Special Report: Bentley Works on New W12 and Hybrid?

Bentley W12 engine

We don’t know whether it is official or not, but the previous rumor suggested that Bentley opens up the possibility of power their luxury vehicles with hybrid engines. At the moment, what we know is that the luxury carmaker has been focusing their attention on its brand new twin-turbo V8 powerplant which is co-developed with Audi since these two brands are under the wing of VW Groups. Okay, does Bentley viciously ditched the popular and thirsty W12 engine and easily replaces it with the new V8?

It doesn’t work that way, folks. What Bentley wants is to offer more engine options for their customers and at the same time tries to keep up with the eco-obsessed era by developing “friendly” 6-liter units. Autoevolution.com reported that Ralf Frech – Bentley’s technical director leaked that the company is looking the same pathway for developing another engine choice as the new V8. He said that the W12 has the possibility to share the same upgrades as the new V8 with the primary goal to offer improvements in term of fuel economy and power where the luxury carmaker targets to reach 600 horsepower.

Still from our aforementioned source, new engine is not the only check list that Bentley current has because media has been reporting that the luxury car manufacturer is expanding their engine and performance upgrades by working on the new 8-speed automatic transmission that might replace the current 6-speed. No official statement about this one, but the technical director hinted that Bentley opens up with the hybrid possibilities as he stated, “We are looking at the possibility of a hybrid, particularly a plug-in hybrid, but we are waiting for the next generation of technologies because none of the current solutions work.”

Engine Choice for Bentley SUV

Bentley-SUV

The possibility we will see the Bentley SUV both in concept or production version is late 2014 because the luxury carmaker has scheduled their SUV to enter the market in 2015. Rumor has it that the mysterious Bentley SUV will be using a 12-cylinder petrol engine. Wait, Bentley wants to make a SUV that might challenge the Bugatti?

Well, perhaps if we are looking at the engine choice in the form of 12-cylinder or to make it more clear, a W12 engine. That is the same engine that powered a Bugatti without a turbocharge system. But with Bentley, we doubt it that the SUV will stay on pure W12 engine, because there is a big possibility that the SUV will be powered by a W12 with a turbocharged system.

So, why Bentley chooses W12 engine for a SUV? Bentley has one thing to convey on the automotive world: luxury. And using the W12 engine will be emphasizing Bentley’s supremacy on the luxury car segment – or should we change it into luxury SUV segment? Other reason is might be because the W12 is currently powering the Continental range and it would be save some money because Bentley doesn’t have to do research and development of the new engine for the SUV.

Bentley keeps the SUV project in complete hush-hush which means we have to use our probability cause. Probably, the SUV has other engine option in form of diesel to challenge the next-gen of Audi Q7 that is powered by the V12 TDI unit. One of the main reasons why Bentley has confident in SUV project is because they have changing the chief engineer – Elrich Ecihhorm with the new guy – Rolf Frech who served as engineer from Porsche. It means that Herr Frech has more experience in the field because he was part of Cayenne development team.

Ronnie Coleman’s 2005 Bentley Continental GT is Up For Sale on eBay

Ronnie Coleman's 2005 Bentley Continental GT

Ronnie Coleman is the only eight-time winner of Mr. Olympia title winner. You can translate that into the highest accolade in the sport of professional body building… or some serious massiveness of muscle mass, symmetry, aesthetic, and proportion.

Just recently, we found out that Ronnie Coleman listed his 2005 Bentley Continental GT finished in Dark Sapphire and Saffron on eBay at “buy it now” price of $112,000.

The 2005 Bentley Continental GT of Ronnie Coleman on eBay is powered by a 6.0-liter DOHC 48-valve EFI twin-turbocharged W12, and just recorded 15,460 miles (24,880) so far. The car’s original price was at $159,900; so, adding that to the fact that has been through the hands (and muscle in this case) of Ronnie Coleman, you could say it’s quite a bargain.

Ronnie Coleman

The winning bidder will not only get a celebrity-owned luxury sports vehicle from eBay, but he or she will also receive a private workout with Mr. Ronnie Coleman at his personal home gym in Arlington – Texas.

The winner will get a free two-night stay at the Hilton Anatole, one of the premier hotel’s Dallas which has to offer put up by Ron himself. And no forget dinner with the one and only Mr. Olympia is also included in the package.

