Bentley Planning 5-Door Coupe, SUV and Entry-Level Grand Tourer

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Bentley Planning 5-Door Coupe, SUV and Entry-Level Grand Tourer

Bentley has bold plans to expand its vehicle range in the future, adding three all new models to its lineup.

The green light hasn’t been given to any new products yet, but according to a report by AutoCar, Bentley’s new CEO (and the former head of R&D at Porsche) has indicated the three new products will be derived from Porsche platforms.

First up will be a 5-door coupe based on the next-generation Panamera platform and offering a more sporty alternative to Flying Spur buyers, while delivering more practicality than a Continental GT. It will get a version of the current twin-turbo W12 engine delivering a solid 600-hp. Bentley’s new V8 is also a candidate and a diesel engine hasn’t been ruled out.

Following this model will be the rumored Cross Continental, an SUV based on the Cayenne but costing significantly more and with a serious focus on the ultimate in luxury.

Finally, a new grand-tourer is being considered that would take on the Mercedes SL63 and Maserati Gran Turismo and undercut the rest of the Bentley range significantly when it comes to price.

Adding these three new models, Bentley will look to top the 10,000 mark in annual vehicle deliveries and protect against future economic uncertainty.

Don’t expect to see anything soon, however, with the next Panamera not due out until 2013.

[Source: AutoExpress]

  • Steve R

    If Bentley does this and creates more entry level models and kills the exclusivity of the brand, I will never purchase another Bentley again. Not like I have had a million of them, but I have bought 3, including 2 Continental models, which I feel are already too affordable and plentiful on the roads.

  • Jerome D Sayles

    I drive the new 2012 Bentley GT. The car is outstanding in every respect. I am in love…

    If this car a bit more room in the back seat, four doors and one more orifice, I would indeed marry it.

    Bentley needs a four door coupe…

    Jerome D…

  • survivor of jds

    Interersting use of the term orifice. Considering everyone who you threw in the street while burning your company to the ground on your way to your Bentley views you as a huge orifice

  • Guest

    ARLINGTON CEMETERY

    Jeopardy
    Question:

    On
    Jeopardy the other night, the final question was
    “How many steps does the guard take during his
    walk across the tomb of the Unknowns?”
    All three contestants missed it!
    This is really an awesome sight to watch if you’ve never had the chance.
    Fascinating. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    1.
    How many steps does the guard take during his
    walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?

    21 steps:
    It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which
    is the highest honor given any
    military or foreign dignitary.

    2.
    How long does he hesitate after his about face
    to begin his return
    walk and why?

    21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1

    3.
    Why are his gloves wet?

    His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his
    grip on the rifle.

    4.
    Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all
    the time and if not, why not?

    He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path
    he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

    5.
    How often are the guards changed?

    Guards are changed every thirty minutes,
    twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

    6.
    What are the physical traits of the guard
    limited to?

    For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb,
    he must be
    between 5′ 10′ and 6′ 2′ tall and
    his waist size cannot exceed 30”.

    They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb,
    live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot
    drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of
    their lives. They cannot swear in public for the
    rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the
    uniform or the tomb in any way.

    After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that
    is worn on their lapel signifying they
    served as guard of the tomb. There are only
    400 presently worn. The guard must obey
    these rules for the rest of their
    lives or give up the wreath pin.

    The shoes are specially made with very thick soles
    to keep the heat and cold from their feet.
    There are metal heel plates that extend to
    the top of the shoe in order to make
    the loud click as they come to a halt.

    There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the
    uniform. Guards dress for duty
    in front of a full-length mirror.

    The first six months of duty a
    guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV.
    All off duty time is spent studying the 175
    notable people laid to rest in
    Arlington National Cemetery .
    A guard must memorize who they are and where
    they are interred.
    Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty..
    ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.

    In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was
    approaching Washington, DC , our
    US Senate/House took 2 days
    off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC
    evening news, it was reported that because of
    the dangers from the hurricane, the military
    members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb
    of the Unknown Soldier were given permission
    to suspend the assignment. They respectfully declined
    the offer, “No way, Sir!” Soaked to the skin,
    marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm,
    they said that guarding
    the Tomb was not just an assignment,
    it was the highest honor that can be
    afforded to a service person. The tomb has
    been patrolled continuously,
    24/7, since 1930.

