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DEBUTS AND REUNIONS FROM BENTLEY AT 2014 GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

  • Continental GT3 race car primed for Goodwood Hill
  • Debuts for Continental GT V8 S and new Flying Spur V8
  • Rare reunion of great Bentley Le Mans cars confirmed

(Crewe/Goodwood, 20 March 2014) Bentley announces an exciting line-up of cars today for the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 26-29) and offers a unique display of the best in British luxury and performance.

Power and dramatic speed will be showcased by the new Bentley Continental GT3 race car on Goodwood’s famous hill run throughout the three day Festival. The 600 bhp GT3, powered by a race-going version of Bentley’s powerful and efficient 4.0 litre V8 engine, is primed to spearhead the company’s return to top-level motorsport in the Blancpain Endurance Series in Europe this summer.

In the Supercar paddock, the new Bentley Continental GT V8 S will make its Goodwood debut. Also powered by Bentley’s acclaimed twin-turbo 4.0 litre engine; this 192 mph GT is sleeker, faster and more responsive - and has a 0-60 mph sprint time of just 4.3 seconds.

Bentley’s new Continental GT V8 S features lowered, stiffened suspension and signature sporting styling for an even sleeker, more purposeful stance.  Clearly identified by its distinctive ‘figure of eight’ exhaust tail pipes, the crowds will also be able to enjoy this model’s distinctive V8 full throttle soundtrack during the twice daily Supercar runs.

Legendary Bentley performance from another era comes in the form of a car affectionately known as ‘Old Number 1’. The Speed Six Bentley won Le Mans in 1929 and 1930 with Woolf Barnato partnering Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin (1929) and Glen Kidston (1930) as well as winning at Brooklands.

This unique racing car will be joined by two more Speed Six Bentleys. ‘Old Number 2’ and ‘Old Number 3’ are both in their original form and raced alongside Old No.1 at Le Mans in 1930. Only rarely seen together since their racing days, these three fabled Bentleys will be reunited at Goodwood.

Bentley’s new car presence continues on the Bentley stand, where the new Flying Spur V8 sedan will make its Goodwood debut.

Combining a luxurious and spacious cabin featuring handcrafted wood veneers and leather as well as a suite of on-board technology to make this Bentley the ideal place for work or relaxation on the move; the Flying Spur V8 nevertheless maintains a performance edge, with a top speed of 183 mph and 0-60 mph covered in less than 5 seconds.

Further details of Bentley’s presence at the Goodwood Festival of Speed will be released in due course.

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Richard Durbin
News and Heritage Communications Manager
richard.durbin@bentley.co.uk
+44(0)7950 705994

Mike Sayer
Product and Motorsport Communications Manager
mike.sayer@bentley.co.uk
+44(0)7507 846782

Bentley Motors Ltd
Pyms Lane
Crewe
CW1 3PL

www.bentleymedia.com
communications@bentley.co.uk
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Notes to editors

  • Bentley Motors is the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. In 2013 one in every four luxury cars delivered to customers worldwide was a Bentley. 2013 was Bentley’s record year in the company’s 95-year history. Global customer deliveries grew by 19% over 2012 to 10,120 cars. The Americas remained Bentley’s largest sales region, with 3,140 cars delivered. China continued its position as the second biggest market with 2,191 cars, while in Europe, deliveries reached 1,480 cars. Sales in Bentley’s home market, the UK, were 1,381 and in the Middle East, Bentley delivered 1,185 cars. By the end of 2013 Bentley had nearly 200 dealerships in 54 countries.
     
  • Bentley Motors’ headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s three model lines, Continental, Flying Spur and Mulsanne. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 3,700 people at Crewe.
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