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2013 Bentley Continental GT & GTC will feature a new V8 engine

2013 Bentley Continental GT V8

The newly developed V8 twin-turbo 4.0-liter engine created by Bentley will be making an appearance in early January at the Detroit Motor Show where it will be installed in the 2013 Continental GT and the 2013 Continental GTC, promising “an instantly recognizable growl”. This engine will be available in special versions of those two models, cars that will be identifiable by their red badges, black grilles, along with “figure eight” exhaust pipes. These cars will be slotted below the current 6.0-liter W12 Continentals which will remain in production.

2013 Bentley Continental GT V8

This new V8 engine uses direct high pressure fuel injection and on light throttle loads it cuts to a fuel-saving four cylinder mode. It is capable of producing 500 hp at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 487 lb.-ft available between 1,700 and 5,000 rpm. It is mated to a new eight-speed automatic gearbox from ZF and allows the car to do the 0-62 mph sprint in less than five seconds, before reaching a maximum speed of 180 mph.

2013 Bentley Continental GT V8

The British automaker decided not to publish the CO2 and fuel consumption figures of this new V8 engine, but they promised they’ll show them in early 2012. We also don’t know if this power unit has been engineered in order to run on bio-ethanol, taking into consideration that the aforementioned W12 60-liter is compatible with this type of fuel.

2013 Bentley Continental GT V8

Source: Bentley via Autocar

Bentley Continental GT2 In The Works

Bentley Continental GT2 (rendering)

According to Bentley’s new boss Wolfgang Durheimer, the British automaker is working on a GT2 version of the Continental and it will be 200 kg lighter than the regular GT, weighing 2,200 kg. Compared to the standard coupe, the GT2 version will be 100 hp more powerful and it will be able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in less than four seconds, on its way to a maximum speed of over 200 mph.

The company’s boss didn’t mention if the car will be motivated by a tweaked version of the current W12 engine or it will come with the newly developed twin-turbo V8 which will be out next year. Since both engines are capable of producing more than 600 hp, most likely Bentley is testing them both so we don’t know for sure which one it will get.

It will be a limited edition and company insiders have told Auto Express that it is going to be the most spectacular and fastest road car rolled out by Bentley in all its prolific history. The same source mentions that it will be the first car which won’t come with the traditional 4WD system.

Source: Bentley via Auto Express

China Gets Limited Edition Bentley Continental Flying Spur

Bentley Continental Flying Spur Limited Edition

Yet another special edition model will be heading to China, this time is based on the Bentley Continental Flying Spur. For this model, the automaker team up with Linley, a British design company that is best known for its furniture and interior design.

Bentley Continental Flying Spur Limited Edition

What they’ve did is apply Santos rosewood veneers to those areas where in the standard version you’ll find walnut or chestnut: roof console, console, fascia and waistrail. Other than that, this limited-run model comes with stainless steel Linley treadplates.

Bentley Continental Flying Spur Limited Edition

For the picnic table and waistrails, the car features a Linley Helix motif which has been applied in a form of decorative veneering dubbed marquetry. As for the rear console, this special Continental Flying Spur has a Linley cigar humidor, while in the trunk there is a Linley-branded leather bag that has a cashmere blanket as well as other Linley items.

Bentley Continental Flying Spur Limited Edition

Only 10 units will be made and all of them will go to China, which if you didn’t know is the company’s biggest market for its 4-door models. We don’t know the price tag for this special edition model, but since the regular Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed costs from 150,900 pounds, this one will probably be somewhere around the 170,000 pounds mark.

Bentley Continental Flying Spur Limited Edition

Source: Bentley via Autocar

2012 Bentley Continental GT Brings Style To Frankfurt

2012 Bentley Continental GTC

The British car maker Bentley has brought to the 64th edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show its gorgeous convertible version of the freshened Continental GT. Obviously, the car is based on the fixed-rood variant and comes with more sculpted lines in comparison to the outgoing model, while in the front it has new headlights and a revised design of the grille.

