Super Bentley! Bentley Supersports @ 2009 Geneva Auto Show
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Just when you thought you'd heard the last of E85 ethanol, here comes Bentley with its alcohol-burning 2010 Continental Supersports. In this one way, this 621-horsepower matte-white terror is like a Chevy Tahoe. Otherwise, not so much.
Now we suppose that if you've got the jingle to buy an example of this fastest and most powerful Bentley model ever, then you could probably afford to have someone deliver the E85 by the tanker truck to your garage. Otherwise, it won't be easy to find the stuff.
Fear not, as the car's W12 engine will make the same horsepower running on regular old premium gasoline, too.
Either way, Bentley says that while the Supersports will be available worldwide this fall, cars for the North American market won't be FlexFuel capable until the summer of 2010, following regulatory approval. The first several hundred U.S.-market cars will officially be gas only. Why did Bentley bother with all the ethanol stuff if the car can make the same power on gas? It's the first step in Bentley's plan to make its entire range compatible with renewable fuels by 2012. This should reduce the CO2 output of its fleet and deflect at least a little of the criticism that comes when you produce cars that deliver only 13 mpg in the city.
Anyway, the car — it's fast. The company estimates it'll do zero to 60 in 3.7 seconds and top out at 204 mph. That's no small feat for a vehicle that weighs 2.5 tons. The Speed model, says Bentley, will get to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and top out at 202 mph. Though the Supersports has gone up in power with its turbocharged 6.0-liter W12, it has gone down in weight, dieting 243 pounds compared to the now totally slow-in-comparison Continental GT Speed. That's thanks to lightweight 20-inch wheels, standard carbon-ceramic brakes (which, despite being utterly massive at 16.5 inches across up front and 14 inches in the rear, save 44 pounds compared to conventional brakes), lightweight carbon-fiber sport seats and a few other things. Despite all of this, the Supersports will weigh in at about 5,000 pounds.
The ZF six-speed automatic has been modified to shift 50 percent quicker than the standard box. The all-wheel-drive system now comes with a rear-biased torque split (40 percent front/60 percent rear compared to 50/50 for the Speed model). The suspension has been retuned with new dampers and antiroll bars.
The standard Continental body has been modified to accommodate a 2-inch-wider rear track and suck 10 percent more air into the engine. The Supersports comes with four unique paint options — two pearlescent and two matte — and is finished with "smoked steel" trim in place of chrome.
Inside, the Supersports two-seater is slathered with carbon fiber and Alcantara synthetic suede trim. Pricing hasn't been set for the Supersports yet, but figure about $250,000 or a little more than 20 percent higher than a Speed model. Bentley reckons it can sell about 250 Supersports at this price in the U.S. in a year.
E-xciting! Mercedes E-Class Coupe @ 2009 Geneva Auto Show
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Now here's a face that's going to take some getting used to. We haven't
seen this many rhomboids on the front of a car since, well, ever.
The nose of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is closely related to the
rhomboid-rific one on the recently unveiled E-Class sedan. Perhaps that's
not a surprise, given that the coupe shares the sedan's new W212 platform
and most of its name.
This move reflects the intention of Mercedes to tie its coupes and
convertibles more obviously to the high-volume sedans on which they are
based. The CLK — which this vehicle will replace — is not obviously
related to any other Mercedes model in name or style.
The new coupe is just about 2 inches longer and wider than the CLK. Thanks
to a wheelbase increase of similar measure, there should be more room
inside the E-Class coupe than the CLK. Stretched over those dimensions is a
body with a whole lot of surface excitement going on, so you cannot accuse
Mercedes of going conservative with this one. Thankfully, Mercedes has
retained the graceful look of the CLK roof — there's no B-pillar and both
front and rear windows go down.
Mercedes notes that the coupe has the lowest drag coefficient of any series
production car in the world at 0.24 Cd. Wouldn't have guessed that just by
looking, eh? But sometimes we prefer a different approach to punching a
hole in the air — it's called horsepower. We'll have to
wait until the E63 coupe arrives a little later, with an estimated 500 horsepower, to
conduct that particular test of power vs. wind resistance.
When the E-Class coupe goes on sale in the U.S. in June, it will be offered
in two models, the E350 with a 268-hp V6 and the E550 with a 382-hp V8. The
new coupes will come with a host of standard and optional new equipment,
including suspension with adaptive dampers, a feature meant to register any
drowsiness by the driver, and an adaptive high beam for the headlights that
uses a camera to scan for oncoming traffic and dips the high beams
On a Rolls: Rolls-Royce 200EX @ 2009 Geneva Auto Show
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Rolls-Royce has officially announced it will unveil a near-production-ready
concept sedan at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show next month. Called the 200EX —
a name that recalls some of the British carmaker's early "experimental"
prototypes — the luxuriously equipped four-door previews a new
entry-level Rolls-Royce that will go on sale later this year.
Known until now by its internal working code RR4, the new Rolls-Royce is
expected to be priced to compete against upmarket sedans such as the
Bentley Continental Flying Spur and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Holding firm to the strategy taken with its 100EX and 101EX concept cars
— both of which have reached the showroom with little change, as the
Phantom Drophead and Phantom Drophead Coupe, respectively — the 200EX is
said to closely resemble the definitive production version of the RR4.
