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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.

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.

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.

2017 Lincoln Continental Pricing Released

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Lincoln finally revealed the price for its 2017 Lincoln Continental, which a lot has been anticipating for. According to the company, it would cost $45,485, including a $925 destination charge. For a sedan as space generous as the Continental, that’s pretty neat, right?

This price is several thousands higher than the starting price for a standard MKS, which the Continental replaced. Still, it is below most rivals in the segment. Cadillac’s CTS is even more expensive as it has a starting price of $46,555.

There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to the aesthetic appeal of the Lincoln Continental. In fact, it is being offered in one of four trim levels—Premiere, Select, Reserve and Black Label.

There are also three V-6 engines you can opt for, with one of these unique to Lincoln. The base unit can crank up to 300 horsepower with its 3.7-liter V-6 engine. Customers can also choose a more powerful 335-horsepower turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 engine or the Lincoln-exclusive turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine that can power up to 400 hp.

That $45,485 price tag will get you the Continental Premiere with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine and front-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive, if you opt for that, will cost you an additional $2,000 across the board.

According to reports, the Continental will go on sale starting this fall. Around 40,000 potential buyers have already made their interest known since the car debuted at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

Lincoln’s release of the Continental is triggered by the fact that the company also believes the buyers are now looking for big sedans that offer both comfort and luxury. This is clearly evident in the response to the releases of the Audi A6 and the Mercedes Benz E-Class—both the main competitions of the Lincoln Continental.

Bentley Continental GT Gets Power Boost, Black Edition

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As if we weren’t already impressed with the Bentley Continental GT, the company gives us even more to love. Producing the fastest Bentley ever, the new Continental GT has a top speed of 206 mph and delivers more horsepower and torque. It also comes in a striking Black Edition.

The Continental GT’s 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine can now produce 642 PS—up from 635 PS—and 20 Nm extra torque to bring the total to 840 Nm. The additional torque brings better acceleration performance, thanks to it being applied through the entire rev engine via reconfiguration of the boost control.

As a result, the Bentley Continental GT can now go 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

Bentley is introducing the Continental GT in Black Edition too, which celebrates the sporting character of the brand. It is available in both coupe and convertible body styles. The black exterior color comes in high gloss finish, which includes the window openings and lamp bezels. Its 21-inch five-spoke directional wheels come in black with distinctive brake calipers, which can come in either black or red finishes.

In addition, it has contrasting colors on the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser in four different shades, namely, Hallmark, Beluga, St. James’ Red and Cyber Yellow, to match the exterior styling accents. It also has contrast stitching that gives more character to the diamond quilting of the doors and the Mulliner GT Design seats.

Paul Jones, Product Line Director for Continental GT, said that Bentley decided to come up with the new Continental GT Black Edition to answer customers’ request for a model in the Continental line that would offer increased sporting capabilities and recognizable styling outside.

The new GT Speed and GT Speed Black Edition models are available for order now. Deliveries will begin this summer.

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