With a little more than a month left until the Geneva Motor Show starts, Bentley has announced today that one of their stand’s starts will be what they call their fastest and most powerful production car ever. Of course, that’s interesting, but not that interesting, you might say. But that’s not all. The car, named “Extreme Bentley” so far, will run on biofuel. That’s about all the details the British company has released, but considering the current most powerful Bentley is a 600 hp beast, we can only dream about what the Geneva car will be like. And about the biofuel part, the guys from Autoblog expect to see an ethanol adapted version of the twin-turbocharged W12 that powers the most powerful Bentley in production.
And for all our US readers who won’t probably make it to Switzerland to the Geneva Motor Show, don’t worry, the car will be on display at April’s New York Auto Show, so you too will be able to admire the beauty.
If you’re lucky enough to own a Bentley (doesn’t really matter what model), we’ve got some more good news for you. The British carmaker is preparing a special event, called “Power on ice”, which will take place in Finland, in February and March next year. So, what’s this? It’s an event where you’ll get the chance to drive 560-610 hp cars from the Continental series across a frozen lake in the centre of Finland. Before that, Bentley will offer a training program, under the supervision of a team led by Finnish rally star Juha Kankkunen, who set a new world speed record for driving on ice in 2007, driving a Bentley Continental GT on a frozen bay off the coast of Finland.
All these will take place around the small town on Ruka, approx. 800 km north of Helsinki, where Bentley is creating its own private holiday village consisting of a small boutique hotel and a number of exclusive chalets. The all-inclusive packageis priced between 7,590 and 8,990 euros, with moreinfo available on the event’s website. Unfortunately, though we’re one of the best blogs around here (ahem, just being modest, you know), we don’t really afford it yet, so maybe someone over at Bentley will see this and drop in a special invitation, we wouldn’t mind at all.
The upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show will mark the debut of the new Bentley Azure T convertible, a more luxurious and powerful version of the Azure. The car is powered by the same engine as the Arnage T, a 6.7 liter twin-turbocharged V8 which delivers 500 hp and 1000 Nm of torque. This means that the Azure T goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 288 km/h (179 mph). The engine is mated to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission with locking torque converter and the car comes with ESP and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System as standard.
On the exterior, we’ve got a set of new features, like dark tint matrix upper and lower grilles, ‘Le Mans’ lower front wing air vents, Bentley ‘Jewel’ fuel filler cap, twin exhaust tail pipes, retractable ‘Flying B’ bonnet mascot and 20-inch five-spoke ‘Bright Finish’ alloy wheels, plus a choice of 42 exterior paint colors. The interior is everything you’d expect in a Bentley, with diamond quilting to seats and door panels, drilled alloy brake and accelerator pedals, ‘Engine-turned’ aluminium finish to fascia, instrument faces in black, embroidered ‘Bentley’ emblems to front seats and rear seat centre, knurled finish to organ stops, mirror adjustors, door handles (interior and exterior), light switch and seat lumbar controls, plus a ‘Naim for Bentley’ premium audio system featuring 10 speakers, a dual channel sub-woofer and an 1100 Watt amplifier, plus eight individual Digital Signal Processor (DSP) modes.
Bentley didn’t mention anything about the Azure T’s pricing or availability, but you can enjoy more photos after the jump. (more…)
Japanese tuning company ASI has a record of very flashy and impressive tuning programs for Bentleys. We saw their versions of the GT Speed and the Continental GTC and now it’s the Continental GT’s turn to meet the ASI engineers and designers. And we really don’t know what to write about first, the ‘Pimp my ride’ style body kit or the 800 hp engine.
The TETSU GTR (that’s what they call it) will be on display at this year’s SEMA and it was designed by artist Tetsuei Nakamura, who also worked on luxury hotels, for example. The exterior has received an ultra wide body kit finished in two-tone carbon fiber and Fujiyama matte white color, 22 inch black forged wheels and LED lights, while the interior fetures car seats and floor mats fashioned in the Nishijin weaving legacy. Like we said, the engine now delivers 800 hp, thanks to the enlarged turbo turbines, ECU upgrade, new exhaust system and improved cooling methods.
To be honest, there’s not much we can say about the car, we’re kinda speachless, so we’re gonna let the pictures do the talking.
Photo Gallery: Bentley Continental GT tuning by ASI
The Bentley Arnage Final Series, a 150 units limited Arnage edition that will debut at next week’s Paris Motor Show celebrates a lot of stuff: 10 years of the Arnage, 50 years of its V8 engine, 90 years of the marque, Bentley Motors and the end of the Arnage production.
Under the hood, the Final Series will be powered by Bentley’s twin-turbo 6.75 liter V8 engine that delivers 500 bhp and 738 lb-ft of torque and, as you’d expect from a special edition of a luxury car, it is loaded with all sorts of features, like 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, retractable ‘Flying B’ bonnet mascot, body coloured headlamp bezels, dark tint matrix upper and lower grilles, ‘FINAL SERIES’ badge on front wings and Bentley ‘Jewel’ fuel filler cap for the exterior, while the interior has ‘FINAL SERIES’ treadplates to front doors, drilled alloy brake and accelerator pedals ,waistrails with inset chrome strip and recessed Bentley marque badges, rear cocktail cabinet and document stowage trimmed in hide, FINAL SERIES stainless steel flask and shot glassesm ,four Bentley umbrellas with wooden handles and large display audio head unit with Secure Digital (SD) memory card slot.
