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About Bentley

A JOURNEY OF POWERFUL LUXURY
Bentley stands for more than the usual extensive list of superlatives. Six victories at Le Mans have infused the marque with romance, spirit and flair. They have shaped a philosophy of not simply reaching a destination, but of doing so with purpose and power. In a Bentley, you arrive in every sense of the word.

You feel this essence in the commanding surge that propels the vehicle forwards. You see it in the understated lines, the distinctive twin headlights and the unmistakable matrix grille. You appreciate it in every element of a car crafted by hand from the finest materials - although you will have to step out at some point.

Both relaxing and exhilarating, a Bentley represents an intensely personal journey. For the driver, it means entering a world of luxurious high-performance. For the brand, it represents the skills, passion and pride of our people. Their craftsmanship is evident throughout, right down to the initials carefully etched into the upholstery inside every car. An individual hallmark of absolute quality.


 

Be Extraordinary

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BE EXTRAORDINARY

“When extraordinary cars meet extraordinary people, extraordinary things happen.”

Every inspired idea, every invention and industry, started with an extraordinary moment. A big bang. A meeting of minds.

W.O. Bentley made ‘a fast car, a good car, the best in it’s class’ but Woolf Barnato and his racing Bentley Boys were the ‘rocket fuel’ who brought this extraordinarily powerful engine roaring into the public eye. They were customers. They were investors. They were Bentley.

Now, 96 years on, Bentley still champions those life-changing moments, encouraging people to push themselves to the limit, take themselves to new places and take others with them. 

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Motorsport

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MOTORSPORT

Bentley Motorsport has unveiled the thrilling new Continental GT3 race car, currently under development in preparation for the 2018 motorsport season. Lighter, more dynamic and even more powerful, it is closely based on the newly launched Continental GT. The team is aiming to build on this year's incredibly dramatic and exciting season, which included numerous race wins and podiums, claiming the title in the British GT and winning the Blancpain Endurance Series Cup in 2017.

Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, reflects the buzz and growing air of expectation among Bentley Motorsport’s in-house engineering team at Crewe: “After four years of success with our Continental GT3, we’re very excited to reveal our second-generation car. It leaves no area or system untouched in search of even better performance, and early test results are promising.” To find out more about this all-new car, click here.

The new Continental GT3 will be the most exciting race car ever created by Bentley – because it’s based on the company’s most advanced road car. The stage is set. After the success of 2017, Bentley Motorsport is ready to unleash the new Continental GT3 across the globe in the upcoming motorsport season.

2018 Bentley Motorsport Season
For the upcoming season, Bentley Motorsport will assign a brace of breathtaking new Continental GT3 racers across Europe in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup again in 2018. The team will compete across the globe 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. What a day it promises to be.

The latest updates from the development programme of the new GT3 racer – and final confirmation of the 2018 driver line-up – will be announced very soon, so please check back for further updates.

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Bentley Places

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Life Is A Grand Tour

The 'Home of Bentley' is in Crewe, England, but further afield there are special Bentley Places. Places of luxury and refinement that embody the values and the spirit of Bentley, around the world. These places are special, and have been designed and handcrafted with bespoke fittings and features. Bentley Places are finished with our customary attention to the smallest details; like hand stitching, exquisite textures and elegant colours. Visitors to these places will experience the Home of Bentley, away from home.

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Bentley Places: St Regis New York

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THE BENTLEY SUITE AT THE ST. REGIS NEW YORK

A one-of-a-kind suite at a landmark hotel

The Bentley Suite on the 15th floor of the legendary St. Regis New York features a foyer, bedroom, one and a half bathrooms, an expansive dining room and living room complete with floor to ceiling windows. Hallmark St. Regis services including the signature St. Regis Butler Service and in-suite champagne bar come as standard.

In addition, an exclusively customised 2013 Bentley Mulsanne joins the house fleet, incorporating bottle cooler, crystal champagne flutes, St. Regis crests and personalised tread plates.

"Bentley has long stood alone as the world’s premier maker of hand-crafted automobiles. Their impeccable attention to detail and dedication to artisanship makes them the ideal collaborator for this beloved hotel." Paul H. F. Nash, General Manager, The St. Regis New York.

Please visit the St Regis New York website for details about booking the Bentley Suite.

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Bentley Places: Pankhurst

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TAKE A SEAT IN STYLE AT PANKHURST

Stop for a cut and a shave at the new Pankhurst barbershop in London and you may notice something a little different. Not necessarily the relaxed atmosphere for which the shop is renowned – nor the sharpness of cut for which the proprietor, Brent Pankhurst is famous.

What’s likely to strike you most on your journey to this icon of men’s grooming is the finish of the shop’s chairs. Upholstered specifically for Pankhurst by the Bentley craftsmen in Crewe, all six embody the same exacting attention to detail as the interiors of our cars. Five display the Bentley badge proudly on their headrests, while a sixth has the Pankhurst logo emblazoned in its diamond-stitched Burnt Oak hide, courtesy of Bentley’s specialist trim team.

Some men will go a long way for the right haircut and shave. Now those who make the trip can enjoy it in the style to which they’re accustomed.

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Clubs & Associations

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Bentley Drivers Club

Bentleys are built to be driven. So it’s hardly surprising to learn that the largest and most famous group of Bentley enthusiasts is The Bentley Drivers Club. Appropriately enough, the first members were Bentley drivers attending a race at the legendary Brooklands track in Surrey in 1936, canvassed by a note placed under their windscreens by one G.K. Pelmore. The first meeting was over-subscribed; a bigger venue had to be found at the last minute.

