Bentley will go diesel for the first time ever

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Bentayga to borrow diesel V8 from Audi SQ7, report says

Bentley — the Anglo-Germanic marque not typically associated with the fuel used in freight locomotives, European-market Volkswagen Polos or 18-wheelers — will offer a diesel engine for the first time in its almost-100-year history. But it won’t be for fuel economy, as you’ve probably guessed by now.

Holland’s Telegraaf reports the Bentley Bentayga, the brand’s first SUV (if we don’t count the Dominator), will receive a triple-charged 4.0-liter diesel V8 borrowed from the Audi SQ7 TDI. This new powerplant, good for 435 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque in the SQ7 TDI, features two conventional turbochargers and one electric-powered compressor (EPC). Used in the Audi, this new diesel is good for sprints from 0-62 mph in just 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph — electronically limited, of course.

It remains to be seen if the diesel Bentayga will make it outside diesel-friendly European markets, but this powerplant proposition, we suspect, will not be aimed at those looking to save some coin at the pump. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be buying a $230,000 SUV that weighs around 5,400 pounds.

The diesel Bentayga is expected to debut at the Paris Motor Show next month and go on sale in Europe sometime next year. But the diesel model is not expected to land in the U.S., depriving American Bentley owners of the ability to casually mention they own a diesel truck.

gasoline V8 borrowed from the Continental GT is expected to be offered in the Bentayga in the near future. And given the depth of Volkswagen Automotive Group’s engine bin, a hybrid has not been ruled out for the brand’s first (or second) SUV.

The sole version of the Bentayga available in the U.S. is powered by a 6.0-liter turbocharged W12 engine producing 600 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, with an eight-speed automatic sending power to all four wheels.

Startech Bentley Bentayga

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Brabus sister company Startech, a Bentley tuning specialist, finally got their hands on the recently launched luxury British SUV and gave it a full makeover. Startech is the first tuning firm to ‘refine’ the Bentley Bentayga.

What immediately jumps the eye from the outside perspective is a custom widebody kit. Both front and rear bumpers entirely replace the stock body parts and are said to improve the car’s drag coefficient. All the individual components that make up the aerodynamic widebody kit are further said to be entirely modular, meaning that they can be customized at will. For example, the front and rear can get an even more extreme look with sweeping custom fender flares.

Another funky custom feature are the integrated LED lights in the rear diffusor, inspired by the F1 warning lights. It serves as a rear fog light and back-up light. To keep things on the practical side, Startech can optionally stick on a custom trailer hitch that blends in with the custom rear bumper.

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Optional are the massive 23-inch forged wheels and a new sports exhaust with valve control. To match the new bodykit, the ride height of the Bentayga can also be lowered by up to 25 millimeters. Both the custom lightweight wheels and lowered ride height should give the Bentayga better handling capabilities and potentially leave room for a performance upgrade. Startech indeed confirmed that it’s currently working on a performance boost for the massive V12 but didn’t release when we could expect it.

Finally the interior can also be fully customized to one’s personal taste. Startech has a huge in-house upholstery shop shared with the massive Brabus factory. While the Bentayga is considered to be fairly luxurious already, the sky is the limit for many customers and Startech meets demand by offering custom scuff plates with backlit Startech logo, velour floor mats, custom paint jobs and aluminum trims, alcantara and contrast stiching, and custom wood decor among many other options.

2018 Bentley Continental GT Latest Spy Shot

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The latest spy shots of the 2018 Bentley Continental GT have been released as the car undergoes testing in and around the Nurburgring.

Underpinning the new Continental GT will be the same MSB platform as the next Panamera. For use with the Bentley however, the platform will be shortened. The platform will support both rear- and all-wheel drive configurations and be versatile enough to hold a selection of different engines across the Panamera and Continental GT ranges.

2018 Bentley Continental GT

Styling details about the new Continental GT are unsurprisingly quite limited. With that being said, it is suggested that the car will take design inspiration from the sleek Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

2016 Bentley Mulsanne facelift priced from £229,360


The 2016 Bentley Mulsanne is on sale now priced from £229,360 in regular form, £252,000 in Speed form and £275,000 as an Extended Wheelbase model.

First unveiled at the 2016 Geneva motor show, the revamped Mulsanne range is comprised of four models for the first time as customers can choose from two specifications of Extended Wheelbase – one with increased rear leg room and the other offering six seats in a four-up, face-to-face rear-seat configuration.
In addition, the entire Mulsanne range has been facelifted with what its makers describe as a “fresh and modern” look and new chassis tech to deliver what is claimed to be “the world’s most refined ride”, as it bids to assert itself against newer flagship rivals ranging from the Rolls-Royce Phantom through to the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
Underlining the importance of the Mulsanne to Bentley, chief executive Wolfgang Durheimer, said: “The Mulsanne is the epitome of Bentley’s DNA – exquisite, individual and powerful. It defines luxury in the automotive world.”
Power for the standard car comes from the same 6.75-litre V8, which is linked to an eight-speed automatic ZF transmission and which delivers an unchanged 505bhp and 752lb ft of torque. The 0-60mph time remains 5.1sec, with a top speed of 184mph. Official fuel economy is 19.3mpg, up from 16.8mpg, with CO2 emissions of 342g/km, down from 393g/km.