“The Final Series is the perfect model to give our Arnage flagship a splendid send off. Handcrafted at Crewe, this exclusive run of 150 cars represents the ultimate expression of Bentley luxury and effortless power,” said Stuart McCullough, Member of the Bentley’s Board, Sales and Marketing.
Check out more photos after the jump. (more…)
Bentley is becoming more and more a tuner favourite brand, after projects based on their cars by Mansory or MTM the Japanese tuning firm ASI decided to tackle the Bentley Continental GTC. After their previous kit made for the Bentley GT Speed, they decided to take their expertise on the luxury convertible and the result is quite amazing.
ASI stand for Accuracy Spirit Imagination, and they really tried to implement those principles in the kit they developed. Carbon fiber is the name of the game in the composition of this kit, being implemented in the lip fitted to the front bumper spoiler, on the lip for the rear bumper and in a discreet boot spoiler. Other modifications made were the LED daytime running lights, side skirts and the 22-inch wheels. But enough talk, check out more photos after the jump. (more…)
The Russian luxury car market is growing by leaps and bounds, a lot of wealthy people there want to indulge their taste for luxury and buy expensive cars. Unfortunately some of the drivers can’t really handle the power of these cars. Such was the case with the driver of this Bentley Continental GT, who plowed the car on a nearby field, taking out two wooden posts and ending up nearby a set of train rails. Details are scarce but until then, here are some photos of this exotic crash, after the jump. (more…)
Japanese tuner Wald International is responsable for some really interesting premiere tuning packages like the ones for the Mercedes Benz CL or the Lexus IS. And their latest creation is a tuning program for the Bentley Continental GT. Called the Black Bisson Edition will feature a more aggresive body kit and Wald’s 21-inch Portofino, Aufzhalen and Mahora wheels. That’s about all the info we’ve got so far, because Wald didn’t make an official press release, but we’ve got some really cool photos for you, after the jump. Check it out!
Founded last year, the Japanese tuning company ASI is new to the market and started various tuning programs for Bentley cars. ASI stands for Accuracy, Spirit, Imagination and the company got good reviews after their 2007 SEMA debut.
One of their first products is this Bentley GT Speed, which, besides the company’s standard GT body kit, also features a dry carbon bonnet and trunk plus rear wing, along with original 3-piece forged ASI wheel.
Check out more photos after the jump.
After yesterday we’ve showed the Premier4509 body kit for the Lamborghini Murcielago, here’s another creation of the Japanese tuner, a wide bodykit for the Bentley Continental GT and I’m sure this is good news for all rappers around the world. Like the Murcielago body kit, this will also be a limited edition, with only 100 kits available, each one coming with a numbered serial plate.
The body kit parts are made out of carbon fiber and fiberglass and include a new front bumper, new side sills, new rear bumper and widened fenders, which make the car 4in wider. Hironao Yokomaku, Premier4509′s president said that “the purpose of this design exercise was to enhance the cars aggressive nature while at the same time keeping a refined look that matched with the original body lines.”
One more photo after the jump.
After Mansory presented two modified versions of the Bentley Continental GTC, the Flying Spur and the LeMansory, we have another tuning for the luxury cabrio, this time from MTM. I don’t know what’s with this rush to modify this car and I also don’t know what’s the demand for this cars, but one thing’s for sure, they look really cool.
So, what did MTM do to the Bentley? Well, the most important changes were made under the hood, where a modified version of the W12 engine develops 635 hp and has a 750 Nm torque output. A 650 hp upgrade version is also available. With these engine, the car sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 331 km/h (205 mph). Other modifications include a MTM sports exhaust kit with high-flow catalyst and mufflers, electronically lowered suspension system and 21 inch alloys.
Mansory is doing some pretty good job with creating some really exclusive Bentleys. After some time ago we presented the Bentley Continental Flying Spur now we have a new jewel from Mansory, a modified Bentley Continental GTC.
The car has an all-new front spoiler with large air intakes, carbon fiber and LED daylights and is powered by a modified 6.0-liter W12 which now develops 641 bhp and takes the exclusive convertible from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds and a whopping top speed of 330 km/h. There will only be 24 units available and we have no clue on the price, but it won’t come to cheap, for sure. View a photo gallery after the jump.
And you thought your Bentley was cool? Here’s Mansory’s version of the Bentley Continental Flying Spur. Powered by a 635 hp modified engine (70 hp more than the standard) that takes the car from 0 to 60 mph (100km/h) in 5 seconds and to a top speed of over 320 km/h, the Bentley has custom made spoilers and side skirts that gives the car an even more elegant look, plus 20 or 22 inch impressive wheels.
And of course, that’s not all, the interior is also extraordinary, featuring lashings of leather and more carbon fibre than a Formula One starting grid, and of course, a lot of gadgets, like 9-inch touch screens, wireless headphones and electrical picnic tables. Click ‘Read More’ to feast your eyes on even more photos.
Bentley made a press release this morning in which they announced a minor facelift of the Bentley Continental GT (it got new front bumper and grille, plus an upgraded 6.0 W12 engine). But, more important, Bentley announced the introduction of the Bentley Continental GT Speed inspired by the “Speed” models introduced in 1923. This model has an upgraded engine, developing 600 HP (from the standard 552) and 750 Nm torque (15% more than the standard).
Due to lighter weight connecting rods, new pistons with anodized ring slots and a remapped engine management control unit, the Bentley Continental GT Speed is the first Bentley to go over 200 mph (320 km/h), with a top speed of 202 mph (326 km/h). The GT goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds.