Bentley rolls out special Birkin edition Mulsanne in Europe

BENTLEY UNVEILS LIMITED EDITION BIRKIN MULSANNE

– New Limited Edition Mulsanne exclusively for Europe
– Inspired by gentleman, visionary and Bentley Boy, Tim Birkin
– Three exquisite colour specifications with unique styling details
– Mulliner Driving Specification, Entertainment Specification, and fitted luggage set epitomise the pinnacle of British luxury motoring

(Crewe, 14 January 2014). Bentley Motors today unveils a new Limited Edition model exclusively for European customers, the Birkin Mulsanne.

Taking inspiration from Sir Henry ‘Tiger’ Tim Birkin – the legendary Bentley Boy who travelled and raced extensively around Europe in the 1920s and 1930s – this new model features numerous unique styling details and represents the pinnacle of British luxury motoring in its most discerning form.

The Limited Edition of just 22 cars is available in three colour specifications: a fresh and contemporary Ghost White, Damson for a more vibrant touch, and a sophisticated contrast of Fountain Blue and Dark Sapphire, offering a modern interpretation of the classic two-tone Bentley paint design.

Numbered door sill plaques, a unique 21″ wheel design inspired by those on the original Mulsanne concept car, and a striking 3D ‘Flying B’ logo stitched into the vehicle headrests and inlaid into the wood of the front fascia and rear picnic tables, identify the Birkin models. In addition, all three specifications feature a stunning tailored luggage set – each one hand-crafted, individually numbered and matched with the interior of each car.

Items have been selected for the Birkin Limited Edition from the Mulsanne’s extensive options list for the well-travelled connoisseur and the Mulliner Driving Specification delivers an engaging motoring experience thanks to a unique ‘Sport’ setting on the Drive Dynamics Control system. An intricate diamond quilting pattern to the seats and door panels, complemented by an indented leather headlining and ‘knurling’ details to the interior metalwork, create a contemporary and tactile finish to the cabin.

For those travelling in the rear of the Birkin Mulsanne’s spacious cabin, the Entertainment Specification offers a luxurious and comfortable space to work or relax while on the move. Each car features exquisitely-packaged twin 8″ LCD screens in the rear of the seat headrests, a DVD player, a Wi-Fi hotspot, the Naim for Bentley premium audio system and iPads integrated into the hand-crafted solid wood picnic tables.

A tribute to Tim Birkin
The muse for this Limited Edition Mulsanne, Sir Henry Ralph Stanley ‘Tim’ Birkin, was celebrated as both racing legend and unassuming style icon in his time, epitomising the idea of the British gentleman racer.

The Birkin Mulsanne specifications are born from the idea of how Birkin would commission a Bentley today. With its effortless performance and luxurious hand-crafted cabin, the Bentley Mulsanne embodies the essence of Birkin’s beliefs as motoring connoisseur. Now, with its unique styling details and exquisite specification, the Limited Edition Birkin Mulsanne is an automotive homage to one of Bentley’s most influential visionaries.

Birkin’s first Bentley was bought simply out of a love of fine motoring, but over time he became increasingly involved with Bentley’s efforts on the road and race track, culminating with his key role in the development of the ‘Blower’ Bentley in 1928. Birkin saw that to retain its competitive racing edge, the company needed to increase the power of the 130 bhp Bentley 4 ½ litre, and so pushed to fit the car with a supercharger, which increased power to an impressive 242 bhp.

Birkin convinced company owner Woolf Barnato and financial-backer Dorothy Paget to support a production run of 50 cars in order to qualify for Le Mans. It was for this car – and his fearless style of driving it – that Birkin is perhaps best known.

Source Article from http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/15/bentley-mulsanne-birkin-edition-europe-official/
Bentley rolls out special Birkin edition Mulsanne in Europe
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/15/bentley-mulsanne-birkin-edition-europe-official/
http://fulltextrssfeed.com/www.autoblog.com/category/bentley/rss.xml
Autoblog Bentley
Autoblog Bentley // via fulltextrssfeed.com
http://o.aolcdn.com/os/autoblog/ab-podcast-itunes.jpg

Bentley’s SUV will be first of many plug-in hybrids

Bentley EXP 9 F

Bentley is not exactly a company known for its environmental credentials. Sure, it recently cut its water usage down by over a third, and given the relatively small number of vehicles it produces, the British firm’s overall impact on the environment may be negligible compared to mass-market rivals. And of course, its affluent customers are hardly likely to feel the pinch of rising fuel costs, so Bentley’s idea of engine downsizing has been going from twelve cylinders to eight.

That will all change with the launch of its first SUV, previewed by the controversial EXP 9 F concept and expected to be called Falcon. To hear Auto Express tell it, the luxo-ute is being designed from the get-go to incorporate a plug-in hybrid powertrain, slated to go on sale a year after the conventional version arrives late in 2015 or early 2016. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg which Bentley is trying to help keep from melting.

Following the Falcon, other Bentleys are slated to get PHEV systems as well. It’ll just take a while. That’s because current models like the Continental and Mulsanne were never designed to incorporate PHEV powertrain systems in the first place. So while they may get them in the long run, their integration will likely have to wait until their replacements arrive.

Related GalleryBentley EXP 9 F concept
Bentley EXP 9 F conceptBentley EXP 9 F conceptBentley EXP 9 F conceptBentley EXP 9 F conceptBentley EXP 9 F conceptBentley EXP 9 F conceptBentley EXP 9 F conceptBentley EXP 9 F concept

Source Article from http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/08/bentley-suv-phev-plug-in-hybrid/
Bentley’s SUV will be first of many plug-in hybrids
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/08/bentley-suv-phev-plug-in-hybrid/
http://fulltextrssfeed.com/www.autoblog.com/category/bentley/rss.xml
Autoblog Bentley
Autoblog Bentley // via fulltextrssfeed.com
http://o.aolcdn.com/os/autoblog/ab-podcast-itunes.jpg

Bentley officially returns to racing at Gulf 12hr

CONTINENTAL GT3 MAKES STRONG START TO RACING CAREER

– New Bentley racecar holds third place six hours in to first test race
– Trouble-free first half as new car shows true pace and reliability
– Second race starts at 13:45 GMT

(Abu Dhabi, 13th December 2013) The new Bentley Continental GT3 racecar holds third position after the completion of the first half of the Gulf 12 Hours at Abu Dhabi, showing promising pace and impeccable reliability in true Bentley fashion.

New Bentley Boys Steven Kane, Guy Smith and Andy Meyrick have driven two stints each so far, with Steven starting the race and Andy taking the six-hour chequered flag. Close battles with the Kessel Racing Ferrari and Gulf Racing McLaren have challenged the drivers, but all have driven with great skill and confidence in the new race package.

Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, comments: “Six hours in and we’re very pleased with the result so far. Finishing the first half of the race in third position is testament to the hard work of the team and we’re now focussed on getting the car ready for the night race, which holds a totally different set of challenges as the track temperature drops.”

The second half of the Gulf 12 Hours starts at 17:45 local time (13:45 GMT). Live updates can be accessed by following @BentleyComms on Twitter.


###


CONTINENTAL GT3 FINISHES GULF 12HR IN FOURTH

– Outstanding result in first test race
– Reliability combines with strong pace to achieve 4th place
– Team pushes the new car to the limit in preparation for 2014

(Abu Dhabi, 13th December 2013) Bentley’s test race debut of the all-new Continental GT3 racecar with Team M-Sport achieved an impressive fourth place finish in the Gulf 12 Hours of Abu Dhabi. After completing the first six hour session of the race in third position, the second half of the race saw the team maintain that position until the final two hours, when a close fight with the Ferrari 458 GT3 of Kessel Racing was ultimately won by the more established car. The closing minutes were not without drama, with apparent damage to the underfloor, meaning a cruise to the finish line to bring the car home.

Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, comments: “In running an all-new car for the first time, our main goal today was to finish the race and be consistent. We’ve achieved this, and then to finish fourth in a race with such established competition is extremely encouraging. We leave Abu Dhabi with confidence that we will have a reliable and competitive package for 2014, when the hard work really starts.”

With the car running really well throughout the 12 hour event, the team is delighted with the endurance reliability. Equally impressive is the performance of the three new Bentley Boys that each drove four hour-long stints in the desert heat. The trio of British racers in Guy Smith, Steven Kane and Andy Meyrick was delighted with the performance of the car in its first event. Guy Smith, racing a Bentley for the first time since the Le Mans win of 2003, comments: “Today has been amazing. All three of us found that we could really push the car to the limit, and when we realised we were on for a good result it encouraged us to really test its abilities. It’s given us a lot to look forward to in the Blancpain series next year.”

The team will now analyse the huge amount of data collected over the course of the race, and continue to develop the car in preparation for a full season of racing in the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series, beginning at Monza on 12th April.

Source Article from http://www.autoblog.com/2013/12/15/bentley-continental-gt3-race-debut-gulf-12hr/
Bentley officially returns to racing at Gulf 12hr
http://www.autoblog.com/2013/12/15/bentley-continental-gt3-race-debut-gulf-12hr/
http://fulltextrssfeed.com/www.autoblog.com/category/bentley/rss.xml
Autoblog Bentley
Autoblog Bentley // via fulltextrssfeed.com
http://o.aolcdn.com/os/autoblog/ab-podcast-itunes.jpg

Bentley rolls out Shaheen edition Mulsanne in Dubai

BENTLEY INTRODUCES NEW MULSANNE SHAHEEN TO THE MIDDLE EAST

– Bentley flagship special edition makes Middle East debut at Dubai Motor Show
– Special Edition Mulsanne created specifically for Middle East market
– Recent winner of the 2013 MEMA awards, Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible also on display

(Dubai, 5 November 2013). The Bentley Mulsanne Shaheen, a vehicle specifically created for the Middle East market, made its debut today at the Dubai Motor Show. The new luxury flagship model draws its inspiration from the Shaheen eagle, a bird of prey that is embedded in Middle Eastern culture and society.

The craftsmen and women of Bentley Mulliner have created this special edition by taking inspiration from the colourings of the Shaheen eagle using Tungsten over Onyx paintwork, with Magnolia and Beluga leather and Dark Stained Burr Walnut Veneer for the interior. Final touches include a bespoke signature Mulsanne Shaheen logo adorned on the rear iPad picnic tables using a gold overlay.

The Mulsanne Shaheen will come complete with the Mulliner Driving Specification, blending a range of striking design features including unique 21-inch alloy wheels, Bentley Flying ‘B’ wing vents and Diamond Quilted leather trimmed cabin with driver-selectable, sports-tuned suspension and steering, underscoring the performance credentials of Bentley’s 6.75 litre V8 ultra-luxury flagship saloon.

Geoff Dowding, Regional Director Asia, Middle East & Africa, commented, “The Middle East is the biggest market for our flagship Mulsanne, so this year we really wanted to create a car especially for our customers here. Our in-house Mulliner design team from the factory in Crewe, UK spoke directly with many Mulsanne customers to create this limited addition Mulsanne Shaheen”.

Further options include iPad picnic tables, a Wi Fi hotspot, a large tilt-opening, tinted glass sunroof and an exquisitely designed, electrically operated bottle cooler. The Mulsanne is the flagship of the Bentley family, combining coach-built elegance and hand crafted luxury with immense power and sportiness that together offer the world’s most exclusive driving experience.

The Mulsanne’s 6.75 litre V8 develops 512 PS (505 bhp / 377 KW) while the massive torque (1020 Nm / 752 lb.ft) is delivered from 1750 rev/min. This dramatic torque delivery from just above idle and right across the rev range ensures that with a mere tap of the accelerator the driver is immediately rewarded with a characteristic deep, muffled V8 burble and phenomenal acceleration.

