That is not a huge shock considering the powerplant the Flying Spur has shoe horned in it is borrowed from the Continental GT Speed Coupe – a twin turbocharged 6.0 litre W12!
|Vehicle Type: Luxury Sedan||Base Price: $ TBA|
|Fuel Tank Capacity: 24 gals (90L)||Miles Per Gallon: 19.2|
|Length: 208.6 in. (529.9 cm)||Wheel Base: 120.7 in. (306.6 cm)|
|Height: 58.6 in. (148.8 cm)||Width: 75.7 in. (192.4 cm)|
|Curb Weight: 5445 lbs (2475 kg)||Ground Clearance: NA|
|Luggage Capacity: 16.6 cu ft||Maximum Seating: 4 people|
|Engine: W12 Twin Turbo||Displacement: 6.0 Liter|
|Horsepower: 616 HP||Max RPM: 6000 RPM|
|Torque: 800 Nm||Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic|
|0-60 mph: 4.3 seconds||Maximum Speed: 200 mph (322 km/h)|
Aspiration: twin turbochargers
Torque: 553 lb-ft @ 1700 -5600 rpm
HP: 600 hp
0-60 mph: 4.5 seconds
Top Speed: 200 mph
(from Bentley Press Release) The 200 mph GTC Speed is Bentley’s most powerful convertible ever. The latest GTC range is refined and extended with two new models The new GTC delivers enhanced style, comfort and choice
Now, the introduction of the new GTC range builds on this success with a subtle evolution of its distinctive style and a range of technical and feature enhancements benefiting comfort and customer choice. The appeal of the GTC is further strengthened by the addition of the new 600bhp (610PS) GTC Speed model. It is Bentley’s most powerful convertible ever and inspired by Bentley’s legendary ‘Speed Models’ from the 1920s.
The new GTC models share a fresh frontal appearance. The radiator grille is more upright with a more pronounced square edge, accentuating the Bentley profile, and bolder lower air intake. These latest models are further distinguished by chrome headlamp bezels, the availability of two new exterior paints and a new colour hide.
For the standard GTC, new low-friction dampers provide improved ride comfort. In addition, two significant new options may be specified on both GTC models: lightweight, fade-resistant, carbon-ceramic brakes, the largest production passenger car brakes in the world, and a sophisticated follow-to-stop Adaptive Cruise Control system with long-range radar sensor that monitors traffic ahead and manages throttle and brakes to maintain a driver-selected time gap.
The GTC’s chassis and exceptionally rigid steel body have proved more than capable of coping with the power of the 552bhp (560PS) 6-litre W12 engine. For the new Continental GTC Speed, Bentley’s twin-turbocharged W12 now develops 600bhp (610PS) that delivers true 200 mph (322 km/h) performance, with the roof up, with exhilarating, effortless acceleration. Even with the roof down the GTC Speed can reach 195 mph (312 km/h).
The Continental GTC Speed is visually distinguished by subtle design enhancements which emphasise its higher performance credentials. At the front, the radiator and lower air intake grilles feature a dark tinted matrix as standard. Larger diameter 9.5J x 20-inch, multi-spoke alloy wheels with Bentley-bespoke Pirelli PZero ultra-high performance (UHP) tyres, lowered and uprated suspension, wider twin-rifled exhaust tail pipes and a new boot-mounted lip spoiler that enhances high speed aerodynamics, reinforce the sporting character of the Speed model.
The GTC Speed’s 600bhp (610PS) W12 engine develops 9 per cent more power than the standard GTC. However, it is the 15 per cent increase in torque that really distinguishes the Speed model, which now develops an impressive output of 750 Nm (553lb ft). This is achieved across virtually the complete rev range, from just 1700 to 5600 rev/min, delivering that characteristic Bentley wave of torque.
The 0-60 mph sprint is despatched in a mere 4.5 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds) and 0-100 mph in 10.6 seconds (0-160 km/h in 10.5 seconds).
The GT Speed coupe, which debuted in 2007, has become the top selling GT model across the globe. This was followed in summer 2008 by the 4-door Continental Flying Spur Speed. Now, the Speed family is completed with the introduction of the GTC Speed, which is expected to account for up to two-thirds of GTC sales worldwide in its first year of production.
Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen explains the rationale behind the GTC Speed:
“The Continental GTC is an elegant Grand Touring convertible in the Bentley tradition, exciting the emotions with its distinctive blend of performance, luxury, craftsmanship and modernity. The GTC Speed completes the family of Continental Speed models and broadens the appeal of the GTC to customers who demand a more focused, open-top driving experience.”
