A Select View
On the evening of the 5th March 2007, the day before its official launch at the Geneva Motorshow,
a specially invited audience was treated to a sneak preview of the new Bentley Brooklands
China - A Journey of Discovery
Opening of new Bentley showroom in Shenzhen, China.
Bentley Motors celebrates 60 years
In 2006, Bentley Motors celebrates 60 years of production at its famous Crewe factory
Convertible version of the Continental
Bentley Motors is proud to announce the introduction of the Continental GTC.
New flagship convertible to be named
Bentley Motors today announced that the glamorous four-seater convertible
show car unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2005
will carry the evocative Azure name.
Arnage Drophead Coupé goes
The glamorous Bentley Arnage Drophead Coupé
that was launched to worldwide acclaim at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2005
is to go into series production.
New 2005 Model Year Bentley Arnage
Bentley Motors today announced details of wide-ranging changes
to its outstanding range of Arnage luxury saloons.
Bentley leaves Le Mans
Bentley Motors confirmed today that Bentley would not be returning to Le Mans.
Bentley wins Le Mans
It has taken 24-hours of slog, not to mention three years unrelenting hard work but,
73 years after its most recent victory,
Team Bentley has won the Le Mans 24-hour race - and come second.
3200 deposits for the new Bentley
Six months before the first deliveries will be made,
Bentley Motors has already accrued over 3200 deposits for its new
Bentley launch Continental GT, Geneva
Bentley Motors is delighted to unveil the production version of its new Continental GT
as it makes its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Crewe, 29th November 2002... An
international jury of
artists, writers and designers has chosen the Bentley
Arnage T as the world's most beautiful luxury car.
The judges on the panel of The World's
Automobile, an annual Italian award that this year took place
at Milan's stunning Sforza Castle, described the Arnage T
as, 'a limousine with an extraordinary image, a car that
maintains the formal philosophy of the brand and underlines
the quality of the body and equipment with the best and
typical British refinement'.
A cosmopolitan panel of judges this
year included American
abstract expressionist painter Kenneth Noland, British pop
artist and Royal Academy member Joe Tilson, Italian
designer Vico Magistretti and former Mercedes-Benz
designer director Bruno Sacco. The chairman of the judges
was Italian editor and journalist Bruno Alfieri.
Commenting on the award, the design
director of Bentley
Motors, Dirk van Braeckel, said: 'Great design is one of the
hallmarks of a Bentley. Our design strength is one of the
reasons we are confident of such strong sales growth in the
future. It is a great honour to win such a prestigious award,
judged by such a distinguished panel.'
It is not the first time that Bentley
has been honoured in the
competition. In 1995, the Bentley Azure was judged the
most beautiful car in the cabriolet category.
The latest award will be presented to Bentley in March 2003
A total of 28 senior automotive
design and manufacturing
engineers inspected over 100 cars on display at Birmingham
and concluded, universally, that the new Bentley, two door
coupé which is making its UK debut at the Show, should
receive the top prize, in addition to its victory in the luxury
The Bentley Continental GT particularly
judges for: "...the way it has re-invented the Bentley marque
in a forward-looking way..." They further commented that its
exterior style gives the car real presence and the interior
treatment used traditional high quality material in an
attractive and modern idiom.
Andy Watt, regional marketing and
for Bentley Motors who was presented with the award on the
Bentley stand at the Motor Show said: "This is a
tremendous acknowledgement for Bentley and one which
everyone at our Crewe factory I know will be very proud of.
The interest in the Continental GT has been phenomenal -
not just in the UK but around the world."
Paris, 26th September 2002... Bentley Motors is
delighted to unveil the Continental GT Design Concept
as it makes its world debut at the Paris Motor Show.
Conceived to be a sporting coupé without rival, the
Continental GT is not just the fastest Bentley in the
83-year history of the company; it is also the fastest
genuine four seat coupé in the world. It combines all
elements of the finest Grand Touring traditions and
Bentley craftsmanship with some of the most advanced
technologies ever brought to the automotive market.
The new Bentley GT Coupe was shown to invited guests at Pinewood Film Studios.
This mid range car was obviously aimed at the BMW, Porche and Mercedes drivers.
The car was nice with an obvious German influence.
Bentley Stalwarts were a little dissapointed but at half the price of a Continental T
a great buy.
Watch out for a quick glimpse at Le Mans this year, it will race from the pits and do a circuit.
Despite the fact that this engine
will be one of the most
powerful of any standard production car, it will nevertheless
still be relatively understressed in this application, and while
outright performance will be unlike that of any Bentley past
or present, the manner in which it is delivered will be
Its power will be fed through a
new, six speed tiptronic
gearbox and will be delivered to the road via all wheel drive -
a first in Bentley's history. An Electronic Stability Control
system will also be fitted.
