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Bentley EXP 9 F Concept

May 4th, 2012 / 1 Comment » /

EXP 9 F represents the chance to take Bentley values of design, craftsmanship and engineering excellence to a new level. Bentley’s experience with the all-wheel drive Continental range makes the concept of a Bentley SUV a natural progression.
From a designer’s perspective, EXP 9 F was a dream project, the chance to create a completely new type of Bentley. From the very beginning, the design team had a clear vision for the new Bentley SUV, as Dirk van Braeckel, Director of Design, explains:
“EXP 9 F had to represent the absolute pinnacle of the sport utility sector, setting a new benchmark for this type of vehicle. The style had to reflect Bentley’s sporting character despite its radically different package and purpose together with sculptured, flowing surfaces in keeping with the Bentley tradition.”

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Bentley Luxurious 4×4 with 12-Cylinder

December 1st, 2011 / No Comments » /

Bentley’s new SUV will reinforce its ambition to be the world’s most luxurious 4×4 with a flagship model that’s powered by a 12-cylinder engine.
“We will be first to use a 12-cylinder petrol engine in a luxury SUV. I like this idea; it makes clear whose car is the boss,” said Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer.
The engine is likely to be a next-generation version of today’s W12 unit used in the Continental family.
Dürheimer said he likes the packaging advantage of the W12 compared with a V12, although the SUV’s engine bay is likely to be designed to accept a vee engine as well.
That’s because Bentley plans a V12 TDI version of the SUV a few years after launch. This V12 is likely to be a next-gen version of Audi’s 493bhp 6.0-litre V12 TDI, which has been used so far in only the £100k Audi Q7.
To get the SUV into production, Bentley has recruited a new chief engineer from Porsche, Rolf Frech, to replace Ulrich Eichhorn. He brings extensive SUV engineering experience to Bentley, having worked on Porsche’s Cayenne.
Bentley has pencilled in a 2015 launch date for the SUV (which is shown here as an artist’s rendering), a year that fits Dürheimer’s strategic plan for the SUV to bolster Bentley’s product range at a time when sales of other models are expected to dip.
“The production date will be dictated by the cyclicity of models,” he said. “The Mulsanne came in 2010, then the Continental no more than a year later. The lifespan of a model is usually six to eight years, so the new model will be valuable when we are expecting a lull. The downswing is the time to introduce this SUV.”
Dürheimer is now convinced of the case for Bentley’s SUV. “Ninety-nine per cent of Bentley owners also own an SUV,” he said. “I am absolutely sure the demand is there.
“Absolutely thousands of premium SUVs have been sold — Cayennes, Range Rovers, Q7s and so on — but nobody has given those owners the chance to upgrade. We will.”

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1977-1980 Bentley T2 Long Wheelbase

September 25th, 2009 / 1 Comment » /


The outward appearance of a Bentley T2 is slightly more dynamic because the bonnet design is a few centimetres lower and the radiator shell shape with its rounded edges is smoother. In addition, the badging on wheel covers, boot lid and gauges featured Bentley motifs rather than Rolls-Royce ones. Standard features included electrically operated windows and electrically adjustable front seats.

The upgraded T2 featured rack and pinion steering, improved air conditioning, rubber bumpers, a new fascia and a front air dam, similarly to the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II.

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1966-1971 Bentley T1 Two Door Saloon

June 16th, 2009 / No Comments » /


The most sought-after of all post-war Bentley two-door : only seventeen LHD examples (and 98 in total) of this ultra-classy and discreet automobile have ever been built on the 1965 Silver Shadow chassis. This generation was characterised by a monocoque chassis, allowing more interior space, a better access to all seats, and a lighter, more rigid structure. Combined with the powerful all-alloy V8 engine (6,3 lire), and with the automatically adjusted all-independent new suspension, it enables easy cruising at all speed, and a highly comfortable driving combined with a lively and delightful road behaviour.

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1971-1976 Bentley T1 Long Wheelbase

April 23rd, 2009 / No Comments » /


Date of Liability 01 06 2007
Date of First Registration 19 05 1971
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 6750CC
Fuel Type Petrol

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1965-1977 Bentley T1 Saloon

April 22nd, 2009 / No Comments » /


The Bentley T1 Saloon model was introduced to the UK market in 1965. Based on the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I body – the only exterior components that differed the two models being the front grille – the T1 featured a lightweight body shell and was fitted with a powerful 6.23-litre V8 unit. The Bentley T1 Saloon was designed by James Young and Mulliner Park Ward and initially appeared in a 4-door saloon variant. Two years later, a 2-door convertible body style was added to the T2 range. Standard features on the T1 included electric windows and adjustable front seats.

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1962-1965 Bentley S3 Continental

April 22nd, 2009 / No Comments » /


The S3 looked very similar to the S2. The most-visible difference was a new turn indicator light in the nose rather than on the side, along with a four-headlamp layout that paved the way for the radically new Bentley T1 in 1965, a lower bonnet line and an altered grille. The interior was modified with individual seats for front passengers and increased leg room in the rear. The S3 continued the 6.2 L (6230 cc/380 in³) V8 engine introduced with the S2 but the carbs were larger and the induction system and compression ratios were modified. The power steering was also improved.

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1959-1962 Bentley S2 and Continental

April 20th, 2009 / No Comments » /


The Bentley S2 (and derivative Bentley S2 Continental) was a luxury car produced by Bentley from 1959 until 1962. Based on the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, the S2 replaced the straight-6 engine of the Bentley S1 with a new aluminium V8 engine displacing 6.2 L (6230 cc/380 in³). With this new engine, the S2 offered significantly better performance than the previous cars.

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1955-1959 Bentley S1 and Continental

April 20th, 2009 / No Comments » /


The Bentley S1 was a luxury car produced by Bentley Motors Limited from 1955 through 1959. It marked Bentley’s parent, Rolls-Royce, reducing the differences between their Bentley and Rolls-Royce models, with the S1 differing only in its radiator design and badging from the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I.

The models shared the 4.9 L (4887 cc/298 in³) straight-6 engine, with this being the last vehicle to use descendants of the engine originally used in the Rolls-Royce Twenty from 1922 to 1929. The bore was 95.25 mm (3.7 in), stroke was 114.3 mm (4.5 in) and compression ratio 6.6:1. Twin SU carburetors were fitted, with upgraded models from 1957. A 4-speed automatic transmission was standard, with a 4-speed manual available as an option until 1957. Two wheelbases were produced: 123 in (3124 mm) and, from 1957, 127 in (3226 mm).

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1952-1955 Bentley R Type and Continental

April 20th, 2009 / No Comments » /


The R Type was the second series of post-war Bentley automobiles, replacing the Mark VI. A two-door Continental model manufactured for the European marketplace was the most expensive automobile of its day. Some 2,500 total units were manufactured during R Types’ run.

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