This Week in Motoring: new tire tech from Michelin, Bentley’s new design direction, pitching to female car buyers, a rare Range Rover goes up for sale and much more.
The second time's the charm
It’s a fact: Bentley plans to release an SUV in the near future. Here’s everything we currently know about the car, its effect on the brand and what it needs to be successful.
Today in Gear: Bentley’s race-inspired GT car, Mophie’s outdoorsman kit for the iPhone, dry aged steaks at home and more.
A tap-dancing gorilla in rich mahogany
The Continental name has been a part of the Bentley family since the early 1950s. Though the 2014 Bentley New Continental GTC V8 S ($216,000) remains relatively unchanged in its iconic style and interior club room feel (which rivals a rich mahogany office), what’s under the skin of this Monaco Yellow grand touring torpedo sets it apart from previous generations.
Today in Gear, we find a car bed for adults (courtesy of Bentley), personalized knives, shiny watch straps and much more.
Joey Roth Ceramic Speakers & Subwoofer with Bluetooth Receiver What makes a great set of speakers even better? Fewer cables. Thanks to a new Bluetooth receiver, the tangle behind Joey Roth’s gorgeous set of ceramic speakers just got a whole lot cleaner. The best part? The receiver streams audio at up to 96KHz, 24 bit,…
Fueled by Champagne
The application to work at Bentley must go something like this: here’s some wood, some metal and a cow…go make a car. Bentley arguably sets the industry standard for this wild world of luxury vehicles, and it’s mind blowing how much work goes into their hand-crafted, hand-assembled chariots. As the Flying Spur is essentially a stretched Continental GT, it had carried that namesake since its inception — but the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur ($200,000) drops the prefix and gets a boost in power and a fully refreshed exterior that separates it from its two-door brethren.
Ze cream of ze crop
There was another huge auto show this year in Frankfurt, Germany. Spread out across a dozen exhibition halls covering a mile of real estate, the 65th IAA show featured wares from virtually every automaker on the planet. It is at Frankfurt, for instance, where you can learn about cutting-edge technology like heated armrests (no, we’re not kidding) and then walk around the corner and sample the same technology in a 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. If the question is asked, “Wasn’t that car shown at Frankfurt?” chances are, at least for now, the answer is “yes”. Ditto on whether said car saw extensive press coverage. With that, here’s a rundown of the best of Frankfurt — not just the big names, but the ones that made us take notice.
Tested, tuned, torqued and topped off
If you’re as obsessed as we are with everything automotive, this Gear Patrol announcement is aimed squarely at you. Today marks the launch of OCTANE, a channel of GP committed to bringing you the best in motoring — from cars and motorcycles to boats, planes and just about everything in between. You’ll get more of what you already love about our coverage every Monday (and more), along with in-depth looks at motoring icons, races from all over the globe, roundups of the best vehicles offered today, buying guides and how-to‘s, plus keen insights and opinions — all this on top of gear that makes driving/riding/boating/flying the fulfillment of your wheeled, winged
and wet childhood dreams.
Time to Drive
Wheels and gears, second hands and tach needles, power trains and power reserves. Men have always been fascinated by time, speed, accuracy and power — and the beautiful combination of high-end timepieces and exotic roadgoing automobiles captures these obsessions appropriately. And whether the watch of choice is used to measure lap splits or to simply echo the same kind of quality and heritage as his car, you can be assured that careful time was taken to select both. We match up some of the best in timekeeping and automobilia in Gear Patrol style.
Mod Mobili X-Base Table If you’re tired of using your ironing board as a workstation but don’t want to stray from the general principle, the X-Table is wildly more practical and almost definitely better-looking. Rather than relying on electricity (is that a thing for desks now?), the Scandinavian-designed beauty can be adjusted manually. $1,250 Adobe…
The Ultimate Dreamliner
Bentley is undoubtedly a mega-luxury brand that backs up ridiculous comfort with serious performance. Take the 2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible ($240,000 base), for instance. Though its looks and interior are nearly pornographic in their excesses, it’ll also punch you in the throat and drink your beer without hesitation. After taking it for a drive in non-ideal conditions — and almost wrecking it on the icy streets of Squaw Valley — I got firsthand experience on why the brand is held in such high regard.
