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.
2009 New York Auto Show Highlights - NYAS Cars and More
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So what does an auto show look like in the midst of one of the worst
markets in history? Not so bad, actually. The 2009 New York Auto Show is
looking like it will finish the season strong, with a handful of notable
world debuts along with a dozen or so North American firsts.
Think SUVs are dead? Well, not quite. Acura, GMC and Land Rover have all
come up with what they think are the next generation of SUVs. Smaller, more
nimble and less painful at the pump, all-new vehicles from all three
manufacturers will be making their world debuts in New York.
If you're still not buying into the efficient, high-performance SUV thing,
then look for the new 2010 Subaru Legacy. It'll be shown for the first time
in New York and is likely to have all the utility you'll ever need. And for
those who couldn't care less about utility, Nissan will display the
convertible version of its new 370Z coupe. Coverage starts April 8 with
video, blogs and photos from the show floor.
2009 Ferrari California @ 2008 Paris Auto Show
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Pulled out of its secret workshop and displayed on the grounds of the
Ferrari factory just for us, the 2009 Ferrari California stops us all in
our tracks. We all just stand there. Mouths open. Like high-schoolers in
the presence of bare breasts for the first time.
This is a gorgeous car. With Pininfarina bodywork created under the
direction of Donato Coco, Ferrari's new design chief, the California is a
real stunner, particularly with the roof up. Roof down it loses a trifle of
that extraordinary well-balanced beauty, but only a trifle. Unlike other
cars with a retractable hardtop, the proportions remain intact when the
passengers expose themselves to the sun.
For instance, the fender vents are a welcome homage to the car from which
the California takes its inspiration, the powerfully evocative Ferrari
250GT SWB Spyder California introduced at the 1960 Geneva auto show. And
the long, hollow grooves in the sills have a function, as they direct air
to ducts that cool the rear transaxle.
No question about it, the newest Ferrari is a looker. Full-figured, but a
looker still the same.
2009 Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe @ Geneva Auto Show
What price top-shelf automotive indulgence? If the new Rolls-Royce Phantom
Coupe is any guide, bank on a cool $400,000.
This is the breathtaking price tag being attached to this plush two-door in
the run up to its world premiere at the Geneva auto show early next month.
To put it in perspective, that's more than double what Mercedes-Benz asks
for its top-of-the-line coupe, the $197,500 CL65 AMG. Yikes!
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
First Drive: 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost
Senior Editor Ron Kiino obsesses over P. Diddy while taking the brand new
"baby roller" for a ride around the block.
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Edited by: Gordon Green
2011 Hyundai Equus vs 2011 Bentley Mulsanne
Executive Editor Edward Loh and Senior Editor Jonny Lieberman find out if
the luxury of Bentley's Mulsanne is worth the $330,000 pricetag compared to
Hyundai's all-new $70,000 Equus.
Shot by: Jim Gleason
Edited by: Jim Gleason
2009 Bentley Mulsanne
Brand new 2009 Bentley Mulsanne chassis No 1 at Pebble Beach Auction by
Gooding & Company, 16 August 2009.
Bentley Continental Flying Spur Review - Kelley Blue Book
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Bentley Continental Flying Spur. Do you have an extra two hundred grand or
so burning a hole in your pocket? Neither do we, but if we did it might be
nice to impress the people around us with an unbridled display of
automotive excess. With that dream in mind we present the Bentley
Continental Flying Spur, the ideal conveyance for those whose ship has
already come in.
Welcome to our comprehensive Kelley Blue Book review of the Bentley
Continental Flying Spur.
Exclusivity is its own reward, and nothing ensures exclusivity like the
Continental Flying Spurs price tag of nearly $200,000. For those who expect
more of their cars than just a huge monthly payment, the Bentley also
offers enough prestige, power, luxury and style to satisfy the most
discriminating Sultan, baron or heiress. For more new car reviews,
interviews and automotive news visit http://www.kbb.com today.
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British Super Sedans Square Off! Aston Martin vs. Bentley vs Rolls-Royce
We head to Palm Springs with the 2010 Aston Martin Rapide, the 2010
Rolls-Royce Ghost & the 2010 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed to pick
the ultimate British luxury sedan.
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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish vs 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed! - Head 2 Head Ep. 38
On this episode of Head 2 Head, two of England's most prestigious brands
duke it out as Motor Trend's Carlos Lago pits the 2013 Bentley Continental
GT Speed against Aston Martin's 2014 Vanquish. With names like Vanquish &
GT Speed, it's inevitable that some spirited driving awaits. Join Carlos as
he he flogs both these fine automobiles through Motor Trend's dynamic
testing course before heading out to carve up the canyon roads.
Both Aston Martin & Bentley are synonymous with luxury, class & the finer
things in life. However, there's nothing gentlemanly about the 12 cylinder
motors each car packs under it's bonnet. Even more savage is their more
than 500 horse power capabilities. Add carbon ceramic brakes into the mix &
price tags near $300,000 & you've got an exotic match up.
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