Bentleys are considered to be the most luxurious vehicles in the world. They provide great fuel efficiency, a comfortable ride and have an overall pleasing style. They have some of the best features that include striking lines for exterior styling, electronic gadgets for entertainment and navigation systems that help drivers reach their destinations on time. The interior boasts of extravagance because of the high end materials like leather and wood.
In this article, we will discuss the different types of Bentleys.
Types of Bentleys
The Bentley Continental GT is a luxury saloon with two rows of seats and openable roof. The engine is a W12 twin turbocharged 6-litre producing power output of 552 hp (406 kW) at 6000 rpm and torque of 720 Nm at 1500-4500 rpm. At its release in 2003, Continental GT was the fastest four-seater convertible in the world with 0 to 100km/h acceleration in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 305 km/h.
The first series of the Continental GT were sold in three body styles (Convertible, Coupe and Sedan). The convertible featured a retractable hard top while the coupe and sedan had power tops which could be opened at speeds up to 50km/h.
The Continental GTC V8S’ transmission comes with a conventional 6-speed ZF manual gearbox with a TouchShift gear shift option. It also has launch control, allowing the driver to accelerate it from rest up to its top speed.
The Bentley Azure, another vehicle that belongs to the Continental series, is basically a convertible version of the Brooklands.
This four door sedan has a 6.0 litre V8 engine and it can generate 390 hp (291 kW) at 6000 rpm while there is torque of 600 Nm at 3200-4500 rpm. The top speed is 299km/h while 0 to 100 km/h acceleration takes 5.9 seconds in DIN. The combined fuel consumption of the Azure is 20.1 litres per 100 kilometres (13 mpg-US).
Just like the Continental GT, the Bentley Azure also came with a retractable hard top which can be opened at speeds up to 50 km/h.
The Bentley Arnage was one of the most prestigious cars ever made. It was available in two body styles (Coupe and Sedan). The four door sedan featured a standard leather interior, power rear seats and a remote-controlled trunk lid. The four door coupe had optional alligator hide upholstery for the front seats.
The Arnage was powered by the 6.75 litre V8 engine that had power output of 503 hp at 6000 rpm and torque of 753 Nm at 4000-5000 rpm. The top speed is 335km/h while 0 to 100km/h acceleration took 5 seconds in DIN. It had a combined fuel consumption of 13.4 litres per 100 kilometres (17 mpg-US).
The Brooklands was an all-aluminium supercar based on the Arnage platform. It was named after the Brooklands race track, a venue that was very popular in the 1920s and 1930s. All Brooklands were built by hand at Bentley’s factory in Crewe, England.
The Brooklands came with several unique features like a fully triangulated chassis and all aluminium body panels which made it very lightweight among other Bentley cars. It was powered by a 6.75 litre V8 engine that produced power of 305 kW (405 hp) at 5500 rpm and torque of 650 Nm at 3000 rpm. The top speed was 298km/h while 0 to 100 km/h acceleration took just 4.9 seconds in DIN. It had a combined fuel consumption of 9.2 litres per 100 kilometres (21 mpg-US).
All Brooklands are fitted with a six speed automatic transmission, rear wheel drive and all-wheel drive feature that can be engaged manually. It had bespoke 18 inch alloy wheels, high performance tires and Brembo brakes for maximum stability and braking power under extreme conditions.
The Bentley Mulsanne was a 4 seater convertible coupe with a power top. The Mulsannes comes with an 8 speed TouchShift automatic transmission, rear wheel drive and all-wheel drive feature.
It is powered by the 6.75 litre V8, twin turbo engine which produces power output of 443 hp (331 kW) at 5750 rpm and torque of 620 Nm at 3500-4500 rpm. The top speed is 324 km/h while 0 to 100km/h acceleration took 4.7 seconds in DIN. It had a combined fuel consumption of 12.4 L/100 km (23 mpg-US) and an emission of 296 g/km.
Bentley 8 Litre
The Bentley 8 Litre was a very luxurious convertible with unique features like optional power windows, power steering and electrically adjustable seats. It also had electric sunroof and split rear-seat.
The 8 litre used the same 6.8 litre V8 engine that was being used in the Arnage R. The power output of 8 litre engine was 440 hp at 4400 rpm (330kW) and torque of 650 Nm at 3300-4350 rpm. 0 to 100 km/h acceleration took 4.1 seconds in DIN. The top speed is 298 km/h while the combined fuel consumption was 14 l/100km and emission of 301 g/km.
The newest Bentley car is the Bentayga, a powerful 4 door SUV which costs from $215,000. Starting with the engine, you’ll find an updated version of the 6.0 liter twin-turbo W12 that powers every other modern Bentley. With 600 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque on tap, it’s more powerful than the original (which made do with “just” 626 horsepower) and more efficient.
The Bentayga has a top speed of 187 mph. This makes it the fastest SUV in the world, and just 1 mph slower than the original Continental GT. The 0-60 time drops to 4.1 seconds, and Bentley says you’ll get 17 mpg on the highway (20 mpg combined).
The Bentayga’s four wheel drive system sends 100 percent of its power to the front wheels unless it detects slip. This allows for a far more efficient driving experience, and also reduces the load on the Bentayga’s rear-biased all-wheel drive system.
The Bentayga has a list of options and configurable options similar to the Mulsanne that is longer than what you would find in other cars. For example, you can get a diamond quilted center console, or interior veneers that are more than 500 years old.
