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Bentley’s New Continental GT Is A Tuxedo-Wearing Hooligan 8
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Bentley, Bentley Continental, Bentley Videos, UK, video on 12 8th, 2017


Bentleys are often described as these road-crushing, distance-destroying, incredibly fast and opulent machines but you never hear about them being actually fun to drive; that is until now, with the arrival of the new Continental GT.

The truly new Conti GT claims that not only is better in every single metric compared to its predecessor but also capable of offering proper fun to the driver, despite still tipping the scales at a rather heavyweight 2,250kg (4,960lbs).

Power comes from a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 TSI engine that sends 626hp and 664lb-ft of peak torque to all four wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. With the Sport mode engaged, Bentley says that the AWD system sends over 80 percent of the torque to the rear.

0-60mph comes in 3.6 seconds while top speed sits at 207mph (333km/h) if you must know but the true magic happens in the chassis; the adoption of the 48-volt electrical architecture allowed Bentley to use their new Dynamic Ride which controls the active anti-roll bars and makes sure that the car stays flat in all circumstances.

Combined with a revised three-chamber air suspension, the new Conti GT claims to offer one of the widest scopes on road manners, ranging from limousine levels of comfort to proper sporty handling.

Auto Express puts these claims to the test on the Anglesey circuit so let’s find out if the new Bentley Continental GT stays true to the description.

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2018 Bentley Continental GT Arrives As First Special Edition 29
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Bentley, Bentley Continental, new cars on 11 29th, 2017


Bentley has yet to ship the first units of the third-gen Continental GT to customers, but that hasn’t stopped them from launching a First Edition, based on the latest Grand Tourer.

You’ll have to look at the 22-inch alloy wheels in a unique pattern that are available in several finishes, the jewel-finish oil and filler caps, discreet ‘Union Flag’ badging and special tread plate plaque, to tell it’s the new Bentley Continental GT First Edition  on the outside.

Step inside and you will find diamond-in-diamond quilt pattern on the seats, door and rear quarter panels, with unique contrast stitching that’s exclusive to this specific model, and more discreet ‘Union Flag’ badging.

Customers can also choose between one of four unique veneers for the dashboard fascia, such as Tamo Ash, Liquid Amber, Dark Stained Madrona, and Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus, combined with Grand Black, another exclusive to the First Edition.

Bentley says that the high-end finishes “help create the impression of even more space inside an already sumptuous cabin, and complement a striking interior design that is beautifully enhanced by mood lighting and illuminated sills, emblazoned with ‘Bentley’, visible when opening the doors”.

The new Bentley Continental GT First Edition comes with the brand’s ‘Rotating Display’, which allows the driver to switch between three different fascia panels: 12.3-inch touchscreen, three analogue dials, or veneer-only, with the last one being available when the engine is turned off.

Customers can replace the 650-watt audio system with a 1,500-watt Bang & Olufen, or the range-topping Naim sound system, with 2,200 watts.

Other additions to the First Edition are the City Specification and Touring Specification, which bring driver assistance systems such as park assist, pedestrian warning, and traffic sign recognition.

The 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 TSI gasoline continues to rest in the engine compartment, and it makes 635PS (626hp) and 900Nm (664lb-ft) of torque. Despite tipping the scale at 2,250kg (4,960lbs), the new Continental GT takes just 3.7sec to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h (62mph), and it can reach a top speed of 333km/h (207mph).

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You Can Tell Everybody This Is Sir Elton John’s Bentley 24
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Bentley, Bentley Continental, celebrities, Classics on 11 24th, 2017


You wouldn’t necessarily know it from listening to his songs, but Sir Elton John has owned some nice cars over the years. And every once in a while, one of those comes up for auction.

In the summer, for example, we brought you news of his 1972 Ferrari Daytona heading for the auction block. Before that it was a Maserati Quattroporte, and before that a Ferrari 512TR. Now his Bentley’s coming up for auction, too.

This 1959 Bentley S1 Continental Sport Saloon (read: coupe) is one of just 431 made, with aerodynamic coachwork by H.J. Mulliner. It was one of the most expensive cars in its day, capable of moving four along in the lap of luxury at speeds you’d expect of an outright sports car, making it a true grand tourer.

Chassis number BC1BG went back and forth between the UK and Gambia, passing between several owners before Elton John bought it in 1976, commissioning a comprehensive restoration that brought it up to contemporary standards.

Sir Elton kept the Bentley for 25 years before selling it to business magnate Sir Alan Sugar (now a lord and baron), who in turn consigned it to Bonhams for auction 10 years ago. Now it will be auctioned off once again at the same Bond Street Sale where Paul McCartney’s Aston Martin and Ringo Starr’s Mini will be sold off as well.

Bonhams estimates it’ll go for £400,000-500,000, or about $530-662k at current exchange rates, which is a fair bit more than you could spend on a new Continental GT – or just about any other Bentley at that.