    God Bless and keep them.
    1

  • Guest

    ARLINGTON CEMETERY

    Jeopardy
    Question:

    On
    Jeopardy the other night, the final question was
    “How many steps does the guard take during his
    walk across the tomb of the Unknowns?”
    All three contestants missed it!
    This is really an awesome sight to watch if you’ve never had the chance.
    Fascinating. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    1.
    How many steps does the guard take during his
    walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?

    21 steps:
    It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which
    is the highest honor given any
    military or foreign dignitary.

    2.
    How long does he hesitate after his about face
    to begin his return
    walk and why?

    21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1

    3.
    Why are his gloves wet?

    His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his
    grip on the rifle.

    4.
    Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all
    the time and if not, why not?

    He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path
    he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

    5.
    How often are the guards changed?

    Guards are changed every thirty minutes,
    twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

    6.
    What are the physical traits of the guard
    limited to?

    For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb,
    he must be
    between 5′ 10′ and 6′ 2′ tall and
    his waist size cannot exceed 30”.

    They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb,
    live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot
    drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of
    their lives. They cannot swear in public for the
    rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the
    uniform or the tomb in any way.

    After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that
    is worn on their lapel signifying they
    served as guard of the tomb. There are only
    400 presently worn. The guard must obey
    these rules for the rest of their
    lives or give up the wreath pin.

    The shoes are specially made with very thick soles
    to keep the heat and cold from their feet.
    There are metal heel plates that extend to
    the top of the shoe in order to make
    the loud click as they come to a halt.

    There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the
    uniform. Guards dress for duty
    in front of a full-length mirror.

    The first six months of duty a
    guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV.
    All off duty time is spent studying the 175
    notable people laid to rest in
    Arlington National Cemetery .
    A guard must memorize who they are and where
    they are interred.
    Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty..
    ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.

    In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was
    approaching Washington, DC , our
    US Senate/House took 2 days
    off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC
    evening news, it was reported that because of
    the dangers from the hurricane, the military
    members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb
    of the Unknown Soldier were given permission
    to suspend the assignment. They respectfully declined
    the offer, “No way, Sir!” Soaked to the skin,
    marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm,
    they said that guarding
    the Tomb was not just an assignment,
    it was the highest honor that can be
    afforded to a service person. The tomb has
    been patrolled continuously,
    24/7, since 1930.

    God Bless and keep them.
    1

  • Bentley Davis

    ARLINGTON CEMETERY

    Jeopardy
    Question:

    On
    Jeopardy the other night, the final question was
    “How many steps does the guard take during his
    walk across the tomb of the Unknowns?”
    All three contestants missed it!
    This is really an awesome sight to watch if you’ve never had the chance.
    Fascinating. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    1.
    How many steps does the guard take during his
    walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?

    21 steps:
    It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which
    is the highest honor given any
    military or foreign dignitary.

    2.
    How long does he hesitate after his about face
    to begin his return
    walk and why?

    21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1

    3.
    Why are his gloves wet?

    His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his
    grip on the rifle.

    4.
    Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all
    the time and if not, why not?

    He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path
    he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

    5.
    How often are the guards changed?

    Guards are changed every thirty minutes,
    twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

    6.
    What are the physical traits of the guard
    limited to?

    For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb,
    he must be
    between 5′ 10′ and 6′ 2′ tall and
    his waist size cannot exceed 30”.

    They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb,
    live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot
    drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of
    their lives. They cannot swear in public for the
    rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the
    uniform or the tomb in any way.

    After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that
    is worn on their lapel signifying they
    served as guard of the tomb. There are only
    400 presently worn. The guard must obey
    these rules for the rest of their
    lives or give up the wreath pin.

    The shoes are specially made with very thick soles
    to keep the heat and cold from their feet.
    There are metal heel plates that extend to
    the top of the shoe in order to make
    the loud click as they come to a halt.

    There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the
    uniform. Guards dress for duty
    in front of a full-length mirror.

