The Bentley R Type was the second series of Bentley automobiles, after the Mark VI that was produced after the Second World War. It was produced in 1952-1955 and only 2320 units were built during that period. It is considered one of the most popular Bentleys ever. There wasn’t much difference between the Rolls Royce Silver Dawn and the standard Bentley R Type body, beyond the radiator grilles and the carburation, but the Bentley proved to be the more popular.
As was the practice in those days, the R Type was available for purchase as a rolling chassis from Bentley and the body was built by a specialized branch of automobile production that have since died out in the last quarter of the 20th century, coachbuilders. The coachbuilder, E. D. Abbott Ltd., built one of the many possible bodies that the R Type came in. There were also a number of bodies available from other coachbuilders such as H. J. Mulliner, Freestone & Webb, James Young, and Park Ward.
The Bentley R Abbot was a fixed-head two-door coupé. Peter Woodgate, Abbott’s stylist penned the design for it. Its coachwork was originally designed for the R Type’s predecessor, the Mark VI, but fit the newer R Type chassis perfectly.
The R Type came with a greater engine displacement than the Mark VI, and its standard-body sedan had a tail that was also longer. It had a 4.6-liter engine manufactured by Rolls-Royce. The 6-cylinder in-line engine had a cast iron block, cylinder heads of aluminum alloy, and was estimated to produce 130 hp.
Its tall axle ratio, engine, and relatively lightweight body let the Bentley R Type reach speeds upwards of 100 mph. The R Type had a wheelbase of 120 inches, a length of 210 inches, and it weighed in at a curb weight of 1880 kg. It could reach 60 mph in less than 14 seconds, from a standing start. A standing quarter mile was reachable in slightly more than 19 seconds. Its mileage is supposedly 12 mpg.
Its engine was located in the front and the car had rear-wheel drive. It also featured a large boot space, more than its predecessor. It had an independent front suspension that featured coil springs while there were leaf springs in the rear. The brakes used 12.25 inch-round drums that were hydraulic in the front and servo-driven in the back.
It came with a 4-speed manual transmission gearbox, but the series also offered an optional automatic gearbox in 1952. The automatic transmission proved more popular with car buyers in the long run.
The R Type was only built as a stopgap model, hence the short production period, and was later succeeded by the S Type, later known as the S1.
The Abbott-built body is a rare R Type, since Abbott only built coaches for 14 or 15 cars in this production series. The Abbot is a truly rare coach body since there were 67 with H. J. Mulliner bodies, 50 with Park Ward bodies, 69 with James Young bodies, and 41 with Hooper bodies. This is a classic car that fetched upwards of £100,000 in a recent auction in 2013.
The Bentley Continental GTC is one of the most impressive convertibles in the world. Equal parts luxurious and ultra-sporty, it is as extreme a 4-seater convertible as it can possibly get. While the Continental GTC is already an engineering wonder by itself, some people seek something more: more performance, more style, more comfort, more luxury, and more exclusivity. Germany-based tuning company Mansory brings exactly that to the table. Making its debut in the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the Bentley Continental GTC Le Mansory II is probably the best reinterpretation yet of the classic Bentley Continental GTC.
Before taking a closer look at this car, it would be fitting to get to know first the people behind these unique creations. Mansory is a company based in Brand, Germany that specializes in tuning and modifying cars. They are specialists when it comes to modifying European car brands such as Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Lotus. Every now and then, they customize exclusive cars coming from niche brands such as Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and Bugatti. While they mainly focus on modifying a car’s exterior parts, they are also known to install interior and performance upgrades for their clients.
Mansory introduced a number of their creations at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but none of them stole the show quite like the Bentley Continental GTC Le Mansory II. The first thing that catches the eye is the exterior upgrades made to the car. The first things you may observe are the aesthetic stuff such as daytime running lights. However, most of the body modifications are functional by nature. Front and rear diffusers are used to increase downforce for high-speed stability, the sides are widened by 50 mm in the front and 60 mm in the rear to widen the car’s track, and carbon fiber items such as the bonnet are installed to save weight.
To complete the making of the Bentley Continental GTC Le Mansory II, special wheels designed by Mansory are installed in all 4 corners. All 4 wheels are 22 inches in diameter and 10 inches in width. The installation of such massive wheels, made possible by the special body kit installed in this car, increases the track of the Continental for improved cornering ability and better use of the car’s massive power. The wheels have a forged construction, providing superior strength while reducing weight. With the help of these special Mansory 10-double spoked wheels, acceleration, braking, and cornering are all improved.
