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New Bentayga Hybrid now available to order in the United Kingdom and Europe, bringing electrified motoring to the luxury SUV market
Unrivalled serenity through electric drive and even greater refinement
Increased connected car services with access to charging data, statistics and cabin comfort controls
E-Motor partnered with a 3.0 litre twin-scroll turbocharged V6 petrol engine delivering 443 bhp (449 PS) and 516 lb.ft (700 Nm) of torque
Combined range of 430 miles (693 km) with capability of 25 miles (40 km) range in pure electric drive (WLTP)
Usage profile data shows majority of journeys made with Bentayga Hybrid are in EV mode, and 90 per cent of customers consistently travel less than 30 miles per journey
The Bentayga Hybrid is currently accessible to arrange for clients in the United Kingdom and Europe. Following presentation in the dispatch markets of the USA and China, the Bentayga Hybrid keeps on bringing unparalleled, charged serenity to the extravagance SUV area all throughout the planet.
Following the dispatch of the Bentayga V8 and Bentayga Speed the previous summer, the Bentayga Hybrid is the third model in the best extravagance SUV portfolio the fragment has at any point seen. The original Bentayga Hybrid represented one in each five of Bentaygas fabricated, and the presentation of the subsequent age is probably going to build that proportion – 45% of Bentayga orders in China since dispatch have been for the mixture variant.
Giving an improved on proposal to clients, the most recent age Bentayga Hybrid is accessible at a similar base cost as a Bentayga V8 – zeroing in the client decision on powertrain inclination instead of cost.
Conveying a similar degree of solace and extravagance, yet with a calmer and more refined driving experience, the Bentayga Hybrid brings a determination of new advances and associated vehicle administrations, situating the new item as the most in fact progressed Bentayga to date.
The outside and inside plan accentuates Bentley plan DNA across the whole model reach, giving Bentley the freshest and most present day item group of any extravagance vehicle organization. Moreover, the Bentayga Hybrid is the initial step on Bentley’s way to having an electric contribution for each model in the reach inside the following three years, in front of Bentley’s first BEV in 2025 and as a feature of Bentley’s progressive Beyond100 procedure that will see the famous brand become the world’s driving supportable extravagance portability organization.
Presenting the most recent on-board innovation and a much seriously pampering lodge, the new Bentayga is fundamentally reconsidered both all around from the past age. The Bentayga Hybrid is accessible with a four or five-seat setup and can be customized further with an immense determination of discretionary substance including Blackline and Styling Specifications, with Blackline currently being requested on in excess of 33% of client vehicles.
The Bentayga Hybrid offers a definitive in electric extravagance, with smooth and quiet advancement through metropolitan conditions, while having the fabulous visiting ability to get away from the city and investigate further. Clients of the Bentayga Hybrid can get away from the commotion of the city through the refined and acoustically-disconnected peacefulness of the lodge without motor impedance, utilizing something like 25 miles of electric-just reach (WLTP), before genuinely abandoning the city with the solace of a complete consolidated scope of 430 miles (WLTP).
Bentley’s examination shows more than 90% of clients utilize their original Bentayga Hybrid consistently or a few times each week, and almost 100% of clients use EV mode, with half of them reliably embraced excursions of under 30 miles.
In certifiable terms, most of excursions can be accomplished totally in electric just, with zero discharges, conveying more advantages ecologically and expanding on Bentley’s new standing for supportability for what’s to come.
The Bentayga Hybrid is the first of two new Bentley cross breeds due to enter creation this year, with the close to break cover this late spring. The Bentayga Hybrid is accessible to arrange in the UK and Europe now, with conveyances starting in the coming weeks.
Bentley Motors today launches its 2018 trainee recruitment campaign with 86 new positions available for Apprentices, Undergraduates and Graduates to start in the autumn of 2018.
Apprentice applications open from 10 February at www.bentleycareers.com with Undergraduate and Graduate opportunities added throughout the month. Vacancies cover commercial areas such as Sales and Marketing, Communications, Human Resources, Finance and Purchasing, as well as the traditional Engineering and Manufacturing opportunities.
For prospective Apprentice candidates wanting to find out more, an open day will be held at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe on Saturday 10 February.
Commenting on the recruitment drive, Dr. Astrid Fontaine, Member of the Board for People, Digitalisation and IT at Bentley Motors, said:
“Bentley continues to demonstrate its commitment to future talent. Our programmes have been running for more than 40 years and they each offer a solid foundation for people to build the relevant skills and knowledge that will enable them to grow through their careers.
“There are many opportunities available, in all areas of the business, at different ages and stages of education. We are looking for extraordinary candidates, our experts of tomorrow, who can add to our already highly-skilled and passionate workforce.”
