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Bentley Commemorates Founder With Mulsanne W.O. Edition By Mulliner

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This will be a year of celebration for Bentley as it commemorates the 100th year since the company’s conception. The celebration started on July 10 and will last throughout the year. The event will be highlighted by the coming of the Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner, which will be limited to only 100 units around the world.

The sedan, which will be available in standard, long wheelbase, and Speed versions, celebrates Bentley founder Walter Owen Bentley and his 1930 8 Litre, the founder’s personal car. The 8 Litre was the last vehicle Bentley designed for the luxury automaker and the second example off the production line. The classic car wore a coach-built body from Henry Jervis Mulliner & Co., the same company that personalizes Bentley cars until this very day.

Walter Owen was not able to enjoy the fruits of his labor and the “ultimate expression of automotive engineering” because financial troubles forced him to sell the company in 1931. In 2006, Bentley bought the 8 Litre and immediately gone through the process of restoration. This means replacing the crankshaft, which is the central feature of the Mulsanne W.O. Edition.

What happened to the old crankshaft? Bentley cut it into 100 pieces and each will be placed inside a custom, illuminated cocktail cabinet that’s located in the rear quarters of the 100 special Mulsanne units. The glass display will be framed by four different kinds of wood and aluminum that create a marquetry scene.

The special edition will also get Heritage Hides in Fireglow with Beluga details and stitching, Dark Stain Burr Walnute veneers, and Fireglow lambswool carpets. The exterior is painted in onyx and features a chrome hood strip, optional chrome grille and surround, and discrete special edition badging. There will also be Beluga Back wheels.

The best thing about owning this car, aside from it being a special edition, is that customers can have their W.O. Edition Mulsannes customized.

The Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner will be unveiled at the Monterey Car Week in August.

Top Picks From The 2018 Geneva Motor Show

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show is in full swing with heart-stopping decadence of vehicles and concepts and everything else in between. There’s truly nothing like it and when it comes to bucket list, the Geneva Motor Show is in every car lover’s list.

Here, we looked at the top three picks that were revealed just recently in the ongoing Geneva Auto Show other than the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door.

1. RUF SCR

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If you love vintage cars, look no further than the RUF SCR. The $650,000 price tag may throw you off, but there is simply nothing like this. It looks like a classic Porsche 911, except that this one uses completely custom chassis that will reduce weight and improve handling conditions. All of this will help fuel the 4.0-liter water-cooled flat-six that is able to produce 510 horsepower.

2. Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo

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Porsche plans to release the actual Mission E next year as competition in the EV industry heats up. Directly, the Mission E will compete with Tesla and will finally fulfill Porsche’s dream of an all-electric Mission E. The one previewed at the Geneva Motor Show is not the final design yet, but it is closer in design to the actual Mission E than the ones we saw in the past years. According to Porsche, the Mission E will be able to do 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds and 0-125mph in 12 seconds flat.

3. Bentley Bentayga Hybrid

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The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid unveiled during the motor show will be the same one that will come rolling off the factories. This is the first hybrid car that Bentley ever created, making sure it’s as special as they come. It has a plug-in system and batteries to power its twin electric motors that are paired with 3.0-liter V6 turbo gasoline engine. As a result, it will only emit 75g/km of carbon dioxide, far less, of course, than the three Bentayga models. The twin electric motors can go up to 30 miles before the gasoline engine kicks in. The batteries, on the other hand, can be fully charged in just 2.5 hours at a high-output charging station.

3 Exciting Things About The 2018 Bentley Continental GT First Edition

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Bentley is doing the exact same tradition that the likes of Bentayga SUV and Mulsanne did—rolling off a first edition model. That means that the Continental GT First Edition will get plenty of exclusive features that would probably never be available when the line is finally launched.

Some of the exclusive “appointments” that the first edition 2018 Bentley Continental GT will have are fancy rotating displays, veneer options, and model-specific cosmetic identifiers. All of these help cement the grand tourer’s special edition status.

1. “Orange Flame”

Orange Flame—that’s what they are calling the body color that this special edition will come in. To be truly special, the 2018 GT Continental must have a truly attention-seeking visual representation, and that will begin with an exciting new color. There is no mention whether the grand tourer will only come in this color, but the online configurator shows there are 13 different colors we can choose from—Rubino Red, Sequin Blue, Peacock, and Damson, among others.

