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Bentley Press Conference At The IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2017

FRANKFURT, GERMANY – The all-new Continental GT made its global debut at the IAA 2017 in Frankfurt on 12th September 2017.

The third generation of the legendary Bentley Continental GT is designed, engineered and handcrafted in Great Britain, ensuring the highest levels of attention to detail, artistry and cutting-edge technology are blended together to create the finest Grand Tourer ever produced.

▪     All-new Bentley Continental GT makes global debut in Frankfurt

▪     The definitive luxury Grand Tourer: designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain

▪     New limited edition Mulsanne Design Series by Mulliner also debuts, showcasing brand-new Tessellated coloured carbon fibre

▪     Special Mulliner-created Flying Spur V8 S model will be exhibited

▪     The world’s fastest SUV – the Bentayga W12 – is also on display

▪     Immersive Tech Lab on stand showcases Bentley’s technology

The limited edition Mulsanne Design Series by Mulliner also debuts at Frankfurt. Inspired by the latest trends in high-end interior design and fashion, the new model – debuting in striking King Fisher Blue – pushes the boundaries of what is possible with carbon fibre.

The Mulliner bespoke coachbuilding team has also created a special one-off Flying Spur V8 S for the Frankfurt expo. Delivering a standard of exclusivity that is unmistakably Mulliner, this unique model features a three-tone interior lined with Portland, Porpoise and white hides inspired by the classic coachbuilding era.

Completing the Bentley line-up on the stand is the world’s only true-luxury SUV – the Bentayga – which combines unparalleled luxury with sporting ability, off-road performance and everyday usability.

In addition to displaying an array of the world’s most luxurious and desirable cars, the British manufacturer is hosting a new tech lab – an interactive area dedicated to showcasing Bentley’s breadth of technological and engineering excellence.

Shows: 00:06 – GVs Bentley press conference at IAA Frankfurt Motorshow with Mr Wolfgang Dürheimer

01:39 – GVs of Bentley Continental GT on IAA Frankfurt Motor Show

02:19 –  GVs of Bentley Mulsanne Design Series by Muliner

02:43 – GVs of Bentley Bentayga

03:08 – GVs of Bentley Continental GT Driving Footage

04:00 – Interview with John Paul Gregory, Head of Exterior Design Bentley Motors

05:09 – Interview with Darren Day, Head of Interior Design Bentley Motors

Other: Bentley’s 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

The IAA 2017 runs from 12 to 24 September 2017. The Bentley stand can be found in Hall A07.

Notes to editors:

Bentley Motors is the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s four model lines – Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 4,000 people at Crewe.

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The All-New Bentley Continental GT – The Definition Of Luxury Grand Touring

CREWE, UK –  Bentley Motors is today announcing full details of its new Continental GT, the definitive Grand Tourer.

Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain, the new third-generation Bentley Continental GT combines spirited, focused performance with handcrafted luxury and cutting-edge technology, to create the finest Grand Tourer ever produced.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “Bentley has been at the forefront of luxury Grand Touring for nearly one hundred years.

The new, third-generation Continental GT is the pinnacle of our design and engineering achievements and marks the next step in Bentley’s journey.

“We are the world leader in luxury mobility and our products and services define new luxury in the automotive world. The new Continental GT encapsulates our desire to innovate as well as celebrate our heritage and take the Bentley ownership experience to the next, unparalleled level.”

Shows:

1. The reveal of the all-new Bentley Continental GT

2. GVs Bentley Continental GT driving shots (both exterior and interior).

3. Interview John Paul Gregory, Head of Exterior Design, Bentley Motors

4. Interview Darren Day, Head of Interior Design, Bentley Motors

5. GVs Bentley Continental GT Studio Footage (both exterior and interior)

Other:  At the heart of the new Continental GT sits an all-new, enhanced version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 TSI engine, mated, for the first time, to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission, for faster, more efficient gear changes.

The new Continental GT also showcases major evolutions in Bentley’s unique application of technology. An advanced, fully digital, driver-focused instrument panel and Bentley Rotating Display for the driver are among the suite of innovations. The latter features an impressive 12.3” touchscreen housed in a three-sided unit, which revolves the veneer to reveal the touchscreen as well as three elegant analogue dials.