Since then the Bentley Drivers Club has gone from strength to strength, with branches from Dallas to Tokyo and from Cape Town to Canberra. The Club organises a number of social and competitive events, and provides specialist services for owners of Cricklewood-, Derby- and Crewe-built Bentleys. The BDC is now the focus of a world-wide Federation of Bentley Clubs and welcomes new members.

Click here to visit the BDC website.

 

ROLLS-ROYCE ENTHUSIASTS CLUB

The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club -was formed in 1957 and welcomes enthusiastic new members. Bentley cars produced in Derby and Crewe from 1933 to the production cars of today are represented. Membership is in excess of 10,500 in 52 countries, with more than 3500 Bentleys in ownership. The Club has a justifiable reputation for friendliness and informality.

Thirty-nine geographical Sections, and eight model Registers organise events, including overseas tours. The Annual Rally with seventeen classes judged, is the largest Rolls-Royce and Bentley gathering in the world.

The Club Bulletin covers all aspects of the Club's activities, with many services of value to members. The members’ website contains a wealth of information with search engines for Historical and Technical Information.

Click here to visit the RREC website.

 

ROLLS-ROYCE OWNERS CLUB

The Rolls-Royce Owners Club was established in the USA in 1951 and now has over 9,000 members. All Bentley model cars (and their owners!) are warmly welcomed into the club.
The club offers practical, technical and historical information on Rolls-Royce and Bentley motorcars of all eras and all models.

The RROC helps members restore, maintain and repair their cars. They make the experience of owning a Derby or Crewe built motorcar all the more enjoyable.

Click here to visit the RROC website

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EXPLORING THE EXTRAORDINARY

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EXPLORING THE EXTRAORDINARY

As part of our relentless quest to Be Extraordinary, we have created one of the world’s most detailed landscape photographs. This breathtaking image has detail at its heart – which is why the Bentley Flying Spur is pictured, a car that celebrates the appreciation of difference. The stunning scene was captured at a height of 1,000 feet, using a camera suspended from a crane set on one of Dubai’s tallest buildings.

From inspiration to creation, the project was a celebration of detail – an approach necessary when producing a photograph made up of 1,825 individual images.  

It’s a truly unique photograph, enabling you to explore an extraordinary car in a stunning location.

EXTRAORDINARY PHOTOGRAPHY
As with any extraordinary endeavour, creating one of the world’s most detailed examples of landscape photography means overcoming obstacles – and in some cases, these issues have never been tackled before.

This will come as no surprise when you consider some of the numbers involved in the story of this photo.

The picture is made up of 1,825 individual images. When stitched together, this amounts to an astonishing 57.7 billion pixels of detail.

Any photography project taking place in Dubai is immediately met with the issue of heat – over 40°C at this time of year. What’s more, shooting from a building of this size means allowing for movement from the wind. While our team was stationed on the rooftop, wind speeds averaged over 15 mph – enough to disrupt the millimetre-perfect camera positioning necessary to capture the image sharply.

In keeping with Bentley’s constant journey of improvement, the image had to be even more extraordinary than our first gigapixel image – a photograph of the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase on the Golden Gate Bridge. To achieve this, we’ve adapted the image to allow for even greater, interactive exploration. Not only can you see more of Dubai, but you can see more of the Flying Spur.

AN EXTRAORDINARY LOCATION
Our original gigapixel image featured a stunning piece of civil engineering – the Golden Gate Bridge. Our location for the second shot had to take the concept to new heights.

Dubai is the fastest growing city in the world and a go-to destination for global travellers. It is also one of the world’s most advanced and ambitious cities – something that can be seen in practically everything its inhabitants have created.

As well as being home to the 164-floor Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, Dubai has a flourishing arts scene and true creative depth – something that is often overlooked on first visit to a city usually billed as a commercial metropolis. But we saw it as yet another reason to set our extraordinary image in this city.

Dubai is not only home to our latest gigapixel image, but also our most prestigious locations, the Bentley Emirates showroom and the St. Regis Dubai Bentley Suite. Both of these immaculate spaces showcase design themes that evoke contemporary elegance and stylish refinement – traits shared by the city and the Bentley brand itself. Wherever you explore in Dubai, extraordinary design is not far away.

EXTRAORDINARY DESIGN
At the heart of everything Bentley does is an irrepressible drive to create extraordinary things. It’s this constant force that leads to a design language showcasing style, luxury and forward thinking. It’s an ethos that’s crystalised in the vision of John Paul Gregory, Bentley’s Head of Design.

John Paul plays an important role in the photography project. Starting from the centre point of our panoramic photo, he provides an in-depth tour of the car – both inside and out – and the Bentley brand through a 360° video. Once he has shared his knowledge of the new Flying Spur W12 S, John Paul gives you a guided tour of Dubai, its cutting-edge Bentley showroom and the opulent St. Regis Dubai Bentley suite.

Interviewed on the part he played in the gigapixel project, John Paul explained that both Dubai and the Flying Spur W12 S “were built on an ambition for creating something that was perceived as impossible”.

AN EXTRAORDINARY CAR
This project is a celebration of detail – a fact that made the Flying Spur the obvious choice.
The Flying Spur is designed for every moment in a modern luxury life, from work to the weekend. In particular, it suits those seeking effortless performance with a striking sports appearance – a luxurious sedan with the power of a supercar.

The Flying Spur is designed to be as at home in the city as it is comfortable on the open road, a trait perfectly embodied by Dubai – a city of endless possibility surrounded by near endless desert roads.

Rich in handcrafted details, the Flying Spur W12 S features jewel-like LED headlamps, dark tint rear lamps, the finest hand-stitched leather interiors and a 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine. When it comes to Flying Spur, the difference isn’t one thing, it’s everything. 

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