Bentley Contemplates SUV Model

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Ultra-luxury carmaker Bentley is in the final stages of deciding whether or not it will build an SUV model, company CEO Wolfgang Durheimer told Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The final decision will come within the first three months of the year.

If built, the SUV would reportedly cost more than $140,000, Durheimer said. Right now, Bentley's model lineup consists exclusively of the Continental group (which starts at about $180,000) and its Mulsanne flagship, which starts at $290,000. Durheimer said the company is also considering an extended-wheelbase variant of the Mulsanne and thinking about adding even more Continental trims.

Bentley's global sales soared in 2011, which was the carmaker's best year since 2007, according to BusinessWeek. The sales surge comes from Bentley’s expansion in emerging markets such as China, where sales doubled last year. The automaker also saw a 32% sales increase in the U.S., which is currently Bentley’s biggest market.

VW's Bentley Targets 'Robust' Growth as Wealthy Reopen Wallets (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

By Colin Bird | January 3, 2012 | Comments (3)

New Bentley Continental GT, GTC V-8: First Look

New Bentley Continental GT, GTC V-8

  • Competes with: Rolls-Royce Ghost, Mercedes-Benz CL-Class 
  • Looks like: A "more affordable and fuel-efficient" Continental is on its way complete with sarcasm-filled quotation marks 
  • Drivetrain: 500-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8; 631-hp, twin-turbocharged W-12; six-speed automatic and eight-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Early 2012 

Bentley will introduce two new trims — one for the Continental GT coupe and one for the GTC convertible — powered by a new V-8 engine at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new powerplant will slot underneath the W-12 engine, which also gets a power boost. This is the first V-8 powertrain offered on the Continental nameplate since 2003. The new 500-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 features direct injection and a cylinder deactivation system. Under the right conditions, four cylinders can deactivate on the V-8. When mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, Bentley expects the powertrain to deliver a 40% improvement in fuel efficiency compared to the W-12 model, which returns 12/19/14 mpg city/highway/combined. The motor will propel the Continental GT from zero to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, and it has a top speed of more than 180 mph.

By Colin Bird | December 13, 2011 | Comments (1)

2012 Bentley Continental GTC: First Look

2012 Bentley Continental GTC

  • Competes with: Aston Martin DB9 Volante convertible, Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
  • Looks like: Subtle changes are well worth the wait
  • Drivetrain: 567-hp, 6.0-liter W-12; six-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Late 2011

After taking a year off, the Bentley Continental GTC is back for a second generation. Overall, the model undergoes the same aesthetic and mechanical upgrades that the Bentley Continental GT received. To read our review of that very similar model, check out Cars.com senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder’s review here.

Whereas the previous Bentley GTC aimed to look more modern — at the expense of Bentley’s storied past —  the new model isn’t shy about showing its heritage. Like the GT coupe, the redesigned GTC gets subtle exterior changes that add more definition to the body, particularly around back: The more pronounced rear fenders and the trunk’s raised crease line help invoke images of Bentleys from long ago. You can see elements of the 60-year-old Mark VI and R-Type here.

All GTCs now get 20-inch wheels standard, with three differently styled 21-inch wheels optional. (Those are a first.)

By Colin Bird | August 26, 2011 | Comments (0)

2012 Bentley Continental GT Video

There weren’t many glaring issues with the previous-generation Bentley Continental GT. It catapulted the brand back to prominence with car buffs and celebrities. For 2012, the coupe gets a full redesign, though it might not look much different at first glance. Senior Editor Joe Wiesenfelder takes a look at the new GT and explains why the changes are so significant.

By David Thomas | July 25, 2011 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Bentley Continental GT

2012 Bentley Continental GT

For the 2012 model year, the Bentley Continental GT undergoes a slight restyle that ultimately makes a world of difference, according to Cars.com senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder. The subtle changes make for a more boldly styled Bentley with better fuel economy and more power, too.

2012 Bentley Continental GT Review

By Colin Bird | June 17, 2011 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2007-2009 Bentley Arnage, Azure, Brooklands

2008 Bentley Azure

Bentley Motors is recalling 596 2007-2009 Arnage, Azure and Brookland models over potential safety concerns involving the brand’s signature “B” hood ornament, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The hood ornament retracts when the vehicle is turned off and also in the case of an accident. The mechanism that retracts the ornament can become corroded over time, which can cause it not to retract when the vehicle is involved in a crash.

If the ornament does not retract, it could increase the risk of injury to pedestrians if the accident involves them. Bentley dealers will replace the retractable “B” mechanism free of charge. The recall begins Sept. 27. For more information, owners can call Bentley at 617-488-8500 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hot line at 888-327-4236.

By Colin Bird | September 20, 2010 | Comments (2)

2011 Bentley Continental GT: First Look

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No other car was more responsible for introducing the world to affordable uber-luxury than the Bentley Continental GT. Originally priced just north of $150,000, it was the next step up for folks buying fully loaded BMWs and Benzes in the six-figure range. Having Paris Hilton snapped by the paparazzi in one early in the 2000s didn’t hurt at building the GT’s notoriety.
 
While Hilton continues to make headlines for the wrong reasons, Bentley is reshaping its image into something more … classy.
By David Thomas | September 7, 2010 | Comments (4)

Bentley Destroyed in Cash for Clunkers Program

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A 1997 Bentley Continental R — a car that when new sold for $250,000 — was destroyed in the Cash for Clunkers program, according to data gathered by the federal government and discovered by the Detroit Free Press. Keep in mind that the Bentley’s owner only got a $4,500 credit at best.

This trade-in, obviously, makes absolutely no sense. According to the program’s rules, the vehicle had to be drivable, which means the Bentley was probably worth a lot more than $4,500. As Howard Krimko, a former chairman of a luxury car club, told the blog Wheels, “The seats for the car would be worth more than that.”

What’s even more mystifying is that dealers had the option of buying the car outright. Why wouldn’t they just take the car? The report listed no details on the condition of the car or where it was turned in, so curious parties will be maddened until someone steps forward and identifies the party responsible. Could this trade-in be illegitimate or even made up?

A few other vehicles of note that owners scrapped through the program include a 1997 Aston Martin DB7 Volante (that sold for $135,000 when new) and a 1987 Buick GNX (one of 547 ever built).

Exotic Clunkers Also Got the Crunch Under Program (Detroit Free Press)

By Stephen Markley | September 25, 2009 | Comments (17)

2010 Bentley Mulsanne: First Look

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The same 2010 Bentley Mulsanne that made its world debut at California’s Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance in August has begun a tour of major U.S. markets to stir up interest among Bentley loyalists. One such market is our hometown of Chicago, where we got our first in-person look (and photos, below) at the new "grand Bentley" flagship sedan (or saloon, if you must), which takes the place of the Arnage (1998-2009). This tan model and a blue one shown at this month's Frankfurt Motor Show are two of 20 prototypes around the world. The Mulsanne, which is pronounced mull-sahn, begins production next spring and will hit the U.S. in summer.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | September 25, 2009 | Comments (3)

Cars.com Reviews the 2010 Bentley Continental GTC

10BentleyGTC Normally, Cars.com only reviews vehicles that fall into the general category of “Your average Cars.com employee could afford it.” Or at least somewhere close to that range. Somehow, though, reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder finagled his way into a $270,000 2010 Bentley Continental GTC – and, coincidentally, the price tag reminds him strongly of his childhood. Is Wiesenfelder secretly a Rockefeller? Find out by reading his full review of the GTC.

2010 Bentley Continental GTC Review

By Stephen Markley | June 9, 2009 | Comments (1)

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