4 MOST LOVED BENTLEYS IN UAE
Bentley is one of the greatest automotive brands in the world. This brand easily blends sophistication, impeccable style and great performance to produce luxury marques often driven by the affluent. From the very beginning when Walter Owen Bentley “W.O.” Bentley created the company in 1919, he aimed at producing a distinctive brand of cars, different from what was in the market. This led to the production of world class models that would go ahead to win prestigious titles on the racing track as well as set trends with innovative models. Despite having undergone several changes in its management, Bentley has remained an automotive giant that has retained its popularity amongst celebrities, entertainment industry and car enthusiasts in general. With such a wide array of excellent productions, we look at some of the popular Bentleys in the UAE.
The Continental GT
The Bentley Continental GT was first manufactured in 2003 and was the first production by the British Automaker under the Volkswagen AG management. It was also the first Bentley car to be offered on mass production and is attributed to the current massive popularity that Bentley is enjoying across the globe. The Continental GT is a beautiful marque that is powered with a 6.0L W-12 twin-turbo engine. The interiors of the Continental GT have been compared to that of the plush Rolls Royce while its performance almost matches that of the Ferrari. It is no wonder that so far more than 65,000 Continental GT marques have been sold, making it one of Bentley’s best-sellers yet.
The Continental Flying Spur
The Bentley Continental Flying Spur first came into the picture in 2006 and was the second vehicle of the Bentley brand to be manufactured under the new Volkswagen management. The Continental GT was the first and both Bentleys are modeled after the VW Phaeton. Save for the four doors and a roomier cabin and cargo space created by a longer wheelbase and additional inches, the first Flying Spur was very similar to its predecessor. So much so that they were priced the same. For the second generation, Volkswagen omitted the Continental from the name and it was referred to as simply, the Flying Spur. The 2014 model is the current Flying Spur and it is powered by a turbocharged version of the W-12 6.0L engine that was used in the upper trim level of the VW Phaeton. Delivering 600hp, the Flying Spur can move from 0 to 60mph in 4.5seconds. A cheaper option comes in the form of the smaller 4.0L V8 engine derived from Audi.
No one would have thought that a Bentley SUV was possible back in the day but flashforward to 2016 and the Bentley Bentayga made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015. Besides being Bentley’s first SUV, the Bentayga has been said to be the fastest SUV, with a top speed of 187 mph and is also the most expensive SUV. Powered by a twin-turbo 6.0L W-12 that delivers 600hp and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with an all-wheel drive, this five-door luxury crossover SUV comes with 4, 5 and 7 seater options. Only the finest leather is used in the plush interior that is complemented by the latest technology.
The Bentley Mulsanne
The first Bentley Mulsanne was produced between 1980 and 1992 and was named after the Mulsanne Corner of the Le Mans racing circuit where Bentley cars have in the past won six awards between 1924 and 1930 at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Designed by the Belgian VW car designer, Dirk Van Braekel, the new Bentley Mulsanne is a beautiful full-size luxury car that was launched in 2010. This revamped Mulsanne is powered by a 6.75L twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 505hp and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The new Mulsanne comes with 2-3 passenger seating arrangements but endless options for interior and exterior decor. Buyers can select from 114 exterior paint colors, 24 types of leather and 9 wood veneers for the interior as well as 21 carpet colors. The wheelbase of the 2017 Bentley Mulsanne was extended by 9.8 inches to create a roomier cabin that can accommodate first class airline style seats with extendable leg rests as well as increase the rear compartment. This model also comes with power-operated blackout curtains and full-length console as well as an optional fridge.