History of Bentley
Bentley Motors Limited is a British manufacturer and marketer of high-end automobiles and sport utility vehicles. It has been a Volkswagen Group subsidiary since 1998 and has been combined with Audi, VW's premium brand arm, since 2022. Bentley Motors Limited, with its main office in Crewe, England, was established by W. O. Bentley (1888-1971) in 1919 in Cricklewood, North London. The organization rose to prominence after winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, and 1930. From the iconic sports-racing Bentley 412 Litre and Bentley Speed Six to the more recent Bentley R Type Continental, Bentley Turbo R, and Bentley Arnage, to its current model line, which includes the Flying Spur, Continental GT, Bentayga, and Mulsanne—which are sold globally, with China being its largest market as of November 2012—prominent models range from this manufacturer. The majority of Bentley models are currently put together at the company's Crewe factory. A small number are also put together at Volkswagen's Dresden plant in Germany, and the Bentayga and Continental bodies are made at the Volkswagen Bratislava Plant.
Following a string of mergers and acquisitions, including Rolls-1931 Royce's purchase of a Bentley that was then in receivership, Bentley and Rolls-Royce eventually merged and then eventually split apart. Rolls-Royce was forced into receivership in 1971, and the UK government then nationalized the business, dividing it into the aerospace division (Rolls-Royce Plc) and the automotive division (Rolls-Royce Motors Limited), the latter of which kept the Bentley division. Vickers, an engineering conglomerate, later acquired Rolls-Royce Motors. Vickers then sold Rolls-Royce to Volkswagen AG in 1998.
- Founded in 1919
- Founder W. O. Bentley
- Owned by VW Group
- Bentley Continental GT
- 1929 Birkin Blower
- Bentley Mulsanne
- Bentley Arnage T
- Bentley Flying Spur
- Bentley 8 Liter
- Bentley Turbo R
- Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Continental GT
The vehicle debuted in 2002 at the Paris Motor Show, followed by Le Mans, the 2003 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the 2003 annual Bentley Drivers Club meeting at Silverstone. The car differed from the previous Continental R & T models in terms of its concept: although much of the car is hand-assembled, it is a mass-produced car made in significantly larger numbers. It is not a coach-built car. The price at launch was less than half the price of the Continental R, giving the car a wider customer base.
Since 2003, Bentley Motors, a British automaker, has produced and sold the Bentley Continental GT grand tourer. After being acquired by Volkswagen AG in 1998, it was the first Bentley vehicle to be produced using mass production methods. It was also the first Bentley vehicle released under Volkswagen AG management.
With their exquisite craftsmanship and instantaneous exhilaration, the Continental GT line of vehicles is second to none. While the Continental GT S adds sports styling and a more engaging drive, the Continental GT model perfectly captures the essence of grand touring. The aptly named Continental GT Speed is available for drivers who demand unmatched performance and sporting luxury. The elegant Continental GT Azure is an excellent choice for those who value comfort and well-being, while the truly unique Continental GT Mulliner offers the pinnacle of grand touring.
The current V-8 and W-12 engines, which propelled the Continental GT of the previous generation, deliver muscle-car performance. According to our testing, the 542-horsepower 4.0-liter V-8 can propel the 4926-pound coupe to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. In non-Speed models, the more expensive 6.0-liter W-12 engine generates 626 horsepower and accelerates a coupe to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. With the same engine tuned to 650 horsepower in the Speed model, we predict it will reach 60 mph in as little as 3.1 seconds. An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that powers both engines make seamless, quick shifts. Either engine can be ordered with the coupe or convertible. Additionally, an all-wheel-drive system is a standard feature on all Continental GT vehicles.
- 4.0- Liter V-8
- 626 HP
- 100 KM in 3.3s
The ideal grand tourer profile is created by a long bonnet and a short front overhang, with sweeping lines leading the eye from the front wheel to a muscular rear haunch. The performed aluminum panels that make up the sleek bodyshell are large, light, and streamlined, enabling the exterior to be constructed from fewer pieces for a smooth, nearly uninterrupted surface. Such a design is simply not feasible for mass-produced automobiles.
A wide variety of hand-finished hide colors are available for the interior of the cabin, and there are also numerous options for embroidery, piping, accent colors, and stitching. For a more modern and environmentally friendly matt finish, open pore options that require less lacquer can be ordered in addition to traditional, high-gloss veneers in a variety of wood species.
Variations of Models
Bentley in Motorsports
Motorsport has been at the heart of Bentley throughout its 102 years. In 1921, just two years after the first Bentley prototype was revealed, it was racing at the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. Today, Bentley races with the Continental GT3, it’s most dynamic and powerful race car based on its most advanced road car yet.
Designed by Bentley at its headquarters in Crewe, the Continental GT3 is raced by the luxury brand’s successful and prestigious teams around the world. In 2018, Bentley Motorsport unveiled the thrilling Continental GT3 race car. Lighter, more dynamic and even more powerful than its multi-championship-winning predecessor, it’s the most exciting race car ever created by Bentley - because it is closely based on the company’s most advanced road car the Continental GT.
In 2021, Bentley’s racing teams will challenge for victories throughout Europe and the UK. Competing against the major premium and performance automotive brands, Bentley and its top-level race teams always aim to be class leaders.
Bentley in Riyadh Car Show
The Riyadh Car Show by Seven Concours
An event that collectors of exotic cars, fans of classic automobiles, and other auto enthusiasts did not want to miss. In addition to the many events that are held for the first time in the world and the Middle East exclusively for the Riyadh season, located north of Riyadh in Janadriyah. It is the largest car showroom in the Middle East. It features more than 600 rare, classic, and sports cars and has hosted more than 200 events. Four records have been entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as a result of the event's success.
- 600 Vehicles
- 200 event attendees
The official Bentley dealership was present at the Riyadh Car Show 2021 showcasing the latest models for car lovers and enthusiasts in the region.
Bentley and Seven Car Lounge
Bentley automobiles, whether Classic or Modern generations of the renowned Bentley, are always included in Seven's car collection. All Bentley models and generations are valued by a wide range of enthusiasts. Which are Seven Car Lounge's main objectives and top priorities.