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Bentley Bentayga Field Sports By Mulliner Is The Ultimate Hunting Tool 22
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Bentley, Bentley Bentayga, Bentley Videos, video on 11 22nd, 2017


Bentley and luxury shotgun maker Purdey have teamed up to create the Bentayga Field Sports by Mulliner.

Billed as the “ultimate field sports lifestyle accessory,” the one-off model is essentially a standard Bentayga which has been equipped with a custom storage unit that is constructed out of leather and aluminum. The sliding storage unit features an assortment of different compartments which can hold shotgun shells, binoculars, and ear muffs. The compartment is lockable and also includes a humidor as well as several different drink holders and a flask.

Since the crossover was designed for hunting, the Bentayga Field Sports by Mulliner comes with a leather-trimmed case which can hold two shotguns. The case rests on top of the storage unit and fits in between the rear seats.

Since Purdey also specializes in high-end fashion, the model has an “exquisite” bag that holds a waistcoat, a waterproof cape, and a field coat. It also houses gaiters, shoes, and an overnight bag.

Bentley declined to mention performance specifications but the model likely features a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine that produces 600 hp (447 kW) and 663 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque. It enables the standard Bentayga to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds before hitting a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h).

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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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New Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Won’t Be Offered In The United States 21
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Bentley, Bentley Mulsanne on 11 21st, 2017


Bentley quietly unveiled the Mulsanne Convertible at the Dubai Motor Show and the automaker has just confirmed plans to build 19 units.

“19 of these examples will be made available. The US will not receive them, however,” Bentley Motors Americas communications manager Erin Bronner told Carscoops.

The company declined to confirm the car’s rumored $3.5 million price tag.

While this is unfortunate, the Mulsanne Convertible is a limited edition model which will be built by Mulliner. The car was previewed by the Grand Convertible concept and it will effectively become a replacement for the Azure which was phased out in 2010.

Bentley’s silence on the convertible is somewhat surprising but previous reports have suggested the car will pay tribute to company’s 100th anniversary. The first cars are slated to be delivered in 2019 and production will be limited to 19 units as a nod to the company’s founding back in 1919.

The car will reportedly be based on the Mulsanne Speed which features a twin-turbo 6.75-liter V8 engine that produces 530 hp (395 kW) and 811 lb-ft (1,100 Nm) of torque. The sedan can accelerate from 0-60 mph 4.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h) but it remains unclear how much the conversion to a convertible with effect the model’s performance.

Note: Bentley Grand Convertible concept shown

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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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Did Bentley Just Reveal A New Mulsanne Convertible In Dubai? 19
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Bentley, Bentley Mulsanne, Bentley Videos, video on 11 19th, 2017


Ever since Bentley discontinued the Azure in 2010, we’ve been wondering if and when it would build a replacement. Now it appears that successor has been quietly unveiled in the Emirates.

We have no official information to draw on, but supercar videographer extraordinaire Shmee150 visited the marque’s flagship showroom in Dubai for an exclusive look at the new convertible Mulsanne.

As you may recall, Bentley revealed just such a concept to a select few at Pebble Beach several years ago. Now apparently approved for limited production, the Grand Convertible by Mulliner will be very expensive and highly exclusive. Shmee reports only 19 examples will be built, each priced at around of $3.5 million.

That’s a whole lot of dough, to be sure, but may be the only option in this particular class now that Rolls-Royce has discontinued the Phantom Drophead Coupe (offering only the smaller Dawn that’s closer in size to Bentley’s Continental GT).

That production number, incidentally, is anything but random. It refers to 1919: the year in which Bentley was founded. The first examples are slated to be delivered upon the marque’s centenary in 2019 (with the remaining examples to follow the next year). This will, after all, be a painstakingly hand-crafted model, coachbuilt by the Mulliner division.

It’s based on the Mulsanne Speed, which means it packs a 6.75-liter twin-turbo V8 good for 530 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque – along with all the bells and whistles that accompany that top spec.

Aside from the replacement of the four doors with two and the hard roof with a collapsible one, the Grand Convertible has been shorted by some 10 centimeters (or roughly four inches), taken out of the wheelbase. That’d make it a good foot shorter than the Extended Wheelbase model – to say nothing of the Grand Limousine version that was also crafted by Mulliner, stretched an extra 39 inches to fit an extra pair of seats in the back.

This particular example on display in Dubai is done up in Moroccan Blue and Frosted Silver (just like the Grand Limousine debut model) with a linen-colored leather interior. It also features what Shmee says is the largest single piece of wood veneer used in the industry, serving as a deck under which the fabric roof is stowed.

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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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Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Bentley All Planning Performance EVs 10
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Bentley, Bugatti, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Lamborghini, porsche on 11 10th, 2017


The Volkswagen Group is reportedly keen to expand its electrified plans to its range-topping brands. This could result in all-new, performance-focused hybrid and EV models from Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and Porsche, Automobile Magazine reports.