It is the interior of the Bentley Continental GTC Le Mansory II that attracted the most attention both in and beyond Geneva. Mansory has always been known to be capable of making exceptional interiors, and this Bentley is no exception. It all starts with the expert embroidery done on the seats. High-quality leather with special graining is selected for upholstering the seats, and precise hand-stitching by expert craftsmen brings everything together. Aluminum, real wood, and carbon fiber trim are placed at strategic parts of the car, creating an aura that’s both luxurious and sporty. All in all, the interior is elegant yet functional, fitting for a car of its caliber and purpose.
The Bentley Continental GTC Le Mansory II is more than just a good-looking car. It packs enough performance to make a lot of cars eat dust. It all starts with the Continental’s top-end 6.0 liter W12 twin-turbo engine. While its stock 567-hp, 516 lb-ft output is already devastating in itself, Mansory decided that they want to add some more power into the mix. With the installation of an upgraded air filter and exhaust system, together with the updating of the engine’s performance graph, this same W12 can now produce 670 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque.
While no actual test drives are available for the Bentley Continental GTC Le Mansory II, it is realistic to expect that this car would be a much better on-road performer than the usual GTC. Thanks to the increased engine performance, acceleration from 0-to-100 km/h is now measured at 4.5 seconds. Furthermore, top speed is now measured at 320 kilometers per hour, which is equal to the much-hallowed figure of 200 miles per hour. With its beefier wheels and reinforced suspension, it’s easy to expect that this car can take on corners more adequately.
It’s easy to say that Mansory has done a marvelous job with the Bentley Continental GTC Le Mansory II. They took a car with an already-formidable build and turned it into something extra special. While each copy is priced well over $300,000 dollars, anyone who can afford will never be disappointed. The GTC Le Mansory II proves yet again that Mansory is one of the world’s best tuners today.
The Azure is a series of luxury four-seater convertibles manufactured by Bentley Motors Limited.
The Bentley Azure line first debuted in 1995. The original Bentley Azure was modelled after another of Bentley’s models, a luxury coupé called the Continental R. The main difference between the Continental R and the Azure models is that the Bentley Azure is a top-down convertible, while the Continental R has a fixed roof. Bentley teamed up with Pininfarina in order to convert the Continental R’s design into that of a convertible, a task which included building a new type of shell and soft-top roof for the vehicle.
The first generation of the Azure line, the Mark I, debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1995. Initial production of the Mark I model was slow, with only nine units completed during the first year of production. It wasn’t until the Azure’s second year of production that things really took off—in 1996 alone, at least two hundred and fifty completed units were rolled off the assembly line.
The Bentley Azure Mark I was produced from 1995 until 2003; the vehicle’s assembly operations mainly took place in Bentley’s production facilities located in Crewe, England and Cambiano, Italy. The Mark I was a grand tourer-class two-door convertible vehicle, with a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. At its core, the Azure Mark I was equipped with a 6.75 liter V8 engine which featured an intercooled Garrett turbocharger unit. This allowed the Mark I’s engine to produce around 360 horsepower, initially. Further engine upgrades by Zytek provided a slight increase in the Azure’s horsepower output; its engine power rose to 385 horsepower at 4,000 rpm, with 553 foot-pounds of torque at 2,000 rpm. General Motors provided the vehicle’s four-speed automatic transmission system. The Bentley Azure Mark I is capable of going from zero to sixty miles per hour in a mere 6.3 seconds, and has a top speed of 241 kilometers *1 hundred and fifty miles) per hour despite featuring a body design that does not have a very smooth aerodynamic profile.
The second generation of the Azure line, the Mark II, was developed after Volkswagen purchased Bentley Motors Limited in 1998. The Mark II was based on the Bentley Arnage model, and was produced from 2006 up until 2009. To create the Mark II, Volkswagen focused on taking the Arnage model’s engine, re-designing it and adding modern features to it such as a new twin-turbocharger setup and a revamped six-speed automatic transmission that is capable of more efficiently transferring power from the engine to the vehicle’s rear-wheel drive system.
The Bentley Azure Mark II’s other features include a 6.75 liter, turbocharged V8 engine capable of turning out 450 horsepower and 645 foot-pounds of torque. The Mark II is capable of going from zero to sixty miles per hour in 5.6 seconds and can achieve a top speed of one hundred and sixty miles per hour (or two hundred and seventy kilometers per hour).