A new, technically advanced, adaptive chassis uses Bentley’s intelligent 48-volt Dynamic Ride System to ensure a responsive ride and exceptional handling and refinement in all road conditions. The new system controls ride comfort and lateral roll, cushioning passengers from excessive movement as well as making the car feel effortlessly precise.

The muscular exterior design, created using revolutionary technology, results in a lightweight, yet stiff, body. The engine is positioned further back to improve weight distribution, resulting in driver-focused, dynamic performance.

Offering four seats and improved luggage capacity for genuine real-world usability, the new Bentley Continental GT’s luxurious cabin is packed with exquisite details such as a new ‘diamond in diamond’ leather design. In addition, significant work has gone into harmonising the extensive portfolio of 15 colours across hides and carpets.

Features

▪     Third generation of the peerless Continental GT: the definitive luxury Grand Tourer

▪     A statement of true luxury: bold, sculptured exterior design

▪     Innovative luxurious interior offers unrivalled Grand Touring refinement

▪     Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain

▪     Seamless integration of handcrafted, natural materials and cutting-edge technology

▪     Revolutionary Bentley Rotating Display and digital instrument panel

▪     Enhanced version of renowned 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine delivers
635 PS (626 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft.)

▪     0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds); top speed
of 333 km/h (207 mph)*

▪     Dual-clutch, eight-speed transmission for faster, more efficient performance

 

Bentley Motors is the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s four model lines – Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 4,000 people at Crewe.

Aug, 29, 2017

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Bentley Debuts An Electric Choice For The Future – The EXP 12 Speed 6e

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND –  Bentley Motors is today unveiling the future of electric luxury with the EXP 12 Speed 6e at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show.

The concept showcases Bentley’s approach to a zero-emission, electric future as well as the seamless integration of state-of-the-art on board technology in a truly luxurious, authentic way.

All-electric Bentley vehicles in the future will offer performance levels expected from the luxury brand – an immediate, effortless surge of torque and grand touring range as well as new high performance technology such as rapid inductive charging and state-of-the-art on board concierge-style services for an effortless ownership experience.

The Luxury of Electric : Effortless, Exclusive and Exhilarating

Bentley’s vision is for customers to benefit from high-speed inductive charging to minimise inconvenience on the move, and provide a range sufficient for grand touring requirements. An electric Bentley would, for example, between able to drive between London and Paris or Milan and Monaco on a single charge and the on board experience will be enhanced for both driver and passenger thanks to the integration of state-of-the-art technology.

This fusion of cutting-edge technology and beautiful materials is evident right throughout the EXP 12 Speed 6e’s luxuriously appointed cabin. The entire central tunnel, for example, is hewn from a solid piece of elegantly curved glass encompassing a high-definition OLED screen. All of the car’s principle onboard controls are accessible from here, including navigation, entertainment and climate control.

Handmade, cut-glass sections on the steering wheel contain the controls for media, communications, navigation and car set-up, as well as an instant performance boost via two dedicated buttons at the top of the cut-away wheel design. The passenger, meanwhile, has their own control panel on the front fascia with access to social media, email and entertainment.

Exquisite copper elements around the gear selector, Bentley charisma dial and in the door veneer panels are integrated into the cabin to highlight the electric performance potential of the concept’s advanced new powertrain.

The car’s intelligent infotainment system includes a personal, digital concierge – a virtual butler with the ability to connect to real-world services. This digital companion will, for example, be able to book a table at a favourite restaurant or look up flights for a business trip – all via voice command.

Designing the Future of Luxury

On the outside, the iconic Bentley mesh grille features a complex 3D geometry and smoked finish with copper highlights that identify the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e as a fully electric vehicle.

The exterior design is an expression of muscular, athletic surfaces inspired by contemporary architecture, the natural world and the aerodynamic shapes of aircraft fuselages.

It represents a natural evolution of Bentley’s design DNA and signifies future design direction, taking the famous powerline and haunch to new levels of drama and tension. When combined with muscular proportions and an athletic stance through the use of a short front overhang, long bonnet, low grille and wide rear shape, the exterior styling hints at the high-performance potential of the car.