2012 Bentley Continental GTC

It is motivated by the same massive W12 twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter engine that produces 575 hp and a peak torque of 516 lb.-ft (700 Nm) as its coupe sibling. Other than that, it packs an updated 4WD system that delivers more power to the back axle as the power distribution is 40:60, while the older model shared it equally between the two axles. With this hardware configuration, the 2012 Bentley Continental GT is capable of sprinting to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds, on its way to a maximum speed of 195 mph (314 km/h).

2012 Bentley Continental GTC

Inside the cabin, the car benefits from an updated dashboard that has an all-new instrument panel as well as a touchscreen multimedia system right in the center of the console. The automaker mentioned that the vehicle offers better rear room thanks to the fact that the front seats have a new shape.

2012 Bentley Continental GTC

The car will go on sale towards the end of this year and the base price will be of $212,800.

Source: Bentley via Carscoop

2012 Bentley Continental GTC Launched

2012 Bentley Continental GTC


The British car manufacturer Bentley has released this week the first official photos and details of its 2012 Continental GTC model which is set to make a public debut in September at this year’s edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show. If you’ve seen the Continental GT Coupe that was launched last year, the GTC version shouldn’t surprise you as far as the styling is concerned, both on the outside and inside the cabin.

2012 Bentley Continental GTC


The front fascia of the redesigned model is inspired by the one fitted to the Mulsanne model, featuring gemstone headlights and an updated grille, along with more crisp lines throughout. Inside, we find a redesigned dashboard that packs a new instrument panel plus a touchscreen interface for the navigation and audio systems. The company also mentioned that there is more rear legroom with the 2012 Continental GTC and they managed to do this by redesigning the front seats.

2012 Bentley Continental GTC


The suspension of the car has been retuned and also it should provide a sharper steering. The front and rear tracks are now wider and the car has been fitted with an improved version of the automaker’s AWD system, featuring a 40:60 rear torque bias whereas the outgoing model has 50:50.

2012 Bentley Continental GTC


The heart of this model is its massive W12 twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter engine which has been revised and now has 15 hp and 50 Nm of torque more than before, for a grand total of 575 hp and a peak torque of 700 Nm. The power unit is mated to a new QuickShift gearbox and Bentley says that it should be able to change gears faster than before.

2012 Bentley Continental GTC


With this powerful engine, the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC is capable of doing the 0-60 mph sprint in only 4.5 seconds while 0-100 mph takes 10.9 seconds, on its way to a maximum speed of 195 mph (314 km/h).

2012 Bentley Continental GTC


The model is already available for order in major markets for the following price tag: in U.K. the prices start from 149,350 pounds; in United States from 212,800 MSRP; in the Euro-zone it is available for 170,060 Euro; in China costs RMB 3,838,000 while in Japan has a base price of ¥26,400,000.
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Source: Bentley

Spy Shots – 2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed

2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed

The guys from WorldCarFans have managed to grab this week a few spy shots with the upcoming 2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed which is set to make an official appearance next month during the Frankfurt Motor Show. The photos with the prototype were taken somewhere in the near vicinity of the Nurburgring track (what a surprise, right?) and we can see that it has the same updates as the standard facelift version, but it is distinguished by the bigger 21 inch alloys and larger air intakes on the front bumper.

2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed

Under the hood it will feature a massive W12 6.0-liter twin-turbo engine that will fire more than 600 hp (608 PS / 447 kW) and a peak torque of 553 lb.-ft (749 Nm). The engine will be mated to a Quickshift gearbox that will send all of those ponies to the AWD system and we should expect to see a 0-62 mph sprint time of less than 4.5 seconds.

2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed

The car is set to go on sale in the first half of 2012. Pricing and all of the other juicy details of the 2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed will be revealed next month at Frankfurt. We’ll keep you posted so stay tuned.

Source: WCF

Bentley planning a five-door Continental to rival the Panamera?

Bentley planning a five-door Continental to rival the Panamera?

Luxury carmakers are all about niches and filling them if the demand is high enough. The newest fad has been started by the Porsche Panamera, and is already followed by the likes of Aston Martin, with the Rapide.

But Bentley isn’t too far behind either, as a source has confirmed to Autocar that other body styles, besides the sedan, coupe and convertible, are being planned for the next generation Continental model.

