The 2013 GT Speed is the fastest production Bentley ever made with a top speed of 205mph. Orders are already being taken for the all-wheel drive performance flagship. The car is equipped with the iconic 6-liter twin turbo W12 engine and achieves zero-to-sixty in just 4 seconds. The Continental GT Speed model include exclusive 21-inch, ten-spoke alloy wheels and a dark tint to the lower grille. The interior of the car features perforated leather and metal detailing with a wide range of optional finishes. The GT Speed has been fitted with an energy recuperation system to optimize the use of the electrical system and the alternator so that energy is stored for use later. The 8-speed can now shift from eighth to fourth gear to gain faster acceleration. The enhanced steering and suspension changes on the vehicle included with the anti-roll bars are guided by new software to make the most out of Bentley’s fastest vehicle.
The Bentley 4 ¼ liter Embiricos Special is currently on display at Bentleys Lineage showroom in Crewe, England. The rare and valuable vehicle comes from the Derby Era in the 1930s and was commissioned by wealthy Greek racer André Embiricos. French designer Georges Paulin produced the aerodynamic vehicle with an age-hardened aluminum alloy to allow it to reach top speeds of 114MPH. The next owner of the vehicle raced it in three 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance races, receiving 6th place in 1949. You don’t see many Bentleys like this due to the development being interrupted by World War II. You will be able to find this vehicle on display at Pyms Lane until September and then at the Windsor Castle Concours d’Elegance.
Check out some of the classic British cars that were showcased at the AutoMotorPlex this weekend for the Royal British Car Show! This event highlights many different British car models, a British fashion show, live British music, authentic fish & chips and tea beer. Some of the cars at this event included Bentleys, Aston Martins, Jaguars, McLarens, and many more!
An annual tradition at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, the Hawk with Brian Redman is the Midwest’s largest vintage racing weekend with hundreds of cars from across the country flocking to this legendary race track. The weekend consists of a number of other activities that are sure to get any car enthusiasts engine pumping.The main event is the races with cars spanning 10 race groups, from early-fifties production races cars to open wheel racers to modern era Le Mans prototypes. With nearly 500 race entries this year there are cars that cater to a broad range of interests.
Besides the racing, two other fan favorites are the Friday night race car and Saturday night street car concourses. For the Friday night race car concours, race cars are led from the track by a police escort into downtown Elkhart Lake where they greeted by thousands of spectators who get to see the cars up close and personal. Despite weather in nineties there was a strong turnout of fans and racers alike. Undoubtedly there are people already counting down the days until next July when the event returns to Road America.
Admittedly, I am a huge fan of endurance sports car racing and had the opportunity to attend the 60th running of the 12 Hours of Sebring earlier this month. If you are not familiar, the 12 Hours of Sebring is a European Style endurance race held every March at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida. Arguably the toughest endurance race there is, the race takes place on the 60 plus year old, 3.7 mile course which began it’s life as an Air Force training base for B-17 bomber pilots. Portions of the track consist of original runway sections that have not been repaved since the 1950’s. As a result, the track is characterized by a number of rough transitions that can wreak havoc on the competing cars. For this very reason, many teams see the 12 Hours of Sebring as a test session and precursor for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, based on the notion that 12 Hours at Sebring is much harder on a race car and driver than 24 Hours at Le Mans.
This year there were a record 64 entries combining cars from the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and the FIA’s World Endurance Championship (WEC). Cars were classified into prototype groups and GT based run groups. Amongst the prototypes, Audi Sport’s trio of R18 TDI‘s were favored to win overall and did so, although the margin between their P1 class diesel prototypes and the P1 class petrol powered prototypes was much narrower than in past years due in part to the strong running from the Muscle Milk Honda Performance Development (HPD) prototype and the Dyson Racing Lola-Mazda prototype. Surprisingly, the lesser classed P2 prototypes from HPD were able to break into the top four places overall and as always the racing was tight amongst the bottom rung LMP-C prototype classes.
The production-based GT category is always my favorite to watch since the competition is always fierce, with privateer and factory entrants from the likes of BMW, Corvette, Ferrari and Porsche. During the pace lap Dominik Farnbacher, driving the Luxury Racing Ferrari 458 Italia, took his team out of the race when he collected the Flying Lizard Porsche 997 GT3 RSR driven by Joerg Bergmeister. This left Joerg stranded on the track for nearly 30 minutes before a safety car could bring his car back to the pits for extensive repairs putting the typically front running team 26 laps down and out of contention. As the race went on it was plagued by a number of yellow caution periods that kept the GT cars close with two entries each from BMW Team RLL and Corvette Racing leading the pack. Despite a collision in the closing lap, the number 155 E92 M3 of BMW Team RLL managed to cross the checkered flag first and claim its second consecutive GT class win at Sebring.
The 2012 12 Hours of Sebring is just the beginning of the ten race ALMS season , which resumes the weekend of April 13 in Long Beach. Based on the action at Sebring, the season is sure to be exciting and I cannot wait to see how things unfold.