New chassis hardware includes active engine mounts and revised suspension bushes, which deliver a more controlled ride that drivers can adapt between Bentley, Sport, Comfort and custom modes. Meanwhile a new tyre construction that features sound wave-absorbing foam created in partnership with Dunlop reduces cabin noise by up to 4dBA – which is more than half of the noise level generated in the cabin in the current car.

In addition, the entire Mulsanne range has been facelifted with what its makers describe as a “fresh and modern” look and new chassis tech to deliver what is claimed to be “the world’s most refined ride”, as it bids to assert itself against newer flagship rivals ranging from the Rolls-Royce Phantom through to the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
Underlining the importance of the Mulsanne to Bentley, chief executive Wolfgang Durheimer, said: “The Mulsanne is the epitome of Bentley’s DNA – exquisite, individual and powerful. It defines luxury in the automotive world.”

2016 Bentley Mulsanne powertrain and chassis
Power for the standard car comes from the same 6.75-litre V8, which is linked to an eight-speed automatic ZF transmission and which delivers an unchanged 505bhp and 752lb ft of torque. The 0-60mph time remains 5.1sec, with a top speed of 184mph. Official fuel economy is 19.3mpg, up from 16.8mpg, with CO2 emissions of 342g/km, down from 393g/km.
New chassis hardware includes active engine mounts and revised suspension bushes, which deliver a more controlled ride that drivers can adapt between Bentley, Sport, Comfort and custom modes. Meanwhile a new tyre construction that features sound wave-absorbing foam created in partnership with Dunlop reduces cabin noise by up to 4dBA – which is more than half of the noise level generated in the cabin in the current car.

Although the new-look Mulsanne stays true to its predecessor, the redesign is extensive; the entire front-end forward of the A-pillar is new, including the bumper, bonnet, radiator, shell, grilles and lights. Key to these changes has been a philosophy of integrating all the design elements so that they flow and work together more neatly, as well as giving the car more visual width and therefore presence.
The new stainless steel grille with vertical slats – 80mm wider than before – is the stand-out change on the front. Aping the design of historic Bentleys, including the 1930 8 Litre, Embiricos and R-Type Continental, it has the more recently used mesh detailing of modern Bentleys cited behind it. “The vertical slats give the car a strong presence and imply luxury, while the matrix mesh implies a sportiness,” said Bentley’s Sang Yup Lee, head of exterior design.
It is framed by a pair of floating all-LED headlights, which offer adaptive technology for better night vision, and which adjust their lighting pattern according to the prevailing conditions. By pushing some design elements farther to the corners of the car, Bentley’s designers have again worked to give the car more visual width and presence.
That theme continues at the rear, where the changes are more focused on the bumper and light treatments. The bumper, for instance, is 26mm wider at its lower edge, and includes a feature line designed to catch the light and give the car a more purposeful look. The rear lights are also more stylised in a ‘B’ shape, to give the car a more instantly recognisable look at night.

In addition, the entire Mulsanne range has been facelifted with what its makers describe as a “fresh and modern” look and new chassis tech to deliver what is claimed to be “the world’s most refined ride”, as it bids to assert itself against newer flagship rivals ranging from the Rolls-Royce Phantom through to the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
Underlining the importance of the Mulsanne to Bentley, chief executive Wolfgang Durheimer, said: “The Mulsanne is the epitome of Bentley’s DNA – exquisite, individual and powerful. It defines luxury in the automotive world.”

2016 Bentley Mulsanne powertrain and chassis
Power for the standard car comes from the same 6.75-litre V8, which is linked to an eight-speed automatic ZF transmission and which delivers an unchanged 505bhp and 752lb ft of torque. The 0-60mph time remains 5.1sec, with a top speed of 184mph. Official fuel economy is 19.3mpg, up from 16.8mpg, with CO2 emissions of 342g/km, down from 393g/km.
New chassis hardware includes active engine mounts and revised suspension bushes, which deliver a more controlled ride that drivers can adapt between Bentley, Sport, Comfort and custom modes. Meanwhile a new tyre construction that features sound wave-absorbing foam created in partnership with Dunlop reduces cabin noise by up to 4dBA – which is more than half of the noise level generated in the cabin in the current car.


Although the new-look Mulsanne stays true to its predecessor, the redesign is extensive; the entire front-end forward of the A-pillar is new, including the bumper, bonnet, radiator, shell, grilles and lights. Key to these changes has been a philosophy of integrating all the design elements so that they flow and work together more neatly, as well as giving the car more visual width and therefore presence.