PICK IT UP BY MIDNIGHT
The Breitling for Bentley Light Body Midnight Carbon ($12,045) may have been crafted for the eminent car company, but it could just as easily have been made for the Dark Knight.
Nothing gets the 1% excited like the unveiling of a new Bentley (okay, except for really great stock market news). The 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur should certainly illict the best kind of kerfuffle amongst the bluebloods and new money, alike.
Mash the throttle, hold on and smile
As happy as we are to see a smorgasbord of automotive selections at the Detroit Auto Show this year, our pulses raced especially fast for sports cars. But even the definition of a sports car has changed. They don’t always have two doors anymore, and they may never even set tire on a track. But some things never change; what they still can do (at least the good ones) is perform and put a crick in your neck from looking too hard. Here are some of our favorites from NAIAS 2013.
We love the rip-roaring sound of a Bentley with the top down, and if you mate it with the locomotive torque of a monster W12 engine, everyone’s happy. This is exactly what you get with the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible. 616 horses, 590 lb ft and 0-60 in about 4 very fast seconds….
THE Amazing Race
Automotive racing comes in nearly infinite forms today, but no challenge is more immersed in history than the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Described as the most grueling test of man and machine in the entire world of racing, the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been held every year since 1923 (with a 10…
From birthplace, to race
Visiting a foreign country is always an experience, but doing it behind the wheel of a bespoke, high-performance automobile like the $200,000+ Bentley Continental GT leaves a deeper impression than usual. To say that the GT has presence is an understatement. The updated design captures the best of both worlds with its elegant lines and…
With the recent rumors of its release for the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week, the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed has officially been confirmed for production by Bentley Motors. But don’t think you can simply toss up side-by-side photos of the new car and the stock GT to find any significant aesthetic differences. Other…
We recently dropped into Aspen Fashion Week with Bentley and roared around in the snow with 631 horsepower at our disposal in the process — but we’ll talk more about that later. For now, we wanted to share a video that the esteemed British automaker debuted over the weekend featuring world-renowned big-mountain skier Chris Davenport….
Sand in your crumpets
If news of this all-new Bentley EXP 9 F Concept were any fresher, it would get up, hop into the driver’s seat and mash the throttle. And that’s what this world-class SUV has been designed to do, taking the Bentley name and everything that lies behind it–the racing heritage, performance, build quality and exclusivity–to a…
Canon, Cantons and Continentals
Sunday, 12:24pm | A hundred miles. It doesn’t sound like that much. Maybe a long round-trip commute or a weekend ride up to the grandparents. But take that same distance, move it 3,800 miles, and my, how things can change. If you’ve ever looked into great driving roads than you’ve undoubtedly heard that Europe is…
A Time Honored Moving Tradition
Marking the second in-depth post of British marquee Bentley, we’re turning back the clocks nearly a century from our previous post. Tuesday 10am | There’s really nothing quite like seeing 80 years worth of history rumbling its way up to you, but here on a breezy Tuesday June morning we managed to see just that….
Chariot of Fire
As we mentioned, earlier this summer GP got the chance to dive into the fabled world of Bentley Motors. Immersing ourselves in a century’s worth of motoring history the marquee boasts, we took an in-depth look at everything from Bentley’s bespoke coachbuilding process to an all-access look at Bentley’s factory grounds. And of course, time…
Last month, Gear Patrol had the rare opportunity to get behind not only the wheel, but the gates and doors of the fabled marquee, Bentley Motors. Traveling to Crewe, England we buried ourselves in everything from nearly a century’s worth of motoring history, Bentley’s unrivaled bespoke designs, to a rare all-access pass of the entire…
The 2010 Paris Motor Show had landed and it wouldn’t be unreasonable to for a man to assume an amplitude of impossibly sexy cars, leggy models, and enough bespoke suits to make the men of Positano blush. Well, if this year’s display of supercar prowess is anything more than a declaration that the recession is…
A Banker Walks Into A Dealership...
When it comes to grand touring coupes, the Bentley Continental GT needs no introduction. It’s arguably one of the finest examples of luxury tourers available to mere mortals. Problem is, it never seemed to be quite the vehicle Bentley had hoped for. The new 2011 Continental GT quelches any “luxo-barge” notions. It offers a new,…