Only halfway through the year, Bentley reports that it's on track to post record sales. Thanks in no small part to the introduction of its new V8 engine in the Continental family, sales are up nearly a quarter over last year. And they only stand to increase even more with the introduction of new models currently in the pipeline. The upcoming SUV will surely form a large part of that, but it won't be the end of the story for the storied marque.

Car and Driver reports that, after the SUV, Bentley plans to introduce a new coupe line below the Continental to square off against the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Details are few and far between at this point, but considering how much Bentley manages to do with the relatively heft Continental GT, a lighter and more nimble sports car sounds promising.

In related news, rumors are gathering pace that Bentley is planning to introduce a new Mulsanne Speed at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, its Jurassic-era 6.75-liter V8 massaged from 505 horsepower – already the most that engine has produced in its half-century history – up to around 550.

Don't think that Bentley has given up, however, on its venerable 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 engine. Far from it. Car and Driver also reports that the crew from Crewe only plans to further develop the W-12, and if push came to shove, would be the "last manufacturer of 12-cylinder engines in the world." Indeed it already is among the last, although BMW/Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Mercedes and Ferrari aren't likely to give up on dozen-piston engines anytime soon, either... even if Aston Martin eventually does. Expect direct injection and even more powerful versions than the 616-hp Continental GT Speed to follow in the near future.


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      express2day
      • 5 Months Ago
      It's unfortunate that luxury manufacturers have to continue to "dumb down" (go downmarket) their offerings but I guess that's what it takes to compete in today's marketplace. Being a low volume, high dollar niche player doesn't cut it anymore.
      ffelix422
      • 5 Months Ago
      Nothing like a new family member to cannibalize sales from the fourth coming Panamera coupe, i.e. new 928. And let's go after the RS7, and 911 too while were at it...
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 5 Months Ago
      Eh, I'd rather see them refresh the Mulsanne.