"There will be some very minor difference, but what you see in Geneva is
for all intents and purposes what we'll be bringing to Frankfurt later in
the year," says Rolls-Royce's newly installed CEO Tom Purves, referring to
plans to show its new model at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
As yet, there's no word on what model name the 200EX will receive. However,
Rolls-Royce says it plans to resurrect a name from its past lineup. Among
those rumored to be under consideration are Shadow, Wraith, Seraph and
Rolls-Royce designers have adopted a far less formal look for the 200EX
than any previous model sporting the illustrious Spirit of Ecstasy. The
exterior features many of Rolls' traditional design cues and boasts
classical unadorned surfacing, but each element has been reinterpreted to
give the new car a cleaner and more modern appearance than the imposing
Among the more flamboyant styling flourishes is a prominent grille, thin
LED headlamps, a stainless steel hood, large chromed door handles,
rear-hinged doors at the rear, a wide C-pillar and an angled trunk. The
wheels are 20 inches in diameter, wrapped with 255/45 profile front and
285/40 profile rear tires.
Describing the appearance, Purves called it a "modern execution of timeless
Rolls-Royce elegance, breaking with some areas of tradition but retaining
the core values. We expect the more informal design to broaden the appeal
of the brand."
These first official photographs don't provide any real comparisons in
scale, but the 200EX is much smaller overall than the Phantom; its length,
width and height are put at 212.5 inches, 82.9 inches and 61.0 inches
respectively, making it 3.5 inches longer, 1.3 inches wider and 2.8 inches
higher than the Continental Flying Spur.
The new concept car's cockpit upholds Roll-Royce's long-held reputation for
class-leading opulence, luxury and comfort with a sizable leather-trimmed
cabin that offers seating for up to five adults. An upright dashboard
boasts distinctive Art Deco overtures similar to those found in the
Phantom. It is adorned with a combination of classical wood and chrome,
offset with etched glass and piano lacquer trims.
The 200EX rides on a modified version of parent company BMW's latest
large-car platform as found beneath the new 7 Series, featuring unique
wheelbase and track measurements. Rolls-Royce is holding back on revealing
further specifications until closer to its production sibling's launch
later this year. The only information released so far confirms that the
upmarket sedan will be powered by a "new-generation V12 engine."
Details remain scarce, but insiders at Rolls-Royce headquarters point
toward a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter
direct-injection gasoline unit developing close to 500 horsepower and 553
pound-feet of torque. It will drive the rear wheels through a new
eight-speed automatic transmission developed in conjunction with German
transmission specialist ZF.
The production version of the 200EX will be assembled at the Rolls-Royce
factory in Goodwood, England — the same site responsible for the Phantom.
A recent refurbishment has resulted in the addition of a new assembly line
and an expansion in operations to handle an expected increase in volumes
from today's 1,000 cars up to around 4,000 by 2012.
Oh Maybach! Maybach Zeppelin @ 2009 Geneva Auto Show
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Mercedes-Benz has added a limited-edition flagship to its underachieving
Maybach lineup in the form of a new Zeppelin model. The Zeppelin will debut
at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show next month.
To be produced in a limited run of 100 vehicles at Mercedes-Benz's
Sindelfingen factory in southern Germany, the range-topping Maybach can be
ordered based on either the 57 or the more spacious 62 version of the
company's six-year-old upmarket limousine — the latter aimed at rival
Rolls-Royce's Phantom EWB.
Resurrecting the name given to the most imposingly styled and luxuriously
equipped Maybach models built between 1928 and 1934, the modern-day
Zeppelin is distinguished from existing Maybach models through a range of
exterior styling changes, equipment upgrades to the interior and a more
powerful version of the Maybach S's V12 gasoline engine.
They include a unique two-tone paint scheme combining beige along the
shoulder line with a black finish for the rest of the body, together with
more aerodynamic exterior mirror housings with integral indicator units,
darkened taillamp lenses, an altered tailpipe design, towering 12-spoke
20-inch alloy wheels and Zeppelin badges in the grille and on the trunk.
Inside, there is corresponding beige and black leather for the seats, along
with black piano lacquer for the dashboard fascia. Other unique touches are
silver champagne flutes, door sills and a key, all engraved with the word
Mercedes-Benz is offering Maybach Zeppelin customers a new high-tech
perfume atomizer as a $5,120 extra. It allows rear-seat passengers to
insert a vial of their preferred fragrance into a plexiglass container. A
regulator pump then directs an atomized spray through the interior.
Powering the Zeppelin is an updated version of the Maybach S's twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 engine producing 640
horsepower and 737
pound-feet of torque. No performance claims have been made, although
sources point toward a 0-60-mph time and top speed comparable to the
existing Maybach 57S's 5.0 seconds and 171 mph.
Mercedes-Benz has not yet released North American pricing. In Germany, the
57 Zeppelin will be priced at the equivalent of $525,775, while the 62
Zeppelin is priced at $612,800, including local taxes
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2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Tested - CAR and DRIVER
Rolls-Royce continues its tradition of making very expensive, very
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"baby roller" for a ride around the block.
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2011 Hyundai Equus vs 2011 Bentley Mulsanne
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Gold Rolls Royce causes a car to crash
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Beverly Hills is pretty ridiculous this summer with all the cars shipped
here from the Middle East. I love seeing all the incredible cars and I
decided to shoot video the first time I saw this gold Rolls Royce Drophead
Coupe. The Rolls Royce had absolutely zero involvement with the crash to
be clear. Going the other direction I'm not exactly sure what happened but
it seems 2 drivers became distracted looking at the RR and crashed. Seems
like a bad day for the guy in the Subaru.
This is the first time I caught an accident like this on video but have
seen cars crash into one another looking at a Bugatti Veyron on the side of the road
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