Get Rich or Die Tryin': Bentley Mulsanne Voted Reader's Choice For Luxury Cars

The rich have spoken, and their servants have voted for them: the Bentley Mulsanne is the preferred ride of ballers around the world, according to a survey in Centurion Magazine.

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Bentley Rumoured To Be Working On A New Turbo R Coupe

This iconic automobile still has a strong following and if rumors are correct, its fans will soon be celebrating the arrival of a new version, only this time, the Turbo R will be a luxury coupe.

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Platinum Motorsports Tears Up the Streets of LA to Make One Epic Video

Platinum Motorsports is known for bold luxury and exotic builds, and to really put the spotlight on what they’ve done over the recent years, they’ve put together a video of epic proportions. Taking some of their finest projects and hitting several Los Angeles landmarks while armed with a video camera, Platinum Motorsports has released this video that will make any luxury and exotic lover drool.

The video mainly highlights a Lamborghini LP640 with a matte Reventon Grey paint job, along with a Mercedes-Benz SL550 with a Black Series widebody treatment sporting the same shade. In addition, their Premier 4509 widebody Bentley GT Mulliner also steals the spotlight in matte white and we see glimpses of several Range Rovers.

Obviously the point of the video is to spotlight what Platinum Motorsports specializes in, but we can’t help but wonder how awesome Transformers would be if they had these cars in the movie; or what would happen if Fast and the Furious met Gone in 60 Seconds and had a bastard child.

Check out the video after the jump:

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Harris Poll Results Are Out. Ford, Mercedes-Benz Are Tops

The latest Harris poll results are out and Ford has taken the top spot in the “Full line automotive” sector, while Mercedes-Benz takes the win in the “Luxury” sector. The winners scored the highest in terms of customer connection, commitment, equity and trust.

Ford beat out rivals such as Chevrolet and Honda, while previous category winner Toyota had slipped to the number four spot.

On the luxury front, Mercedes-Benz beat out Lexus, which previously held the top spot but now is in second place. BMW took third spot.

A total of 25,099 random people, aged 15 and up participated in this survey, and were asked about 60 brands. Each brand was given a total of 1000 responses and the ranking was based on a calculation of familiarity, quality and purchase consideration.

You can read the full press release after the jump.

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Bentley Launches GT Ice and GT Racing Ice Chronographs

If you want a watch that will stop admirers in the tracks, try the special all-white “Ice” versions of the Bentley GT and Bentley GT Racing chronographs on for size.

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Oprah's Bentley Azure for Sale: This One is Not A Giveaway

On the occasion of her 42nd birthday, she pointed towards a black on white 1996 Bentley Azure convertible. It seems Ms. Winfrey liked her Bentley a lot, amassing 49,000-miles on it. Perhaps it was used as a daily driver, and that gives Ms. Winfrey extra brownie points in our books.

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Volkswagen Sales Up, Lamborghini, Bentley And Seat Down

While Volkswagen had the most successful year in its history, selling 7.2-million units globally and making 7.1-billion Euros along the way, its brands such Bentley, Seat and Lamborghini lost a whole bunch of money last year.

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Bentley Supersports Limited Edition Watch Celebrates New Ice Speed Record

There’s no better way to celebrate an ice speed record then by launching a new watch. And that’s exactly what Bentley has done, in honor of the new record set by Finland’s four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen, which was done in a Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible.

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Geneva 2011: Bentley Continental Supersports Ice Speed Record Debuts

As if Bentley needed yet another excuse to launch a special edition of their Continental GT line, the Continental Supersports Ice Speed Record edition will debut at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. The model, released in a 100 unit production run, will commemorate Finnish rally hero Juha Kankkunen’s record setting 202 mph blast on ice in an E85 powered Conti.

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Bentley to Showcase New Luxury Leather Accessories at Geneva Motor Show

If you’re heading to the Geneva Motor Show this year, be on the lookout for Bentley‘s new line of luxe leather personal accessories.

