Detroit Bureau on Twitter

Posts Tagged ‘bentley news’

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.

Product News!

“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.

The Last Word!

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.”

Pushing the Limits!

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.

Global Insight!

“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.

Subscribe for Free!

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.

Your Source for Auto Show News!

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.

A Real Performer!

“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.

Subscribe for Free!

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.

Subscribe Now!

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.

Subscribe for Free!

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.