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Bentley’s Committed To Dropping The Top On The Continental GTC 22
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Bentley, Bentley Continental, Bentley Scoops, Scoops on 11 22nd, 2017


You might think of owning a convertible as offering a choice… but really it’s an obligation – an obligation to drive it with the roof down as much as possible. And we have to applaud these engineers from Bentley for taking that to the extreme.

Spotted by our papparrazzi at CarPix in the frozen north is a prototype for the forthcoming Continental GTC, the drop-top version of the recently revealed coupe that we knew would be coming sooner or later. And it looks like sooner.

Though still wearing (some pretty cool-looking geometric) camouflage, it’s plain to see what we’re looking at here. And it looks pretty good with the roof down and that continuous strip of chrome surrounding the cabin.

As bad as we may feel for the engineers tasked with shaking it down with the cold air swirling around, the Conti would probably be the best convertible for driving with the roof down in the winter – what with its all-wheel traction and assuredly comfortable heated seats.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see some sort of Mercedes-style air-scarf system to blow warm air onto the occupants’ necks, and more heated surfaces than the Space Shuttle on reentry. But it’s probably a good thing that these test drivers are bundled up, with the windows up and the rear screen in place.

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Startech Dips This Bentley Continental GT In Custom Paint, Adds Carbon 20
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Bentley, Bentley Continental, Startech, tuning on 11 20th, 2017


If you’re looking to buy an elegant and imposing luxury GT, a Bentley Continental GT might very well be on your shopping list.

Throughout its existence, the Continental GT has been upgraded by many tuners, some of which have become quite adept at taking an already imposing car and making it even more appealing.

Take this Startech-tuned example for instance. Not only does it come with a custom paint finish, but also carbon fiber aerodynamic elements and massive Monostar G 22″ wheels painted in the same color as the exterior.

Hidden behind the wheels are orange calipers, which match the accents found inside the fine leather interior on the dashboard, steering wheel, sun visors, door panels, seats and even the roof.

But that’s not all. The entire trunk is orange – even the lining of the trunk lid. Speaking of which, you can also see that this car is equipped with the Naim for Bentley sound system, thought by many to be one of the best in the world.

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Startech Dips This Bentley Continental GT In Custom Paint, Adds Carbon 20
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Bentley, Bentley Continental, Startech, tuning on 11 20th, 2017


If you’re looking to buy an elegant and imposing luxury GT, a Bentley Continental GT might very well be on your shopping list.

Throughout its existence, the Continental GT has been upgraded by many tuners, some of which have become quite adept at taking an already imposing car and making it even more appealing.

Take this Startech-tuned example for instance. Not only does it come with a custom paint finish, but also carbon fiber aerodynamic elements and massive Monostar G 22″ wheels painted in the same color as the exterior.

Hidden behind the wheels are orange calipers, which match the accents found inside the fine leather interior on the dashboard, steering wheel, sun visors, door panels, seats and even the roof.

But that’s not all. The entire trunk is orange – even the lining of the trunk lid. Speaking of which, you can also see that this car is equipped with the Naim for Bentley sound system, thought by many to be one of the best in the world.

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Man United Star Reversed His Range Rover Into Teammate’s £200k Bentley 14
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Bentley, Bentley Continental, celebrities, Offbeat News, Overfinch, Range Rover, Reports, UK on 11 14th, 2017


After passing his driving test only a year ago, Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is reported to have reversed his Range Rover into his teammate Phil Jones’ Bentley Continental Supersports.

The incident allegedly took place at the club’s Carrington training base last month, after the team’s 2-0 away win at Swansea.

A source told The Sun that Shaw’s “concentration slipped and he clattered into Jones’s car. He can afford the repair bill and there’s no hard feelings. Nothing seems to be going poor Luke’s way.”

In the end, it appears that both cars had only minor damage and that nobody was hurt because of the shunt. As seen in an article from the Daily Mail, Shaw has been spotted driving an Overfinch-tuned Range Rover recently, so it’s possible that’s the car he used to back into his teammate’s 700 HP Bentley.

Shaw has currently fallen out of favor with United manager Jose Mourinho, making just two appearances and no starts this season as the team is looking to upgrade his position.

Photos: Luke Shaw & Phil Jones/Instagram

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A New Bentley Supersports Is Only A Matter Of Time… And Muscle 14
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Bentley, Bentley Continental, Renderings on 11 14th, 2017


The Bentley Continental GT has yielded more variants and trim levels than we would care to count. When Bentley released the second-generation model in 2011, it hit “reset” on the whole line. Now that the all-new model is upon us, it’s all bound to start again.

There’ll be coupes and convertibles, eight-cylinder models and twelve, with various levels of output. But the one we’re looking forward to most is the one previewed here.

Rendered by one Nikita Aksyonov, these renderings forecast the next Continental Supersports – the most powerful version of Bentley’s prolific two-door model line.

The first Continental Supersports surfaced in 2009, its 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 tuned to deliver 621 horsepower for a 3.7-second 0-62 time and a top speed in excess of 204 miles per hour. The second arrived just last year, with 700 hp, a 3.5-second 0-62 time, and a 209-mph top speed.