The new stainless steel grille with vertical slats – 80mm wider than before – is the stand-out change on the front. Aping the design of historic Bentleys, including the 1930 8 Litre, Embiricos and R-Type Continental, it has the more recently used mesh detailing of modern Bentleys cited behind it. “The vertical slats give the car a strong presence and imply luxury, while the matrix mesh implies a sportiness,” said Bentley’s Sang Yup Lee, head of exterior design.
It is framed by a pair of floating all-LED headlights, which offer adaptive technology for better night vision, and which adjust their lighting pattern according to the prevailing conditions. By pushing some design elements farther to the corners of the car, Bentley’s designers have again worked to give the car more visual width and presence.


That theme continues at the rear, where the changes are more focused on the bumper and light treatments. The bumper, for instance, is 26mm wider at its lower edge, and includes a feature line designed to catch the light and give the car a more purposeful look. The rear lights are also more stylised in a ‘B’ shape, to give the car a more instantly recognisable look at night.

Inside, the most significant update is a new 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system, modernising the cabin ambience and updating the sat-nav to the latest standards. The system is compatible with Apple Carplay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.
The audio and visual capabilities are underpinned by a 60GB hard drive. Buyers can also spec an 18-speaker, 19-channel Naim audio system with a 2200 watt amplifier and super tweeters. In the rear, two 10.2-inch Android tablets sit in the backs of the front seats, and are 4G, wifi and Bluetooth enabled. The tablets are detachable and link to the infotainment system so passengers can stream music or video or control the sat-nav.
Other new tech includes headlights that automatically adjust according to town, country and motorway conditions, a blind-spot monitoring system and a new stability control system that can intervene if it detects a potential accident.

Interior changes are focused on a new style of seat, new door trims and armrests, glass switchgear and what Bentley claims is an industry-leading choice of 24 different colours of leather finish, available in a single or twin colour arrangement. Emphasising the quality claims, the leather interior is said to take 150 hours to trim – out of 400 hours to build the whole car – while 40 interior parts are said to be handmade.
In particular, Bentley is targeting growing sales for the extended wheelbase model, especially in China and the Middle East, the second and third biggest Mulsanne markets behind the US. The standard model boasts a new style of reclining seat that the firm describes as providing “first-class air-travel experience for the road”.
That car has an extra 250mm of rear leg room, and the pair of seats – separated by a console – have leg rests that can be extended for bed-like comfort. Buyers can also specify retractable tables, so they can work on the move. In addition, the rear passenger compartment has its own sunroof to add natural light to the cabin. Durheimer describes the rear seats as setting the “benchmark in automotive comfort”.
Few details of the six-seater version of the Mulsanne were revealed prior to its Geneva unveiling, beyond the revelation that it has a wheelbase extended by a metre to accommodate the four rear seats, which face each other in the rear. The car will be called the Bentley Grand Limousine by Mulliner, with each car built to order. It is described by an insider as “invoking the spirit of coach building”. Although no sales predictions were released, a spokesman admitted it is a “low volume” car.
The Mulsanne Speed is powered by the same 6.75-litre V8, but with 530bhp, 811lb ft of torque and a recalibrated eight-speed gearbox, resulting in a 0-60mph time of 4.8sec and a top speed of 190mph. It also has a sports suspension mode for a more dynamic driving experience. Visual differentiators from standard models include a dark tint finish on exterior chrome details, unique 21-inch alloys, a different bumper design and sports exhausts; Bentley summarises these changes as “menacing”. Inside, quilted sports seats come as standard, as do alloy pedals and a sportier gearlever design.

Bentley Bentayga Speed performance models on the way

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Demand for the luxury SUV means the range is likely to include faster Bentayga Speed models in future

The Bentley Bentayga is only just launching in markets around the world, but the company is already looking to expand its SUV line-up with faster ‘Speed’ versions and all-new models. 

Speaking at the Beijing Motor Show where he was launching the new Mulsanne to the Chinese market, Bentley chief executive Wolfgang Durheimer told us that China’s demand for SUVs increased the likelihood of the next model in the Bentley line-up being another SUV.

Bentley is due to decide between a smaller ‘baby-Bentayga’ SUV or a production version of the EXP 10 speed 6 sports car concept shown at the Geneva Show in 2015. 

“The Chinese market will add into this decision, but it is not the market that makes the decision,” Durheimer said. “Their purchasing behaviour at the moment fits exactly to our personal view as we see it right now, that the SUV segment is the only segment worldwide – and it’s the same in China.” 

Asked whether Chinese customers wanted more versions of Bentayga, Mr Durheimer said, “At the moment they want Bentayga – it’s due to launch here in July. “But if you’re asking whether there would be Speed versions of the Bentayga eventually, then yes, you might expect that.”