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.
Freaky Aston: Aston Martin Lagonda @ 2009 Geneva Auto Show
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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.
Essential: Infiniti Essence @ 2009 Geneva Auto Show
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Yes, Geneva is a Swiss show, traditionally well attended by the Italian
design houses and German tuners. But at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show, a
Japanese designer is the talk of the Palexpo — thanks in no small part to
his new Infiniti Essence.
Nissan's upscale brand would have us believe this sensational coupe concept
is "the essence of Infiniti." In fact, it is the essence of Shiro Nakamura,
Nissan's senior vice president of design, not to mention a glimpse into the
future design direction of Infiniti.
Nakamura's team has crafted a sleek two-seater with a panoramic glass roof
that is all but devoid of ornamentation. Japanese cultural cues abound
inside and out.
The designers drew inspiration from, among other things, Japanese
calligraphy, traditional lacquerware, even the kanzashi, a hairpin used by
women when wearing a kimono. The aim, according to Nakamura, was "to merge
all existing Infiniti design cues with fresh design language."
The sinuous, sculpted shape is wrapped around a traditional
front-engine/rear-drive sports car layout. But the Essence is hardly
traditional in its powertrain, safety technology and even its post-modern
Nakamura's team created a stunning asymmetrical cockpit with staggered
seats, separated by a curving console that sweeps into the dash. The
driver's "cocoon" is finished in black, while the passenger is swathed in
red. The cabin is trimmed in leather, Alcantara and hand-painted wood and
features chronometer-type dials, an aluminum gearshift knob, a red
engine-start button and a flat-bottomed steering wheel flanked by paddle
Nissan chose a powerful gas-electric tandem, configured as a parallel
hybrid so the two power sources can work independently or together. The
3.7-liter direct-injection V6 is fitted with twin turbochargers and makes 434 horsepower, while the
electric motor adds another 158 hp, providing total output of nearly 600
hp. Energy is stored in a lithium-ion battery pack.
Advanced safety technologies include distance control assist, lane
departure prevention, side collision prevention and back-up collision
The pièce de résistance is a collaboration with Louis Vuitton — a
bespoke three-piece luggage set that's fitted to the trunk of the Essence.
Naturally, each piece carries the initials of the owner.
Guess what "SN" stands for.
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
2007 Bentley Continental GT vs. 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL600
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No one shops for the 510-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V12-powered Mercedes-Benz CL600 or
552-hp, twin-turbocharged W12-powered
Bentley Continental GT based on price. After all, if you can afford either
of these true hardtop coupes you can afford to buy them both — on the
same day, using a black American Express card. These are cars for rich
people. Well, not just rich, but Gordon Gekko-spec liquid. Rich enough to
have their own jets. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred
million dollars, buddy. Players.
2008 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,
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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.
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2011 Bentley Mulsanne
Dirk VanBraeckel breaks down the all-new flagship, Bentley Mulsanne. This
vehicle is a powerful and elegant drivers car. Inspired by the spirited
thinking of the past, it is a contemporary statement of luxury driving and
Modded 612 hp Bentley Continental GT on the track
This 2006 Bentley Continental GT is hiding something. What it's hiding is
almost 100 hp over its stock 552 thanks to the installation of a GIAC chip.
We spent the day with this luxury 2+2 at WIllow Springs Raceway and found
it to be fast, refined, and worth every penny. Sell your house. Buy a
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