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Charlie Sheen Drops $800,000 in Cars for the Special Women in His Life

Forget cocaine, Charlie Sheen has found a way to part with his money ever faster – with fast cars. And not for himself either.

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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.

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Bentley Supersports Shatters World Speed Record on Ice

In Finland, rally champion Juha Kankkunen has cracked the 200-mph barrier on ice in a Bentley Supersports, setting a new world speed record on ice.

Atop the frozen Baltic Sea at temperatures of minus 30 degrees, he drove the AWD, W12-engined, biofuel-powered Bentley Continental Supersports convertible to a record 205.48 mph, which bested his own previous world record of 199.83 mph set at the same location in 2007.

“The last time, I narrowly missed the magical 200 mph mark in a Continental GT,” he said. “When I heard about the Supersports I was determined to go record breaking again with the Bentley Boys.”

One of the goals of the British/Finnish team was to keep the car as stock as possible: modifications included a roll cage, low-resistance Pirelli winter tires, front and rear spoilers, and a bumper-mounted parachute. Juha Kankkunen fought crosswinds and sudden blizzards on the 10-mile track, atop 27 inches of ice, to complete two runs in opposite directions. The speed was verified by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Of course, Kankkunen is no stranger to racing in extreme conditions. Since he started rallying in 1978, he has over 23 World Rally victories under his belt, been crowned World Champion four times, and won the Dakar Rally outright in 1988. Finland breeds rally champions, so the saying goes, and off the coast of Finland Kankkunen seemed within his element.

Bentley is planning a limited edition 100-car run of the Supersports to reflect this achievement, in case well-heeled buyers want to tackle the record on their own.

Hit the jump to read the official press release.

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Bentley Exhibit Offers Rare Glimpse Into The World of Designing Prestige Automobiles

It isn’t very often that we get a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes, when it comes to styling cars, especially ultra exclusive vehicles like the Bentley range.

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New Bentley V8 Will Be Offered in Two Performance Levels

Apart from confirmation from Bentley that the British luxury auto brand will deliver a new V8 engine in the near future, no official details are known about the powerplant.

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Custom Bentley Flying Star Shooting Break Gets Production Boost

Their model is called the Flying Star and it is a wagon version based on the underpinnings of the Continental GTC convertible. So while you still have all the mechanical goodness of the stock Bentley, you now get a custom body that will be built in a limited number of just 19 vehicles worldwide.

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2011 Bentley Continental GT Review

The city of Muscat, Oman is similar in many ways to any big metropolis in North American. Fast food favorites such as McDonalds, Burger King, KFC and Subway appear at every busy corner. Urban center highways offer four lanes on either side and rush hour traffic is just as heavy there as it is here.

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Porsche And Bentley May Share Technology

Porsche CEO Matthias Muller wants to start sharing technology with Bentley, even going as far as calling for a “common architecture”. When asked about further variants of the Porsche Panamera, Muller stated that they were possible, but went on to mention the Bentley alliance as an alternative.

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Anderson Germany Releases Bentley Continental GT Speed Elegance Edition

With the acclaim Anderson Germany got with the release of its tuning package for Bentley’s Continental Supersports, it’s no surprise the German team went straight to the drawing board for Bentley‘s Continental GT Speed. For those not wanting to upgrade to the newer Continental model, Anderson Germany is releasing a very limited quantity styling package (at 150 units) to the general public.

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2011 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Series 51 Debuts

Bentley‘s whoring out of their brand continues with yet another special edition churned out, like mass-produced Chinese luxury. The newest Series 51 is perfectly timed to exploit the nouveau riche desire to have something new every 18 months, and Bentley stands to profit handsomely from this.

With largely cosmetic changes, the Series 51 offers exclusive paint hues, leather and wood options, as well as graphite-finished 19″ wheels and optional blue brake calipers. Hit the jump for the official press release, peasants!

