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Although Bentley experimented with diesel powertrains in previous years, company execs say that buyer prejudices, rather than technological limitations, will prevent them from coming to market.
Brian Gush, the man responsible for powertrains at Bentley, told Autocar that “…there’s a strong prejudice against them [diesels] in the US and Japan, which are key markets for us. The attitude of Chinese buyers is going to have a big effect on cars like ours in future, too, and they are none too keen. Those of us who know diesels can see the benefits, but in large parts of the world the cars just wouldn’t sell.”
Gush also cited new Euro 6 emissions standards as making the cost of a diesel engine uneconomical. Bentley will offer a 4.0L V8 for Continental buyers who want an alternative to the 6.0L W12 engine on the 2012 Continental GT.
In this day and age, photos just clearly aren’t enough to show off what a vehicle is about. Five years ago, all we cared about were pretty pictures. Now, if we don’t see the thing in action we’re bored to tears. Thankfully Bentley is on top of things, treating us with a video of the all new 2011 Bentley Continental GT out on the road.
And much like how Bentley made the Continental GT to be for the market, the video has an emphasis on luxury and style rather than tearing up the streets and smoking up the tires. We would probably opt to see the latter, but we’ll just wait to do that ourselves when we get our dirty little hands on one. So overall it’s a little underwhelming, but certainly does its job in garnering more attention and raising anticipation for the car’s official debut at the Paris Auto Show.
We’ll safely assume that it’ll be just as refined and polished as the previous Continental GT with a little more for us to all enjoy. The refaced design looks just as good in the photos as it does in the video, and it already looks as if the beefed up 6.0L W12 with 567-hp and 516 ft-lbs of torque is a blast to drive.
GALLERY: 2011 Bentley Continental GT
Check out the video after the break.
Bentley‘s wildly successful Continental GT is due for a refresh, having been on the market since the 2003 model year and finding homes among a multitude of athletes, rappers and regular rich-folk.
For 2011, the Conti gets an all new redesign, but we can hardly tell the difference. The new car does share some style cues with the Mulsanne sedan. The big news is under the hood, where a flex fuel capable 6.0L W12 puts out 567 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. For those worried climate change, a 4.0L V8 will help alleviate your guilt, though power figures haven’t been announced.
Putting that power to the ground is an all-new “Quickshift” 6 speed automatic transmission, which sends 60% of the power to the rear wheels. 60 mph comes up in 4.4 seconds and the new Continental GT is said to be good for 198 mph. Inside, an 8″ touch screen with an integrated Google Maps app ensures you won’t get lost on your way to the gold mine, while new climate controlled seats help regulate the temperature of your backside.
Look for Birdman to take delivery of a Continental GT sometime next year, while other folks get theirs sh0rtly after.
Hit the jump to see the official press release
Gallery: 2011 Bentley Continental GT
Bentley will unveil their new Continental GT starting on September 7th, but rather than host a traditional unveiling, the vehicle will be revealed online.
Bentley is hoping to use the power of the internet to get publicity for their new model, and will allow users to take “tours” of the car by selecting from an extensive variety of camera angles to view both the interior and exterior. With 22,000 Continentals sold since 2003, the next generation car will be Bentley’s most important in terms of volume, and it will undoubtedly find homes among a raft of entertainers, athletes and those who profit from the wages of sin – at least until one of the ubiquitous special editions is released.
Hit the jump to read the official press release
Bentley has just released a video teasing the new Continental GT. Lately the British automaker has released numerous special edition models, but this will be an all-new second generation of what is easily the best selling Bentley of all time and a model that helped invigorate Bentley as a brand, attracting younger buyers.
There’s really not much to see in the video, but from what we can make out the new Conti GT will look almost identical to the old one – which is particularly sad that such an awesome luxury machine should continue to have such a bland look.
One item that our attention is drawn to in the video is a new high-tech looking Nav and infotainment system.
As for what’s under the hood, well, don’t be surprised to discover a modified version of the 6.0-liter W12 that powers the current Conti GT.
We should find out more at the upcoming Paris Auto Show.
See the video after the jump:
Bentley‘s Continental GT is arguably the ultimate luxury daily driver. You get plenty of performance with all the amenities expected in a pure luxury automobile. In the looks department it is, however, a bit conservative. Enter Vorsteiner, a company that specializes in high quality carbon fiber parts for a variety of Porsche, BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz vehicles. And now we feast our eyes on their Continental GT.
The outside of this silver bullet sports Vorsteiner’s BR9 kit which consists of a dry carbon front bumper cover with chin spoiler, rear bumper cover with diffuser, side skirts and rear deck lid spoiler. They opted for a simple yet elegant 22-inch V-101 monoblock design to adorn each corner of the car.
It’s always nice to see a U.S.-based company pushing out some of the highest quality products for European luxury rides.
GALLERY: Vorsteiner BR9 Bentley Continental GT
[Source: Vivid Racing]
Dartz, the Russian custom car shop that famously outfit their Prombron SUV in leather made from whale penis, have taken their animal skin fixation to the next level, but wrapping a Bentley Continental GT in some kind of white snakeskin material.
Dartz’s promotional materials are written in barely decipherable Borat-like English at the best of times, but this Bentley is absolutely devoid of any text, so we’re going to assume that a wealthy Russian oligarch decided to pay tribute to his favorite 1980′s hair-metal band by wrapping it in a snakeskin pattern the color of acid-washed jeans.
Gallery: Dartz Bentley Continental GT
Scott Rothstein was once a prominent South Florida lawyer, famous for his humble roots, flashy lifestyle and philanthropy. But after a suicide attempt and a failed escape to Morocco, Rothsetin turned himself in after federal agents exposed his 1.2 billion dollar Ponzi scheme.
Now, the United States government has seized his assets and is auctioning off an assortment of exotic cars owned by Rothstein and a number of shell companies. The list ranges from the very mild (two Pontiac G6s, a Ford Expedition) to the highest echelons of supercar-dom (two Bugatti Veryons, a Ferrari F40).
If you have the funds, and are looking to score a deal on some serious machinery with, shall we say, interesting provenance, take a peek at the list below and get in touch with the appropriate arm of the federal government.
[Source: Dupont Registry]
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