Bentley Mulsanne Ready To Embrace Electric Motor In China

2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed front

The debate is an ongoing one where top automobile manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Rolls Royce among others are still skeptical about adopting an electric motor for their cars.

While Audi, BMW, Ford and many more brands which make cars for the average buyer readily embraced hybrids and fully electric vehicles, the big players couldn’t do so. They have obvious reasons as an electric motor is yet to technically advanced so as to deliver increased horsepower. Such performance is synonymous with a Ferrari or Bentley which prevents them from simply jumping into the bandwagon.

After a lot of consideration, the Bentley Mulsanne has finally decided to adopt electric power. The launch however will be limited to China for the moment. The region has become such an important market for Bentley ever since they officially launched the Bentayga SUV. It is an ultra-luxurious SUV and the brand is expanding its line up with the new Mulsanne. The Chinese market is quite a big one and one can hardly say no to it.

If Bentley is keen on selling their cars in the country, they are supposed to agree and abide by the rules set by the government. Electrifying their cars is an important condition which has pushed the company to implement it in the new Mulsanne. Talking to a leading automobile magazine, Hans Holzgartner said, “From what we have seen so far, if we are to get our hybrid vehicles into China, we are supposed to have a full electric model. If there is at least, there is an opportunity to introduce hybrids in the region. This is the reason that pushed us into adopting the new technology.”

The top end cars are always about luxury and offering a comfortable ride for the passengers. Holzgartner commented that when they switch to an all-electric model, the car becomes extremely silent than it has ever been with a low-end torque. It offers the elite experience they have always craved for making it an ideal match for the Bentley brand.

The only hurdle at the moment is that Sports cars are usually on the expensive side and it is not an easy sell despite the number of buyers in a country like China. They are mounted with huge batteries, many luxurious components and of course, a breathtaking price tag. The brand’s marketing manager said that they faced a lot of challenges with the new Mulsanne EV which was fun for the entire team, as they learned a lot.

2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed – Pricing, Specs and Availability

The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed is the most popular car of the moment because it belongs to the limited sports sedan category and is getting a huge refresh before the next gen variant hits the shores.

With such a powerful engine on the inside coupled with stylish exterior and a sporty finish, it is obviously not the vehicle for your everyday usage. The official pricing for the 2017 GT Speed is $240,300. The pricing is for the base model which might surprise most buyers. But, there are actually base variants and high end variants even when it comes to expensive sports cars. The Black Edition is the top of the line from Bentley which is priced higher at $253,235.

For those who have excess cash to spend and don’t mind spending a fortune to own a convertible version of a sports sedan, the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed is available in a convertible variant priced at $264,300. The Black edition trim of the convertible is priced at $277, 235. Surprisingly, the pricing announced by the company doesn’t include destination charges. Bentley is still considering the costs so that they could fix the same fee for people living throughout the United States.

The powerful GT Speed is powered by a 6.0-liter twin turbo W12 engine which is capable of producing an amazing 633 horsepower coupled with 619 lb feet of torque. The numbers are higher than the existing GT edition which delivers 626 horsepower with 605 lb feet of torque. The model uses an eight speed automatic transmission system. The brand executives announced during the launch that their car can reach a top speed of 206 miles per hour and its acceleration capacity is 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

Bentley launched the new edition of the sports car at the New York auto show held last week. The company has also released a couple of live photos of the model. The GT lineup is being expanded so as to offer buyers plenty of choices to pick from. However, there is no word on the next generation sports car from Bentley. The company’s top engineers are working to create a vehicle that could match the hype GT has created throughout the years.

The production period is being filled with newer versions of the GT including the newly announced GT Speed, Black Edition and the Convertible variants. Buyers who pre-order the car will start receiving their vehicles this summer.

2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed Official Priced at $240, 300

The current 2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed is getting a new upgrade with some minor improvements.

The official pricing of the car has been pegged at $240,300.

