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Limited edition bespoke models to extend Continental lineup
Along with the official debut of the highly-anticipated Mulsanne flagship, Bentley will also unveil a new “Continental Series 51″ limited edition version of the GT and GTC at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
“The Series 51 Continental models represent Bentley exterior and interior styling at its most vibrant and will enable customers to order ‘off the peg’ from an exclusive range created by Dirk van Braeckel’s renowned team of Crewe-based designers,” said Bentley in a press release.
Series 51 models will come with three-tone interiors as well as an available two-tone exterior paint scheme. The first of the series will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show on September 15th with an interior made up of Imperial Blue leather, Linen seat and door inserts with Newmarket Tan leather accents.
Additional bespoke items include “Series 51″ kickplates, special “Engine Spin” aluminum accents, Amboyna veneer wood and special 14-spoke 20-inch wheels.
GALLERY: Bentley Continental GT and GTC Series 51
The folks at U.K.’s CAR magazine have managed a few spy photos of Bentley’s upcoming Arnage successor, but there’s more to the story than just that.
The photo above, as well as several others, were taken inside Bentley’s Crewe headquarters last week and show a finished body, but an interior that is still being worked on.
As for the engine, CAR says to expect the usual 6.75-liter V8 with 550hp and 800 ft-lbs of torque and a top speed around 200 mph. When it debuts the Arnage successor will likely be E85 compliant to help improve fuel-economy. A hybrid version is to be expected down the line.
A permanent all-wheel drive system will be used, a sign that Volkswagen/Audi folks had a lot to do with the ground-up creation of this regal sedan.
As for a name, that continues to be a secret but the car currently goes by the code name Project Kimberley.
Expect pricing to be in the range of £220,000 or $360,000.