[Source: Bentley]

Hit the jump for the official press release

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Audi, Lamborghini and Bentley to All Get Panamera-Based Sedans

The Panamera is an incredible performance machine and the execs running the show over at Volkswagen intend to exploit all that the 4-door Porsche has to offer. According to a new report by Autozeitung, VW is planning three new models based on the Panamera: one for each of its high-end brands. In other words, look for a Panamera-based Lamborghini, Bentley and Audi in the years to come.

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Buy a Bentley, Get a Custom Astor & Black Suit

We expect a little swag when we buy a new car – an air freshener, some fuzzy dice, maybe if you’re lucky, a gas card good for a free fill up. If you’re buying a new Bentley, be prepared to suit up, thanks to a partnership between the auto maker and Astor & Black.

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Bentley Launches New Line of Branded Merchandise

It’s easy to look good in a Bentley. But now, it’s easy to look good in Bentley, with the companies new line of branded merchandise.

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Bentley Launches IPad App For 2011 Continental GT

Apple’s iPad has certainly become a huge success and now every company in the world has jumped on the bandwagon to reach out to as many potential consumers as possible. Bentley is one of those companies, releasing an iPad app for their new 2011 Bentley Continental GT.

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Bentley Planning New Entry-Level 4-Door Coupe

Bentley is planning to expand its product lineup with a third model that will slot in beneath British brand’s current offerings. Company CEO Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen admitted as much to the folks at AutoExpress, during the official launch of the 2012 Continental GT at the Paris Auto Show.

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Bentley Continental GT May Get Dual Clutch Gearbox

Bentley‘s new V8 powered variant of the Continental GT may get an Audi derived dual clutch gearbox. Engineers are apparently looking into solutions that will allow the Conti’s unibody structure to accept the Audi S-tronic transmission, which is sized differently than the ZF automatic used in the W12 car.

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Anderson Germany Polishes Up Bentley Continental Supersports

As if the standard Bentley Continental GT Speed wasn’t enough, Bentley went ahead and put out the Continental Supersports, boasting 630-hp in a luxurious coupe. If you ever get the opportunity to place yourself in the driver seat of a Continental Supersports, take advantage of it. The car is truly a whole different experience than any other luxury sports coupe out there. But we digress, apparently there are people out there that find 630-hp lacking in the performance department and thankfully Anderson Germany is here to save their day.

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2011 Bentley Continental GT: Small Changes, Big Results [Paris 2010]

Announced just a few weeks ago, Bentley chose the Paris Auto Show to debut “the new” Continental GT. We say “new” because it’s got the same chassis and engine, along with most everything else. And for the most party the body looks identical.

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Bentley Reminding Owners They Have Thousands Of Heritage Parts Available

No that is not a toy model car you’re looking at sprawled out over the floor. Those are actual, genuine Bentley replacement parts. Bentley is looking towards reminding classic Bentley owners that they have a plethora of heritage parts available for all makes and models and the automaker has embarked upon a six state, 8,000 mile tour to showcase 1,000 select parts in an effort to ensure customers of the automaker’s longstanding commitment to its owners.

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Aston Martin One-77 To Set Records For Naturally Aspirated Horsepower

Aston Martin is claiming that their upcoming One-77 supercar, with a 7.3L V12 putting out 750 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. The closest competitor in the power stakes is the Pagani Zonda Clubsport, which puts out similar torque but only 681 horsepower.

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Bentley Issues Recall Over Hood Ornament Rust

Rust is usually the domain of multi-decade Tauruses and Bonnevilles, but today, we get a bit of schadenfreude as Bentley issued a recall for Bentley Azure, Arnage and Brooklands from the year 2007-2009.

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Wald International Releases Bentley Continental Flying Spur Black Bison Kit

With Bentley’s release of the 2011 Continental GT, one can safely assume that a refresh on the Flying Spur is around the corner. So if you’re one of those owners “stuck” with the current generation Flying Spur and don’t want to look out-of-date when Bentley inevitably releases the new generation, Wald International has released their Black Bison styling package for you.