According to the source, a five-door fastback, in the vein of the Panamera, has the biggest chances to achieve production status, seeing as how more and more people want an extra dose of practicality with their luxury.
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Wheelsandmore presents tuned Bentley Continental Ultrasports 702

Wheelsandmore presents tuned Bentley Continental Ultrasports 702

The Bentley Continental is one might impressive luxury sportscar. But seeing as how its top of the range version, the Supersports, ‘only’ extracted 620 HP from that massive W12 6.0-liter engine, the tuners at Wheelsandmore decided that a few upgrades might be in order.

So, after a bit of tinkering and adding things like an optimized ECU, a new exhaust system, a set of 21-inch, 3-piece modular wheels plus an electronically-adjustable suspension, the Bentley Continental Ultrasports 702 was born.

The new British luxury sportscar now develops a whopping 702 HP with 650 lb-ft of torque. Together with the other bespoke features, we’re pretty sure this package from Wheelsandmore will attract quite a few performance fans, not happy with the stock Supersports.

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Bentley unveils special edition Continental models for China

Bentley unveils special edition Continental models for China

As any self-respecting luxury carmaker, Bentley knows most of its money is currently coming from China and just revealed two special editions based on its Continental lineup for the Asian country at the Beijing Motor Show.

First off, four-door lovers will be able to enjoy the Continental Flying Spur Speed China, which, alongside a more elegant trim line and accessory lineup, saw its exhaust system toned down and received a softer suspension. Still, this doesn’t stop Bentley from hyping up the model as the “world’s fastest luxury four-door saloon.”

Bentley unveils special edition Continental models for China

Chinese coupe fans weren’t neglected, with the British carmaker revealing Continental GT Design Series China model. The car has a bespoke interior (pictured above) with three-tone leather and new accents that can be ordered in a variety of colors.

Either way, if you happen to be passing by the Chinese capital, you can visit the Beijing Motor Show and check out these special Bentleys.

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Bentley adding Flex-Fuel W12 engine across Continental range

Bentley adding Flex-Fuel W12 engine across Continental range

Bentley was extremely proud that its Continental Supersports was named one of the greenest cars in Germany, due to it being 85% recyclable, and has just announced that it will be adding the flex-fuel W12 engine from the Supersports coupe and convertible across the entire range of Continental models.

In case you didn’t know, the special 6.0-liter W12 engine in the Supersports can run on regular gasoline, as well as E85 bioethanol, or any mix between the two. Starting this July though, the British company announced that all Continental models, almost half of its vehicle lineup, will sport this capability.

This really helps the company’s plan of reducing CO2 fleet emissions by 15 percent until 2012. The only remaining models to run on petrol alone are the Brooklands coupe, Azure sedan and the new Mulsanne. But it will soon change, as the Brooklands is approaching the end of its life cycle and, according to the company, the Mulsanne will also receive a bioethanol version in the future.

Overall, if you want to flaunt your wealth and be green (not the Lambo variety), the new Bentley Continental models will certainly be a good idea.

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Bentley presents 2011 Continental Supersports Convertible

Bentley presents 2011 Continental Supersports Convertible

Bentley has just announced the 2011 Continental Supersports Convertible model, which will be formally presented at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. The car is the company’s fastest four-seat convertible and the most powerful open top model it has ever made.

Power comes from the 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbo engine, which generates 621 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque, when running on either gasoline of E85 bio-fuel. You and three of your friends will be able to sprint from 0 to 62 mpg in 3.9 seconds, and reach 202 mph while feeling the wind in your hair in this new car.

Another feature from the regular Continental Supersports included in the convertible is the ZF six-speed automatic transmission, which feeds all four wheels on a 60:40 bias to the rear ones. Said wheels are use 20-inch, 10-spoke rims, shod in performance Pirelli tires.

Bentley presents 2011 Continental Supersports Convertible

Expect all of the usual luxuries on the inside, including leather or Alcantara, as well as carbon fiber bucket seats. Prices haven’t been announced, but until autumn when it will be launched on the market, you can enjoy it in Geneva.