The Bentley Azure T, manufactured from 2009 up until 2011 and modeled after the Bentley Mark VI, is the high-performance model of the Azure line, first unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Azure T model’s standard features include an Electronic Stability Program and a new Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The model T is equipped with a twin-turbocharged, 500 horsepower engine that can go from zero to sixty miles per hour in 5.1 seconds and boasts a top speed of one hundred and seventy-nine miles per hour.
Autocar has brought up some interesting news about Bentley. The British carmaker is allegedly working on a new, more powerful Continental Supersports which should be ready to hit the streets by next year.
The upcoming vehicle is expected to boast a couple of extras over the first-gen-based 2009 model, such as more juice under the bonnet and a more aggressive body kit. As a reminder, the previous version packed a 621 HP twin-turbocharged W-12 engine with 590 lb-ft of torque that was connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission with manumatic shifting. Rumor has it that the 2014 Supersports will receive a similar W12 twin-turbo engine that should generate no less than 650 HP.
Aside from the additional horsepower, the upcoming Bentley will be lighter thanks to a few carbon fiber panels, composite seats and a stripped-out cabin. There’s also a strong possibility that the model will feature only two seats, dumping the extra weight for sharper steering and handling. Other modifications may include an improved suspension, a better exhaust system and an updated version of the all-wheel-drive system.
If you’re thinking “limited edition again”, Bentley officials added that the new Continental Supersports will be available long-term in Bentley’s lineup.
After a short tease, DMC has presented their new Duro tuning package for the Bentley Continental GT. The tuner has described the ride to be a “mouth watering fashinista on four wheels” and we have to say that they’re not pushing they’re luck.
The Bentley was equipped with a carbon fiber body kit that includes new bumpers and side skirts, a rear wing, a carbon fiber diffuser and a set of 22-inch diamond-forged wheels wrapped in 295/25/22 tires.
Under the bonnet, the engine received a few performance upgrades like an optimized ECU, a titanium exhaust system and high-flow air filters. These changes help the W12 engine produce no less than 672 HP – 494 kW and 780 Nm (575 lb-ft) of torque instead of the standard 567 HP – 423 kW, and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft). All this power goes to the wheels thanks to the standard 8-speed ZF transmission that helps the model accelerate from 0 to 100Km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph).
There are no pictures of the interior cabin but customers can opt for a bespoke cabin with premium leather upholstery and carbon fiber or exotic wood trim.
Earlier this week, Anderson Germany has presented its aftermarket package for the new Bentley Continental GT. On the styling side, the ride features a sporty body kit made out of carbon fiber. It includes a redesigned hood and a new front fascia, side skirts, a rear spoiler with diffuser and boot lid. Notably, the side skirts feature five white LED lights that aim for the asphalt thus giving the Grey Hyper Gloss Metallic painted ride an UFO look.
Under the bonnet the output of the W12 6.0-liter was increased from the standard 575 HP – 423 kW to 680 HP – 500 kW. All that power is kept under control thanks to a high-performance brake kit and a brand new set of 22-inch glossy black alloys wrapped in 265/30-22 front and 295/25-22 rear tires.
The interior of the Bentley can be customized as desired by the customer, the tuner presenting a special carbon package on the depicted model. There’s also a new steering wheel, LED front/rear footwell lightning with dimming function, leather and Alcantara finishes, and last but not least a high-end audio system with subwoofer and amplifier.
Source: Anderson Germany
Bentley has decided to show us what the Flying spur looks like so the legendary automaker coughed up some details and pics right ahead of the Geneva Motor Show next month.
Built to set a new standard in the “luxury performance” segment, the redesigned Flying Spur showcases an evolutionary design which borrows cues from the Continental GT and Mulsanne. As we can see in these pictures, the sedan has a lower and wider appearance which gives it a “chubby” look. Underneath that serious look the Bentley has a redesigned structure with reinforced sections and crumple zones. Besides being stronger – torsional stiffness increases four percent to 36,500 Nm/degree – the model is 50 kg (110 lbs) lighter thanks to aluminum (hood and front fenders) and polymer composite (boot lid) components.
The interior received a huge makeover as only the sun visors, grab handles, armrests and some of the front console / controls are carried over from the previous generation. As a result, the interior has over 600 new components including softer leather seats, wood trim (in one of seven “sophisticated” veneers) and an updated infotainment system with an eight-inch display.