Bentley has recently received national recognition for its future talent and skills development programmes after being named as a Top Employer for the seventh consecutive year by the Top Employers Institute.
Bentley’s apprenticeship programme, with 40 positions available, offers an invaluable way of gaining recognised qualifications while undertaking key training at Bentley, for three or four years, dependent on which area the Apprentice is working in.
Approximately half of the Apprentices will be undertaking the manufacturing programme, learning skills within areas such as Wood, Paint and Mechatronics. The first year of their programme will include theoretical learning, before working in practical areas of manufacturing at Bentley.
Bentley was recently announced as the Best Employer in the Automotive Sector by the School Leavers Awards, voted for solely by Apprentices. The company also ranked as the second Best Employer for School Leavers in the UK.
Bentley’s Apprentice of Year in 2017 was Meg Aucott, a former Engineering Apprentice, and now Engineer at Bentley Motors.
Since its introduction, the Bentley Bentayga has defined a new sector and set the luxury SUV benchmark, offering customers the ultimate Grand Touring experience unrestricted by landscape or conditions. The award-winning Bentley model is now available in its most sporting guise to date – the Bentayga V8.
At the heart of the latest Bentayga model is a new-generation 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine which combines immense power with impressive fuel efficiency. The addition of a characteristic V8 burble, stylish twin-quad exhaust pipes and optional carbon-ceramic brakes, reveals more of the luxury SUV’s sporting character.
Sitting at the core of the Bentayga range, the new V8 model fuses exquisite luxury with power, usability and extensive sporting ability. Its responsive performance is fully customisable on demand by the driver through Bentley’s Drive Dynamics system, from limousine-like refinement to sporting precision.
Inside, customers will recognise Bentley’s unique approach to modern luxury tailoring, with the familiar blend of exquisite handcrafted materials and advanced technologies. New styling features include a wood and hide steering wheel and the introduction of a high-gloss carbon-fibre interior panel finish.
Immense Performance, Impressive Efficiency
At the heart of the new Bentayga V8 sits an all-new 4.0-litre, 32-valve, V8 engine featuring dual twin-scroll turbochargers located inside the ‘V’ of the engine.
The dynamic unit develops 542 bhp (550 PS) and 568 lb.ft. (770 Nm) of torque, resulting in a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h) and 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds (100 km/h in 4.5 seconds).
The class-leading performance of the Bentayga V8 is complemented by a range of 464 miles (746 km), with CO2 emissions of 260 g/km. This refined efficiency (24.8 mpg / 11.4 l/100 km combined) comes, in part, through the ability of the engine to de-activate four of its eight cylinders in suitable conditions, without compromising the drive. The seamless change happens in just 20 milliseconds, making it imperceptible to customers.
The addition of Stop-Start technology, which can activate at ‘near-to-stop’ speeds, also contributes to the emissions figure.
This unique blend of power and refinement gives the Bentayga V8 a distinct, unrivalled position in the luxury SUV market.
Striking, Individual Exterior Design
The exterior design of the Bentayga V8 reflects the model’s sporting position within the Bentayga family.
The shape is defined by the Bentayga’s unique muscular, sculptural lines, balancing athleticism with an unmistakable presence on the road. From the four round LED headlamps to the large matrix grille, the Bentayga V8 exudes the Bentley design DNA, while the overt powerline, large rear haunches and raised ride height reflect the rugged off-road ability of the luxury SUV.
For the first time, optional carbon-ceramic brakes are offered on the Bentayga. The braking system is the largest and most powerful ever fitted to a Bentley, and the largest front brake system available on any production car.
The brake discs measure 440 mm in diameter at the front and 370 mm at the rear, and sit inside enormous Bentley-branded calipers, with 10 pistons at the front. Together these provide a maximum braking torque of 6,000 Nm.
Also introduced on the Bentayga V8 are sporting red brake calipers for the front and rear standard iron brakes. The calipers are painted in special, high-temperature resistant Tornado red paint, and signal strongly the dynamic intent of this performance-oriented Bentayga V8.
In front of these sit a choice of 11 wheel designs, including an all-new 22” five-spoke wheel with black painted and polished finish.
A purposeful black and chrome grille at the front is complemented by Bentley ‘twin-quad’ exhaust tailpipes at rear, both of which provide a further subtle reminder of the new engine specification.
Sublime, Handcrafted Luxury Interior
The Bentayga V8 continues the Bentley tradition of intricate detailing and fine, handcrafted precision using authentic materials. Customers can specify hand cross-stitching, which highlights the interior styling lines of the seats and door panels, and there is the choice of the Bentayga’s four-, five-, or seven-seat configuration, for ultimate versatility.
