fastest car on ice is, you’ll be happy to hear (or not) that it is a Bentley. The Baltic Sea, sitting off the coast of Finland is the best place to take down the world record. Juha Kankkunen, a four-time World Rally Champion saw the potential of this area and he wanted to become the fastest guy on ice, and he did it.

Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible

Back in 2007 he wanted to achieve the 200-mph mark with a Bentley Continental GT. Although he failed, his official speed of 199.83 mph took down the previous record which was set in 1995 when a Bugatti EB110 Supersport clocked 184 mph on the odometer.

Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible

Kankkunen did not give up and tried again, this time with a Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible that has 621 hp under the hood. In comparison to the standard version, his Bentley was fitted with a roll-cage (for obvious reasons), Pirelli winter tires, a rear parachute as well as some light aero mods in order to improve stability on that very slippery surface.

Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible

He got into the car and one thousand meters later he did it, his Bentley’s odometer read 205.48 mph (330.70 km/h). Pretty impressive? We think so.

Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible

I wonder if the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport can beat this Bentley, it will probably will but who has the courage to take a car worth millions to a white wasteland of ice? I wouldn’t.

Bentley Arabia Continental Flying Spur Speed

Bentley Arabia Continental Flying Spur Speed

It seems that the Qatar Motor Show organized in Doha is the place where automakers come to launch special editions of their models. First, Volkswagen rolled out two special editions of their highly successful Touareg sport utility vehicle. After that, Lamborghini launched a the Gallardo LP 560-4 Bicolore and now Bentley unveiled the Arabia Continental Flying Spur Speed which will be made in a limited series of only 50 units.

With a staggering price of 155,000 pounds, this special edition comes with a bundle of extras over the standard Speeds, most of them upgrading the visual elements of the vehicle. The model is easily distinguishable by the interior and exterior “Arabia” motifs that can be found on the ashtray lid badge, tread plate and on the front bumper.

The Arabia rolls on 10-spoke, 20-inch bright silver rims that are compatible with the carbon ceramic brakes which are an optional feature. The color choices for the bodywork are also unique in comparison to the standard model.

Inside the luxurious cabin, this limited edition comes with deep-pile carpet mats with hide trimming, veneered picnic tables with inset vanity mirrors to the rear of the car’s front seats and also it has ventilated fluted seats.

The Bentley Arabia Continental Flying Spur Speed will be offered with a variation of the company’s W12 engine that outputs 600 hp and 553 lb.-ft of torque which allows the car to reach 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and have a top speed of 200 mph.

Touring Superleggera Increases Production Of Bentley Flying Star

Bentley Flying Star

For those of you looking for a Bentley shooting brake look no further as Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera can make your dreams come true, for a hefty price of course. The Flying Star was unveiled by the Milanese coachbuilder at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show but since then, they only managed to deliver three examples of this very interesting custom creation.

Bentley Flying Star

Why just three examples? Because they said that for building just one, they need about 4,000 man-hours. What they do is they take a Continental GTC (the outgoing model, for now) and transform it into a long-roofed coupe. Things will take a turn for the better as they recently made an investment in the staff and equipment and they said that in the near future they will be able to make five cars at a time.

Bentley Flying Star

However, each example will still take 6 months to deliver and the total annual production will be limited to only 19 units. The good side is that those wealthy buyers that can afford it will be able to choose from a wide variety of customizations, including the powerful 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 that can be available in various states of tune ranging from 552 hp for the entry-level configuration and up to 621 for the Supersports model.

In Depth – 2011 Bentley Mulsanne

2011 Bentley Mulsanne

Tasked with making a new flagship that is capable of capturing the essence of the Bentley marquee – a high-end luxury automobile that is capable of taking down many of today’s sports cars – the designers and engineers in Crewe did their very best and created the 2011 Mulsanne. The electronics of the car manage every single aspect of the Mulsanne’s powerful V8 6.75-liter, from the ignition sequence to fuel delivery. Power on the engine and it whirls to life and after that you will get a near-silent idle.

The car you see in these pictures is the North American-spec Bentley Mulsanne that has Pale Sapphire paint and a Cashew interior with French Navy contrasting color. The starting price for the car is $285,000 without the $2,595 destination fee. The car pictured comes pre-loaded with a bundle of optional features, like the massive 21-inch Polished Sport Wheels that cost $6,315; the Seat Ventilation & Massage that cost extra $3,000; the Adaptive Cruise Control which adds another $3,270 to the final price tag; Burr Oak Veneer – $4,630; Naim Premium Audio – $7,415 and a Flying “B” Radiator Mascot. Add to all of these the Valet Key that costs $250 and the Ambient Interior Mood Lightning that adds another $390 and the final price tag of this high-end car is $330,195.