Making sure the GT coupé
handles as well as it goes is a
state of the art suspension system featuring a multi-link rear
axle, double wishbones at the front and the latest in
electronic damping. Bentley's chassis engineers know that
merely making a car fast does not make it involving to drive
and they have been briefed to make the GT coupé not only
supremely safe and comfortable but also to offer outrageous
amounts of fun to an appreciative driver on the right road.
GT coupé's cabin fully reflects
the marque's values and its
on-going dedication to the use of the finest woods, hide and
handcraftsmanship. The seating arrangement would once
best have been described as 'two plus two' but that phrase
now appears to describe cars with little more than a shelf
behind the front seats. Suffice to say for now that the GT
coupé is capable of seating four and, critically, having more
than enough stowage space to carry their luggage too.
"Our new Corporate Identity is a symbol of our confidence in standing alone
- becoming Bentley
and nothing else - and importantly it embodies all the new Bentley values while respecting our
glorious past," says Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen, chairman of Bentley Motors.
He added, "We are seeking to appeal not only to our existing customers but also to new ones,
people who may not have considered Bentley before. Carefully positioning the brand visually - and
also in the way we behave and present the company - will be a determining route for those
people to identify us first, as a company with whom they wish to be associated, and then with us as
Bentley believes that the new logo, which takes its cues from two widely
recognised and respected
elements, the Bentley "B" and the wings that are on either side, is sufficiently pure yet adaptable to
serve it through the period of intense growth and change on which it is now embarked. Although
thoroughly forward-looking, the logo's design harks back to Bentley's earliest days, clearly reflecting
the marque's heritage and integrity.
The famous Bentley wings have always evoked the movement, power and performance
the marque, but in the new design they have been re-examined. Automotive artist Gordon Crosby, a
friend of W O Bentley, designed the original winged-B motif in 1911 and the first wings he drew
were full and downward pointing, lending them a weighty effect. He also added an extra feather on
the right-hand side. While this look built on the character of the marque, it is believed that the
motive was not so much aesthetic as designed to combat fraud! The early '30s saw a more
streamlined version featured 10 feathers on each side and a horizontal wingspan, suggesting strength
and boldness, while the dark oval 'white out of black' centre projected the Bentley 'B' and made it more of
a focal point. In the '90s, a less rotund 'B' harking back to the 1920s design was adopted, while the
feather tips were in turn made more angular, then rounded and then angular again.
The new Bentley logo echoes the spirit and idiosyncrasy of the original
version with its
asymmetrical feathers, but at the same time recaptures the confident horizontal wings effect of
the '30s, when Bentley was at the peak of its racing success.
The strong 'B' shape of the '20s has been integrated into the design to
make it more prominent. Light
and shade have been added to the new wings to create a three-dimensional appearance and make
the logo stand out on a page like a cast or chrome plated stamped badge.
The word 'Bentley' has been integrated with the logo, in a font consistent
with the lettering used on
the cars themselves. The effect was achieved by taking rubbings of the engine-cover lettering to
create an authentic logo script. The fairly ornate lettering was then refined to impart a strong,
purposeful style that fits comfortably with the wing shape.
The result is, arguably, one of the world's most powerful automotive logos
and corporate identities,
consistent with the cars made by Bentley and its craftsmen and women in its Crewe headquarters.
Realised from the genes epitomised in previous great Bentleys, the GT coupé's
design cues include
the complex and powerful curves of the 1952 R-Type Continental as well as the ethos of the Le
Mans winning Speed Six from the late twenties.This new Bentley's design acknowledges and
reflects Bentley Grand Tourers from the past as well as showcasing the design and engineering skills of
Bentley Motors in the 21st Century, skills which work seamlessly alongside each other.
The 1952 Bentley R-Type Continental was, when launched, the fastest four-seat
car then available.
Built by H J Mulliner & Co. - a company now fully incorporated into Bentley Motors - each of the 193
lightweight bodies was an eloquent statement of aerodynamics and aesthetics.
Created 24 years earlier was the Bentley Speed Six. The natural predecessor
to the R-Type
Continental was developed as a sporting version of the Standard Six to carry grand touring-style
coachwork and be a sporting car without equal. A year after its launch at the 1928 Olympia, London
Motor Show, it was driven to victory at Le Mans in 1929 and again in 1930. Having won just about
every other distance race worth winning, the Speed Six, and Bentley Motors, retired from competition
when the company was bought out by Rolls-Royce in 1931.
Bentley's new GT coupé will reincarnate the muscular Bentley spirit
delivered by the Speed Six
and the elegant and distinctive design cues introduced with the R-Type Continental.
Dirk van Braeckel, Bentley Motors' Director of Design explains:
"We like to think we have created an automotive sculpture, bearing all the coach-building cues
typical of the cars we make at Crewe, with interiors that display all the handcrafted excellence in hide,
wood veneers and metal that is unique to Bentley".
