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Bentley Bentayga SUV Goes Hybrid, But Why?

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Bentley has introduced a plug-in hybrid version of the Bentayga as part of the Volkswagen Group’s shift towards electrification. The company bills it as the world’s first luxury hybrid,” but is it really?

There is no argument, however, that the Bentayga hybrid is Bentley’s “first step towards electrification” and its most efficient vehicle to date. Power is provided by a plug-in hybrid powertrain consisting of a new V6 gas engine that’s mated to an electric motor that also serves as a generator, allowing the large SUV to travel purely on electricity for over 31 miles (50 km) in the European cycle. It takes up to 7.5 hours to charge the battery using a domestic household socket and just 2.5 hours with a quick charger.

Visually, the Bentayga plug-in hybrid looks almost identical to the gasoline-powered Bentayga models, with a “hybrid” badge on the tailgate, front doors and sill plates being the most conspicuous exterior differentiator.

There story is a little bit different inside, where the auto-stop/start button has been replaced with a hybrid-themed drive mode selector with three driving modes — EV, Hybrid and Hold. The first two modes are self-explanatory; the Hold mode maintains the battery’s state of charge in all operations.

The Bentley Bentayga was likely a result of regulatory requirements rather than genuine interest from the company’s wealthy clients, who are generally not swayed by fuel-efficiency or gas prices. Sales begin in the second half of 2018.

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Bentley EXP 100 GT Is An Ultra Luxury Electric Car For The Future

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The British automaker celebrates its centianial with an excellent demonstration of extravagance.

Bentley turned 100 years old in 2019, and as part of it’s birthday celebration, unveiled a stunning electric car concept that looks to the future.

The EXP 100 GT concept is a vision of a Grand Tourer for 2035. It rides on an all-electric platform, provides a choice between fully autonomous operation and human-piloted driving, and features a flexible interior with three different seating configurations.

At 19-feet long and 7.8-feet wide, and with a curb weight of 4,188 pounds (1890 kg), the EXP 100 GT is a very large coupe with great visual presence. Designers blended proportions of Bentley’s historic grand tourers and futuristic elements to craft a GT car “for the world of 2035.” You will definitely notice the massive illuminated grille (it’s comprised of 6,000 LEDs) and round, beveled headlights.

The interior is flush with sustainable yet luxurious materials such as 5,000-year-old copper-infused riverwood, British farmed wool carpets, and embroidered cotton surfaces.

Power for the EXP 100 GT comes from four electric motors that can easily accelerate its large heft from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than 2.5 seconds on route to a top speed of 186 mph (299 km/h). The battery pack delivers an estimated driving range of 435 miles (700 km) and can be recharged up to 80 percent capacity in only 15 minutes.

Since the EXP 100 GT is a vision of the future, autonomous driving technology is a centerpiece of it’s design. Drivers will have five self driving modes to choose from: Enhance, Cocoon, Capture, Re-Live and Customize.

“The Bentley EXP 100 GT represents the kind of cars we want to make in the future,” stated Stefan Sielaff, Director of Design. “Like those iconic Bentleys of the past, this car connects with its passengers’ emotions and helps them experience and safeguard the memories of the really extraordinary journeys they take.”

Do you like how it turned out?

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New, 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Arrives As World’s Best Luxury Sports Sedan

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New, 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Luxury Sedan

It’s a new Flying Spur for a new era.

2019 marks 100 years of Bentley, and to celebrate the milestone year, the British automaker unveiled an all-new Bentley Flying Spur that brings a number of technical innovation for the 21st century and even more luxury.

Described as a “sports sedan meets luxury limousine,” the new Flying Spur is Bentley’s answer to the Porsche Panamera and other luxury sports sedans. Its design is fresh but still instantly recognizable as a Bentley, with notable highlights including a prominent grille flanked by LED matrix headlights resembling those on the Continental GT coupe, flowing lines and distinct sculpting that give it a sportier yet elegant overall look than its predecessor, and a retractable version of the brand’s Flying B logo that illuminates as part of the welcome lighting sequence when the driver approaches the car.

As expected, the interior is covered in acres of leather and real wood, but that won’t detract from all the abundance of high-tech goodies. The rotatable 12.3-inch infotainment screen can be shown or concealed behind a panel with the push of a button, a panel that shows three analog dials depicting a chronometer, compass, and the outside temperature for a more old-school look, while a 16-speaker, 1,500-watt Bang & Olufsen system or, optionally, a 19-speaker, 2,200-watt Naim system with active bass transducers will surely leave audiophiles more than satisfied.

Rear seat passengers get a five-inch Touch Screen Remote that lets them control the climate settings, massage seats and mood lighting.

Powering the Flying Spur is a 6.0L twin-turbocharged W12 that produces a healthy 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, sent to all four wheels by an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. That’s enough power to send the 5,370 pound sedan ‘flying’ to 60 mph (96 km/h) from an standstill in 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 207 mph (333 km/h).

All-wheel steering system, better weight distribution, Bentley’s Dynamic Ride System, and an adaptive anti-roll bar controlled by an 48-volt system keep the massive heft in check and make it sportier than the previous Flying Spur while stopping power is provided by the largest iron brakes ever fitted to a production car.

Deliveries of the all-new Bentley Flying Spur begin in early 2020. Do you like what you see? Do you want one? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Bentley Wants To Sell You A $255K Diamond-Encrusted Book

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The 100 Carat Diamond Bentley Book with a price tag of $255,000

The massive, 66-pound book celebrates the British automaker’s centennial.

Bentley turned 100 years old in 2019 and chose to celebrate the milestone with a centenary book, including a diamond-encrusted version that carries a six-figure price tag.

Weighing around 66 pounds, The Bentley Centenary Opus may be the most ambitious book of its type ever written. It has nine chapters and over 800 pages that cover Bentley’s history and vision in painstaking detail, with plenty of pictures and even a six-foot fold-out spread for your viewing pleasure.

Bentley Centenary Opus

There are three limited editions to choose from. Kicking things off is The Centenary Edition, which is covered in a choice of four shades of Bentley leather (the same leather upholstery used in Bentley cars) and includes matching leather slip case. It is limited to 500 copies.

Second up is the more exclusive is the Mulliner Edition. Limited to just 100 copies, this version of the Bentley book is available in 17 shades of Bentley leather and comes with a hand-made, engine-turned aluminum slip case.

Finally, we have the appropriately-named Carat Edition. Limited to just seven examples, “one for each continent” (including Antarctica, apparently), it is adorned with 100 carats of diamonds and a white gold or platinum Wings badge. The Carat Edition is not only the most exclusive edition, but at a cost of $260,000, it might also possibly be the most expensive automotive book in the world.

The Bentley Centenary Opus is as much of an exclusive collectible as the cars themselves, but can you imagine yourself ever spending $16,000, let alone $255,000, on a book? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Bentley Centenary Opus book cover

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