Ronnie Coleman and his 2005 Bentley Continental GT are all the aspects you need to take into consideration, if you would like to get yourself a nice-looking Bentley, personal training session, and dinner with one of the best body builder off all time since Arnold Schwarzenegger. You can flex your wallet’s muscles and place you bid on eBay by this link. However make sure you pay, as you definitely would not to mess around with Ronnie Coleman ‘coz probably he desperately need some cash right now.

 

New Face from 2012 Bentley Continental GTC

Spyshot 2012 Bentley Continental GTC - front view

2012 Bentley Continental GTC coupe sport sedan spotted to do lap test. Bentley gave the 2011 Bentley Continental GT a thorough going over to ensure it still appeals to Arab oil tycoons with a taste for large diamonds. This was the biggest change since the model was introduced back in 2003, so we expected the drop-top 2012 Bentley Continental GTC coupe sport sedan model to also get some new jewelry and a crease here and there.

It seems we were right, as the facelift 2012 Bentley Continental GTC coupe sport sedan made it silver presence felt at the Nurburgring test track. The two-door sports model showed new panels, a more inspired by the Bentley Mulsanne, featuring inner lamps powered by xenon on low beam and LED on high beam. The seam at the headlights has been lowered to the height of the air intakes, giving the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC coupe sport sedan a more refined look.

Spyshot 2012 Bentley Continental GTC - side view

At the back, the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC coupe sport sedan has been added with LED lights, while the boots more sculpted, which should look especially good with the top down. The bumper has also been redesigned and now incorporates a single oval tailpipe on each side.

Spyshot 2012 Bentley Continental GTC - rear view

The signature of GT has been embedded on the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC coupe sport sedan interior. A redesigned dashboard with an updated instrument panel and a new touch-screen interface for the audio and navigation systems, along with increased legroom and new sears will all likely be included.

2012 Bentley Continental GTC coupe sport sedan likely find the revised version of the 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12, but the much-anticipated 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 is being co-developed with Audi. Well, that is all the details we got. As for the moment, you have to pretty satisfy with the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC coupe sport sedan spyshots we attached for you.

Ice-Skating with the 2012 Bentley Supersports Continental Convertible ISR Mulliner

2012 Bentley Supersports Continental Convertible ISR Mulliner

2012 Bentley Supersports Continental Convertible ISR Mulliner is the most potent and radically styled Bentley Convertible ever. Bentley smartly made only 100 unit of this Supersports car. If you wondering what the ISR means, it means Ice Speed Record. We will tell you later why Bentley chooses the ISR name.

The 2012 Bentley Supersports Continental Convertible ISR Mulliner only produced 100 units because it is intended as a celebration of the Bentley’s world ice speed record for a convertible car set by Finland’s four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen.

Juha Kankkunen drove the 2012 Bentley Supersports Continental Convertible ISR Mulliner which is all-wheel-drive and powered by bio-fuel 6.0-liter W12 on the perilous frozen Baltic Sea, off the coast of Finland. Kankkunen managed to reach speed of 205.48 mph (330.695 km/h) eclipsing his own ice speed record of 199.83 mph (321.6 km/h) set in 2007 in the Bentley Continental GT.

The 2012 Bentley Supersports Continental Convertible ISR Mulliner made its first debut on the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Wolfgang Duerheimer, Bentley’s new Chairman and Chief Executive stated, “Juha Kankkunen’s drive was a remarkable achievement and worthy of a very special car. The 2012 Bentley Supersports Continental Convertible ISR Mulliner is a true driver’s car which captures that unique Bentley spirit. It offers extreme performance, agility, and extrovert personality, while retaining the refinement, handcrafted luxury and comfort our customers expect.”

Bentley offers the 2012 Bentley Supersports Continental Convertible ISR Mulliner in three distinctive colors which emphasizing its muscular styling, while its leather on the interior is none other than the Alcantara-lined which put in the cabin and features high-gloss carbon fiber with a unique red weave.

For the exterior of the 2012 Bentley Supersports Continental Convertible ISR Mulliner, customer my specify the ISR Mulliner design package which is available at no extra cost, with its bold “Supersports ISR” graphics and red-accented detailing.

2012 Bentley Supersports Continental Convertible ISR Mulliner price tag is £189,300 (inclusive of VAT). For those who have deep pocket and looking for the ultimate ride, the 2012 Bentley Supersports Continental Convertible ISR Mulliner is the perfect vehicle to fill the blank spot on your garage. Click here to watch the video of the 2012 Bentley Supersports Continental Convertible ISR Mulliner ice-skating to reach its top speed.