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Bentley Explores its Future with EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept

New 2-seater could retune British maker’s approach to performance and design.

by on Mar.03, 2015

Bentley is reshaping its image a bit with the introduction of the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept at the Geneva Motor Show.

There’s no doubt that Bentley can build beautiful, fast, powerful and extremely expensive automobiles. But they’re also heavy and not necessarily state-of-the-art technology. Which is why the new EXP 10 Speed 6 concept the British marque has unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show is likely to garner a lot of attention in the months ahead.

Unlike the current Speed model, the EXP 10 is a true two-seater, and it appears aimed at some of the high-line brands more traditionally associated with extreme performance, like Aston Martin, McLaren and Ferrari.

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Think of the EXP 10 Speed 6 as “one vision for Bentley’s future,” suggested Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer, during a Geneva preview. But there he left things dangling, adding that, “It could be a future model line, alongside the Continental GT and redefining the pinnacle of another market sector, and the styling of the EXP 10 Speed 6 could influence the expansion of the Bentley family.” (more…)

Want to Smell Like Money? Bentley Can Make It Happen

Luxury makers offer variety of branded, expensive accessories.

by on Feb.09, 2015

Want the Bentley "experience" without shelling out the cash for a vehicle? The luxury maker sells a line of fragrances for both men and women.

F. Scott Fitzgerald told us in “The Great Gatsby” that Daisy had a voice that was “full of money,” but now she – and the men around her – can also smell of money, courtesy of Bentley.

The ultra-luxury automaker has released its latest cache of fragrances.

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“The launch of the new Infinite fragrance from Bentley signals an exciting addition to the men’s collection,” the automaker notes in a release. “Modern and alluring, Infinite embodies a desire for genuine freedom and individuality, inherent qualities in the DNA of the world’s leading luxury carmaker.” (more…)

Bentley Reveals Grand Convertible Concept

Top-down Mulsanne could challenge Rolls-Royce for exclusive buyers.

by on Nov.18, 2014

The Bentley Grand Convertible makes its bow at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

With a handful of models whose prices begin well into six figures, Bentley operates in a unique and rarified niche of the automotive world – but it does like to pull off a few surprises, as it did when it announced plans to add an ultra-luxurious SUV to its line-up several years back.

So rumors began swirling as the Los Angeles Auto Show approached as to what might be hidden under the covers at the Bentley stand. Speculation included the possibility of an ultra-roadster, or perhaps the lower-end model the maker has long been debating.

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As it turns out, Bentley has gone the other direction, bringing to Tinseltown the Grand Convertible concept, based on its new 2015 Mulsanne Speed sedan, that it proclaims will “redefine the luxury of open-air driving.” (more…)

Porsche Pushes Into Bentley Territory with Panamera Exclusive Series

Limited-edition sedan lands above “base” Continental GT.

by on Oct.31, 2014

The Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series is creating a little sibling rivalry with the Bentley Continental GT.

When it comes to the upper reaches of the luxury car market, it’s getting hard to tell the players without a scorecard. And that means some sibling brands are suddenly turning into rivals.

The latest example comes with the unveiling of the new Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series. While it’s not the most expensive model the German maker has ever offered – at barely a third the price of the 918 Spyder ultracar – the limited-edition sedan lands well above the “base” Bentley Continental GT and not much below the British maker’s top-line Mulsanne model.

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Then again, Bentley is getting ready to roll out an all-new luxury SUV, which could start siphoning sales away from Porsche, its Volkswagen Group partner. (more…)

Watch Out Ferrari – Here Comes the Bentley Mulsanne Speed

Flagship sedan will churn out 811 lb-ft of torque.

by on Sep.16, 2014

Bentley's new Mulsanne Speed model boasts torque numbers even Ferrari can respect.

For those who have the taste – and the budget – for high-performance imports, brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, or perhaps Aston Martin, are likely to come immediately to mind. But there’s another exotic getting ready to give them a run for the money.

Bentley has been drawing from its history of motorsports to fuel its decade-long revival, and it clearly showed it wasn’t going to get left behind at the stoplight when it launched the latest, 616-horsepower version of its Continental GT Speed.

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From a pony count, the even newer Bentley Mulsanne Speed delivers a mere 530-hp — 25 more than a stock Mulsanne. But it’s the torque number that should put a smile on affluent performance fans, while sending a shiver down the spine at competitive brands. The maker’s flagship model, in Speed trim, will deliver an astounding 811 pound-feet of tire-spinning torque. That’s nearly 300 lb-ft more than the La Ferrari.