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Bentley Cancels Plans For Diesel Engines

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.

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2011 Bentley Continental GT Shows Its New Curves [video]
2011 Bentley Continental GT Bows With With More Power, New Looks, V8 Option

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.

[Source: Bentley]

Hit the jump to see the official press release

Gallery: 2011 Bentley Continental GT

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Bentley Continental GT To Be Unveiled September 7th; Special Editions To Follow Shortly

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

[Source: Bentley]

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Next Bentley Continental Teased in New Video

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:

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Bentley Continental GTC 80-11 and GTC Speed 80-11 Special Editions Debut at Pebble Beach

Bentley chose the suitable Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as the perfect location to debut two new special edition drop-tops: the continental GTC 80-11 and the GTC Speed 80-11.

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2011 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Arabia Bows

Bentley‘s special edition gravy train is the Continental Flying Spur Arabia, designed to pay tribute to the Middle East, where Bentley estimates 10 percent of their sales come from.

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Vorsteiner Dresses Up A Bentley Continental GT

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.

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Dartz Wraps Bentley Continental GT In Snake Skin As Follow Up To Whale Penis Interior

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.

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Bentley Magazine Launches Online Edition

So you may not live the jet setting, bourgeois lifestyle, but it doesn’t mean you can’t dream. Bentley helps bring that dream to vivid life with the latest edition of Bentley Magazine, which for the first time is now available online in E-Magazine format.

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Bentley Supersports Convertible Debuts at Goodwod With Derek Bell Behind the Wheel

With Bentley looking to put more focus on the performance of its vehicles in the future, the snooty British brand certainly chose the right way to show off its latest product at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Supersports Convertible, the world’s fastest drop-top, tacked the exciting hillclimb event driven by none other than racing legend Derek Bell.

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Bentley to Re-Brand Itself With Focus on Performance

Even a decade after Bentley and Rolls-Royce split up, most folks still thing the two automakers are related. The reality, however, is quite the opposite, with Volkswagen owning Bentley and BMW claiming Rolls-Royce, the two luxury British marques compete in a small segment. But that is about to change.

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Bentley Mulsanne Sold Out Until 2012

Bentley has announced that all build slots for their new Mulsanne sedan are sold out until 2012, not bad for a car that retails for $285,000 in the USA.

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Xenatec Dream Car Renderings Include Bentley SUV, Aston Martin Hatch

We’ll give German Tuner Xenatec this much: their Maybach 57S Coupe is pretty sweet. But they’ve now released five Photoshop rendering of what they consider their “dream cars.” Thankfully these are just concepts, because quite frankly we’re not too sure about the styling.

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VW May Enter Formula 1 Under Audi Or Porsche Moniker – How's That For Elitist?

The latest nugget of information surrounding Volkswagen‘s often-rumored foray into Formula 1 came at last weekend’s 24 Hours of Nurburgring race, with a VW executive claiming that the Volkswagen Group’s premium brands, like Audi or Porsche would be the best fit for the company’s shot at the world’s most prestigious motorsport.

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Bentley Mulsanne Embarks On "Out Of My Way, Peasants" Tour Of The United Kingdom [Video]

Bentley‘s Mulsanne has made its first video debut, leisurely touring the Scottish countryside while its gentleman owner pilots his motorcar with chamber music playing in the background. If this seems a little hoity-toity to you, just wait, because in six months time, the Mulsanne will be in another kind of video, sitting on 22’s, with some hoodrat shaking her behind while perched on the hood, while Soulja Boy premieres his newest dance in his new hit single with Justin Beiber. Rest assured that AutoGuide enjoys seeing the status symbols of the ultra-wealthy become co-opted by the nouveau riche, but consider this the (literal) calm before the storm.