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Onyx reveals tuned Bentley Continental Platinum GTO

Onyx reveals tuned Bentley Continental Platinum GTO

The Bentley Continental GT is a pretty powerful luxury sportscar, but considering it houses a massive W12 engine under its hood but develops “just” 533 HP, the tuning company Onyx had a go at taking its output to proper supercar levels.

As such, it has revealed the Continental Platinum GTO, which includes not only the visual makeover you can see above and below, but also a wide array of performance modifications, that take the power ratings from the aforementioned 533 to around 640 HP.

Onyx reveals tuned Bentley Continental Platinum GTO

No concrete details about the changes were given, but you can still enjoy that power with mods like a lowered ride height, 22-inch wheels coated with a matte black paint job, as well as a body kit with a new, LED daytime lights-enabled front bumper, side skirts, wider wheel arches, carbon fiber splitter, trunk lid spoiler and, par for the course, a rear diffuser.

For those who can’t wait to customize their Continental GT (honestly, who doesn’t?) the tuning package will be available starting next month.

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Video: Maybach 62 trades paint with Bentley Continental in Russia, repairs to cost as much as a new car

Video: Maybach 62 trades paint with Bentley Continental in Russia, repairs to cost as much as a new car

Let’s say you’re a rich Russian man. After years of being forced to blend in and drive some awkward cars, capitalism has brought forth a wide selection of luxury vehicles, like the Bentley Continental or the Maybach 62.

But when it snows, leave those cars in the garage and just use the spare change for an SUV or something, and prevent incidents like this recent one, where a Continental and a Maybach have traded paint due to slippery road conditions in Russia’s capital, Moscow.

No major damage was caused, but you can clearly easily say that the repairs on both vehicles will cost as much as a new reasonable car. Hit the jump to see a video of the Russian news filming the aftermath.
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Bentley Continental Supersports found to be 85% recyclable, one of the greenest cars

Bentley Continental Supersports found to be 85% recyclable, one of the greenest cars

Who says you can’t have a whopping W12 engine under the hood and not save the planet at the same time? Certainly not the engineers at Bentley, which after modifying the huge engine of the fastest model from the UK carmaker, the Continental Supersports, to run on E85 biofuel, has been rated by the German Motor Transport Authority as 85% recyclable.

The rating is a tough one to get, and very few luxury or performance models have managed to attain it. As it was expected, Bentley hasn’t missed the occasion, and already released a statement highlighting the positive rating.

“Producing the fastest Bentley was a challenge in itself,” revealed Dr. Arno Homburg, Head of Whole vehicle Development at Bentley Motors. “However, we were equally determined not to sacrifice any environmental aspect in pursuit of this goal. The result is the paradox that the most extreme Bentley ever, is also the greenest.”

The Continental Supersports, as I’ve said, is powered by a massive W12 6.0-liter engine, which develops 630 HP and 800 Nm of torque, while running on petrol, E85 biofuel or any combination of the two liquids, which effectively reduces the CO2 emissions by a whopping 75%.

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Bentley preparing three-door shooting brake and crossover models?

Bentley preparing three-door shooting brake and crossover models?

It seems that the team at Bentley is quite busy these days, as it has just released the Mulsanne, which will be the base for the replacements of the Brooklands and Azure, is preparing to revamp the Continental lineup, and, according to a new report, may also be researching two new cars, a three-door shooting brake and a crossover.

First off, the three-door model will sit below the Continental, and try to please the $100-130,000 price range with performance fitting of a Bentley sportscar. The second however, is a bit tricky, as it won’t be a crossover model per-se, like an Audi Q5, but more along the lines of the Allroad models from the German company, as the Bentley chief is Franz-Josef Paefgen, former Audi man which backed up the Allroad and hated the Q7.

Both models will share a lot of things with the new platform which will be used on the Aud A6 and upcoming A7 models, as well as the 4.5-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which generates around 550 HP that will be transmitted to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

While nothing is for certain, it would be quite interesting to see such models from Bentley. I wonder what Rolls Royce will be planning to counter these new cars. What do you think about Bentley’s plans? Leave a comment with your views.

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