It may be a couple of years before Bentley decides to replace the GT Speed with a new and improved version of the high performance sports car. Meanwhile, the brand is trying to boost sales by adding new components and making the existing model appealing to buyers. The car is now more powerful with increased acceleration and performance. It has been aptly named as the Black Edition model which also features a wide range of amazing visual changes to appease the sports car patrons.

The 2017 edition of the GT Speed is powered by a 6.0-liter twin turbocharged W 12 engine. The powertrain is capable of delivering a total of 633 horsepower coupled with 620 pound feet of torque. The peak torque capacity of the engine falls somewhere between 2000 and 5000 rpm. It is paired with an eight speed automatic transmission system and uses an all-wheel drive in all variants of the car. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds. The car delivers a total top speed of 206 miles per hour.

Compared to the new model, the current version of the Bentley Continental GT Speed is slower as it needs a whole 4 seconds to race from 0 to 60 mph. The top speed of the older version of the car is 203 mph while the newer model delivers 206 mph which is a minor yet notable improvement in performance.

The next gen version of the cars was unveiled in a special event hosted by Bentley. The event was held in New York amidst media. The event not only detailed the features of the car but also unveiled the pricing of each model. Bentley confirmed that they will be rolling out the models this summer.

It will be rolled out in different phases and not all at once. The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed is priced at $240,300 and the Black Edition is priced at $253,235. The Convertible is priced at $264,300. The Black Edition convertible is the top of the line model and it is priced at $277,235. The pricing confirmed by the automobile manufacturer during the event doesn’t include destination charges which will add up to the total costs. For long time GT fans, the upgrade is a much needed boost they have been looking forward to.

2017 Bentley Bentayga – Bentley Unleashing the Fastest SUV in the World at Frankfurt Motor Show

For quite some time, Bentley was preparing to enter the SUV market and it is finally happening with the 2017 Bentley Bentayga, an SUV that the company calls “true Bentley”.

The SUV, powered by 600 ponies, is the fastest SUV in the market and combines the two main principles of Bentley: high luxury and refinement. You can also say that the Bentayga is the Bentley of the SUVs.

Fans and prospective buyers will have the chance to see the Bentayga in flesh during the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. However, just days before the big show, Bentley released several photos and specs of the upcoming luxurious beast in the SUV class.

First things first: the Bentley Bentayga features a 600hp V12 engine under the hood. With such power, the Bentayga can sprint to 60 miles in just four seconds, which is a feat few sports cars can achieve. The top speed is limited at 187mph, making this SUV the fastest in the segment. The only one that can come close is the newly launched Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, but the Cayenne is nowhere near the luxury and refinement of the Bentley. The Tesla Model X will be quicker in sprinting to 60mph, but cannot top the maximum speed of the Bentayga.

The body of the 2017 Bentayga is made out of aluminum and is based on the MLB platform by Volkswagen. The same platform is used for the next generation Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q7.

Once inside the car, customers will find the refinement and the luxury of the Bentley to be mesmerizing. And there are lots of customization options, including a refrigerator for the trunk. Think of it as the ideal storage spot for your bottles of Dom Perignon. Next in the line of luxury accessories is a custom solid gold clock made by Breitling. All the seats inside are handcrafted in leather, wood and metal. The seats are identical for both the front and the rear passengers. Rear passengers get a dedicated Android tablet spot, as well as ventilation and massage options for their seats.

The driver gets an 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system in the dashboard with tons of setup options. Drivers can do almost everything by turning a dial. Features inside include traction control, electronic stability control, night vision, hill-descent control, adaptive cruise control, navigation system, adjusting speed control and much more. According to Bentley, there are around 90 controls and commands on the main display.

Comfort customization options, for the inside, include 15 ways to adjust the seats. As this is Bentley we are talking about, there are 17 standard color options, 15 shades of leather for the trimming, 15 carpets, and wheel options from 20 to 22 inches.

The company expects to sell around 4,000 units of the 2017 Bentley Bentayga in the first year. The luxury SUV will hit dealerships next summer.