bentley sports cars; Timeless craftsmanship with Speed and Beauty
Bentley sports cars are a British marque that are re-known for their elegance, luxury and also for their performance oriented engines. Bentley sports cars are top notch in the class of sports cars. These are cars that are driven by royalty. I hear that even Queen Elizabeth owns a couple of these models. Bentley was formed in 1919 by Walter Owen Bentley known as W.O. Bentley or just "W O". Bentley had been previously known for his range of rotary aero-engines in World War I, the most famous being the Bentley BR1 as used in later versions of the Sopwith Camel. After the war W. O. Bentley designed and made production cars that won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1924 and following models which repeated those successes each June 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930. Bentley sports cars are hand-assembled in Great Britain at the manufacturer's state-of-the-art Crewe factory. This fusion of old-world craftsmanship with new-world technology is what the Bentley sports cars are all about.
Some of the notable bentley sports cars are:
Bentley continental GT
If you have pockets deep enough, this is one thoroughbred that you should invest in. The Bentley Continental GT is a two-door 'two plus two' grand touring coupé released in 2003, replacing the previous Rolls-Royce-based Continental R and T. It combines luxury, performance, and innovative W-12 engine. The Bentley Continental GT luxury owes its name and heritage to the glory days of Bentley, when cars such as the R Type Continental coupe of the early '50s offered the wealthy a fast, stylish and comfortable way to travel. The Bentley Continental's standard engine is a 6.0-liter, twin-turbo W12 that pumps out 567 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque and sends its power to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. With a 0-60 time of just 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph, the Continental GT is a supercar in every sense. The Continental GT boasts a number of key attributes for well-heeled car enthusiasts, including blistering performance courtesy of a twin-turbo 12-cylinder engine, the all-weather confidence of all-wheel drive, a sumptuous cabin that typifies the marque and, of course, the prestige factor.
Bentley continental GTC
The convertible version of the Continental GT, the Continental GTC, was first presented in September 2005, and was introduced to several world markets in the autumn of 2006. With the second generation Azure, it is the second Bentley convertible released in 2005. It uses identical powertrain detail as the GT, and can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour (0 to 62.1 mph) in 5.1 seconds. With the roof up, it will reach a top speed of 314 kilometres per hour (195.1 mph), and with the roof down 305 kilometres per hour (189.5 mph). It has a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 good for 552 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The W12 is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, which delivers power to all four wheels through a standard all-wheel-drive system. Standard amenities include 19-inch wheels, adjustable suspension damping with four settings, a power convertible roof, bi-HID headlights with high-pressure washers, premium leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, 14-way power and heated front seats, a 12-speaker sound system with a six-disc CD changer (mounted in the glovebox), a navigation system and Bluetooth. A wealth of customization options is available, allowing buyers to pick from out-of-range exterior paint colors and special interior trim materials and color schemes. Also available are goodies like 20-inch wheels, a heated steering wheel and lambswool rugs. It has fine wood and premium leather, and Bentley's hand craftsmanship is in evidence in details like the Breitling clock. It has safety features such as stability control, traction control, antilock disc brakes, side airbags and a tire-pressure monitoring system.
Bentley continental GT speed
On 1 August 2007, Bentley released details of a more powerful GT. Power is increased to 600 metric horsepower (441 kW; 592 bhp), with a top speed of 325 kilometres per hour (201.9 mph) and a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds. The GT Speed can accelerate to 200 km/h (124 mph) from 0 in 12.8. The Continental's weight is also reduced by 35 kg (77 lb). Minor exterior changes include a tinted front grille and larger exhaust tailpipes. The price for this model is £137,000. The Continental GT Speed is the first production Bentley officially capable of reaching 326 km/h (202.6 mph), despite the fact the car weighs over 2,400 kilograms (5,291 lb).
Bentley continental supersports
In February 2009, Bentley announced the limited production of Bentley Continental Supersports. The car was unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, announced by Jay Leno, to be available in autumn 2009, while North American cars would be available by summer 2010.
The first Bentley capable of running on both petrol (gasoline) and biofuel (E85 ethanol), its 6.0 litre W12 engine was rated 630 metric horsepower (463 kW; 621 bhp) at 6,000 rpm and 800 newton metres (590 ft·lbf) at 1,700-5,600 rpm - using either fuel. The car has 0 to 100 kilometres per hour (0 to 62.1 mph) acceleration of 3.9 seconds, 0 to 160 kilometres per hour (0 to 99.4 mph) acceleration of 8.9 seconds, top speed of 329 kilometres per hour (204.4 mph), making it the fastest and the most powerful Bentley sports cars ever produced.
The Supersports is already known as the best handling Bentley sports cars. Bentley says the supersports can deliver 1.29 g forces on a 300-foot (91 m) skid pad, as compared to its sibling the Continental GT speed which can perform up to .98 g forces on a 300-foot (91 m) skidpad.
It includes a revised ZF 6HP26A tiptronic automatic with "Quickshift" system that reduces shift times by 50%, and enables double downshifts. The car uses a Torsen T-3 centre differential for the 40:60 rear-biased torque split for the four-wheel drive system. Other changes include revised Continuous Damping Control (CDC), 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels (with increased 25 mm (1.0 in) offset on rear wheels) with 275/35 ZR20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance tires, advanced Bosch Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with switchable Dynamic Mode, Carbon fibre-reinforced Silicon Carbide (C/SiC) ceramic disc brakes (the largest and most powerful brakes ever fitted to a production car), 110 kilograms (243 lb) weight saving over Continental GT Speed, automatic retractable spoiler (deploys at 80 km/h (50 mph))
US model has MSRP of approximately $270,000, with early vehicles not having E85 capability, which would be available in summer of 2010 for US market.
In April 2010, Bentley announced a convertible version of the Continental Supersports. Pricing starts at $280,400, and went on sale in the Summer of 2010. The convertible gets the same engine as the coupe, but will receive a revised version of the ZF 6HP26 transmission with "Quickshift," cutting shift times by 50% and enabling double downshifts. The convertible also gets new, lightweight 20-inch alloy wheels that are 22 lb (10.0 kg) lighter than the standard wheel.
In February 2011, Bentley sports cars succeeded in breaking their own land-ice speed record previously set by the Continental GT. They managed to bring a slightly modified Supersports Convertible to 205.48 MPH in Finland, verified by the Guinness World Records.
Bentley brooklands coupe
The Bentley Brooklands Coupé is hand-assembled, employing traditional coach-building techniques and craftsmanship skills in wood veneer and leather hide. Lifetime production is planned for 550 cars.
The Brooklands is powered by a 6.75 litre Rolls-Royce twin-turbocharged V8 engine, producing 530 horsepower (395 kW) and 1,050 newton metres (774 ft·lbf), the highest torque ever developed by a production V8 engine. It featured on Top Gear in series 11 by Jeremy Clarkson, but due to the car having so much torque, one of the car's tyres blew out during a powerslide. It can achieve 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 97 km/h) in around 5.0 seconds, and a top speed in the region of 296 kilometres per hour (183.9 mph). With an optional Carbon fibre-reinforced Silicon Carbide (C/SiC) ceramic composite braking system with 14 inches (355.6 mm) SGL Carbon brake discs (only with 20 inch roadwheels), the new Brooklands offers more stopping power than any other passenger vehicle currently available for purchase.
Bentley sports cars are high-dollar ultraluxury cruisers which embody prestige and opulence. With their six figure price tag, these cars are for the high and mighty; for those who want to stand out not just from the crowd but from the whole world.
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