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IT'S described as the ultimate in automotive luxury and at more than 19 feet long Bentley is about to set a new benchmark with a stretched version of its Mulsanne flagship.The extended wheelbase Mulsanne is 10-inches longer than the regular model - and all the extra space has gone into creating an experience akin to first class air travel for those in the rear.With extending leg rests and high-definition tablet display screens Bentley says the latest Mulsanne delivers the most...

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BENTLEY will lift the wraps on a new, more sporty, Flying Spur V8 S model at next month's Geneva Motor Show.Developing a hefty 521bhp from its 4.0-litre twin turbocharged engine, the newcomer will sit between the Flying Spur V8 and family flagship W12 in the model line-up.What luxury lovers can expect is a car tuned for power and performance, with increased engine output and revised suspension to ensure a more precise driving experience.And the V8 S features sports styling cues like a...

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MULLINER, Bentley's in-house coach-building division, has revealed its latest range of bespoke creations for the Flying Spur enabling wealthy customers to personalise the four-door luxury motor to an even higher level.For the first time, the Flying Spur can now be specified with a refrigerated bottle cooler between the rear seats, painted veneers, Mulliner quilted leather, sterling silver atomisers and hide-trimmed stowage boxes.This new range of personalisation options are but a few...

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A NEW take on handcrafted interiors is coming from Bentley which is introducing veneers taken from stone on two of its models.The finish will be available on the Continental and the Flying Spur and uses slate and quartzite quarried in India.Sliced to 0.1mm thick, the veneers are cured using fibre glass and resin before being hand finished by Bentley's Mulliner coachbuilders at its factory in Crewe.The stone panels will be available in four shades as alternatives to the existing wood,...

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BENTLEY has notched up another milestone with the company's first SUV going into production at its factory in Crewe.The first Bentley Bentayga to come off the line was part of an £840 million investment programme which has seen more than 1,500 jobs created.Costing £160,000 and capable of more than 180mph, the initial wave of Bentaygas will be delivered to customers in January.The first model - which will now join Bentley's iconic Heritage Collection - took 130 hours to build by hand...

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CONCEPT classic the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 has hit the gold standard in the transportation category of one of the world's leading design competitions.The German Design Awards is recognised as one of the most highly respected competitions of its kind and is presided over by a panel of international experts.They picked the EXP 10 Speed 6 for the gold award due to its timeless style, smart use of new materials and aesthetic dynamism.Panel judge Johannes Barckmann said: "The designers of...

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BENTLEY has unveiled what the luxury brand describes as the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world - and it will cost a princely £160,000.Capable of scorching to 187mph as well as clambering up the side of a mountain, the new Bentayga SUV will make its public debut at this month's Frankfurt Motor Show.And the Crewe-based company has lofty predictions for the newcomer, due early next year, as a worldwide clamour for upmarket 4x4s shows little sign...

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DRIVING the latest generation of Bentley's super saloon, the Flying Spur recently evoked memories of my first Bentley drive as a young motoring journalist in the 1960s.Being at such a tender age, the Bentley press fleet, as it then, was certainly not on offer, but a visit to a friendly car dealer sparked thequestion from the boss: ‘Have you ever driven a Bentley?'In truth I had not so I was walked over to the car lot and there in all its glory was a late 1940s Bentley Mk VI in...

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SEVEN special versions of the high performance Continental GT Speed are being produced by Bentley to mark the Breitling aerobatic team's first North American display series.Each of the cars is individually numbered and finished in a distinctive paint job that replicates the yellow highlights used on the Breitling L-39 Albatros jets.The Continental GT Speed is the fastest production Bentley with a top speed of more than 200mph and in base form costs £167,900.The cars have been...

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A RARE 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback, described as a ‘barn find' restoration project has sold at auction for almost £750,000.The car went under the hammer at the Barons' sale at Sandown Park near London and fetched almost double its estimate of between £200,000 and £400,000.It was the highest price Barons had ever achieved for a car and took the sale total to beyond £1 million.The R-Type, chassis number BC52C, was commissioned in 1954 by the Welsh racing driver...

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SPEED takes on a new dimension when it comes to Bentley.It's the name the famous British car maker gives to its ultra high performance models and in the case of the Continental GT Speed it's the fastest production Bentley ever.With true supercar performance of 0 to 60 in just four seconds this luxurious machine has just been uprated and now generates an incredible 635bhp from its 6.0-litre W12 engine.That's 60 horses more than is available in the "standard" Continental GT Coupe and...