The twin bonnet scoops act as highly effective heat sinks that supply additional cooling to the battery and powertrain.

The wing mirrors – which are cameras rather than traditional reflective glass – are exceptionally sleek and were inspired by the sculptural form of stealth aircraft fuselages.

When rapid inductive charging is not available, EXP 12 Speed 6e can be connected to a mains AC power supply via the auxiliary charging point, subtly concealed behind the rear number plate.

A Commitment to an Electric Future

Bentley will utilise the EXP 12 Speed 6e concept to garner public opinion and feedback to help shape its future electric vehicle strategy.

– ENDS –

Shows: GVs Bentley Press Conference with Mr Wolgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive unveils the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept.

GVs of the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept

Interview Stefan Sielaff, Director of Design

Interview John Paul Gregory, Head of Exterior Design

Interview Brett Boydell, Head of Interior Design

GVs of the Bentley stand at Geneva Motorshow

GVs of Bentley Bentayga Mulliner

GVs of Bentley Mulsanne Hallmark series

GVs Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible

GVs of Bentley Flying Spur W12 S

Other: Notes to editors

Bentley Motors is the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s four model lines, Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne.

The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 4,000 people at Crewe.

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New Bentley Continental Supersports The World’s Fastest Four-Seat Car

* New Continental Supersports is the pinnacle grand tourer

* Fastest accelerating Bentley ever: 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds); top speed of 209 mph (336 km/h)

* Most powerful Bentley yet: 710 PS (700 bhp), 1,017 Nm (750 lb.ft.)

* Extreme agility blends with refinement and luxurious ride quality

* Unique styling highlights performance potential; available as coupe or convertible

* Video News Release available, access details in notes to editors

 

(Crewe, 6 January 2017) Bentley is today announcing its fastest and most powerful production model to date: the new Bentley Continental Supersports.

 

A top speed of 209 mph (336 km/h) and a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds) make the new Continental Supersports the world’s fastest and most powerful luxury four-seat car.

 

Similarly, its soft-top sibling, the Continental Supersports Convertible, is the fastest four-seat convertible in the world, despatching the sprint to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.9 secs) on its way to a 205 mph (330 km/h) top speed.

 

Bentley’s mighty W12 engine, redeveloped for the Supersports with new high-performance turbos and engine hardware, and a torque vectoring system create a Continental Supersports as agile as it is powerful. Meanwhile, unique styling cues inside and out give the new model a sharpened athletic appearance highlighting its performance potential.

 

As well as offering supercar pace and a highly focused driving experience, there is no compromise in the refined nature of the Continental’s ride quality. This fusion of extremes in luxury and performance make the Supersports the ultimate iteration of a model that has come to define and dominate the grand touring genre.

 

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “The Supersports name is legendary at Bentley. From the very first Supersports of the 1920s, to the Continental Supersports of 2009 – and now with the third iteration of this iconic model – it is a name which excites, impassions and thrills. Only Bentley could create a car which blends immense performance and unrivalled luxury in this way.”

 

Extreme Power and Torque; Stand-Out Performance

 

A bespoke drivetrain featuring Bentley’s W12 engine combines extreme power and torque to offer exhilarating performance.

 

Key to the Supersports’ additional outputs are newly designed, higher-capacity turbochargers and a revised charge-air cooling system which create more boost and additional power. In order to harness these additional outputs, upgrades have also been made to the Continental’s cranktrain, including new main and conrod bearings.

 

These extensive engine revisions result in an increase of 80 PS (79 bhp) and 217 Nm (160 lb.ft.) over the 2009 Supersports model – a 10 percent power-to-weight and 25 percent torque-to-weight ratio improvement. The top speed rises by five miles per hour (and the 0-60 mph time drops by 0.3 seconds).

 

The Supersports also benefits from a new torque converter which locks up faster allowing the car to make best use of the enhanced torque figure of 1,017 Nm (750 lb. ft.), and accelerate from standstill even more rapidly.

 

In order to rein in this immense performance the new Supersports is fitted with high-performance carbon ceramic brakes with enhanced cooling. The brake discs are the largest of their type in the world, providing excellent performance with minimal fade under extreme conditions.