2. Rotating Display

The central feature of the 2018 Bentley Continental GT First Edition is the rotating display. The feature lets you switch through three different fascia panels, depending on your mood. The standard configuration is the 12.3-display, but you can also go for the more classical look of three analog dials or a veneer-only fascia that appears only when the car is not running.

3. Unique Contrast Stitching

Another feature that is limited to the First Edition is the diamond-in-diamond quilt stitching on the seats, the door panels, and the rear quarter panels. There’s also a unique contrast stitching available only for the First Edition. Aside from these, Bentley also partnered with Mulliner for a unique driving specification package that includes alloy foot pedals, jewel-finish oil and filler caps, and a set of 22-inch wheels that are available in bright paint, black, hand polished, or full polish finishes.

4 Things To Know About The 2019 Bentley Continental Flying Spur

The Bentley Continental range is getting an upgrade. First, we’ll have the updated version of the GT coupe, then followed by the GT convertible, and finally, the Flying Spur sedan. The latter is due in 2019, though there is no specific date as of now.

But for the first time ever, we are treated with spy shots of the next Flying Spur in action. This first glance is enough to tell us we can expect a lot of great things from the next Flying Spur.

1. Exterior

The overall exterior design has evolved from the previous one. The main elements of the upgrade can be found on the lights—the headlights have a larger inner and smaller outer lights. This is the opposite of the current design.

On the sides, the lower and upper character lines give an entirely new facade while on the rear end, the taillights are taller and don’t wrap around the sides anymore. The license plate cutout moved also from the trunk to the bumper.

2. Platform

Same with the other Continental GT range, the Flying Spur will use elements of Porsche engineering. It will be based on Volkswagen Group’s MSB platform, which was specifically designed for large, rear- and all-wheel-drive cars with engines at the front.

Developed by Porsche, the platform is being used by the 2017 Panamera. The MSB Platform uses high-strength steel and aluminum for aerodynamics and rigidity purposes.

3. Drivetrain

The current Continental GT has an upgraded 6.0-liter W-12 that can produce 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. It also has a stop-start function.  The same engine will be fitted in the Flying Spur. A twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine that can produce 500 horsepower is also expected.

Bentley said that plug-in hybrids will also be offered for all of their vehicles. There’s only one transmission available for all variants–an 8-speed automatic and an all-wheel drive system.

4. Other Features

The Flying Spur will host a number of great features such as a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, an instrument panel display developed from the Audi virtual cockpit, LED matrix headlights, a three-chamber air suspension, and a 48-volt anti-roll control system that uses electronic actuators on the anti-roll bars.

Top 5 Facts About The 2017 Bentley Mulsanne by Mansory

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How will you make the 2017 Bentley Mulsanne better? German tuner Mansory has a history of outlandish designs courtesy of the Siracusa kits for the Ferraris, the Carbonado kits for the Lamborghini, and the Bentley Continental Vitesse Rose in 2009.

The Mulsanne is a massive project but if you’re expecting to see equally an outlandish tuning program, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Mansory, for the first time, decided to go another route based on a report by TopSpeed.

1. Exterior

The exterior update on the Bentley Mulsanne is made up of an aerodynamic kit that features a new front lip and air inlet covers. There are new side skirts, new rear lip spoiler, and a diffuser insert placed at the back. All of these are made with carbon fiber, though the most stunning upgrade on this particular section of the car are the massive M8 light-forged aluminum alloy wheels. They are 22 inches and wrapped in high-performance tires that measure 285/35ZR22 in the front and rear axles.

2. Interior

Mansory did not give hints on how it treated the interiors of the Mulsanne, though they are very specific with the materials they used on it like premium leather, Alcantara materials, brushed aluminum, carbon, handcrafted embroidery, and piano surfaces.

3. Drivetrain

In the past, Mansory was responsible for the 800 horsepower output of the Ferrari 488 Spyder and the 1,600 horses from the Lamborghini Aventador. You think the tuner would bring the same power to Mulsanne? Based on the tuning program, the Mulsanne will only up its horsepower by 73 ponies, bringing in a total of 585 horsepower. It will also add 49 pound-feet of torque for a total of 811 pound-feet of torque.

4. Pricing

There are no pricing details for the Mansory-tuned Mulsanne, though we expect the base model to start at $300,000 with the tuning program adding a $50,000 price tag.

5. Competition

It’s difficult to pinpoint a direct competitor of the Bentley Mulsanne. Cars like these are usually a cut above the rest. Perhaps, the closest competitor is another tuning program—that of the Mulliner, Bentley’s own personalization division.