2011 Bentley Mulsanne

The 2011 Mulsanne has some of the best polished stainless steel door handles ever installed in a car and the insides have a special tactile knurling that delights your fingertips.  With the new model, the company reinstated its proprietary tanning process for the hides which means that the new Mulsanne benefits from an aromatic and rich leather balm which is quite different in comparison to what you find in other cars with “painted” leather interiors.

Being a true Bentley, the inside is both sumptuous and lavish, both passenger-pampering and driver-focused. The steering wheel of the car isn’t quite sculpted or meaty, but the grip of the leather, feel and texture is very smooth. The flagship model comes with 12-way power-operated heated and massaging seats that offer all the comfort you can get from a car’s seat.

2011 Bentley Mulsanne

The primary instrumentation of the vehicle is quite clear, but the many smaller glass buttons located on the center console and the center stack require a little bit of familiarization. The car features an 8-inch high-resolution screen that is located behind a veneered panel installed in the center of the dashboard and is capable of displaying an easy-to-read version of Audi’s MMI (Multi Media Interface).

We all know that all Bentleys are designed mostly for the driver, but rest assured that the2011 Mulsanne offers all the comfort in the world for its passengers. The front one has the identical accommodations as the driver and the rear ones (2+1) benefit from 8-way power-operated heated and massaging seats with memory features and lumbar support. The car benefits from four individual zones of the climate control system and the passengers in the rear seats have the possibility to move the front-passenger seat out of the way (not that they don’t have plenty of leg room in the back). The multitude of controls is cleverly tucked out of the way inside the armrest that can be found in the rear center.

2011 Bentley Mulsanne

The engine that we have mentioned at the beginning of the article has been around since the 60s, and was installed in many Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars. During its 50 years of service, the power unit has received several updates and in this Mulsanne it has been entirely reworked and got a new forged camshaft, new connecting rods and new lightweight pistons. With these improvements, the power unit churns 505 hp @ 4,200 rpm and at only 1,750 rpm it can offer a torque of 752 pound-feet. This engine is linked to an 8-speed automatic gearbox developed by ZF that comes with paddles mounted on the steering wheel for those drivers that still want to switch gears manually. With this hardware configuration, the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne is capable of doing the 0-60 mph sprint in only 5.1 seconds, 0-100 mph in 11.6 seconds. With a curb weight of 5,700 pounds, the car is faster than a Porsche Cayman S which has half of the Bentley’s weight.

A premiere for a car in this segment is the variable displacement which means that the valves close in four of the cylinders in order to maximize fuel efficiency during normal cruising. Bentley’s are known to be driver’s cars so the Mulsanne is no exception to this rule and comes with a rotary switch for altering the suspension as well as the steering responses. The four driving modes available are: Bentley, Sport, Comfort and Custom.

2011 Bentley Mulsanne

That heavy power under the hood must be stopped efficiently and for this reason the engineers at Bentley fitted the 2011 Mulsanne with massive brakes that measure 15.75 inches in the front with 6-piston calipers and 14.60 inches for the rear wheels with 2-piston calipers. The 21-inch optional rims we mentioned before are covered by 265/45ZR21 performance tires. When you stomp the brakes, the nose will drop as the weight is transferred forward.

Although it has a pretty considerable price tag, the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne is worth every single dollar, offering a great driving experience combined with all the comfort in the world. The steering is as smooth as it gets, the brakes are very efficient, and the interior cabin features some of the best and expensive materials available. Being a hand-crafted luxury sedan, the Mulsanne is a luxury automobile that perfectly blends the fun of driving with a bundle of comfort features for both the driver and the rest of the passengers.

2011 Bentley Mulsanne

The 2011 Bentley Mulsanne can be described as a car faster than the Porsche Cayman S and with all the luxury features that you would expect from a car that belongs to the high-end luxury segment. Of course, all of these come at a very hefty price.

Source: AutoBlog.com

Bentley sues Axl Rose for damaged leased car

According to TMZ, Guns N’ Roses lead vocalist Axl Rose is being sued by Bentley over a leased 2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur. It looks like Rose leased a car some time ago and, beside returning the car several months after its scheduled date and with 42,000 miles over the lease limit, the car also was seriously damaged, having a cracked windshield, a broken taillight, damaged tires, dents on the doors, a damaged bumper and a missing key. TMZ also reports that the amount of money Bentley is suing for is $74,000.

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