 

The brakes sit behind lightweight 21” forged alloy wheels, together offering a 20 kg weight saving in unsprung mass. A further 5 kg weight-saving is offered via an optional titanium exhaust system. The new Supersports is the lightest-ever iteration of the current Continental GT and lighter than the 2009 four-seat Supersports model.

 

Enhancing the driver experience still further, the exhaust system has been redesigned to breath more freely and provide an unmistakeable Bentley soundtrack, with down-shifts eliciting a rifle-fire crackle.

 

Ultimate Handling and Luxury Refinement

 

This performance is matched by athletic handling. The Supersports has a specifically calibrated and updated version of the torque vectoring system first introduced on the Continental GT3-R.

 

This dynamic system brakes individual front and rear wheels during acceleration out of corners to increase performance, whilst maintaining full power to unbraked wheels, and brakes the inside rear wheel on turn-in to improve agility. It also has a bespoke, less intrusive stability control calibration for a more precise chassis response.

 

The new Supersports retains the rear-biased torque split of Bentley’s all-wheel-drive system, sending 60 per cent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels as standard for a better balanced, more sporting character, but with the ability to adjust the front-rear power split depending on available traction.

 

Despite the focus on sharper driving dynamics, the Supersports’ lowered and stiffened dynamic suspension set-up retains all of its luxurious ride quality for passengers wishing to cover long distances in supreme comfort.

 

 

Bespoke Design Signalling High-Performance Character

 

The new Continental Supersports features unique exterior and interior styling cues which reflect the significant uplift in the performance capability of this pinnacle grand tourer.

 

Exterior changes include newly sculpted front and rear bumper designs incorporating a carbon-fibre splitter and diffuser respectively, new side sill extensions and bonnet vents also finished in carbon-fibre, gloss-black front wing vents and a new gloss-black, rifled exhaust tailpipe design. Completing the dramatic exterior look are dark-tint headlamps and tail-lamps, and a complement of black-finished brightware to the front grilles, lights, rear bumper, door handles and window surrounds.

 

There is also an optional, aerodynamically balanced rear spoiler and front splitter combination for the coupe, new Supersports badging, a new black and bright-machined finish for the 21” forged alloy wheels and optional side decals. Further highlighting the enhanced performance, an optional gloss-finished, Supersports-branded carbon-fibre engine cover can be specified.

 

The new Continental Supersports Convertible offers the luxury and refinement of a coupé yet transforms into a head-turning open-tourer at the touch of a button. The multi-layer hood ensures high levels of refinement and acoustic insulation. Exhaustively tested in all conditions from -30°C to 50°C or more, it resists even monsoon-force rain and maintains comfortable, draft-free warmth even on the coldest days.

 

Another practical feature, the neck warmer, makes open air driving an appealing and comfortable prospect even on the cooler days of spring and autumn. With the hood down, the Continental Supersports Convertible offers sensational performance with the sensory amplification of open-air motoring. Hood up, it’s as practical a year-round proposition as its coupé stablemate.

 

Inside, a host of bespoke styling details enhance the contemporary British luxury experience.

 

A unique colour split has been created, using three colours: the first tri-tone interior offered in this generation Continental GT. A new diamond-quilted design is incorporated in the seats and door side panels for a unique signature in Alcantara, while chequered Supersports carbon-fibre fascia panels join the existing list of ten veneers and technical finishes available. The interior is completed by new Supersports emblem stitching, and a bespoke Supersports steering wheel and unique gearlever, both featuring Alcantara accents.

 

A titanium exhaust option is available for drivers seeking a more intense audible experience. As well as a stirring soundtrack, the Titanium system also provides a weight reduction.

 

For Supersports customers seeking even more personalisation, an ‘X Specification’ pack is available, consisting of eight unique duo-tone paint treatments and carbon- fibre door mirrors and heel plates. The titanium exhaust option is included, as is a carbon-fibre finish to the interior side panels, the carbon-fibre engine cover and a gloss black finish to the 21” forged wheels.

 

As with all Bentleys, the Supersports can also be handed over to the highly skilled craftspeople at Mulliner, Bentley’s bespoke coachbuilding department, who will respond to individual customer requirements.

