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Bentley Bentayga Set For Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 18
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Bentley, Bentley Bentayga, Bentley Videos, Pikes Peak, Reports, video on 01 18th, 2018

Bentley have entered their award-winning SUV, the Bentayga, into the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, taking place on June 24th in Colorado.
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Bentley Bentayga Now Offers A V8 (And The World’s Biggest Brakes) 12
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Bentley, Bentley Bentayga on 01 12th, 2018

Bentley, you might argue, has built its reputation around its W12 engine. In fact it makes more twelve-cylinder engines than any other automaker. But where it’s offered, the V8 might be the smarter buy – and now it’s on offer in the Bentayga as well.

The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 in Bentley’s sport-ute kicks out 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. As you might have guessed, that’s less than the 600 hp and 664 lb-ft available in the 6.0-liter W12 with which it launched, but it’s more than the V8 in the previous Continental GT’s ever offered (even in 582-horse/531-lb-ft S spec).

More to the point, it’s the exact same output as the version found in the latest Porsche Panamera Turbo, which tells you a lot about where it comes from (as opposed to the previous Audi-sourced engine).

Regardless of its source, it’s enough to send the Bentayga V8 to 60 in 4.4 seconds and to a top speed of 180 miles per hour (as compared to the 4.0 seconds and 187 mph mustered by the twelve-cylinder version).

The hundred-pound weight reduction does its part, but the Bentayga V8 still tips the scales at a portly 5,280 pounds – or about two and a half times the weight of the Lotus Elise built on the other side of the same country. Fortunately Bentley is offering a 48-volt active suspension system, along with carbon-ceramic brakes. They’re not only the largest it’s ever made, but feature the biggest front brake discs offered on any car in production: 440 mm, with ten-piston calipers up front (and 370 mm discs at the back). At 17 inches, those front discs are bigger than the wheels on most cars! No wonder the Bentayga offers wheels ranging from 20 to 22 inches.

Along with the new engine option, Bentley’s offering an array of new interior trims, including deep reddish-brown “cricket-ball” leather, carbon-fiber trim, and a steering wheel appointed in wood and leather. Expect the V8 option to reduce the Bentayga’s price of admission, but not by enough to make it “affordable” to most of us, by any stretch of the imagination. It may be an SUV with a smaller engine, taking the marque once again into new territory – but it’s still a Bentley, after all.

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2019 Bentley Bentayga V8 To Rated At 550 HP, Could Use Cayenne Turbo Engine 5
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Bentley, Bentley Bentayga, porsche, Porsche Cayenne, Reports on 01 5th, 2018

Last week reports surfaced that Bentley was preparing to offer a twin-turbo V8 engine in the Bentayga.

That rumors has apparently been confirmed as Autoguide has unearth documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reveal the 2019 Bentayga will be available with a new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 550 PS (404 kW). The document doesn’t reveal much else but it seems like the Bentayga will use the same twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that resides in the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

In the Porsche, the engine produces 550 PS (404 kW) and 770 Nm (567 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the crossover to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 286 km/h (177 mph).

For comparison, the Bentayga’s 6.0-liter W12 engine develops 608 PS (447 kW) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque. The mill allows the luxury crossover to run from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.1 seconds and top out at 301 km/h (187 mph).

Initial reports suggested the V8 variant will be launched in July and it will be joined by a plug-in hybrid model which is slated to debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Bentley Grabs The Top 3 Spots On IIHS’ List Of Vehicles With Highest Collision Losses 5
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Bentley, Bentley Continental, Bentley Flying Spur, BMW i8, BMW M3, BMW M4, BMW M6, IIHS, Maserati Ghibli, Maserati GranTurismo, Reports on 01 5th, 2018

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has confirmed the obvious, luxury and performance cars cost a fortune to repair following a collision.

While this isn’t an earth shattering revelation, some models cost significantly more than others and the Bentley Continental GT stands out at its collision losses are 6.5 times greater than the average of $390 for all passenger vehicles. Nearly seven percent of all Continental GTs are involved in a collision and the model has a claim severity (how much is paid per claim) of $35,744 and overall losses (a combination of claim frequency and claim severity) of $2,536.

The Continental GT had plenty of familiar company at the top of the “highest overall losses” list as it was joined by the Continental Flying Spur and Continental GTC. Coupes took the next three spots as the BMW i8 had losses of $1,657 which was closely followed by the Maserati GranTurismo and M6 Coupe. Rounding out the top ten spots were the Audi RS7, BMW M3, BMW M4, and Maserati Ghibli.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Smart ForTwo electric had the lowest overall losses of $162. Podium positions also went to the Ram 1500 LWB 4WD and Ford F-250 4WD. Perhaps the most interesting vehicle on the list was the Corvette Z06 convertible which had a claim severity of $7,145 and losses of just $204.

