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Bentley Adding More Models; Likely to Go Electric

"Five models in five years" could equal double the sales.

by on May.04, 2016

With its new SUV, the Bentayga, ready for dealer showrooms, Bentley revealed some of its future product plans, including its EV options.

With the new Bentayga SUV ready to hit showrooms, British maker Bentley is starting to plan its next product offensive, and that not only will bring updates of existing models like the Mulsanne and Continental GT, but as many as two new ultra-premium luxury models.

Facing ever-stricter global emissions and mileage standards – as well as pressure to add new zero-emissions models  – Bentley is also giving serious thought to adding a fully electric drivetrain package. That would be on top of the plug-in hybrid version of the Bentayga set to launch late in 2017 or early 2018, has learned.

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It wasn’t all that long ago that Bentley was the proverbial one-trick pony. But it has scored huge sales growth in recent years with the addition of the Continental line-up. And with plans to have “five model (lines) in five years,” said Michael Winkler, CEO of Bentley’s U.S. sales arm, the British marque expects to do substantially better. (more…)

Bentley Muscles up Continental GT Speed

New Black Edition joins GT family.

by on Apr.04, 2016

The updated Bentley Continental GT Speed shown in the new Black Edition.

The bar continues to rise when it comes to the luxury performance market, and Bentley is determined to keep making the hurdle as it demonstrates with a new version of the Continental GT Speed.

The fastest production Bentley ever, capable of nipping 206 mph, gets not only more power but additional features, an updated interior – and a new Black Edition for those with a big enough checkbook.

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“We have developed the GT Speed Black Edition to meet demand from customers for a model in the Continental line that offers both increased sporting capabilities and instantly recognizable styling cues,” says Paul Jones, Product Line Director for Continental GT. “The Black Edition has a subtle but purposeful look that is backed up by exceptional performance.”


Bentley Upgrades Mulsanne Portfolio

Luxury maker adds Speed, Extended Wheelbase to offerings.

by on Mar.01, 2016

Bentley unveiled a more modern look for its Mulsanne line-up as well as two new models: the Speed and Extended Wheelbase.

Luxury gets redefined yet again at the Geneva Motor Show as Bentley debuts its new Mulsanne range of vehicles with options for everyone … well … everyone with enough money to buy a new Bentley anyway.

Built by hand at the company’s facility in Crewe, England, the luxury brand rolls out the two new versions of its flagship: the Mulsanne Speed and the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase, which seems clearly focused on the Chinese market and its still-growing luxury market.

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With the two new options, the company now offers three iterations at the top of its line-up. (more…)

First Look: 2017 Maserati Levante

Premium SUV set to offer an array of engine options.

by on Feb.22, 2016

The production 2017 Maserati Levante.

With the Geneva Motor Show launch of the new 2017 Levante next month, Maserati will become the newest entrant into the super-premium SUV market, a segment that is set to see an explosion of new product over the next several years.

Originally introduced as the Kubang concept vehicle at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the idea was to borrow from the best of the Fiat Chrysler family, lifting bits of the familiar Grand Cherokee platform and pairing it was a Ferrari-derived V-8.

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“At a technical level, the Levante’s chassis is designed to combine the outstanding on-road performance typical of every Maserati with unrivalled handling even on very low-grip surfaces and an excellent off-road performance and ride,” Maserati declared in a statement accompanying these images.


Bentley Wants to Help Owners Get Stoned

Luxury maker adds new alternative for those who don’t want leather or wood trim.

by on Jan.05, 2016

Bentley is using stone veneer in its new models. The latest in a move by automakers looking for unconventional finishes in vehicles.

“Everybody must get stoned,” sang Bob Dylan. And while some folks think that might be the anthem for the marijuana legalization movement, Bentley is taking the eclectic folk singer’s advice in a different direction.

The British maker already offers buyers a wide array of choices when it comes to interior finishes, primarily classis automotive materials like leather, wood, aluminum and high-tech carbon fiber. It’s now adding a new option: stone veneer.

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“Bentley is the established expert in the handcrafting of wood and leather,” claims Geoff Dowding, Director of Mulliner Operations, “and now we are exploring new, fine and rare materials to offer even more bespoke tailoring and choice to our customers.” (more…)

Bentley Bentayga Offering World’s Most Expensive In-Car Clock

Queen Elizabeth II expected to take delivery of first Bentley SUV.

by on Sep.18, 2015

The new Bentley Bentayga will offer an optional clock as expensive as the SUV itself.

If you’re going to build the world’s most expensive SUV, it might seem logical to offer the world’s most expensive in-car clock, as well.

At least, that’s what Bentley plans to do when it starts rolling out the new Bentayga in a few months. The full-size ute, with its leather and wood-lined cabin will start at $229,100 in the U.S. But you can bump that up with a variety of options – including the Breitling Mulliner Turbillon clock.

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While a final price hasn’t been set, it’s expected to come in at around £150,000, or roughly $234,000 – which could make it more expensive than the “base” Bentley Bentayga. The maker justifies the price by explaining the clock has “the most complex of watch mechanisms.”


Bentley Ready to Conquer the World With Bentayga SUV

"The fastest, most powerful, most luxurious, most exclusive SUV in the world.”

by on Sep.09, 2015

The Bentayga will top out at 186 mph, slightly faster than a Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

A good SUV should be able to surmount just about any impediment. The new Bentley Bentayga is showing itself adept at overcoming one of the biggest obstacles of them all, pushing into pricing territory far beyond any SUV currently on the market.

First teased in the form of a concept car more than three years ago, the new Bentley Bentayga will make its formal debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, but was given an advanced preview of the vehicle Bentley is calling “the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious, most exclusive SUV in the world.”

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Even though it’s still months from reaching Bentley showrooms around the world, the Bentayga is already having a significant impact, helping convince virtually every other premium luxury brand – from Aston Martin to Lamborghini to Rolls-Royce – that they also need to add utility vehicles to their line-ups.


Bentley Aims for Big Growth with Bentayga Launch

British maker hopes to build yet more momentum with production version of EXP 10 Speed 6 concept.

by on Aug.17, 2015

The Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 shown at its debut during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

With the upcoming launch of its first SUV, the Bentayga, Bentley hopes to not only get a leg up on competitors like Rolls-Royce but also kick off the biggest growth spurt in the British brand’s history.

But Bentley is far from through with the expansion of its line-up, stressed its CEO Wolfgang Durheimer. The brand is readying a business case for its next all-new model, a sports car based on the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show last March.

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“It’s double-digit growth we’re approaching,” said Durheimer during an interview at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance over the weekend. If Bentley meets its target that would be all the more impressive considering it set a sales record last year with its existing line-up.


A Second Bentley Ute? Flood of New Luxury SUVs on the Way

Segment is growing faster than most.

by on May.05, 2015

Even though it hasn't hit dealer showrooms, Bentley is so enamored with its soon-to-be-released SUV, it's thinking of adding a second to its line-up.

Think the idea of a Bentley SUV is hard to fathom: How about two utes from the stately British marque? That’s one of the maker’s two top priorities, according to Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer.

And Bentley is far from alone. Porsche already has two utes in its line-up with the launch of the 2015 Macan. Rolls-Royce has confirmed it has an all-wheel-drive model in development. And even Lamborghini and Aston Martin appear ready to join the fray.

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The rapid move into the utility-vehicle segment by some of the world’s most exclusive manufacturers probably shouldn’t come as a surprise. It reflects the overall shift in the automotive market. According to data from IHS Automotive, sport- and crossover-utility vehicles will outsell sedans in the U.S. this year for the first time. (more…)

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…)