If you didn't already know it, China has arrived. Bentley is tailoring its new SUV to meet Chinese buyers' tastes, because China is the company's largest market. But no one liked Bentley's new beast at the Geneva auto show, so the luxury carmaker is trying to find out why.
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After the decidedly negative response to the decidedly hideous EXP 9 F concept at last week's Geneva Motor Show, we couldn't be less surprised to hear Bentley is reconsidering the design of the poorly received concept SUV.
Stephen Colbert used to ask liberals if George W. Bush was a "great president" or "the greatest president" as sort of a taunt. A few days ago, Bentley unveiled the Bentley EXP 9 F SUV concept-soon-to-be-production-model. So now, car fans, we ask you: Is the Bentley SUV a great idea or the greatest idea?
Demolition derbies are usually a slight detour for well worn older cars between the end of their usable life and a trip to the crusher. This weekend we want to know what would happen if the opposite were true and derbies somehow became the territory of brand new cars.
Skijoring is a winter sport that involves being dragged around by a horse or a dog on skis. It's also something we have almost no interest in, that is at least until you replace the horse or dog with a 570 horsepower Bentley Continental GT.
In Russia it seems like your expensive car may never truly be safe from vandals. This Bentley Continental GT received the spray can customization seen here during the day while parked in front of an insurance office.
The 2012 Bentley Continental GT V8 offers a moral hazard for foolish plutocrats—and not just by dint existing in the first place. Nope, it's the new twin-turbo V8 engine (which lives a less glamorous life in an Audi S8) that's a puzzle box for the moneyed ego: Do you buy the W-12 version, with slightly higher…
We asked you, our poor masses, for your best take on Bentley's custom door sill generator. You responded in the refined style befitting bespoke British motorcraft. Here are the best smartass responses:
Online configurators can not only be great timewasters, but give us a glimpse of how desperate a brand can be for its customers. Why else would Bentley let you stamp obscenities on the door sill of a Mulsanne?
Bentley's new, more efficient 4.0-liter V8 will arrive at the 2012 Detroit auto show, just in time for the aftereffects of debtopocalypse, when every US citizen becomes a call-center worker for a Chinese bank conglomerate. Awesome timing!
Toiling away will never be like flogging a classic GT at 11/10ths, but a line of seats inspired by classic sports cars' butt-buckets may make doing that presentation just a bit less sucky.
Only in Monaco would you find a Bentley Azure T that's managed to plow into a Ferrari F430, damaging an Aston Martin Rapide, a Porsche 911 Carrera S and a Mercedes S-Class in the process. Monaco's body shops must make their casinos look like convents. Cela va droit à buff!
Bentley is working on a competitor to the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover (likely built off...the Porsche Cayenne). It's actually an alternative fuel play: we'll have to use something else if the wealthy burn all the oil first.
Fugitive car thief 22-year-old Justin Durbin's been conning his way from Mercedes to Mercedes in a string of clever heists that ended with his arrest in a stolen Bentley in Lake Charles, La. All without breaking a window or picking a lock.
The streets of New Delhi, India, have more than their share of traffic from vehicles of all kinds. New to the list: more than 40 Porsches, Aston Martins and other luxury cars abandoned by owners worried about tax evasion charges.
If you can't make the Paris showing of 17 classic vehicles from designer Ralph Lauren's collection for the typical reasons — busy summer polo schedule, breaking in a new yacht captain, etc., etc. — you can at least hear them.
A wedding in Wenzhou, China, last Thursday included a traffic-clogging procession of 28 exotics vehicles, including several Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys. In a country where the rich are still nouveau, the display has sparked a backlash.