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3 Things To Know About The 2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Number 1 Edition

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The special edition of the 2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible is made more special by Mulliner, Bentley’s own customization division. While there aren’t many great special editions in the market, the Bentley is on another level.

Exterior

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The Number 1 Edition isn’t your usual Continental GT Convertible. You have two options to choose from: the Dragon Red II paint finish and the Beluga Black paint finish. But, the colors of the fabric roof can be different from the body so pundits suggest that you choose Dragon Red II for the body and Beluga Black paint for the roof. The Beluga Black paint body can be had with the Claret Red fabric roof.

You can also choose a Black Line Specification package, which brings black trim elements throughout the convertible’s body. You can see this on the door handles, radiator surround, headlamp and rear lamp surround, tailpipe finishers, side window surrounds, wing vents, and the number plate surround.

The 2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Number 1 Edition can also come with the carbon body kit and the Bentley Centenary Specification Pack that has Centenary badges.

Interior

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The cabin is wrapped in all the luxurious trappings of being a Bentley and a Mulliner. The debossed “B” insignia is on the headrests and door inserts to make sure you will never forget you’re driving a one-of-a-kind Bentley edition. The steering wheel and gear level are clad in Alcantara while the dashboard is exclusive in its Grand Black wood veneer with 18-carat gold plated dials.

Engine

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The Continental GT Convertible is already powerful with its 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W-12 engine that generates 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. That power comes through an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive. The car can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds before maxing out at a top speed of 207 mph.

2020 Land Rover Defender Reveals Image In New Images Leaked

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An Instagram post of the new 2020 Land Rover Defender showed the 4×4 ahead of the planned release next year. The leaked image showed the Defender without camouflage.

The photo clearly showed almost three-quarters of the car’s front, except for the missing bonnet. The flared wheel arches and LED headlamps are squared off while the upright windscreen and flat roof were clearly based on the original Defender.

Based on the previously released test mules, this new Defender will get influences from the old model. That means owners will get to enjoy the Defender’s trademark tailgate-mounted spare wheel, vertical rear tail lights, and slab-sides flanks.

These past images showed the Defender’s interior will be a notch higher in terms of technology. There are a large central screen and a digital instrument binnacle; the same system fitted to the latest Land Rover Discovery. The Defender will retain the same chunky heater controls and traditional rotary volume knob.

And as another set of teaser photos showed wherein a fleet of Defender mules were being used by Tusk, a Kenyan wildlife conservation charity organization, it looks like this model will be able to carry heavy loads, track radio-collared lions, and carry supplies across the 14,000-hectare Borana Conservancy.

The test was designed to examine the 4×4’s real-world performance.

The Land Rover Defender will be released in the UK in 2020. By that time, it would have finished more than 45,000 individual tests. It’s been tested on all surfaces—the backwaters of Eastnor in the UK, the trails of Death Valley in California, and the sand dunes of Dubai.

It has also been subjected to -40 degrees Celsius weather and as high as 48 degrees Celsius. The Defender mules have also been tested with the maximum altitudes of 13,000 feet and have crossed 1.2 million kilometers of the road across 11 countries.

Toyota’s Self-Driving Vehicle Venture Gains Ground With Subaru, Mazda

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Subaru and Mazda became the latest Japanese car companies to join the self-driving vehicle venture started by SoftBank Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. That brings a total of five Japanese companies—including Suzuki Motor Corp.—in the venture.

According to a Reuters report, Mazda, Suzuki, and Subaru, Isuzu Motors and Toyota’s compact car unit Daihatsu plan to invest $530,620 each in the venture in exchange for a 2-percent stake. The statement said the venture is called the Monet.

Toyota and SoftBank will retain their 35-percent stake in the company seeing as they were the ones who took it off the ground. The capital is now said to be around $26.6 million.

Launched in October, the venture will capitalize on the market’s need to rent services instead of buying a vehicle. It will roll out on-demand bus and vehicle services in Japan next year. There will also be a services platform for electric vehicles by 2023. The platform will be based on Toyota’s boxy e-palette multi-purpose vehicle.

The ride-sharing industry is currently dominated by startups such as Uber Technologies Inc., Didi Chuxing, and Lyft Inc., but Monet is trying to invite members to its fold. The key to infiltrating the market is to bring together this band of traditional automakers. The advantage is the venture’s capability to manufacture the vehicles cheaply. This will allow them to offer their services cheaper, too.

But the automakers need to partner with tech companies, too, since they need large investments on software expertise to develop programs that will answer the demands of the market.

This new investment will push Suzuki, Mazda, and Subaru to further their partnership with Toyota, who’s at the forefront of Japan’s research and development on electronic vehicles and other future technologies.

Earlier this month, Monet’s CEO told Reuters that it plans to expand its investment in Southeast Asia next year.

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