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THERE'S something deliciously seductive about a Bentley convertible.From the hand built craftsmanship to the thrill of high performance open top motoring, they are cars with epitomise all that is great about British motoring heritage.The latest incarnation moves all those qualities up a league in what can only be described as one of the finest cars money can buy.The new Continental GT V8 S Convertible not only has looks to drool over but is dynamically sublime.Lowered suspension and...

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A GLANCE in the door mirror of a Bentley Continental is all that's needed to explain why this is such a remarkable car.The reflection leads the eye straight to the bulging haunches above the rear wheels - an image of absolute power.It's a feelgood factor that is always with the driver and conveys all that is special about this thoroughbred British GT.The Continental is a car that oozes class and it can be found throughout from the Breitling timepiece sitting atop of the dashboard to...

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BENTLEY'S revival and reinvention under Volkswagen's umbrella has been a revelation.The Crewe-based car-maker has gone from strength to strength, breaking cover with the Continental GT, followed by a four-door Continental in the shape of the Flying Spur and more recently the Mulsanne.With what is being billed as the ultimate luxury SUV on the way, who knows where the marque will be heading next.While the Continental GT has always been the mainstay of the range, the Flying Spur has...

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FANCY learning to drive a Bentley on ice - with a helping hand from four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen?Well the luxury car maker is putting two places on its highly exclusive ice-driving experience Power on Ice up for grabs, to help raise funds for charity.The competition runs until January 8 with entries costing £1 and the proceeds going to new international charity Care2Save, which aims to improve excellence in hospice and palliative care around the world.Bentley is also...

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MOST of us would rather buy a house than a Bentley Continental - they're both about the same price.But if I win the lottery a V8S Convertible will be right at the top of my shopping list -  just for the fantastic sound that thrums from its massive oval exhausts.Now, I've written before about the sound of a car adding so much to the enjoyment of driving it. And there is nothing quite like the sound that comes from a V8 engine on song. But the burble and blast of noise from this...

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WITH sales up over 40 per cent in Britain in the first five months of 2014, Bentley can feel it has got things right and that the road out of recession and onto the motorway of recovery is beneath its wheels as it rolls onwards.While bread and butter would-be executive car makers bombard us with a bewildering range of models even at the top of their brand, Bentley simply has the Continental GT, Flying Spur and Mulsanne, and it the last big saloon we have been testing recently.Again,...

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A NEW breed of Bentley is on the way using plug-in hybrid technology that is claimed to improve fuel efficiency and cut emissions by up to 70 per cent.The British luxury car maker is planning to introduce the system on its new SUV due to arrive in 2017 and says that by the end of the decade it will be available on almost all of its models.Bentley will display the set up on a concept version of its flagship 6.7-litre Mulsanne saloon at the Beijing motor show later this month.The...

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ALMOST like sitting something outside in the rain, a few days after the big Bentley arrived it seemed to shrink. Which was a good thing.Longer and wider than a Mondeo and nearly twice the weight, this big car is almost more motoring statement than practical transportation device.You could call it excess on wheels, if you're in curmudgeonly mood. Or a shining beacon of beautifully built Britishness (in Crewe), albeit with the ultimate decision makers sitting round a boardroom table in...

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AS a youngster I remember being perplexed as to why Rolls-Royce and Bentley saloons were essentially the same cars with different badges.I'm harking back to the era of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and Bentley T-Type - the Bentley back then being simply a re-badged Roller.These days the two famous marques have a lot more separating them, though they still represent the ultimate in sought-after and desirable luxury cars.Somewhat bizarrely the other thing that unites them is that...

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BENTLEY certainly stepped on the gas in 1959 when the old 4,887cc six cylinder engines gave way to the 6,230cc V8 that fans grew to love.The Bentley S2 of that year was the first of a long line of V8s and it marked a sea change in the the power output of these large and opulent cars.The truth was that the V6 could not be developed any more and the V8 offered lots of potential, but although having more power - an estimated 200bhp - it was not massively faster than its V6 predecessor at...

