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Bentley Continental

Bentley Continental GTBentley. Luxury and style with 6 litres of twin turbocharged power all bundled up in a W12 engine. However, not a rare car by any means and if you want to see one in the next 10 mins, just put MTV on.

The =&0=& is a two-door ‘two plus two’ grand touring coupé released in 2003, replacing the previous Rolls-Royce-based Continental R and T.
It is equipped with a 6.0 litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine, which produces a DIN-rated motive power output of 552 bhp at 6,100 rpm, and torque of 479 lbf·ft at 1,600-6,100 rpm. Torsen-based permanent four-wheel drive is standard. It will accelerate from 0 to 62.1 mph in 4.8 seconds, and go on to reach a top speed of 197.6 mph.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2003 Geneva Motor Show, followed by Le Mans, 2003 Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2003 annual Bentley Drivers Club meeting at Silverstone.
Early models include a choice of 6 body colours (Diamond Black, Burnt Oak, Cypress, Neptune, Spruce, and Umbrian Red), 8 hide colours (Beluga, Burnt Oak, Laurel, Nautic, Portland, Saffron, Savannah, Saddle), 5 veneer types (Burr Oak, Burr Walnut, Dark Stained Walnut, Madrona, Piano Black), 4 carpet and seatbelt colours (Beluga, Burnt Oak, Laurel, Nautic).

Changes to Bentley Continental GT includes voice activation for in-car telephone in six languages, increased interior trim option with addition of Magnolia hide, carpets and seatbelts that can be matched to either the main or secondary hide colour.
Mulliner Driving Specification includes 20-inch 2-piece 7-spoke alloy sports wheels with bespoke Advan Sport 275/35 R20 tyres, drilled alloy sports foot pedals and footrest, gear lever finished in knurled chrome and hide, two-tone leather and veneer combinations, diamond quilted hide to facings, doors and rear quarter panels; Embroidered ‘Bentley’ marque emblem to seat facings, indented hide headlining, dark-stained Burr Walnut or Piano black veneer.
The vehicles went on sale in October 2004.

The four-door Continental Flying Spur saloon was first displayed at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. The Flying Spur utilizes most of the technical underpinnings of the Bentley Continental GT, and was introduced to European and North American markets in the summer of 2005. Together, the Bentley Continental GT and Flying Spur have boosted Bentley’s annual production from around 1,000 units in 2003, to 9,200 units in 2006.
The Flying Spur has a 6-litre, 12-cylinder engine, configured in a W formation. Unlike a conventional 12-cylinder engine with two banks of six (V-12), the Continental’s 6-litre engine is configured in two banks of VR six cylinders each (2x VR6). This shortens the W-12 engine’s length considerably, compared to a two-bank configuration. The W-12 produces 552 bhp, accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, and propels the Flying Spur top speed of 194 mph.
One notable aspect of the Continental Flying Spur is its grille. Made to look like traditional chromed brass mesh, it is a metal-covered plastic-core. This was fitted as a safety feature; it is designed to break apart upon impact with a pedestrian.

The Continental Diamond Series (2006) is a limited (400 units) version of 2007 model year Continental GT Mulliner Driving Specification, commemorating Crewe factory’s 60th anniversary. It included carbon-silicon carbide brakes (420x40mm cross-drilled front and 356x28mm rear), exclusive 9Jx20-inch 14-spoke alloy wheels, choice of 3 additional exclusive body colours (Moroccan Blue (bright blue), Anthracite (grey black) and Meteor (steel blue grey)), unique insignia to exterior, unique treadplates with text ‘Celebrating 60 years of manufacturing in Crewe’, choice of upgraded veneers (Dark Stained Burr Walnut or Piano Black (additional veneers available at extra cost)), drilled alloy sport foot pedals, gear lever finished in knurled chrome and hide, diamond quilted hide to seat facings, door and rear quarter panels; embroidered Bentley emblem to seat facings, indented hide headlining, Mulliner alloy fuel filler cap.

The 2008 model update – Changes to Continental GT include 35 kg reduction in kerb weight due primarily to optimisation of suspension and cooling system components, increased use of aluminium parts in suspension, revised Servotronic power steering gives improved feel and feedback, optional fade-resistant carbon ceramic brakes provide improved brake feel (only available on 20-inch wheels), new, more upright front grille and larger lower air intakes give improved airflow to aid engine cooling; chromed headlamp bezels, 2 new exterior paint colours (Cumbrian Green and Granite), 2 new leather hide colours (Newmarket Tan and Cumbrian Green), new low-friction dampers, new ‘Sport Traction’ mode for the Bosch 8.1 ESP system, Bentley ‘B’ brake pedal.
Mulliner Driving Specification includes drilled alloy sport foot-pedals, knurled chrome/hide gear lever, diamond quilted hide to seat facings, doors and rear quarter panels.
Continental GT Speed is a version of Continental GT with increased engine power to 602 bhp and 553 lb·ft, lowered ride height, uprated spring/damper settings and uprated anti-roll bars for improved agility and body control; unique 9.5Jx20-inch wheels with bespoke Pirelli P-Zero performance tyres, retuned speed-sensitive Servotronic system, solid-mounted front subframe and stiffer rear bushings; ‘Dynamic’ mode for the Bosch 8.1 ESP system, front grille and lower air intakes in dark-tinted chrome matrix, wider rifled sports exhaust tail pipes.
The 2008 model year vehicles also include price increase over previous models. The new Continental GT and GT Speed were available to order from August 2007.

