Bentley Continental downsizing to V8 turbocharged engine

February 2nd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Ultra premium brand Bentley is finally beginning to take measures to reduce emissions and improve fuel-economy. To achieve better economy and ecology Bentley will downsize the engine in its Continental model from the current W12 to a much smaller V8.

Bentley’s sister brand Audi is on board and is helping develop a new direct-injection 4.0 litre V8 engine to be used in the Continental GT and also some future Audi performance models.

Bentley claims the new 4.0 litre direct-injection V8 will cut CO2 emission on the Continental GT model by a substantial 40 percent.

Interestingly, reports are indicating that the new V8 unit will be available in two versions.  The first version will have a single turbocharger and will produce around 309 kW. While the second version will use twin-turbocharging to make 413 kW which is in line with Bentley’s target output of at least 100 bhp per litre.

The new V8 engine will be fitted into the Bentley Continental GT from the end of 2011. Continue reading “Bentley Continental downsizing to V8 turbocharged engine” »

2011 Bentley Continental GT unveiled with updates and optional V8

September 8th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The 2011 Bentley Continental GT represents just the second generation of the popular coupe since it was introduced back in 2003. Back then it represented the first step in Bentley’s renaissance and helped define a whole new market segment. It was a luxury GT offering solid usability that retained much of Bentley’s grand touring spirit.

Now the new Continental GT 4-seat coupe builds on the success of its predecessor, with refreshed design and updated engineering, luxury, craftsmanship, dynamic performance, everyday practicality and refinement.

A  sculptured new body gives the GT coupe a more defined appearance. There are more prominent front guard lines that roll over the headlights and into a more-upright grille, a more pronounced grille treatment that pushes itself into the lower intake, LED running lamps surrounding the main headlight elements and a double-horseshoe rear-end treatment inspired by the Mulsanne.

Inside the cabin apparently offers new levels of design, comfort and hand-crafted luxury. There’s a sleeker dash and climate-controlled seats that provide more legroom. There is also a new touchscreen infotainment system featuring state-of-the-art navigation, Google Maps and entertainment while playing the tunes is the latest Balanced Mode Radiator speaker technology and Dirac Dimensions digital sound processing which delivers enhanced audio quality.

In terms of power there has been a boost in horses with Bentley’s 6-litre, 12-cylinder, twin-turbocharged powertrain raising output to 423kW and 700N of torque and this is mated to a new Quickshift transmission which enables double downshifts. Thanks to advanced FlexFuel technology it can also run on both standard unleaded petrol (gasoline) and sustainable bioethanol (up to E85) or any mix of the two.

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Bentley Continental Flying Star unveiled

March 3rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

A bespoke Bentley named the Continental Flying Star has been unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show. It’s a shooting brake version of the 2-door coupe and features an expanded roof line with more expansive interior dimensions.

The Flying Star is based on the chassis of the Continental GTC and is powered by Bentley’s 6.0-litre, W12 engine that develops 560HP and 650 Nm of torque. Interestingly the Flying Star can also be built on the base of the GTC Speed which develops 610 hp and 750 Nm of torque. The special vehicle retains the all-wheel drive system and also the 6-speed automatic transmission and can reach a top speed of 322 km/h with a 0 to 100 km/h sprint time of 4.8 seconds.

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet.

Bentley Continental Supersports Promo

December 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Delivering supercar performance, this new model is very much the extreme Bentley, the fastest and most powerful production car ever

Delivering supercar performance, this new model is very much the extreme Bentley, the fastest and most powerful production car ever

Bentley Continental Supersports Beauty Footage

December 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

The Continental Supersports is the absolute pinnacle of the Bentley brand in performance terms

Bentley Continental GT – 2009 Hamann Imperator

December 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

The stylish refining programme for the Bentley Continental GT and Continental GT Speed

Bentley working on cheaper models

November 26th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Bentley working on cheaper models

Bentley has just replaced the elderly Arnage with the new Mulsanne, which in turn should mean replacements for the Brooklands and Azure. A new Continental range is also on the way as well. But according to recent reports, the team from Crewe isn’t content simply replacing existing models they want something new. And they are looking at going downmarket with two new niche models.

Known only as the New Compact Bentley (NCB) project, the luxury automaker hopes to gain entry in the $110-130,000 USD range in two forms: a three-door shooting brake and strangely a crossover vehicle.

Platform underpinnings for both would reportedly be based loosely on the next-gen Audi A6/A7 flexible architecture and powered by an Audi-based 4.5-litre twin-turbo V8 putting out around 550 horsepower through all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Production would apparently be around 7500 units annually, but Bentley might find a challenger in this new crossover segment, as Rolls-Royce is said to be working on a Ghost-based crossover of its own.

Bentley may make Continental Supersports convertible

October 5th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Bentley Continental Supersports f

The Bentley Continental is getting isn’t getting any younger and soon it’s going to need replacing. But while Bentley’s focus is firmly fixed on the new Mulsanne and the variations expected to follow, the “entry-level” Continental hasn’t been forgotten. The Continental has already spawned seven different derivatives — including the GT coupe, GTC cabrio, Flying Spur sedan, Speed versions of each and the Supersports coupe — but recent reports indicate that adding an eighth version is being considered.

The variant in question would be a Supersports convertible, featuring the same 621-horsepower, flex-fuel twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12 (21 hp more than standard) as the Supersports coupe. In the process, the GTC would drop some weight — and receive carbon ceramic brakes andonly have room for two occupants. Sources indicate that if goes ahead, the Continental Supersports convertible would likely reach market about a year from now, where it would almost certainly command the highest price in the Continental range.

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