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BENTLEY has become the first automotive manufacturer, and among the first ten organisations in the world, to achieve the Carbon Trust Water Standard.The recognition comes after the company reduced its water usage by 35.7 per cent over the previous year at its headquarters in Crewe.Achieving this reduction, Bentley's environmental team implemented a number of initiatives, after calling on support from the wider workforce.More than 4,000 Crewe-based employees were asked for suggestions...

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BENTLEY has added a new member to its sporty Continental line-up with the world premiere of the new GT V8 S at the Frankfurt Motor Show.Available as both a coupe and convertible, the V8 S features an uprated version of the Crewe brand's twin-turbo 4.0-litre engine that now develops 521bhp and 680Nm of torque.There are also suspension modifications plus new exterior and interior features.The GT V8 S coupe sprints from 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 192mph, while...

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THERE'S been much for luxury brand Bentley to celebrate already this year - but the serious business is only just beginning.The green light for the company's first SUV model, creating 1,000 new jobs in the process, was switched on in July.A whopping £800 million is being invested in its headquarters at Crewe and the development of new models over the next three years.And the Bentley boys will make a return to top level motor sport next year with the Continental GT3 in the FIA...

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A NEW Bentley SUV to rival the likes of the Range Rover will create more than 1,000 new jobs in the UK motor industry.The Volkswagen-owned company has confirmed that the new sports utility vehicle, the brand's fourth model line, will be built in Cheshire and go on sale in 2016.And over the next three years Bentley has pledged to invest more than £800 million in its headquarters at Crewe and the development of new models.Bentley says the new car will not only be a thoroughbred with...

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THERE may be more bicycles in Beijing than there are Bentleys but the British luxury car maker is acutely aware of the fortune China holds.The Chinese love luxury - and Bentley does luxury very well.And when it comes to cars what goes down best in China is a four door saloon, especially one with plenty of leg room in the rear.So where more appropriate for Bentley to stage the debut drive of its new Flying Spur - the car it describes at the best luxury saloon in the world - than...

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EVERY so often cars come along that manage to redefine an entire brand.Audi's TT is a case in point and so too is the Bentley Continental.This sporting and sumptuous grand tourer is a car that really brought Bentley kicking and screaming into the 21 century and its runaway success helped spur the Crewe car maker on to new heights.The second generation Continental isn't all that different to the car that got the ball rolling, probably because Bentley decided not to mess around too much...

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THE fastest, most powerful, four-door Bentley model ever will make its global debut at next month's Geneva Motor Show.The new Flying Spur is powered by the Crewe-based brand's 6.0-litre, twin turbo W12 engine, coupled to a ZF eight-speed transmission.And with 616bhp on tap it boasts more power than any other Bentley four-door in history.A 14 per cent improvement in the power-to-weight ratio over the outgoing model delivers a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds and top-speed of 200 mph, the...

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ASKED what was my favourite Bentley a few weeks ago, eyebrows were raised when I replied the MkVI.I could have replied Continental R or S3, but to me the MkVI spoke volumes of the capability of Bentley engineers in the immediate post war period.Unveiled in 1946 it was the epitome of conservative styling. Its main claim to fame is the fact that it became not only the first new post war Bentley but the first to be offered with a standard all-steel body.There were other special bodies on...

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THE prospect of driving a car capable of 205mph round an ice and snow-laden racing circuit can fill you with anticipation and dread in equal measure.But far from pulling the plug on an exercise many would have cancelled, Bentley used the recent wintry onslaught to show off the four-wheel drive capabilities of the fastest production car the Crewe-based marque has ever built.The new generation Continental GT Speed not only looks lean, mean and magical, its headline figures are simply...

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BENTLEY will lift the lid on the world's fastest open-top four-seater when the new Continental GT Speed Convertible makes its debut at the Detroit Motor Show later this month.The promise is one of luxury roof-down touring with the thunderous performance of a 616bhp twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine.We're talking figures of 0-60 in 4.1 seconds, 0-100 in just 9.7 and on to a potential top speed of 202mph - with the added bonus of a 15 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency.That...

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SOFT top or metal lid, the price difference probably doesn't count that much when you can splash out £150,000 plus on a car.The new Bentley GTC is the kind of car favoured by the super rich, rock stars and footballers.But this super convertible reinforces the view that that those who are loaded like their open top motoring just a much as the rest of us.Bentley is one of the motoring world's status symbols, unashamedly expensive and incredibly luxurious.It demands a list of...

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