• Jun 10, 2009
The New Grand Bentley - Click above for high-res image

Aspiring Thomas Crowns have been waiting for a brand new Bentley to replace the Arnage for too long. Grab your monocles and have a look, chaps – what you see above is an initial taste of "the height of British luxury motoring" and "the purest expression of the Bentley spirit." Simply called the New Grand Bentley, this is what will replace the long-serving Arnage (and its 50-year-old V8?) as Brahmin at the top of the Bentley caste.

What can we discern from this shadowy glimpse? Unless the Photoshopped lighting effects deceive us, the bonnet goes from being a trap hood to a clamshell affair; the fenders lose one of their detail lines; and if the perspective is accurate, we are loving the swept grille. For you purist Anglophiles, be proud: the car has been designed and engineered in Crewe, and will be built there to boot.

Anything more than that will have to wait for the car to debut this summer. In the meantime, you can also visit www.NewGrandBentley.com (which will probably be a glamorous tease served on a silver tray), scrutinize a high-res version of the photo above, and check out a 19-second video clip after the jump.



[Source: Bentley]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      From the little I could see, it looks good to me.

      This is supposed to the the RR Phantom challenger, and traditionally, when wealthy types are given the choice of a similar sized and priced RR or Bentley, the vast majority buy the Bentley.

      And, by making the new Arnage bigger, Bentley have left a gap in their range, they may introduce an all new model. at some point soon I hope, to slot in between it and the Continental GT & Flying Spur.

      Come on Bentley & VAG, its time to put RR and BMW back in their place.

      M.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now thats a good teaser. leaves me wanting a little more...unlike some others that show whole quarter panels at once lol.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't help but think that it looks exactly the same. I don't see ANY changes. Judging from the video, there's nothing New about the ever-Grand Bentley hood ornament...
      But I am still excited to see the car unveiled.

      http://www.gearite.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      As weird as it sounds....
      That front kind of reminds me of the 70's Camaro & Firebird.

      Maybe it's just me...
      Hello coffee!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Clearly far too early to say, but thus far it's shaping up nicely. How about a 6.75-liter version of the W-16 with two healthy-sized turbos instead of four?

      Oh yesssss.

      P.S. Maybach and Rolls, be very worried. Luckily for Maybach, their car will be new in a few years anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks horrible, Bently.. Shmently

      Just a bad case of sour grapes ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ooh la la, that looks sexy so far.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, based on the peek it looks a little sexier than models past. Bentley was due for some sweeping lines, their coupe does it well.

        It's going to be a big summer for British lux motoring, doesn't the new XJ come out the first week in July as well?
      • 5 Years Ago
      definitely very sexy..

      tho I can't help but think bentley would be better off under BMW and rolls-royce for VAG. think about it.. bentley's the less verbose of the 2 english luxury brands. BMW/Mini/Bentley fits.. the latter both using the same aerospace-ish wings as a logo. RR would work better under VAG too