Bentley Bentagya Mulliner Debuts at the Geneva Motor Show

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Bentley just showcased the Bentayga Mulliner at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show. The luxury sport utility vehicle is highlighted by its high level of customization and powerful engine within its hood. Its maker said the production of the auto will only be limited.

Here are the key features of the Bentayga Mulliner according to Bentley Motors:

1. Exterior

The Bentayga Mulliner is characterized by its two-tone paint, chrome details and massive 22-inch Paragon wheels. The SUV is in every way the personification of luxury with its exquisite design offering smooth surfaces and lighting effects at night that include LED Welcome lamps in its entry points as well as Bentley wings illuminating the ground to announce its strong presence in the scene.

2. Interior

Going inside the Bentayga Mulliner will reveal a spacious cabin with four-seating capacity. The seats adjust in 18 ways to provide absolute comfort to its occupants.

The two-tone theme continues in the vehicle’s high-quality leather surfaces. The wood trim on the panels also accentuate the opulence of the auto. Moreover, the ambient lighting system of the SUV help set the mood in its internal environment.

Buyers can choose from a pack of color combinations as well as materials to be used in the interior design of the Bentayga Mulliner. Among the other notable elements inside the auto are bottle cooler, champagne flutes, Naim audio system, 20 speakers and head-up display equipped with navigational plus driving assistance packages.

3. Engine

Beneath the hood of the Bentayga Mulliner is a 6.0-liter W12 engine. The power unit packs 600 bhp at 5,000-6,000 rpm and 900 Nm of torque at 1,350 rpm. The acceleration time of the SUV from zero to 100 km/h is at 4.1 seconds. Its max speed can reach up to 301 km/h.

Official Photos

Below are the official shots of the Bentley Bentayga Mulliner during its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show:

 

5 Things To Get Excited About The 2017 Bentley Continental Supersports

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What’s even better than having a Bentley Continental? A Continental Supersports, that’s what. Bentley had just taken the covers off its Continental Supersports, which is slated for the 2017 model year. This is the automaker’s most powerful and fastest four-seater luxury car.

Here are the top features of the new Bentley Continental Supersports:

1. Speed And Power

Let’s talk about speed first, since this is what Bentley has been boasting about the Supersports. The Continental Supersports packs a massive 6.0-liter W12 engine that produces 700 horsepower and 750 pounds-feet of torque. That is 70 horsepower and 130 pounds-feet of torque more than what it currently churns out.

That power can boost the Supersports from 0 to 60 mph in just a matter of 3.4 seconds, or so Bentley said. This has never been tested. With the convertible, that time stretches to 3.7 seconds. Still, not bad, right? Top speed is 209 mph for the coupe and 205 for the drop-top convertible.

Worried about braking on time? Don’t be. The Supersports’ braking power is coming from a 16.5-inch carbon-ceramic brakes at front and 14-inch brakes at the rear.

2. Additional Power

Thanks to higher-capacity turbochargers, as well as a revised intercooling system, the Supersports’ engine can handle more power. Standard to both the coupe and the convertible is an 8-speed automatic transmission. Really, this is the only one available. The suspension has also been lowered to keep you on the 200 mph cruise.

3. Design

The coupe and the convertible will benefit from the new design—new front- and rear-bumper designs with carbon-fiber splitter and diffuser, new side-sill extensions, carbon fiber-finished hood vents, and gloss black front wing vents. As for the convertible, drivers can expect neck warmers for cool weather conditions.

4. Aerodynamic

One of the options you have for the Bentley Supersports is a titanium exhaust system. Having this will lower the curb weight of the Supersprots by 10 pounds, putting the coupe at 5,027 pounds and the convertible at 5,412 pounds.

5. Exterior And Interior

Personalization is one of the benefits of owning a Supersports. The X Specification pack has eight duo-tone paint treatments and carbon-fiber heel plates and mirrors. It finishes it off with 21-inch forged wheels.

Inside, you can expect everything to be in carbon fiber, leather, and suede.

Mercedes-AMG GT 4 vs 2018 Porsche Panamera vs 2018 Bentley Continental GT

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Mercedes-AMG GT 4 rendering. (Siource: Car)

Since Mercedes is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its AMG division, it’s safe to assume that a new Vision concept will soon be unveiled. Reportedly, it is going to be a high-performance four-door super saloon that would be pitted against the likes of the 2018 Porsche Panamera and the 2018 Bentley Continental GT.

