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Super Bentley! Bentley Supersports @ 2009 Geneva Auto Show

MORE GENEVA AUTO SHOW @ INSIDELINE.COM: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/autoshows/geneva/2009/2010bentleycontinentalsupersports.html 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.


 


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Essential: Infiniti Essence @ 2009 Geneva Auto Show
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2007 Bentley Continental GT vs. 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL600
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Freaky Aston: Aston Martin Lagonda @ 2009 Geneva Auto Show
MORE GENEVA AUTO SHOW @ INSIDELINE.COM: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/autoshows/geneva/2009/astonmartinlagondac onceptnews.html Aston Martin has dusted off its ancient Lagonda brand on a tallish, quaint-looking four-door concept that departs radically from the company's current portfolio of sleek ultra-sports cars. The Lagonda Concept, created by Aston Martin Design Director Marek Reichman, aims to establish a new benchmark for "performance luxury" cars, while extending the company's global brand reach to new customers. At least that's what the 2009 Geneva Auto Show press material says. But this is one odd duck. Reichman says his four-door, four-seat, four-wheel-drive concept was inspired by classic Lagondas of the '30s, notably W.O. Bentley's prewar V12, which arrived about 10 years before David Brown acquired Lagonda in 1947. Everything about the new Lagonda Concept is big, from its V12 engine to its 22-inch wheels. With the Lagonda Concept, Aston's current CEO, Ulrich Bez, wants to revive the brand, which has lain virtually dormant for the past 20 years. Bez sees the neo-Lagonda as a platform for new materials and such alternative powertrain technologies as hybrids and low-emissions diesels. More importantly, Bez envisions Lagonda as "a unique performance avant-garde luxury product" that can broaden the firm's base of affluent customers in such global markets as Russia, China and the Middle East.





On a Rolls: Rolls-Royce 200EX @ 2009 Geneva Auto Show
MORE GENEVA AUTO SHOW @ INSIDELINE.COM: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/autoshows/geneva/2009/rollsroyce200exconc eptnews.html 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 Spirit. 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 Phantom. 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.





1924 Bentley Twin Turbo - Jay Leno's Garage
1924 Bentley Twin turbo. After tracking down five 8-liter Bentley motors, Jay decided to build his very own British hot rod, in the spirit of W.O.'s Bentley Boys. » Subscribe: http://bit.ly/JLGSubscribe » Visit the Official Site: http://bit.ly/JLGOfficialSite THE BEST OF JAY LENO'S GARAGE » Exclusive First Looks: http://bit.ly/JLGExclusives » Ultra Rare Supercars: http://bit.ly/JLGSupercars » Jay's Book Club: http://bit.ly/JLGBookClub JAY LENO'S GARAGE ON SOCIAL Follow Jay: http://Twitter.com/LenosGarage Like Jay: http://Facebook.com/JayLenosGarage ABOUT JAY LENO'S GARAGE A new video every Sunday! Visit Jay Leno's Garage, the Emmy-winning series where Jay Leno gives car reviews, motorcycle reviews, compares cars, and shares his passion and expertise on anything that rolls, explodes, and makes noise. Classic cars, restomods, super cars like the McLaren P1, sports cars like Porsche 918 Spyder and Camaro Z28, cafe racers, vintage cars, and much, much more. Subscribe for more: http://full.sc/JD4OF8 NBC ON SOCIAL: NBC YouTube: http://full.sc/MtLxIM NBC Facebook: http://facebook.com/NBC NBC Twitter: http://twitter.com/NBC NBC Google+: https://plus.google.com/+NBC/posts 1924 Bentley Twin turbo - Jay Leno's Garage http://youtu.be/hgkACtLJaxk Jay Leno's Garage http://www.youtube.com/user/jaylenosgarage





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Area 51 to Reno Air Races! 2014 Bentley Continental GT Soars Through Nevada! Epic Drives Ep. 23
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2008 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Review - Kelley Blue Book
FOR MORE CAR VIDEOS & REVIEWS VISIT: http://www.kbb.com/kbb/NewsAndReviews/VideoLibrary.aspx 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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On this episode of Head 2 Head, Kim Reynolds re-enacts the Battle of Britain by pitting the Union Jack's two great luxury names again each other — Bentley versus Rolls-Royce. However, these two require testing that's elevated above the routine, so we've devised as few, ah, unorthodox challenges. With almost 1200-hp, twenty-four cylinders, and four turbochargers between them, the Flying Spur and Ghost can both paint tire streaks on the dragstrip. But can they paint with acrylics on canvas as well? We'll find out. And which car can turn more heads in ritzy Santa Monica? We aimed video cameras at the sidewalks and counted the eyeballs. All that, and the answer to which car has a $40,000 paint job, is just a click away! Head 2 Head appears every other Wednesday on the Motor Trend channel. http://www.youtube.com/motortrend Subscribe now to make sure you're in on all the action! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=motortrend Facebook - http://facebook.com/motortrendmag Twitter - http://twitter.com/motortrend Google+ - https://plus.google.com/1018679678590... Website - http://www.motortrend.com





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