Three innovative new interior options are offered in the Bentayga V8: a high-gloss carbon-fibre finish replacing traditional veneer surfaces; a wood and hide steering wheel; and a new rich red leather, Cricket Ball.
For the first time in a Bentley, a high-gloss carbon-fibre finish is offered to customers seeking a contemporary, technical feel. Bentley has traditionally offered a matt carbon-fibre surface to replace the veneer on panels including the fascia, centre console and door waistrails, but this is the first time the finish has been offered with a high gloss, which enhances the technical weave.
Another first – the wood and hide trimmed steering wheel – can be specified in the Bentayga V8. Uniquely, the new three-spoke, wood and hide trimmed wheel (available in seven different veneer finishes) uses a solid wood base and thus maintains the integrity and authenticity of interior features offered by Bentley.
Cricket Ball leather makes its debut in the Bentayga V8. The evocative new colour is inspired by the traditional and instantly appealing deep chestnut hue of a new cricket ball, and fits perfectly into the inspiring range of 15 interior colours and five colour splits offered by Bentley.
Effortless Bentley Performance, Unrestrained by Climate or Terrain
The Bentayga V8 is available with Bentley Dynamic Ride – the world’s first electric active roll control technology that utilises a 48V system. This system instantly counteracts lateral rolling forces when cornering and ensures maximum tyre contact to deliver class-leading cabin stability, ride comfort and exceptional handling.
Bentley’s adaptive and reactive system provides variable torsional resistance, allowing the Bentayga to be both dynamically capable and comfortable for all occupants at all times. The pioneering use of a 48V system results in silent, instantaneous responses to deal with all road surfaces.
The Bentayga V8 offers class-leading ride comfort, steering feel and handling thanks to the partnership of a highly sophisticated chassis and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). In addition to advanced, multi-mode Traction Control (TCS), the Bentayga also features Hill Descent Control.
Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) is also featured on the Bentayga. The new system improves feedback to the driver, while providing isolation from steering kick-back both on- and off-road. EPAS also features a variable rack ratio, permitting light and fast steering while manoeuvring at low speeds, as well as a more subdued response for excellent stability at high speeds.
The Bentayga offers the widest range of on- and off-road drive settings of any vehicle via Bentley’s Drive Dynamics Mode and optional All-Terrain Specification. Up to eight modes (four on- and four off-road) are available, allowing drivers, at the simple turn of a dial, to select the perfect dynamic set-up for any surface or road condition.
All-Terrain Specification allows the customer to select the appropriate vehicle settings for a wide range of off-road surfaces, including Snow & Grass, Dirt & Gravel, Mud & Trail and Sand Dunes. Meanwhile, the Driver Information Panel displays information on pitch, roll, wheel articulation, steering angle, compass bearing and altitude.
The Bentayga V8 comes with multi-mode air suspension. The driver has four different modes to choose from: High 2, High 1, Normal and Low. High 2, for example, can be manually selected when tackling more severe off-road surfaces. Customers can also lower the rear suspension via a switch in the boot, to ease loading and trailer hitching.
Hill Descent Control automatically regulates the vehicle’s speed on steep declines, allowing the driver to concentrate fully on steering and obstacles ahead. It can be pre-set at speeds between two and 30 km/h (going in either direction) and works on gradients greater than five per cent.
Innovative Features and Advanced Technologies
A suite of state-of-the-art driver assistance systems and infotainment features designed to enhance safety, comfort and convenience make the Bentayga V8 an innovative, advanced and connected luxury SUV.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) including Stop & Go, Predictive ACC and Traffic Assist enables the driver to maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front. Predictive ACC uses the navigation data, sensors and cameras to predict upcoming corners, city boundaries and speed-limit changes and can then modify the vehicle speed accordingly, improving both comfort and fuel economy.
In urban environments, there are a number of driver aids available on the Bentayga V8. These systems – such as Traffic Sign Recognition, which detects a wide variety of traffic signs and displays information to the driver; Rear Crossing Traffic Warning, which uses radar technology to detect crossing traffic when reversing out of a parking space; and Top View, a system which uses four cameras to display an overall picture of the vehicle’s surroundings – combine to enhance everyday usability.
Park Assist is also available – a system that detects suitable parking spaces (both parallel and perpendicular) before autonomous steering takes over to support parking manoeuvres.
Other innovative systems available include Night Vision, which uses infra-red technology to identify potential obstacles ahead, and a Head-Up Display, which reduces driver distraction and increases safety.
The Bentayga’s 8” touch screen infotainment system boasts class-leading navigation technology, a 60GB hard drive, and a choice of up to 30 languages. Rear seat passengers benefit from the introduction of the Bentley Entertainment Tablet – a removable 10.2” Android device with 4G, WiFi and Bluetooth for effortless, high-speed on-board connectivity.