 

Supersports: The Ultimate in Luxury and Performance

 

The Continental Supersports of 2009 won global plaudits for its unique combination of extreme dynamics and unrivalled luxury.

 

The new Supersports takes these characteristics to new heights of engineering excellence, transforming this model into the world’s fastest four-seat car and one that is, nonetheless, an everyday, usable luxury coupe or convertible.

 

It sits at the pinnacle of Bentley’s luxury and performance ethos and is the ultimate iteration of a model that has come to define luxury automotive grand touring.

 

Technical Specification

Continental Supersports Continental Supersports Convertible

 

Engine

Type 6-litre twin-turbocharged port injection W12

Max Power 700 bhp / 710 PS / 522 KW @ 6,000 rpm

Max Torque 1,017 Nm / 750 lb.ft @ 2,050 – 4,500 rpm

 

Transmission

Type ZF 8-speed automatic with Quickshift, Block Shifting and wheel-mounted paddleshift

Driveline Continuous all-wheel drive (40:60 rear bias)

Ratios 1st : 4.71; 2nd: 3.14; 3rd: 2.1; 4th: 1.67; 5th: 1.29; 6th: 1.00; 7th: 0.839; 8th: 0.667

Final Drive 2.85

 

Brakes

Front 420 mm Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled

Rear 356 mm Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled

Wheels and Tyres

Wheels 21″ x 9.5J forged alloy wheels in two finishes

Tyres 275/35 ZR21

 

Steering

Type Rack & pinion, power assisted, speed-sensitive ZF servotronic

Turns lock-to-lock 2.6 turns

Turning circle 11.3 m

 

Suspension

Front Four link double wishbones, computer controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti-roll bar

Rear Trapezoidal multi-link, computer-controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti-roll bar

Damping Continuous Damping Control, tuned for dynamic performance

 

Dimensions

Wheelbase 2,746 mm / 108.1 in

Overall length 4,806 mm / 189.2 in

Width (across body) 1,944 mm / 76.5 in

Width (inc.mirrors) 2,227 mm / 87.7 in

Overall height 1,394 mm / 54.9 in 1,403 mm / 55.2 in

Fuel tank 90 litres / 20 gallons / 24 US gallons

Boot volume 358 litres / 12.6 cu ft 260 / 9.18 cu ft

Kerb weight (EU) 2,280 kg / 5,027 lb 2455 kg / 5412 lb

Gross vehicle weight 2,750 kg / 6,063 lb 2,900 kg / 6,393 lb

 

Performance

Top speed 209 mph / 336 km/h 205 mph / 330 km/h

0-60 mph 3.4 secs 3.7 secs

0-100 km/h 3.5 secs 3.9 secs

Fuel Consumption (EU cycle)*

Urban 11.6 mpg / 24.3 litres/100 km 11.6 mpg / 24.4 litres/100 km

Extra Urban 26.4 mpg / 10.7 litres/100 km 25.7 mpg / 11.0 litres/100 km

Combined 18 mpg / 15.7 litres/100 km 17.8 mpg / 15.9 litres/100 km

CO2 emissions 358 g/km 362 g/km

Fuel Consumption (EPA cycle)**

City (US mpg) TBC TBC

Highway (US mpg) TBC TBC

Combined (USmpg) TBC TBC

Emissions Controls EU 6 and US LEV II

 

* Fuel consumption figures are provisional and subject to Type Approval.

** Fuel consumption figures are provisional and subject to EPA certification.

 

Shows: BENTLEY CONTINENTAL SUPERSPORTS B-ROLL

6TH JANUARY 2017

00:05 GVs of Bentley Continental Supersports Driving Footage

01:10 GVs of Bentley Continental Supersports Studio Footage

03:44 Interview with Paul Jones, Product Line Director – Continental, Bentley Motors

05:06 Bentley Continental Supersports Design

05:42 Interview with Stefan Sielaff, Director of Design – Bentley Motors

08:02 Contact slate

08:11 Sizzle Reel

09:45 ENDS.

 

Other: Notes to editors

Bentley Motors is the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s four model lines – Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley

It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 4,000 people at Crewe.

Jan, 06, 2017

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