Citing an unnamed source, the publication claims Porsche’s long-awaited, all-electric Mission E will sit at the top of this new family and be followed by a zero-emissions creation from Bentley and a pair of two-door, 2+2 models from both Bugatti and Lamborghini.

The Bugatti has apparently been codenamed Atlantic and like its Italian sibling, will be underpinned by the short-wheelbase version of the Porsche Panamera Turbo S Plug-In Hybrid.

Specifics about the powertrains of the two aren’t confirmed but both should have all-electric ranges of at least 60 miles (96 km) and fast-charging features.

While other details about these two models remain sketchy, they are apparently being launched to help counteract the fuel-guzzling models currently in Bugatti and Lamborghini’s respective families.

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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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Is The Bentley Bentayga Really A More Extravagant Audi Q7? 5
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Bentley, Bentley Bentayga, Bentley Videos, reviews, video on 11 5th, 2017


Bentley broke the mold with the Bentayga, which is not only their first SUV, but also their first vehicle available with a diesel engine.

There are a few ‘buts’ that should be taken into consideration by potential customers, and one of them is the fact that it shares common elements with Audis, including the platform of the latest Q7. All that despite looking very expensive, both on the outside and in the cabin, as CarBuyer highlighted in their latest review.

However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because thanks to some clever modifications, joined by an air suspension and different driving modes, the Bentley Bentayga feels in its natural element, be it on a straight line or tackling corners. Moreover, it can also take users off-road, but they won’t feel as secure as they would be in a Range Rover, once the comfort of the asphalt ends. But we all know that it’s highly unlikely that Bentley’s SUV will ever go muddy.

Besides the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine that makes 608PS (600hp) and 900Nm (663lb-ft) of torque, the Bentley Bentayga can also be had with the 4.0-liter tri-turbo V8 diesel that powers the Audi SQ7. This version delivers 435PS (429hp) and 900Nm (663lb-ft) of torque, and it works together with the same 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Those with deep pockets looking for the ultimate luxury SUV can also choose between plenty of personalization items, starting with the generous color palette, going through the interior trim, and ending with the Breitling clock, which adds a staggering £115,000 ($151,448) to the final price.

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Is The Bentley Bentayga Really A More Extravagant Audi Q7? 5
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Bentley, Bentley Bentayga, Bentley Videos, reviews, video on 11 5th, 2017


Bentley broke the mold with the Bentayga, which is not only their first SUV, but also their first vehicle available with a diesel engine.

There are a few ‘buts’ that should be taken into consideration by potential customers, and one of them is the fact that it shares common elements with Audis, including the platform of the latest Q7. All that despite looking very expensive, both on the outside and in the cabin, as CarBuyer highlighted in their latest review.

However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because thanks to some clever modifications, joined by an air suspension and different driving modes, the Bentley Bentayga feels in its natural element, be it on a straight line or tackling corners. Moreover, it can also take users off-road, but they won’t feel as secure as they would be in a Range Rover, once the comfort of the asphalt ends. But we all know that it’s highly unlikely that Bentley’s SUV will ever go muddy.

Besides the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine that makes 608PS (600hp) and 900Nm (663lb-ft) of torque, the Bentley Bentayga can also be had with the 4.0-liter tri-turbo V8 diesel that powers the Audi SQ7. This version delivers 435PS (429hp) and 900Nm (663lb-ft) of torque, and it works together with the same 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Those with deep pockets looking for the ultimate luxury SUV can also choose between plenty of personalization items, starting with the generous color palette, going through the interior trim, and ending with the Breitling clock, which adds a staggering £115,000 ($151,448) to the final price.

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Bentley Mulsanne Impaled By Guardrail During Crash 4
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, auction, Bentley, Bentley Mulsanne, featured, used cars on 11 4th, 2017


Are you in the market for a used 2011 Bentley Mulsanne? This one here is being auctioned off, but you’ll have to mind the accessory.

While we can only imagine what could have led to this accident taking place, what we know for certain is that this $300,000+ luxury car must have impacted that guardrail really, really hard.

The damage was done exclusively to the right side of the car, as the long piece of metal pierced the Bentley from front to back, entering the cabin compartment and even dislodging the rear seat.

Still, if you want to try your hand at getting it up and running again, you can find more details about the car on Copart, where it’s getting auctioned off to the highest bidder. The starting bid was set for $13,100, which is less than the car’s optional iPad Picnic Tables.

Also, it doesn’t seem as though any airbags went off, which is both good and bad, depends on how you look at it.

H/T to Jacek!

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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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Bentley Bentayga Plugs Into Porsche’s Cayenne S E-Hybrid Powertrain 1
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Bentley, Bentley Bentayga, Bentley Scoops, Bentley Videos, PHEV, Scoops, video on 11 1st, 2017


The greenest version of the Bentley Bentayga will use, as you'd expect, a plug-in hybrid powertrain, and it was spied testing on and around the Nurburgring.
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