The Bentley Arnage T is the result of a three year project to re-engineer
the outstandingly successful
Arnage saloon from bumper to bumper. In this process not a single significant area of its design
has been left untouched.
Bentley Motor Cars today reveals a dramatic concept car, The Bentley - project Hunaudières, to explore the breadth and depth of the Bentley marque for the future.
This supercar project provides the debut of a new 16 cylinder engine developed to a specific brief to provide a technologically advanced power plant with unique Bentley characteristics.
The challenge the Bentley design team set themselves, was to see how far the sporting characteristics of the Bentley marque could be extended. The project will provide a valuable opportunity to develop potential applications for the 16 cylinder engine. This 8 litre engine is
the first of a new breed of Bentley engines which could feature in future Bentley motor cars.
"When we first started to explore future directions for the Bentley marque one direction thought most appropriate was what we would call today a supercar" explained Tony Gott, acting chief executive. "The Bentley 'blower' of the 1920's, the R Type Continental of the 1950's and the current Continental R and T with their 420 Bhp and 170 mph top speed, are all supercars of their time. This is Bentley territory.
"Let me be clear, this project is not a styling exercise for its own sake. Bentley - project Hunaudières is an essential element in our research into both the expansion of the Bentley marque, and the direction in terms of
engine development. So, although this actual concept is unlikely ever to go into production, the project will provide invaluable information about
engine capabilities and the positioning of Bentley in the future."
The name Hunaudières recalls the famous straight on the Le Mans Circuit, where the legend of Bentley was born with five wins in the 'vingt quatre heures du Mans' in the 1920's. Here the story of the Bentley Boys was created, with Sir H.S (Tim) Birkin in his 4.5 litre 'Blower' Bentley in 1930, daringly overtaking Rudolf Carraciola's Mercedes SSK at 125mph with one wheel on the grass down the Hunaudières straight.
Tony Gott - Chief ExecutiveTony Gott (42), joined Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars in 1984 and progressed through the Engineering team to become project director for the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph and Bentley Arnage in 1996. He was appointed engineering director in 1997 and joined the Board in May 1998.
Dr Ferdinand Piëch, chairman of the board of management of Volkswagen AG, the parent company, paid tribute to Graham Morris and welcomed Tony Gott into his new position. "Graham's willingness to continue in post and the leadership he has provided for the past five months has helped enormously as the company has made the transition to becoming part of the Volkswagen family.
Tony Gott will be appointed as acting Chief Executive from 1 January 1999 until the new chief executive is in post. The Board fully endorsed this decision and will ensure that Tony is given all the support necessary during this interim arrangement."
Bentley Motor Cars today introduces the 'Mulliner' series of Bentley Continental two door motor cars. Taking bespoke engineering to a new level, Bentley have developed a distinct specification available to all purchasers of Bentley Continental R, Continental T, Continental SC and
9th March 1999
Azure motor cars designed to further enhance the driving pleasure that can be derived from these thoroughbreds.
The ability to individually specify their own Bentley has long been anb experience cherished by Bentley buyers. The opportunity to select exterior and interior colours, materials and finishes is important, but even more so to the Bentley driver is being able to discuss engine, suspension,
handling and performance characteristics with engineers and designers at Crewe. The Mulliner specification provides an ideal blend of individuality and presence with a powertrain set up with one purpose in mind - high performance motoring, with absolute certainty of involvement and control.
The 420 Bhp 6.75 litre Bentley V8 with watercooled intercooler delivers and astonishing 650 lbs feet (875 Nm) of torque at only 2200 rpm - an accomplishment unmatched by any other road car. Previously, only available on the Continental T, this power is now part of the Mulliner
package and is available across the two door Bentley family - Continental R, Continental SC and Azure. Delivery of this power will differ according to the characters of each of these special motor cars, with the Continental R Mulliner now capable of almost the same performance as the
Continental T - 0-60 mph in 6.0 seconds (0-100 Kph 5.8 seconds), and a top speed of 170 mph (270 km/h). The Continental SC and Azure are no slower 'off the line', but have a top speed limited to 155 mph (245 km/h) - still fast enough to ruffle ones hair.
Suspension changes to complement the increased performance are applied to all models, and additional discreet styling cues can be found inside and out to distinguish the Mulliner motor cars to those 'in the know'.
Keith Sanders, Board Member for Sales and Marketing commented, "The Bentley Continental Mulliner family of motor cars continue a glorious tradition of offering bespoke engineering and design to drivers who love to get really involved with the specification of their Bentley, and who enjoy to the full the daring performance characteristics of these astonishing motor cars. These are supercars with space and style, and the different models within the two door family appeal to a wide variety of customers in different parts of the world according to their individual tastes and
needs. We are looking forward to continuing to evolve and enjoy these thoroughbreds for a number of years to come".