The mid-size luxury sedan market is a big one, and it’s a segment that Maserati is chomping at the bit to enter. BMW, Mercedes and Audi sell hundreds of thousands of E-segment cars every year, and there is huge opportunity for Maserati to compete in this market segment. The folks in Modena confirmed some time ago that there would soon be a Maserati to compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5-Series, but they didn’t tell us what it would be called. Quattroporte Bambino, perhaps? Maybe Maseratina as it’s called inside Maserati?
Well, you can wonder no more, as Maserati has trademarked the name “Levante” for the upcoming E-segment car. ”Levante” means ”rising,” just as you do every morning (especially if you’re excited to drive your new Maserati). Details about the car are still scarce, but you can bet on the availability of all-wheel drive, a powerful V6 engine, and possibly a high-output V8 or a diesel option. Stay tuned to the Twin Cities Luxury Auto Blog for more details as we get them.
Motor Authority also released some spy photos of the next generation 2014 Maserati Quattroporte taken during prototype road testing. There are several photos of the test mule available, but it’s heavily camouflaged. Head on over to Motor Authority to view the photos.
News Source: Motor Authority
Have you outgrown your Continental GT? Do you find the Range Rover too common? The Cayenne Turbo too slow? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Bentley has your answer. Welcome, everyone, to the Bentley EXP 9 F concept.
Destined to be the most powerful and most luxurious SUV ever built, the EXP 9 F will be the third model in Bentley’s lineup, alongside the Mulsanne and Continental ranges. Revealed the night before the start of the Geneva Auto Show, the EXP 9 F is very elegantly styled, featuring a prominent hood, flat beltline, a generous grennhouse and Bentley’s hallmark matrix grille. You’ll also recognize the well-defined power line that runs over the front fenders and through the door handles towards the prominent rear “haunch,” just as you’ll find on the Continental GT.
The interior is as opulent as one would expect from the folks in Crewe, with leather, wood and chrome everywhere. The “T” shaped dashboard echoes the design found in the Mulsanne, and Bentley expects the EXP 9 F’s interior to set new benchmarks for luxury in the SUV segment.
They also expect the performance to set new benchmarks for the SUV sector. Motiviation will likely come from the venerable 6.0L W12 found in the Continental Range with the power being sent through an advanced all-wheel drive system. Power and torque figures haven’t yet been released, but expect to see north of 600 horsepower and more than 590 pound-feet of torque.
Pricing hasn’t yet been released, but stay tuned to the Twin Cities Luxury Auto blog for updates as we get them. For those of you anxious to get line for the EXP 9 F, we expect it to be in our showroom by sometime in 2015-16. We’re now taking pre-orders.
Source: Bentley Motors
It might seem silly to brag about a second-place finish, but hear us out. Robb Report has just name the Maserati GranTurismo MC the runner-up in its annual Car of the Year contest, losing only Lamborghini’s astonishing new Aventador. Who’s to blame them, really. The Aventador is, after all, the first all new raging bull since 2004, and it has nearly 700 horsepower. And something called “Thrust mode,” whatever that is.
The Maserati’s second-place finish is especially noteworthy since the MC isn’t an all-new model. Yes, there are a number of significant changes to the car from the new bodywork to the more powerful yet more efficient engine, but it’s not too terribly different to the GranTurismo S. Those changes, though, make a very big difference in the feel and performance of the car. Robb report summed it up by saying, “No one could find fault with the GranTurismo MC. Indeed, the MC might have topped the Aventador if bonus points were awarded for sales, because more judges expressed interest in purchasing this car than any other at the contest.” High praise, indeed.
source: Robb Report
The name Juha Kankkunen should immediately resonate with all you rally fans out there. Just in case you’re not a rally fan and you’ve never heard of Kankkunen before, here’s the skinny. He’s a former rally driver for Toyota, Peugeot and Lancia and has won 23 individual rallies and has earned four world driver’s champion titles. Needless to say, the man can drive.
What you may not know is that Kankkunen is a big fan of Bentley. Such a big fan, in fact, that he set the world speed record on ice in 2007 with his own Bentley Continental GT. You read that right – he drove his own car at nearly 200 miles per hour on ice. In 2011, Kankkunen beat his own record in a factory-provided Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible averaging 205.48 miles per hour (one run in each direction on the track). Both records were set in largely stock vehicles, save minor aerodynamic improvements, the addition of roll cages, studded Nokian tires designed specifically for the task, and that’s it.
To see what it’s like to drive a 5000-plus pound car at insane speeds on a frozen fjord, Bentley invited some of its best-performing dealers to attend a driving event in Finland. Our General Manager was the fortunate one from Bentley Minneapolis to make the trip. Bentley provided lots of seat time for Matt and the other folks who were there, but the best part may have been the ride along with Juha himself.
Luckily for us, Matt brought a camera with him to capture the experience. Check out the video below to see what it’s like to ride with a world-champion rally driver in a 621 horsepower Bentley on nothing but ice and snow.
Note: the car in the video is the very same Continental Supersports Convertible that set the 205-MPH record in 2011 (shown in the photo above).
We ordered this car for a customer, and then had it custom painted in flat black. The look is complemented by full de-badging, and flat black painted wheels.