Rear passengers should know that the new Flying Spur features new Multi-Media Specification such as Wi-Fi connectivity, a 64 GB hard drive, wireless headphones and two 10-inch displays.
To control all toys, Bentley offers a “Touch Screen Remote” that deploys from the rear center console at the push of a button. It allows rear seat passengers to easily control a variety of different systems including the climate control and infotainment systems as well as their own seat.
Customers can also order the Mulliner Driving Specification which adds diamond quilted seats, a leather headliner, alloy pedals, a knurled gear lever, a jewel filler cap and 21-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.
Under the bonnet, the Flying Spur will be available exclusively with a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine that generates around 625 HP – 460 kW and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. All that power goes to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system which enables the sedan to sprint from 0 to 100Km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 322 km/h (200 mph). When it comes to efficiency, the new Bentley returns 14.7 L/100 km (19.2 mpg UK / 15 mpg US) and has CO2 emissions of 343 g/km.
Source: Bentley via WCF
Great news for all you Bentley EXP 9 F lovers out there (if any exist). The British automaker plans to give the vehicle a total makeover and send it into production. As previously hinted by Bentley’s CEO, Mr. Wolfgang Duerheimer, the famously criticized crossover has been awaiting approval from Volkswagen’s supervisory board for some time now. However, a recent report from Germany’s Handelsblatt newspaper is indicating that the model has already been green-lighted for production.
According to the aforementioned publication, Volkswagen’s board has recently approved the model hence they are convinced it will “pay off”. Furthermore, the upcoming crossover – also known as the Falcon – will bear a price tag of around €200,000 ($270,920 / £171,440) and will be produced at an annual pace of 5000 units. The newspaper is also reporting that the crossover will built in Bratislava, Slovakia and then shipped to Crewe, England for final assembly. This isn’t a first from Bentley as the legendary automaker has previously transferred final assembly of Flying Spurs to Dresden, Germany to cope with demand.
Notably, when Automotive News asked Bentley for confirmation, a spokesperson declined to confirm the approval for the production of the Falcon concept by saying “We are still waiting for the official green light from Volkswagen”. There’s not much info about this controversial crossover but, as previously reported, Bentley’s take on luxury SUV’s was recently previewed by the EXP 9 F concept. After the huge wave of criticism regarding the concept’s styling, Bentley’s designers are already burning midnight lamp oil working on a radically new model which will closer resemble the Continental family.
Source: Handelsblatt via Automotive News
Bentley has recently announced an updated version of the Mulsanne for the Geneva Motor Show. With a discreetly modified exterior, the model received three new exterior colors including Dark Cashmere, Portofino and Damson. The interior of the Mulsanne features three new hides – Damson, Saffron and Brunel – as well as a new storage compartments which can hold smartphones or other personal electric devices.
Customers can also opt for a new Comfort Specification which offers rear passengers comfort headrests, foot rests and “duck down filled loose cushions.” Furthermore, the Entertainment Specification, adds 8-inch LCD displays, a DVD player, a 20 GB hard drive and a Naim audio system. The package also includes rear folding tables, that come with an iPad and a wireless keyboard, a WiFi router with a dedicated antenna for an improved signal, and power-operated privacy curtains that can block off the rear windows at the push of a button.
Among other options, the Mulsanne comes with a bespoke luggage set which includes two large cases, two small cases and two foldable garment bags.
Source: Bentley via WCF
Bentley has recently unveiled its brand new 2013 Continental GT Speed Convertible. The British automaker has also added that the vehicle is the world’s quickest four-seat cabrio.
With a massive twin-turbo W12 6.0-liter engine borrowed from the Continental GT Speed, the 616 HP – 460 kW and 800 Nm of torque, work horse accelerates the Cabrio from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds all the way to a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph). Furthermore, fuel consumption is rated at 15.8 mpg (19 mpg UK or 14.8 liters / 100 km).
The Continental GT Speed Convertible has a 10mm lowered suspension compared to the GT and comes with stiffer bushes, updated air springs and dampers, along with revised anti-roll bars. Bentley also improved the steering so the ride is more responsive.
The vehicle also features an exclusive set of 21-inch alloys, dark chrome air intakes and radiator grille and bigger tailpipes with rifled interiors. On the inside the Bentley received top notch quilted diamond leather, dark aluminum inserts on the dashboard and an optional carbon fiber trim.
With a price tag of around 164,000 GBP (202,218 EUR), the new Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible will reach the dealer shops in 2013.