Crewe boss Durheimer confirms next year’s SUV will be followed by ‘fifth model line’. Is it an Aston Vantage rival?
Bentley could follow next year’s SUV with a return to two-seat sports cars to sit below the Continental GT, according to incoming boss Wolfgang Durheimer.
Durheimer – returning to Bentley’s top seat after a two-year absence – stated that, after the arrival of the SUV late in 2015, Bentley will introduce a fifth model line, following Conti GT, Flying Spur, Mulsanne and that SUV.
Though he was clear the shape of that fifth model has not yet been decided, Durheimer admitted it had been narrowed down to the choice of two: either an as-yet-unspecified model to sit between £150,000 Conti GT and £230,000 Mulsanne, or a two-seater sports car that could undercut the cheapest Continental GT. TopGear knows which of these it wants to see.
So how might an entry-level, two-seat Bentley look? Well, it seems unlikely it’d clock in cheap enough to rival, say, the Jaguar F-Type. When TopGear asked if he could imagine a Bentley half the price of the cheapest Continental GT – meaning a tag somewhere around £65,000 – Durheimer seemed reluctant to stoop so low. [x]
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This is Bentley’s idea of a SUV: larger than a Range Rover, faster than a Cayenne, and more expensive than any other SUV out there.
And, from the looks of this one, it sure is out there:
This enormo-SUV has a wheelbase some 200mm longer than a Range Rover. It’s got similar rear legroom to the mighty Mulsanne saloon. To give you an idea of scale, those are 23-inch wheels. And it’s punched through the mud - or more likely over desert dunes or down the autobahn - by a 600bhp W12 turbo.
Inside, the lower surfaces are clad in hard-wearing saddle leather. The rest of the leather is soft as a glove. The wood is Bentley’s usual immaculately polished stuff, and the carpets are wool. It’s going to smell like Ladies’ Day at Ascot in there.
But it’s also high-tech. The instruments lie behind knurled metal rings, but they’re actually TFT screens. In off-road mode, the navigation arrow display is designed to switch to a ‘sump cam’ so you can make sure the immaculate Bentley isn’t about to run aground. The undershields are specially shaped for surfing down desert dunes. The split tailgate has powered upper and lower halves, turning itself into a mini-grandstand.
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So… assuming your footballer contract gets signed, your oil inheritance comes through, or your IPO goes well… would you get one?
A few cars worth over $1 million
Remember this really quite smashing 1955 Gullwing Benz that sold for a $4.62m last week? Check out some of the other cars with equally astronomical price tags from Barratt-Jackson’s sale.
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Bentley’s new twin-turbo V8 Continental
Bentley has confirmed a brand new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine for its Continental GT and GTC models.
Set to debut at next month’s Detroit motor show, the new V8 delivers 500bhp and 487 torques said to be accessible “across virtually the entire rev range” from 1,700rpm to 5,000rpm. Bentley reckons this new V8 fitted in the GT - together with the eight-speed auto - is good for a sub-five second 0-60mph run and a top speed of over 180mph.
Some time ago, Bentley made an environmental commitment to deliver a new engine that would increase fuel efficiency and cut CO2 emissions. With this in mind, the new V8 is claimed to travel over 500 miles on a single tank of fuel. Presumably on a very straight, downhill road on partial throttle…
Full economy figures will be released next month, but Bentley tells us the 4.0-litre gets a high-tech engine management system, switching to just four cylinders under lighter loads, as well as high pressure direct injection, low friction bearings, energy recuperation via a charging system and clever packaging of the turbo.
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