The Mulsanne has achieved strong sales year to date in the Middle East, increasing by 53 per cent compared to the same period last year. The Middle East has performed impressively across all model lines; the new Flying Spur, Continental GT and Mulsanne with overall increased sales of 25 per cent for 2013.

Globally, Bentley Motors has built on its successful performance for the first half of 2013, after announcing that global customer deliveries to the end of September have grown by nine per cent, compared to 2012.

Geoff Dowding commented: “Strong performance from our W12 models continued, with the Continental GT Speed and Continental GT Speed Convertible proving successful in all territories. This, added to increases in our V8 and Mulsanne models, maintains our impressive performance and strongly reinforces our position as market leader among our direct competitors in the luxury car market.”

Also present on the Bentley stand at the Dubai Motor Show will be the recently launched Flying Spur which is the fastest, most powerful four-door Bentley model ever. Powered by Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre, twin turbo W12 engine developing an astonishing 625 PS, the new Flying Spur sprints from 0-100km/h in just 4.6 seconds. The new Bentley model, with its unrivalled blend of effortless drivability, exquisite luxury and craftsmanship, sculpted design and state-of-the-art technology, will build on the worldwide success of its iconic predecessor.

Joining the New Flying Spur and Mulsanne Shaheen are the latest additions to the GT range, the Bentley Continental GT Speed and the Continental GT Speed Convertible; which is the fastest four-seat convertible in the world. With the weather in the Middle East cooling to more pleasant levels, it is the perfect time of year for exhilarating, roof-down driving. The GT Speed Convertible was awarded the Luxury Convertible of the year at the recent Middle East Motoring Awards ceremony in Dubai.

Source Article from http://www.autoblog.com/2013/11/11/bentley-mulsanne-shaheen-edition-dubai/
Bentley rolls out Shaheen edition Mulsanne in Dubai
http://www.autoblog.com/2013/11/11/bentley-mulsanne-shaheen-edition-dubai/
http://fulltextrssfeed.com/www.autoblog.com/category/bentley/rss.xml
Autoblog Bentley
Autoblog Bentley // via fulltextrssfeed.com
http://o.aolcdn.com/os/autoblog/ab-podcast-itunes.jpg

Bentley readying four-door coupe for 2018

2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed

Bentley purists have probably been tearing their hair out since we got our first glimpse of the EXP 9 F SUV Concept. “A Bentley SUV? ” you could almost hear them saying, incredulous to the idea that an automaker actually wants to make money. Now, word is that the British brand might be jumping on the four-door-coupe bandwagon. The car, which would slot in below the Continental GT, and act as the new base model, would compete with the BMW M6 Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, according to Car.

Size-wise, Car thinks it’d be in line with the Continental GT, at just over 15.5 feet long. It’d wear a price tag of 125,000 to 150,000 euro, which converts to $168,650 to $202,380. In reality, the US-spec baby Bentley would need to retail for no more than $130,000 to $170,000 if it wanted to truly capture the M6, Porsche Panamera and CLS63 crowd. Speaking of that Porsche, Car thinks the Bentley will ride on the same platform.

As is pointed out, the question of which platform this new model will ride on is an important one. The two possibilities are the D5 architecture of the next Audi A8 or the MSB platform, which will underpin the next-generation Panamera. Expect a 3.0-liter V6 and a 4.0-liter V8, both of which will receive special outfittings for duty in the Bentley, when it arrives in 2018. What do you think? Is there room in the Bentley family for a car below the Continental GT V8, and if so, is a four-door coupe the right choice? Let us know down in Comments.

Source Article from http://www.autoblog.com/2013/09/24/bentley-four-door-coupe-report/
Bentley readying four-door coupe for 2018
http://www.autoblog.com/2013/09/24/bentley-four-door-coupe-report/
http://fulltextrssfeed.com/www.autoblog.com/category/bentley/rss.xml
Autoblog Bentley
Autoblog Bentley // via fulltextrssfeed.com
http://o.aolcdn.com/os/autoblog/ab-podcast-itunes.jpg