The IIHS says this type of information is particularly helpful as data from collision claims include many crashes that aren’t reported to police. The organization also notes more than half of collision claims for passenger vehicles cost less than $3,000 with the majority falling in the $1,000 to $1,999 range.

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Bentley To Reveal Plug-In Hybrid Bentayga In Geneva 5
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Bentley, Bentley Bentayga, Geneva Motor Show, PHEV, Reports on 01 5th, 2018

Bentley will lift the covers off the new plug-in hybrid version of the Bentayga SUV at the Geneva Motor Show this March.

This will be the first model ever to be offered with an electrified powertrain by the British luxury car maker, expanding at the same time the range of powertrain options the Bentley Bentayga can be had with.

Bentley has promised to offer a plug-in hybrid version of every model in the range, with the Bentayga plug-in hybrid expected to feature a similar powertrain as the one used in the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid, Automotive News reports.

Porsche’s electrified powertrain pairs a 2.9-liter V6 with a 136hp electric motor for a combined output of 462hp, enabling the plug-in hybrid Panamera to travel on electric power alone up to 48km (30 miles).

The Bentley Bentayga is now available with two engine choices, including a V8 diesel and the range-topping W12 versions. The company will add a turbocharged V8 option in the range in the coming weeks, with the new plug-in hybrid model to go on sale in the second half of the year.

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2018 Bentayga Review Finds Bentley’s First-Ever SUV Simply Glorious 30
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Bentley, Bentley Bentayga, Bentley Videos, Film, reviews, video on 12 30th, 2017

Until recently, spending exotic car money on an SUV was almost unheard of. Bentley’s luxurious Bentayga however, might turn out to be worth every penny.

While it’s not perfect, the general consensus is that Bentley did a magnificent job, both technically as well as when it comes to quality, in its first-ever SUV.

People will still debate whether it looks good or not , but once you set foot inside and start driving it, its price tag might just start making sense – or at least that’s what Carwow’s review says.

On the downside, some of the switches inside aren’t as well-built as you’d expect and the infotainment screen won’t blow you away with its resolution, as there are better options out there. However, once you move past those issues, you might just find the Bentayga “glorious”, as this reviewer put it.

While the twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine is, obviously, the one to go for, the diesel does a great job as well. In any case, regardless the engine option, the Bentayga feels sharp and surprisingly planted while cornering, not to mention quiet and smooth.

Best of both worlds then? No wonder it comes at such a price; but we’ll see what Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and the rest will have to say about that.


Bentley Bentayga V8 Reportedly On Track For Mid-2018, PHEV To Follow 29
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Bentley, Bentley Bentayga, PHEV, Reports on 12 29th, 2017

Bentley is apparently looking to expand the Bentayga’s range by adding a couple of new versions.

The first variant is expected to be launched in July 2018, according to AutoMotorUndSport, and it will be powered by a V8 petrol unit.

Slotting in the Bentayga lineup under the diesel option, it might use a version of the VW Group’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo unit that currently powers the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus. All three are underpinned by the same MLB architecture, so using it in the Bentley, too, makes perfect sense.

In addition to the new V8 engine, the Bentayga will also get a plug-in hybrid powertrain that’s expected to combine the 3.0-liter supercharged V8 and electric motor of the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid. The exact output is unknown, but its German counterpart makes do with 416PS (410hp) and 590Nm (435lb-ft) of torque, so we expect something similar for the Bentayga PHEV.

Note: Bentley Bentayga Diesel pictured


Study Reveals Ideal Car For British Motorists And It’s A Mess 21
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi R8, Bentley, BMW 6-Series, Honda Civic Type-R, Hyundai i30, Lamborghini Gallardo, Lamborghini Urus, Renderings, Study, UK on 12 21st, 2017

If you could take any design cues you wanted from all your favorite cars and mash them together into something entirely new, what would that look like?

According to over 2,300 motorists who were polled on this issue, such a car would have the body of a Lamborghini Urus, Civic Type R alloys, an Alfa Romeo grille, Audi R8 doors, Gallardo spoiler, Hyundai i30 exhaust, BMW 6-Series lights and of course, a Bentley badge.

Which means that basically, it would be a very weird Bentley, one that also happens to be painted Electric blue, with a matte black roof and trim.

The survey was commissioned by webuyanycar.com, whose head of technical services, Richard Evans, still found something positive to say about the design.

“The final concept definitely still has a certain sporty edge though,” he stated, while adding that “we did expect two-seaters, convertibles and high-speed cars to prove more popular, so it was a surprise that larger shapes and more conventional features tended to top the poll.”

According to SWNS digital, the study also found that British motorists would gladly spend an additional £1,552 ($1,538) on average on upgrades, with a third of them loving the idea of having heated seats.


Bentley Still Coy About 2019 Flying Spur, Sends It To Sweden 20
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Bentley, Bentley Flying Spur, Bentley Scoops, Scoops, Sweden on 12 20th, 2017

With the all-new Bentley Flying Spur undergoing cold testing at freezing temperatures, all that camouflage is probably there to help it keep warm.