Given that the new Continental GT already produces 626 hp, hits 62 in 3.6 seconds, and tops out at 207, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the new Supersports crack 750 hp, 0-62 in the low threes, and a top speed of over 210 mph. All this from a vehicle weighing a good 5,000 pounds, no less.

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Bentley Out To Defend Title With All-New Continental GT3 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Bentley, Bentley Continental, Motorsport, new cars, racing on 11 9th, 2017


Bentley and its racing partners have done pretty well with the old Continental GT3, though now that there’s a new Continental GT hitting the road, a new contender for the track will also be on its way.

Today, Bentley has revealed the first images and details of the all-new Continental GT3, and it looks properly menacing.

Steered in partnership between Bentley Motorsports and racing consultancy M-Sport (which just won the World Rally Championship), the fresh racer is based on the new Conti’s aluminum-intensive structure to help trim its weight down to “significantly less than 1,300 kg” (2,866 pounds).

Add into the mix a reworked version of the existing 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, with a new intake, exhaust, and dry-sump lubrication system. Unrestricted, Bentley says it’d be capable of producing “in excess of 550 horsepower” – a good bit more than the 521 hp in the outgoing Continental GT V8 S, and starting to nudge the heavier W12. The bodywork has been designed not only to resemble the road car, but to generate more downforce as well.

Bentley plans on entering its new racer in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup to defend the title it won there this year, with its race debut set for the opening round at Monza on April 22. No word on when customer racing teams can expect to take delivery, but we wouldn’t blame the crew from Crewe for wanting to work out any teething pains before taking orders.

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Road & Track Names The McLaren 720S The 2018 Performance Car of The Year 2
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in alfa-romeo, audi, Bentley, Bentley Continental, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, honda, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Huracan, LEXUS, Lexus LC, mclaren, McLaren 720S, mercedes, Mercedes AMG GT, porsche, Porsche-911 on 11 2nd, 2017


Road & Track has named the McLaren 720S the 2018 Performance Car of The Year.

Designed to recognize cars that push the “limits of performance and pleasure,” the award was given to the McLaren which beat out nine other contenders in this year’s test which took place over the course of four days.

The ten contenders for the fifth-annual Performance Car of the Year award were broken into four categories and the McLaren 720S was pitted against the Lamborghini Huracán Performante in the prestigious supercar group. Despite calling the Huracán Performante the “unchallenged star of the show,” R&T’s editors gave the award to the 720S as “nothing short of a Kawasaki ZX-10RR has a prayer of keeping up with the McLaren.” They also praised the car’s natural feel and unintimidating driving experience.

The Grand Tourers category saw the Bentley Continental Supersports and Lexus LC 500 face off for top honors. The editors noted this was a difficult choice but decided the Lexus was the winner as it is a “stylish cruiser that can still clip an apex and be steered with the throttle.”

The Track Stars category is particularly interesting as it saw the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE compete with higher-end vehicles such as the Mercedes-AMG GT R and Porsche 911 GT3. The prestige of the latter two models wasn’t enough to overcome the Camaro’s impressive performance and modest price tag.

Lastly, there are the Wild Cards which include the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, Audi TT RS, and Honda Civic Type R. The first two vehicles have a serious horsepower advantage but the editors were impressed by the Civic’s ability to be “calm and comfortable when you’re cruising” and a “firecracker when you lean into it.”

You can read more about the cars and the results over at Road & Track.

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A $28k Bentley Continental GT Is Asking For Trouble… But How Much? 17
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Bentley, Bentley Continental, Bentley Videos, video on 10 17th, 2017


A new Bentley Continental GT will set you back over $200k – north of $300k for the top Supersports model. Far less on the second-hand market, of course. But $27,700?
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A $28k Bentley Continental GT Is Asking For Trouble… But How Much? 17
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Bentley, Bentley Continental, Bentley Videos, video on 10 17th, 2017


A new Bentley Continental GT will set you back over $200k – north of $300k for the top Supersports model. Far less on the second-hand market, of course. But $27,700?
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Bentley Continental GT3 Wins Its First Major Championship 28
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Bentley, Bentley Continental, Motorsport, racing on 09 28th, 2017


It's been four years since Bentley rolled out the Continental GT3 and put itself back on the racing grid. And it's finally paid off.
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Breitling’s Latest Is Just The Thing To Go With Your New Bentley 19
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Bentley, Bentley Continental, Watches on 09 19th, 2017


Owning a Bentley is a status symbol – a way to project an image of wealth and success. So what's a Bentley driver to do when he (or she) can't be driving their Bentley? Wear one on the wrist, of course.
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Rally-Spec Bentley Continental A Bargain Buy At $54,000 17
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Bentley, Bentley Continental, eBay, Galleries, used cars on 09 17th, 2017


A Bentley Continental GT converted to off-road use has been sold for a touch under $54,000 during an eBay auction.
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