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Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari F40 Among Exotic Cars To Be Auctioned After Ponzi Scheme Bust

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]

Full List After The Jump:

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Bentley Continental GT, Flying Spur Special Editions Debut At Beijing Auto Show

China is now Bentley’s third largest market, having sold 421 cars there in 2009. Now, the British luxury marque is launching yet another special edition of its Continental GT. Dubbed the “Design Series China” edition, the car, which is set to debut at the Beijing Auto Show Friday features an exterior wing badge, door sill plates and a dash plaque bearing the “Design Series China” label, while customers can pick from a selection of exclusive exterior paint and a three-tone leather interior.

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Bentley Shows Craftsmanship in All-New Mulsanne Luxury Sedan [with Video]

When somebody introduces himself as “Mick Alebon, Senior Production Manager, Leather and Seats Centre of Excellence,” you better sit up straight and listen to what he’s got to say.

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Report: Bently Azure Being Dropped In Favor of Mulsanne-Based Convertible

With the Arnage having now been replace by the Mulsanne, the next vehicle in the Bentley lineup to be retired is the Azure. This comes as no surprise as the Azure is based on the very same platform, which is now quite dated, going all the way back to 1998. According to a report by BurlapCars, the Azure’s replacement may very well get four doors – something that will help set it apart from the Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupé.

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Geneva 2010: Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible World Premiere

With the launch of the all-new Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible, we’re not sure if we should talk about how unexcited we are about another special edition Bentley that looks like all the rest, or if we should just slam the snooty British automaker’s color choice. With the debut of this new model, Bentley has introduced six new colors to choose from: Magenta, White Satin, Kingfisher, Orange Flame, St James Red Pearl and the color above, Citric. Yuck!

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Geneva Preview: Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible Unleashed

No auto show would be complete without the obligatory special edition/limited edition/crazy horsepower Bentley debut. The 2010 Geneva Auto Show will have one and, surprise, it’s a Continental. OK, so we’re having a tough time getting excited, but surely there will be plenty of folks who will lust after the Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible, the drop top version of the highest-horsepower Conti.

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Report: Bentley Considering Sub-Continental Coupe and Crossover

Bentley is quietly examining the possibility of a new entry-level model to slot in underneath the brand’s current Continental GT lineup. Known internally as NCB for New Compact Bentley, it could debut as early as 2014 in two forms. The first vehicle would be what is often referred to as a Shooting Brake (an elongated hatchback-like sports car with two doors and a 2+2 seating arrangement). The second vehicle would be a crossover based on the same platform.

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LA Preview: Lamborghini And Bentley Will Be No-Shows in Los Angeles

Despite the huge concentration of exotic and high end cars in Los Angeles, many exclusive automakers won’t be in attendance at this year’s annual LA Auto Show. The latest two to drop from the list are Bentley and Lamborghini. That means attendees won’t be able to see the amazing new Reventón Roadster or the massive Mulsanne luxury sedan, with both vehicles having recently made their official world debuts at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The Mulsanne, also made an appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance earlier this year.

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Report: Bentley Mulsanne to Spawn Coupe and Convertible Models

Bentley officially launched its new Mulsanne flagship at the Frankfurt Auto Show last week and now word comes that the massive luxury sedan will also spawn a coupe and convertible model.

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Frankfurt 2009: Bentley Mulsanne World Premiere… With Details This Time

AutoGuide was one of the few media outlets that posted live coverage of the Bentley Mulsanne’s unofficial debut at the Pebble Beach Concour d’Elegance, but the regal British automaker wasn’t willing to cough up any details. Now that the car has been officially unveiled, we have some info – but not all of it.

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Frankfurt Preview: Bentley to Officially Debut Mulsanne Flagship

Technically speaking, Bentley already unveiled its Arnage successor at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, but the regal British automaker was tight-lipped about any specifics.

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Frankfurt Preview: Bentley Continental GT Series 51

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.

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