On a serious note, the car remains very well covered up, just as any of the previous prototypes we saw, ever since it went from test mule to production body last summer.

Fortunately for us, since the Flying Spur is basically the four-door version of the all-new Continental GT, we should have a pretty good idea as to what it will look like, especially when viewed from the front.

Otherwise, this should be a very sleek and luxurious four-door saloon, not to mention massive, riding on the VW Group’s MSB-F architecture – used for both the Porsche Panamera as well as the new Continental GT. Aside from being both rear and all-wheel drive compatible (and electrified), the platform will support a wide array of electronics, from active safety systems, to modern convenience gizmos.

It should also feature the Continental GT’s fully digital and configurable instrument panel, with its 12.3-inch display, plus top notch materials such as natural leathers and hand-polished chrome accents.

Aside from a planned plug-in hybrid version, the Flying Spur’s engine range will include a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12, which already produces 635 PS (626 HP) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque underneath the Continental GT’s massive bonnet. Since the latter can sprint to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.6 seconds, the Flying Spur might also manage a sub 4-second time.

The 2019 Bentley Flying Spur will make its debut sometime in late 2018.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops


Can’t Get A Bentley Grand Convertible? Try This Azure Mulliner 18
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Bentley, used cars on 12 18th, 2017

Interested in a Bentley convertible, but find the Continental too common? The British automaker recently confirmed the Grand Convertible for production.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s exceedingly expensive (even by Bentley standards) and strictly limited in production. So if you’re not one of the 19 individuals deemed fortunate enough to shell out millions to buy one, may we suggest the following.

This is a Bentley Azure, the convertible version of the Brooklands coupe – complete with Crewe’s evergreen 6.75-liter twin-turbo V8. It’s from the 2003 model year, which was the last for the first-generation Azure before it was retired (only to be revived again a few years later).

Painted white with a tan top and matching leather interior, this Mulliner model packed all the options. In fact it cost $410,000 when ordered new a decade and a half ago, equivalent to about $550k by today’s standards.

With over 35,000 miles on the clock, we doubt it will sell for anywhere near that much when it comes up for auction at Mecum’s Kissimmee sale in Florida next month. Despite its age, this could prove a real bargain for a top-of-the-line drop-top Bentley. However much it sells for, though, you can bet it won’t be millions.

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Bentley’s New Continental GT Is A Tuxedo-Wearing Hooligan 8
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.


Bentley Will Pursue Electrification Over Autonomous Driving Technology 7
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Autonomous, Bentley, Bentley Bentayga, Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Reports on 12 7th, 2017

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös recently revealed his company isn’t in a rush to offer semi-autonomous driving technology and it appears Bentley is taking a similar approach.

In an interview with The Drive, Bentley’s boss of the Americas said he hasn’t heard a customer describe autonomous driving technology as a must have feature. Mark Del Rosso went on to say “It has to become a want and a need and a desire” before the company decides add the technology to its vehicles.

Despite this, Bentley is starting to add high-tech driver assistance features to newer models such as the Continental GT. As the company noted at its unveiling, the GT comes with a new electric power-assisted steering system which enables the car to offer Active Lane Assist, Traffic Jam Assist and Park Assist.

While Bentley appears to be taking a cautious approach to autonomous driving technology, Del Rosso said it is embracing electrification. As the executive explained “We want to be the leader in luxury electrification” and “It’s not a matter of if, but when.”

Del Rosso confirmed we’ll get our first taste of an electrified Bentley in the form of the Bentayga plug-in hybrid. The company still debating if future models should be plug-in hybrids or pure electric vehicles but Del Rosso says it ultimately depends on what the customer wants.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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2018 Bentley Continental GT Arrives As First Special Edition 29
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).


Bentley Birkin EV Is A Futuristic Coupe That Pays Homage To The 1920s 25
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Bentley, Bentley Concepts, concepts, Renderings on 11 25th, 2017

Even though this may not look like a regular Bentley at first, it does sort of remind us of the EXP10 Concept, in a subtle way.

The design seems to follow the so-called “less is more” philosophy, as the wide grille at the front is positioned almost at wheel-level, giving the car a rather unique character – as do the chunky pop-out rear wing and intricate rear diffuser.

Its designer, Ignacio Mallku, says that the Birkin EV Sports Coupe would be part of Bentley’s futuristic Sport Luxury segment, meant to seat just two people.

Unfortunately the cabin itself didn’t get sketched, but we can see the seats inside, thanks to those forward-sliding doors being open in one of the images.

This concept was named after Tim Birkin, one of the Bentley Boys from the 1920s, who managed to win at Le Mans twice during his motorsport career.


You Can Tell Everybody This Is Sir Elton John’s Bentley 24
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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