Customers can choose between three different sound systems for the Bentayga V8: Bentley Standard Audio, Bentley Signature Audio and Naim for Bentley Premium Audio. The latter is the most powerful system in the segment, with 1,950 watts, a network of 18 speakers and super-tweeters for unrivalled recreation of the highest audio frequencies.
4.0-litre, 32-valve, twin-turbocharged V8
542 bhp* / 404 kW / 550 PS @ 6,000 rpm
770 Nm / 568 lb. ft. @ 1,960-4,500 rpm
ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, permanent all-wheel drive with 40:60 front to rear torque split
Bentley Motorsport is unveiling an all-new Continental GT3 racecar, currently in development for the 2018 motorsport season.
The second-generation Continental GT3 is the latest dedicated racecar in an acclaimed Bentley motorsport lineage that includes the 4½ Litre, Speed Six and Speed 8 Le Mans winners. The first-generation Continental GT3 has proven to be a championship-winning endurance racer, scoring 120 podiums and 45 wins across 528 races around the world to date.
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush comments:
“After four years of success with our Continental GT3, we’re excited to reveal our second-generation car. The new car leaves no area or system untouched in the search for even better performance, and the early test results are promising. The new Continental GT road car has proved to be a great starting point for the development of a new racer, and the engineering development work is true to Bentley’s impeccable standards.”
The New Continental GT3
Development of the new car has been led by the engineers of Bentley Motorsport’s in-house team based in Crewe, together with designers and technicians at Bentley’s motorsport technical partner, M-Sport.
The new Continental GT3 has been designed from the all-new Continental GT road car, utilising it’s mostly aluminium structure as the foundation to deliver a race-ready weight of significantly less than 1300 kg and helping to deliver an ideal weight distribution for racing.
The engine is a new development of the renowned and race-proven 4.0-litre Bentley twin-turbo V8, with a totally redesigned dry sump system and all-new intake and exhaust systems. Unrestricted power is in excess of 550 bhp.
Exterior aerodynamic surfaces have been crafted in the wind tunnel and are based on the shape of the road car, enhancing the muscular exterior panels with aerodynamic devices for additional downforce. Suspension and braking systems are new and bespoke to the Continental GT3.
The all-new racecar has already started a six-month test programme to pick up the mantle from its championship-winning predecessor, completing test work in the UK, France and Portugal. Upcoming development work includes full 24 hour endurance race simulations.
Bentley Motorsport 2018
Bentley Motorsport is also announcing its plans for the 2018 season, after 2017 proved to be the most successful season for the team, capturing the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. Bentley Motorsport will run a pair of new Continental GT3 racers across Europe in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup again next year, and also compete around the world in the four-round Intercontinental GT Challenge.
The new Continental GT3 will make its race debut at the opening round of the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Monza. Updates from the development programme of the new racer, and confirmation of the 2018 driver line-up, will be issued by Bentley Motorsport in due course.
Bentley Motorsport has won the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup with Bentley Team M-Sport at a rollercoaster final round in Barcelona.
The team entered the championship finale as Endurance Cup leaders with a 16-point advantage over its nearest rival, thanks to a win at the Paul Ricard 1000 km and a second place finish in the prestigous 24 Hours of Spa.
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, comments: “Securing the Endurance Cup Teams title is testament to the hard work that every single member of Bentley Motorsport and Bentley Team M-Sport has put in to this season. I’m proud of our achievements as a team and we’ll use the energy from this championship win as we start preparations for 2018. We’ll be back next year aiming to go one better and secure the driver’s title too.”
The title-winning weekend was not as easy as the team had hoped it would be. Following a crash in the qualifying session, the #7 Continental GT3 #7 required a full front-end rebuild – but after impeccable teamwork the car started the race at the back of the pack of 49 GT3s. Three hours later it crossed the line in P19 thanks to flawless driving and focused determination from the British trio of Guy Smith, Oliver Jarvis and Steven Kane.
Meanwhile, the #8 Continental GT3 had a tricky qualifying in a disrupted session and started the race from 28th. Carving through the pack, Vince Abril (MC), Andy Soucek (ES) and Maxime Soulet (BE) climbed up into the top-ten, putting them in the effective lead of the Endurance Cup drivers’ title. However, a mechanical failure with 90 minutes to go ended the chance of taking the driver’s title.
However, with 88 points scored from a consistently strong season, Bentley Team M-Sport had done enough to secure the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup title.
Bentley Motorsport will announce its plans for 2018 shortly, while reflecting on a 2017 season that has seen the Continental GT3 secure two more championships in its fourth year of competition.