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Car FYI’s 2024 Canadian Automotive Guide: Bentley

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2024 Product Lineup: Batur, Bentayga, Continental, Flying Spur 

Overall Brand Impression:  

Bentley’s reputation for exclusivity and highly-crafted motoring remains high in the auto industry. While the Continental GT, Flying Spur and Bentayga models continue to reflect the upper echelons of luxury in 2024, ultra-low production releases such as the Batur are vehicles that could only be created by a modern coachbuilder. Although Bentley has set sights on a fully battery electric-powered lineup by 2030, six years prior to this pledge still sees consistent employment of their twin-turbocharged W12 engine throughout their product range. This will end in April of 2024 when production of the powerplant will conclude. 

What’s New for 2024:

The before-mentioned discontinuation of W12 engine production by Bentley is obviously one of the biggest signs of transformation for the ultra-luxury brand in 2024. V8 engines will remain available with Bentley’s 2024 Continental GT, Flying Spur and Bentayga product range with the latter also offered as a hybrid model with a gasoline V6 power unit.

For 2024, the Bentley Bentayga crossover vehicle receives a number of enhancements. A new Bentayga EWB (Extended Wheelbase) better serves rear passengers. Stretching 180 millimeters longer for a total length of 5322 millimeters, the Bentley Bentayga EWB is offered with the company’s Airline Seat specification resulting in what is described as a 4+1 seating configuration. Employing intelligent comfort features such as auto climate sensing system and postural adjustment, the Bentley Airline Seat system can be configured in Business or Relax mode. 

Bentley’s luxury crossover vehicle other updates for 2024 includes improved driver assistance enhancements, Bang & Olufsen for Bentley sound system and new exterior paint choices. Standard all-wheel steering is expanded to the Bentayga S and Azure models for 2024. All Bentley Bentayga models incorporate carpeting made with 100 percent recycled, sustainable materials. 

The limited production Bentley Batur is serving as the definitive presentation for the outgoing W12 engine. A two-door coupe incorporating four-wheel steering, Speed-tuned air suspension and an electronic limited slip differential, the Batur’s twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 powerplant pumps out in excess of 740PS (approximately 730 horsepower). Just 18 Bentley Baturs will be built. 

Highlight Models for 2024:

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Bentley Speed Six Continuation Series: Bentley lasting image of high-class British performance motoring was first established through endurance racing. Not only would the early Bentleys survive the gruelling 24 hours of Le Mans, the vehicle make won five of the first eight runnings of the event. The latter part of that reign featured the Bentley Speed Six that took the 1929 and 1930 editions of the 24-hour endurance race. In summer of 2023, Bentley announced the Continuation Series of the Speed Six. The Bentley Speed Six Continuation Series models utilize original drawings and mechanic notes as well as the surviving vehicles to replicate newly produced examples. Powered by a 6.6-liter six-cylinder engine closely retaining the performance of the 95-year-old car, only 12 will be built and sent to awaiting customers. Due to the extensive coachbuilding by Bentley’s Mulliner team, each example of the Speed Six Continuation Series will take 10 months to complete. 

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Ducati Diavel for Bentley (starting at $80,000 Canadian): A collaboration between Bentley and motorcycle maker Ducati (both united under parent company Volkswagen Group), 500 Diavel V4 bikes are receiving unique upscale tailoring. The Ducati Diavel for Bentley is heavily inspired by the rare Batur made most prevalent by the side air intakes, Dark Titanium Satin painted forged wheels and extensive carbon fiber details. A single-person Alcantara seat featured in black with red accents holds the rider of the exclusive motorcycle. An additional 50 Diavel for Bentley Mulliner models permit buyers to fine-tune the colour scheme with custom shades. 


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