Mercedes GT 4

For now, the rumored Mercedes-AMG GT 4 is codenamed X290 until its supposed unveiling in 2019. Reports are saying that the super car will be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. It is scheduled to hit the market sometime in 2019 with a starting price of $148,000. The model will be based on the same Mercedes architecture and platform that are being used on the C 63, E 63, S 63 AMG variants.

There will be two versions of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine available to the market. The range-topping S 4MATIC+ variant will be able to produce more than 600 horsepower. There are also plans to use an integrated starter generator to complement the V-8 engine.

None of these details have been confirmed yet since these are all concept of the GT 4 for now.

2018 Porsche Panamera

The new Panamera ushered in a new exterior and interior designs, a new engine lineup, and plenty of tech goodies such as LED headlights, safety assistance systems, an innovative chassis system, a 21-speaker Burmester 3D sound system, and plenty of personalization options.

It currently has two models—the Panamera 4S with a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V-6 that can produce 440 horsepower; and the Panamera Turbo with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine that churns out 550 horsepower.

2018 Bentley Continental GT

The rumored updates for the 2018 Continental GT aren’t much, except for tweaked styling on the exterior, a new V-8 engine, and an upgraded interior. It apparently packs the shortened version of Porsche’s MSB platform, though the higher-end model will reportedly have a 6.0-liter, W-12 engine. No official word on that, though.

9 Spy Shots Show Bentley Flying Spur Prototype Testing

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The Porsche Panamera Turbo is utilized as a test mule for the next-generation Bentley Flying Spur.

Spy shots of a Bentley Flying Spur prototype recently emerged online. The photos show the car being tested on wet conditions.

But how come the pictures here show a black Porsche Panamera Turbo?

While the photos indeed show a blacked-out Panamera, Autoblog claimed that the car is merely serving as a test mule for the Flying Spur. It makes sense that Bentley would use the Panamera to test the prototype of the Flying Spur because the two share the same platform. The new Panamera uses the MSB platform.

Another indication that we are looking at a test mule for the Flying Spur is the license plate of the Panamera. According to the photographer who captured the spy shots, the plate number of the auto is registered as a Bentley under UK’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

Since the Flying Spur is the four-door variant of the Bentley Continental GT, expect the next-generation of the car to get many of the styling elements presented in the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept that was unveiled last year at the Geneva Motor Show.

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The Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

The source said the upcoming Flying Spur might keep the same powertrains available in the Panamera as the two share the same platform anyway. Therefore, expect the inclusion of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engines in the selection.

The Flying Spur concept is rumored to make its world premiere next year. The production model of the car will probably come out the following year.

Bentley Flying Spur Prototype Testing Spy Shots

Check out the images below showing the spy photos of the Porsche Panamera Turbo being used as a test mule for the new Bentley Flying Spur:

2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed Black Edition Receives Extra Power

When Bentley launched its Continental GT Black Speed special edition for the Australian market, both the US and European markets were slighted by the fact that they can’t get their hands on it.

Fortunately, Bentley announced a new special edition using the “Black” name. This time, it’s based on the GT Speed according to a report. You can choose either a coupe or convertible bodystyle, and there’s also more than just one exterior color.

But what sets this apart from other “special editions” is that the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed Black Edition will receive upgrades on its drivetrain. It will have 633 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque. The extra horsepower and torque will allow the car to go 0-60 mph in a mere sprint.

True to its name, the GT Speed Black Edition is decked out in high-gloss black exterior. It has an all-black components—main grille, meshes, bumpers, headlamps and taillights bezels, window trim, lower chrome strip, mirror caps, and bumper insert.

You can opt to have contrast colors for the exterior. Colors include Hallmark (metallic gray), Beluga (black), St. James’ Red, and Cyber Yellow.

Clients can customize the overall look of the GT Speed Black Edition. Beluga will give a sportier appearance while St. James’ Red and Cyber Yellow will make it flashier.

Regardless of the exterior colors you will choose, the GT Speed Black Edition will arrive with all-black, 21-inch, five-spoke wheels and bespoke brake calipers in either red or black.

Bentley Motors already unveiled the GT Speed and GT Speed Black Edition this week in a private event in New York City. Deliveries for the GT Speed Black Edition will begin this year’s summer in both the US and European markets.

Bentley’s Continental GT Speed Black Edition will sell for $253,235 in the US. But if you want a drop top, prepare to shell out $277,235 for the convertible model.

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