Engine: 6.75 liter V8
Aspiration: twin turbochargers
Torque: 738 lb-ft
HP: 500 hp
HP/Liter: 74.1 hp per liter
0-60 mph: 5.2 seconds
Top Speed: 179 mph
(from Bentley press release) Stylish and powerful, the new Bentley Azure T is the world’s most elegant convertible and destined to become a future classic. With unique Bentley ‘T’ styling cues reinforcing its sporting stance, the 500bhp Azure T delivers driver-focused performance with the ability to transport four adults in first-class, open-top luxury.
The new Azure T, specified with the high performance version of Crewe’s iconic 6¾ litre V8 engine, is the latest in a line of Bentley models to bear the ‘T’ legend. The 1996 Continental coupe was the first modern Bentley ‘T’, followed in 2002 by the Arnage T, both flagship models with a distinctive sporting character and thunderous performance.
The Azure’s already striking form is now enhanced by 20-inch 5-spoke wheels and tyres, ‘Le Mans’ front wing vents, dark tint matrix grille and a sculpted, retractable Flying ‘B’ mascot.
For the performance-oriented Azure T, the twin-turbocharged V8 engine produces 500bhp and 1000 Nm of torque – an 11 per cent increase in power and a 14 per cent increase in torque over its 450bhp/875 Nm Azure stable mate.
The famous Bentley wave of torque is even more prodigious than before and performance is significantly raised with a top speed of 179 mph (288 km/h) and a 0-60 mph time of just 5.2 seconds (0-100 km/h in 5.5 sec). Member of the Board, Sales and Marketing, Stuart McCullough comments:
“The new Azure T reflects our passion for creating the world’s most exhilarating and prestigious convertibles that, true to the Bentley T tradition, blend sophistication with a powerful presence.”
BENTLEY AZURE T – NEWS IN BRIEF
Exterior design styling changes, as standard, include:
— 20-inch five-spoke ‘Bright Finish’ alloy wheels
Interior design enhancements, as standard, include:
— Diamond quilting to seats and door panels
Further enhancements to the standard Azure T specification include:
Large display audio head unit with Secure Digital (SD) memory card slot
Further enhancements to the Azure T optional specification include:
‘Naim for Bentley’ premium audio system delivering the world’s best in-car sound stage and featuring 10 speakers, a dual channel sub-woofer and an 1100 Watt amplifier, plus eight individual Digital Signal Processor (DSP) modes to reproduce true emotions and a ‘live’ concert-like experience.
— Arnage T powertrain with 6¾ litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, producing 500bhp and 1000 Nm of torque – increases of 11% and 14 % respectively
Aspiration: twin turbochargers
HP: 800 hp
(from ASI Press Release) ASI’s automotive masterpiece, the TETSU GTR, is a full custom complete car program for the Bentley Continental GT. Utilizing a super-efficient exhaust system, intensive ECU tuning, enlarged turbocharger turbines, and an improved engine coolant system, the TETSU GTR achieves a breathtaking and unprecedented 800 horsepower.
The Bentley Continental’s stately appearance has also been reimagined from the ground up in order to better showcase ASI’s spectacular power boost. The 2070mm wide body, long-grill exterior features LED day lights, carbon fiber lip elements and a plethora of dry carbon components (hood, roof cover, trunk lid, rear wing, rear diffuser).
ASI’s prestige styling package showcases some of Japan’s most traditional and sophisticated artistic traditions; the hood and interior have become a canvas for the skillful hand of Tetsuei Nakamura, who has been comissioned for countless projects by luxury hotels and illustrious locations around Japan, including Enryaku-ji (Mt. Hiei) . The seats and floor mats have been fashioned in the Nishijin weaving legacy, further imbuing each TETSU GTR with the spirit of Japan’s cultural capital, Kyoto.
ASI’s flflagship TETSU GTR, appearing at the 2008 SEMA Show, boasts a two-tone carbon fiber, Fujiyama matte white color scheme, ASI’s 22-inch forged wheels in a special midnight black style, blacked out headlights, a gold dry carbon engine cover, a carbon fiber sports steering wheel,
(from ASI Press Release)
It took nearly a year of meticulous design and precise planning to complete ASI’s Continental Flying Spur Body Kit. And as with everything we do, ASI has devoted the full time and resources necessary to perfect this project. The result is a styling kit that offers a sleek, sophisticated and ambitious new appearance to your sedan without sacrificing the performance and quality that have made ASI the touchstone for Bentley Tuning.
Retaining elements such as the LED winkers, carbon fiber lips and the stacked-oval exhaust cutters from ASI’s highly successful and widely praised Continental GT line styling package, for the Flying Spur we offer an even more dynamic front bumper, rear wheel house louvres and an austere yet seductive tail end. We are confident that you will be as proud to own and drive your new ASI Bentley Flying Spur as we are to have created it.
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