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Bentley Continental GT3-R Puts Premium on Performance

Celebrating a successful return to racing.

by on Jun.17, 2014

The Continental GT3-R is Bentley's fastest road-going model, turning 0 to 60 in just 3.6 seconds.

While the name, Bentley, might readily bring to mind the image of a lavishly outfitted British luxury sedan, or perhaps a coupe or convertible, the maker earned its chops with a series of notable wins at Le Mans back in the 1920s. And it’s working to remind the world that it still builds plenty of performance into today’s products, as well.

It recently returned to motor sports after a long absence and, after an eight-decade drought, proved its potential with a win at the Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone, in the UK with its GT3 racer.

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Now, for those who have the money, and the desire to translate track results to the street, Bentley has come up with the limited-edition Continental GT3-R. Set for delivery late this year, the Crewe-based carmaker plans to produce just 300 copies.

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Rolls-Royce Considering Plans for a “Proper SUV”

Could become latest super-premium brand to add a ute to its line-up.

by on May.15, 2014

Rolls may soon plant its "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood ornament on a new SUV.

Confirming widespread rumors a senior Rolls-Royce executive says the British maker is giving serious thought to the prospect of adding an SUV to its line-up.

It would become the latest in a growing list of high-line manufacturers to add a utility vehicle, but unlike those who have opted for car-based crossover models, design chief Giles Taylor says Rolls would opt for a “proper SUV” if it ultimately enters the market – some estimating the maker could have one in the market by late 2017.

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“I’m interested in function and functionality. I’m looking to create a properly functional vehicle – a shooting brake, not a crossover with a sloping roof. A proper SUV,” Taylor tells British magazine Autocar. But he stresses that such a new model has to fit in with the existing line-up and not “undermine the Rolls-Royce brand.”

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Bentley Goes Electric at Beijing Show with Plug-In Mulsanne Concept

Luxury makers face pressure to go greener.

by on Apr.21, 2014

Bentley shows off its plug-in hybrid system.

China’s long economic expansion has made it one of the most promising markets for luxury carmakers, with demand for high-line vehicles soon expected to exceed that in U.S. Even the most expensive brands have been growing at a blinding rate, right along with the rest of the Chinese market.

But China’s central government is putting pressure on carmakers – particularly those producing the most powerful and fuel-inefficient products — to develop more electric and hybrid vehicles because of growing concerns about the country’s endemic air pollution problems.

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That’s encouraged Bentley to introduce its first-ever plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle, or PHEV, at this year’s Beijing Motor Show. The good news for potential buyers, stressed according to Wolfgang Schreilber, chairman and chief executive officer of Bentley Motors, is that the plug-in version of the flagship Mulsanne is both more powerful and even more efficient than the conventional, gas-powered model.

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Bentley Releases First Image of its First SUV

“It will create a completely new segment.”

by on Mar.19, 2014

Bentley offers a hint of the SUV to come in 2016.

When you set an all-time sales record you have plenty of reason to celebrate, but Bentley is giving fans of the British ultra-luxury brand their own reason to celebrate with the release of the first images of the maker’s upcoming SUV.

Originally teased in concept form as the Bentley EXP 9F, the production version has been given no official name yet, but we do know at least a few things about it, starting with a production date of sometime in 2016.

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“It will create a completely new segment in the SUV market, hints the brand’s chairman and CEO Wolfgang Schreiber, who also promises the new model will be “the most luxurious and powerful SUV on the market.”

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Bentley SUV Gets Green Light

Sales launch set for 2016.

by on Jul.23, 2013

A sketch of the planned Bentley SUV skips some of the more controversial details of the 2012 concept vehicle.

True, it is far from the biggest surprise but Bentley has now given the formal go-ahead for production of its new premium-luxury SUV, the as yet-unnamed addition to its line-up slated to reach showrooms around the world in 2016.

The pet project of former Bentley boss Wolfgang Durheimer, the new ute will be based on the EXP 9 F concept vehicle revealed during the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.  In a statement, the British subsidiary of Volkswagen AG announced plans to invest more than 800 million British pounds – or more than $1.2 billion – over the next three years for “the development of new models.”

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“Bentley fans all around the world are looking forward to the brand’s first SUV,” proclaimed VW Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn, adding that, “Together we will make this new Bentley another true Bentley – powerful, exclusive and successful.”

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