The Bentley GTZ  is a version of Bentley Continental GT Speed with custom body produced in association with coachbuilder Zagato, with technical partners Coventry Prototype Panels, DELVIS GmbH, PPG. The project was conceived during a discussion between Bentley Motors Limited CEO Dr. Ing. Franz Josef Paefgen and Dr. Andrea Zagato, President of Zagato at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in 2006. The vehicle was unveiled in the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.

The Series 51 models include additional vehicle customization options for Continental GT and GTC, such as use of non-indented hide for diamond quilting, contrast piping for the seats and doors as well as bespoke Series 51 treadplates. Other options include Dark and Bright ‘Engine Spin’ aluminium dashboard and centre console options, Amboyna veneer, colour matched overmats and boot carpets, 20-inch 14-spoke polished Diamond wheel with a dark centre cap, a signature ’51’ badge on the front wings, optional two-tone paint (with one colour running over the bonnet, roof and flowing down to the boot).
The vehicles (including a Continental GTC with Imperial Blue as a main and secondary hide, Linen seat and door inserts and Newmarket Tan as the accent colour) were unveiled in 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show,followed by Continental GTC model in 2010 North American International Auto Show.

Supersports (2009) In February 2009, Bentley announced limited production of the Bentley Continental Supersports. The car was unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, announced by Jay Leno, to be available in autumn 2009 worldwide, followed by FlexFuel-compatible models in North America by summer 2010.
The first Bentley capable of running on both petrol (gasoline) and biofuel (E85 ethanol), its 6.0 litre W12 engine was rated 621 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 590 lbf·ft at 1,700-5,600 rpm – using either fuel. The car has 0 to 62.1 mph acceleration of 3.7 seconds, 0 to 99.4 mph acceleration of 8.9 seconds, top speed of 204.4 mph, making it the fastest and the most powerful production Bentley ever. The Supersports is already known as the best handling Bentley. Bentley says the supersports can deliver 1.29 g forces on a 300-foot (91 m) skid pad, as compared to its sibling the Continental GT speed which can perform up to .98 g forces on a 300-foot (91 m) skidpad.

Continental GTC, GTC Speed 80-11 Editions (2010-) The 80-11 models are limited (80 units per model) versions of Continental GTC and GTC Speed for North American market, with 20-inch 14-spoke alloy diamond wheels polished with unique black center caps featuring Bentley ‘B’ emblem (GTC) or 20-inch wheels from Supersports finished in dark tint with red brake calipers (GTC Speed), Union Jack brightware badges on front fenders, exclusive Midnight body colour option, Dark Grey Metallic soft top and the Mulliner fuel-filler cap as standard, Beluga main leather hide with white (GTC) or Pillar Box Red (GTC Speed) contrast stitching and piping and Bentley emblems, Piano Black veneers, engine-turned aluminum with bright (GTC) or dark (GTC Speed) finish, drilled alloy sport foot pedals, treadplates and a badge on the console with the ’80-11 Edition’ signature.
The vehicle was unveiled in 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and arrived at Bentley dealers in fall of 2010 as 2011 model year vehicles.

Supersports Convertible ISR (2011) – Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible ISR (Ice Speed Record) is a limited (100 units) version of Bentley Continental Supersports convertible, commemorating Bentley’s world ice speed record set by Finland’s four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen. It includes a W12 engine rated at 631 bhp, Quickshift six-speed automatic transmission, 420 mm front and 356 mm rear diameter carbon ceramic brake discs with eight-piston front calipers, three body colours (Beluga, Quartzite, Arctica White) with Dark Grey Metallic soft top in three-ply composite construction, 20-inch 10-spoke Supersports wheels in dark tint. The interior has leather upholstery, diamond-quilted Alcantara to doors and quarter panels and seat facings, ‘soft-grip’ leather on the steering wheel and gear lever, high-gloss carbon fibre on the dashboard and console and roof panel with unique red weave, Pillar Box red piping to seats and doors, Pillar Box Red contrast stitching to seats, door casings, steering wheel and gearshift paddles; front seats and floor mats with embroidered ‘Supersports’ legends, and a Breitling dashboard clock with red accent. The vehicle was unveiled in 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

Bentley Continental GTZ (2012-) It is an updated version of Bentley GTZ, with body panels covering the top of rear wheels. The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Concorso D’Eleganza.

Second Generation (2011-)
Continental GT W12 (2011-) The vehicle was unveiled in 2010 Paris Motor Show. Ordering of Continental GT began in October 2010, with deliveries of 2011 Continental GT began in the first quarter of 2011.