Bentley Flying Spur
The latest version of the Flying Spur is an improved edition of the Continental GT with exclusive features like its infotainment systems and adaptive suspension system. The body style is a four-door coupe with two rows of seats and openable roof. The engine is a W12 twin turbocharged 6 litres producing power output of 582 hp (429 kW) at 6000 rpm and torque of 800 Nm at 1400-5000 rpm. The top speed is 298 km/h while 0 to 100km/h acceleration took 4.9 seconds in DIN. It had a combined fuel consumption of 11.1 l/100km and emission of 292 g/km.
The Flying Spur uses the TouchShift automatic gearboxes with Drivelogic, for smooth shifting improved acceleration performance and reduced clutch wear. This means that the driver can take his or her hands off the steering wheel when accelerating from rest, braking or cornering.
Its adaptive damping suspension system can be adjusted from hard to soft in the Bentley Drive settings. This alters the stiffness of its suspension and steering dependent on road conditions and driver input.
Bentley T-Series is an elegant car with unique features like 18″ diamond turned wheels, piano black control panels and 21+ place settings in its rear compartment. The interiors are covered by cream leathers with a wood trim. The T-series was offered in a limited production run of only 200 cars. This is the replacement for the Arnage series.
The power output of T-Series W12 engine is 493 hp at 6000 rpm and torque of 750 Nm at 1500 to 5000 rpm. It had a top speed of 300 km/h while 0 to 100km/h acceleration took 4.9 seconds in DIN. The combined fuel consumption was 13 l/100km, and emission of 328 g/km.
Bentley Mark VI
The Mark VI is the physical embodiment of power, luxury and craftsmanship that was shaped by Bentley’s racing heritage in the 1920s. It featured a 6 litre engine producing power output of 285hp at 4500 rpm and torque of 600 Nm at 2000-4000 rpm. The top speed was 193 km/h while 0 to 100km/h acceleration took 9.0 seconds in DIN. The combined fuel consumption was 8 l/100km, and emission of 290 g/km. With its high performance it won the Le Mans race twice in 1927 and 1929.
The most notable feature on the Bentley Mark VI is its straight-6 engine with modified combustion chambers giving a power output of 202hp at 4500 rpm. It has a top speed of 117 km/h while 0 to 100km/h acceleration took 14 seconds in DIN. The combined fuel consumption is 15 l/100km, and emission of nt/km.
This handsome car was designed by Walter Owen Berkely to be more comfortable than the outgoing model. The body has a longer wheelbase and its track has been widened by 1.75 inches. It also featured a stronger chassis with torsion bar in the front independently sprung rear wheels instead of the previous beam axle design.
Bentley Mulliner Touring Limousine
Bentley Mulliner Touring Limousine has a limo configuration from the factory. It was fitted with all equipment found in standard Bentley saloons except for the boot lid which had an extra layer of wood veneer at its front.
It was a six-seater car with luxurious interiors that included silver ash burr walnut veneers, cane sides and leather seats. The engine is also a 6 litre W12 producing power output of 300 hp at 4500 rpm and torque of 500 Nm at 2000-4000 rpm. The top speed was 176 km/h while 0 to 100km/h acceleration took 12.0 seconds in DIN. Its combined fuel consumption is 13 l/100km, and emission of 335 g/km.
Bentley Speed Six
The latest and greatest Bentley saloon model of its time. All the features found in a standard Bentley saloon are also present on this car except for the extra luxurious custom-made interiors and soundproofing.
A six cylinder engine with 3-litre capacity producing power output of 175 hp at 4000 rpm and torque of 345 Nm at 2000-4000 rpm. The top speed was 132 km/h while 0 to 100km/h acceleration took 14 seconds in DIN. Its combined fuel consumption is 13 l/100km, and emission of nt/km.
Its design was inspired by the streamlined car bodies produced by American coachbuilders such as LeBaron and Dietrich. Its body was made out of a special type of steel that is resistant to corrosion and wears very slowly.
This car was the first model of Bentley to have a hydraulic servo-assisted brake system for its front wheels instead of having mechanical brakes like other models. It also had shock absorbent springs, cushioning bumpers and hydraulic jacks on all four wheels.
Does a Bentley’s engine wear out easily?
No it does not, in fact, Bentley motors last much longer than most other engines in other cars but of course, no engine will last forever.
If you want to see a proof of this matter then here’s the answer: till now, Bentley Motors still offers service and parts for cars made during World War I. When was the last time you saw a carmaker do that?
What kind of maintenance cost should I expect from owning one?
Well, if you want to know the answer then I would like to tell you that a Bentley is probably the most expensive car when it comes to maintenance. The reason behind this statement is simple. These cars are so old that many mechanics don’t know how to repair them. So if you want your Bentley to have an extensive maintenance, you will have to look for a specialist. That is why many people usually prefer buying newer models of Bentleys because it is much cheaper and no matter what happens with the car they always know where to repair them.
Are they worth the money?
It depends on how you see this car. If you are someone who likes to enjoy luxury and comfort while driving then I would say, yes they are worth the money. But if you are just obsessed with fast cars and that’s all you care about then this car is probably not for you since it has a lower speed than many other cars on the market.
In fact, this car is more like a symbol of luxury and status rather than a car anyone can drive through traffic jams or roads full of the same old cars that annoy you every time you take your own car out for a drive.
The Bentley is really for those who enjoy the life of luxury and comfort. There’s no doubt about that. These cars are very powerful and fast in performance. So if you like to enjoy riding on fast cars but at the same time, you want to be comfortable and relax then this is probably the car for you.
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