Wed, Aug 16, 2017

Bentley set to dazzle Monterey

Bentley’s new Continental Supersports, Bentayga W12 editions and EXP 12 Speed 6e concept are all making their North American debuts at the Monterey Auto Week.

The automotive week, which includes auto shows, rallies, concours and car auctions, got under way yesterday and ends on Sunday at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

The luxury British brand is showcasing five models – the Supersports coupe, Continental GT V8 S, Bentayga W12, Flying Spur W12 S, and Mulsanne Speed at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering, on August 18. 

Exquisite British craftsmanship will be demonstrated in the Bentley Design Studio, Home Collection and Bentley Boutique, all situated at the ‘Home of Bentley’, adjacent to The Lodge at Pebble Beach.

The powerful new Continental Supersports, billed as the world’s fastest four-seat car, with 710 PS (700 bhp) and acceleration of 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds, is billed as the ultimate grand tourer.

The Bentayga makes its appearance in three new guises: Mulliner, Black and Activity editions. The luxury SUV incorporates intricate detailing and precision in wood, metal and leather creating a modern, luxurious handcrafted interior.

And Bentley’s EXP 12 Speed 6e, a stunning electric concept, takes pride of place on the Pebble Beach on Sunday, August 20.

The electric sports car concept brings together sustainable materials with sumptuous finishes, and battery-driven performance, for the ultimate statement on the future of the luxury sports car.

At Pebble Beach, Bentley is also showcasing the expert craftsmanship of Mulliner, its personal commissioning division.

The Bentayga Mulliner and Mulsanne Speed Hallmark editions both exemplify the hidden delights and special detailing by Mulliner that allow discerning customers to add bespoke touches to their cars.

Visitors to the Home of Bentley will find the brand’s Home collections, as well as handbags and other luxury accessories in the boutique while in the Design Studio, experts are on hand to demonstrate the finest hides used in Bentley cars, and to show up close the attention and detail that go into creating a world of luxury for Bentley customers.

Bentley’s heritage will be on display during the various auctions at Pebble Beach and on the lawn at the Concours d’Elegance, with three notable Bentleys set for auction:

• A 1930 Bentley 6½-litre Speed Six Sportsman’s Saloon by Corsica, one of the most beautiful, famous, and important Speed Sixes, estimated at $3.5-5.5 million;

• A 1926 Bentley 6 1/2 litre Le Mans Sports, Bentley’s flagship model from the marque’s heyday, estimated at $650,000-800,000; and

• A 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Two-Door Saloon, Coachwork by Park Ward, one of just 69 two-door saloons produced, estimated at $250,000-300,000.

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