Continental GT V8 (2011-) It is a version of Bentley Continental GT with a twin-turbo 4-litre V8 engine (developed jointly with Audi). The 3993cc V8 produces 500 hp and 487 lb·ft. Cylinder deactivation technology effectively turns the V8 into a V4 to improve fuel economy by 8%. Other changes, including on-demand steering assistance, weight reduction, better engine heat management, overrun alternator charging and eco-tyres, improve overall fuel consumption by 40% from the W12’s 17.1 mpg to the V8’s 26.1 mpg.
The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 North American International Auto Show, followed by SkyLounge in Munich,2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

Continental GTC W12 (2011-) The vehicle was unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, followed by 2012 Qatar International Motor Show. Deliveries of the Bentley Continental GTC began in late 2011.

Continental GT Speed (2012-) is a version of Continental GT W12 with increased engine power to 616 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. The ride height is lowered and chassis and suspension uprated. It has the top speed of 330 kilometres per hour (205 mph). The vehicle was unveiled in Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012, followed by 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, followed by 2012 Moscow International Auto Salon, 2012 Paris Motor Show, 2012 AUTO ZÜRICH, 2012 LA Auto Show.

Continental GTC V8 (2012-) The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 North American International Auto Show, followed by 2012 Geneva Motor Show, 2012 New York International Auto Showand also at the 2012 Paris International Auto Salon.

Continental GT3 Concept Racer (2012) The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Paris International Auto Salon, followed by 2012 LA Auto Show.

Continental GT Speed Convertible (2013-) The convertible version Continental GT Speed includes ME17 engine management system, self-levelling system set 10 mm lower than the 575PS Continental GT convertible, Electronic Stability Control with Dynamic Mode, matrix radiator grille and bumper air intakes in dark-tint chrome finish, 21″ Speed alloy wheels in silver or an optional dark tint, diamond-quilted hide upholstery, Dark Tint Aluminium ‘engine spin’ finish (optional fine wood veneers, satin-finish Carbon Fibre option for fascia and centre console), top speed of 202 mph. The vehicle was unveiled in 2013 North American International Auto Show.

Continental GT Le Mans Edition (2013-) It is a limited (48 units per model) versions of Continental GT V8 coupe and convertible, GT W12 coupe and convertible, and GT Speed coupe for North American market, commemorating Bentley’s six victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Each car includes a unique Le Mans Edition numbered badge, Le Mans Edition clock face, embroidered Le Mans badge to each headrest, tread plates with the limited edition name, unique Le Mans Edition wheels and specific interior veneers and exterior colours. The vehicles were made in 6 models.

Continental GT3 (2013-)  is a rear-wheel-drive race car version of Continental GT V8 coupe, based on the Continental GT3 Concept Racer. It included 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine rated 600 hp, Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox with a limited slip differential in transaxle, racing clutch, steering wheel mounted paddle operated pneumatic gear shift, Drivetrain Carbon fibre propshaft, double wishbone suspension front and rear, four-way adjustable racing dampers; hydraulic power-assisted steering, ventilated iron disc brakes front and rear, Brembo 6/4-piston front/rear calipers, driver-adjustable brake bias, FIA-specification steel roll cage, Sparco six-point FIA safety harness, onboard fire extinguisher, onboard pneumatic jack system, FIA-specification racing fuel cell, race-specification ABS and traction control, lightweight race battery, OZ Racing 18×13-inch rims with 310/710R18 tyres, removal of the leather and wood interior trim.
The design was completed by a specialist team of engineers from Bentley Motors supported by the Continental GT3 Technical Partner, M-Sport Ltd.
The vehicle was unveiled in 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, followed by 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

Continental GT V8 S (2014-) Available in coupe and convertible body, they are versions of Bentley Continental GT V8 with increased engine power to 521 hp @6000rpm and 502 lb·ft @1700rpm, increased agility and body control to match the engine’s higher output, lowered suspension through an aerodynamic front splitter, discrete side sills and rear diffuser in Beluga gloss black; new exclusive 20-inch wheels with open-spoke design, red-painted brake calipers, optional new sports exhaust, optional duo-tone interiors, choice of interior trim in seventeen hide colours, unique contrast centre stripe for the hide-trimmed roof lining matching the colour of the main hide, knurled chrome detailing to the gearshift lever and ventilation controls, Piano Black veneers, ‘V8 S’ on each sill tread plate.
The vehicle was unveiled in 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The vehicles were set to arrive in Bentley dealerships from early 2014.

Continental GTC W12, Continental GT V8 were used in Nürburgring 24 Hour Race as official parade cars.
Continental GT3 entered its first development races before starting full competition in the FIA Blancpain Series in 2014, after completing FIA homologation.
Continental GT V8 enter 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb.
Continental GTC W12, Continental Supersports, Continental GT V8 became the official parade cars for 2012 Nürburgring 24 Hour Race.