This week will be filled with glitz and glamour from the Monterey Peninsula, with the culmination happening this Sunday at Pebble Beach. It is the perfect place to appeal to luxury enthusiasts, so Bentley is about to throw down. A trio of new models blends a dash of concept along with their most exclusive production cars. First up will be the coupe version of the new Continental Supersports. It’s no surprise a hardtop version was in the works. We were allowed to play with a prototype at the St Petersburg Festival of Speed, and it was quite delightful.
Building the world’s fastest 4-seat car, Bentley has revised their W12 engine inside and out and pumped up the boost. Twin turbos are used to make 700 horsepower and 750 lb-ft of torque. The AWD system launches the 2.5-ton coupe to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 209 mph. Close attention to detail is evident in the styling. You know it’s a Continental at 100 yards away, and as it approaches you will be at a loss for words. Next up will be three flavors of the Bentayga SUV. A model that disturbed the ranks of its competitors, the Bentayga is a twelve cylinder statement of refinement and comfort that is unparalleled in the 4WD world. Their in-house customizers at Mulliner have no limits to bespoke builds, and their creations involve everything from Falconry to Fly Fishing. To show off their talents, the three versions are Black, Activity, and an eponymous Mulliner edition. Each one will have its own theme and will have a handcrafted interior of metal, wood, and leather. They will be shown along with the Continental and several historic examples at “The Home Of Bentley”. The pavilion includes a design studio and it is located next to the lodge. The most shocking news is a prototype that will be shown on the Concept Lawn in front of the Lodge. Bentley’s view of the future is the EXP 12 Speed 6e. An electric car built from sustainable materials, it is Bentley’s entry into the battery powered battlefield, and it looks to be ready to fight. A full-length center console bisects the cockpit, with interior features mirror-imaged on each side. We can see traces of Continental and Bentayga in the controls along with a futuristic steering wheel. A convertible luxury car with suicide doors? This is sure to put England’s other luxury marque on notice. If it comes to production it will be unrivaled in the electric car marketplace. Stay with us for complete coverage of the event and all your Bentley news.