    The first six months of duty a
    guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV.
    All off duty time is spent studying the 175
    notable people laid to rest in
    Arlington National Cemetery .
    A guard must memorize who they are and where
    they are interred.
    Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty..
    ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.

    In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was
    approaching Washington, DC , our
    US Senate/House took 2 days
    off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC
    evening news, it was reported that because of
    the dangers from the hurricane, the military
    members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb
    of the Unknown Soldier were given permission
    to suspend the assignment. They respectfully declined
    the offer, “No way, Sir!” Soaked to the skin,
    marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm,
    they said that guarding
    the Tomb was not just an assignment,
    it was the highest honor that can be
    afforded to a service person. The tomb has
    been patrolled continuously,
    24/7, since 1930.

    God Bless and keep them.
    1

  • Bentley Davis

    God Bless Them…

  • Bentley Davis

    God Bless Them… and keep Them…

  • Bentley Davis

    ARLINGTON CEMETERY

    Jeopardy
    Question:

    On
    Jeopardy the other night, the final question was
    “How many steps does the guard take during his
    walk across the tomb of the Unknowns?”
    All three contestants missed it!
    This is really an awesome sight to watch if you’ve never had the chance.
    Fascinating. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    1.
    How many steps does the guard take during his
    walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?

    21 steps:
    It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which
    is the highest honor given any
    military or foreign dignitary.

    2.
    How long does he hesitate after his about face
    to begin his return

    walk and why?

    21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1

    3.
    Why are his gloves wet?

    His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his
    grip on the rifle.

    4.
    Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all
    the time and if not, why not?

    He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path
    he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

    5.
    How often are the guards changed?

    Guards are changed every thirty minutes,
    twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

    6.
    What are the physical traits of the guard
    limited to?

    For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb,
    he must be
    between 5′ 10′ and 6′ 2′ tall and
    his waist size cannot exceed 30”.

    They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb,
    live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot
    drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of
    their lives. They cannot swear in public for the
    rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the
    uniform or the tomb in any way.

    After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that
    is worn on their lapel signifying they
    served as guard of the tomb. There are only
    400 presently worn. The guard must obey
    these rules for the rest of their
    lives or give up the wreath pin.

    The shoes are specially made with very thick soles
    to keep the heat and cold from their feet.
    There are metal heel plates that extend to
    the top of the shoe in order to make
    the loud click as they come to a halt.

    There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the
    uniform. Guards dress for duty
    in front of a full-length mirror.

    The first six months of duty a
    guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV.
    All off duty time is spent studying the 175
    notable people laid to rest in
    Arlington National Cemetery .
    A guard must memorize who they are and where
    they are interred.
    Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty..
    ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.

    In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was
    approaching Washington, DC , our
    US Senate/House took 2 days
    off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC
    evening news, it was reported that because of
    the dangers from the hurricane, the military
    members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb
    of the Unknown Soldier were given permission
    to suspend the assignment. They respectfully declined
    the offer, “No way, Sir!” Soaked to the skin,
    marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm,
    they said that guarding
    the Tomb was not just an assignment,
    it was the highest honor that can be
    afforded to a service person. The tomb has
    been patrolled continuously,
    24/7, since 1930.

    God Bless and keep them.

    1

  • survivor of jds

    I am so sorry for the aforementioned post. I was disappointed in myself as to the failure of your company you entrusted me to lead and I failed miserably. Please accept this apology. I am the orifice for not facing you like a man… I’m sorry, it was I who acted selfishly entitled… You cared for your employees to the end with a generous severance package for which I am grateful.

  • survivor of jds

    I am so sorry for the aforementioned post. I was disappointed in myself as to the failure of your company you entrusted me to lead and I failed miserably. Please accept this apology. I am the orifice for not facing you like a man… I’m sorry, it was I who acted selfishly entitled… You cared for your employees to the end with a generous severance package for which I am grateful.

  • jam

    wow!! holy bad guess batman!!
    @survivor thanks for pointing me here but really, it’s nothing new under the sun. I will talk to you more about next month when I see you
    @jds (or whoever) really!?!?!? LOL…