Bentley gears up for Goodwood Hill Festival of Speed

When Bentley is associated with an event you can expect it to be grand. And that’s what the Goodwood Festival of Speed from 29th July…

When Bentley is associated with an event you can expect it to be grand. And that’s what the Goodwood Festival of Speed from 29th July to 1st July promises to be, with Bentley making its grand debut. Hold your breath there’s going to be a new car and as part of the festival and the Supercar Run.

In place at the event will be a massive Bentley stand, and the company will showcase a heady mix of its classic and contemporary models. On display will be the brands concept SUV of the future, the EXP 9 F, This creation combines elements of sophistication and class. When it comes to craftsmanship it can’t get better than a Bentley.

Also on display will be the Continental GT V8 and the (MDS) Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification that will feature unique 21 inch alloys, special sports tuned suspension, redesigned steering and carefully selected Diamond Quilted interior. That’s not all, Bentley’s LA Mans biggies, the Bentley Speed 8 and Brikin Blower will make their presence at the festival. Derek Bell, Guy Smith and Juha Kankkunen, all Bentley legends in their own right will be present at Goodwood Hill.

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Largest ever Bentley presence at show
International debut of new model
Two UK show debuts
Joined by Bentley Boys Juha Kankkunen, Derek Bell and Guy Smith
Modern-day and classic Le Mans racers set for Hill runs

An exciting new Bentley is set to make its international debut at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed1. Combining stunning performance with exquisite luxury in the Bentley tradition, the new car appears both as part of the Supercar Run up the iconic Goodwood Hill and on the Bentley Motors stand. With a mix of contemporary and classic models, Bentley has its largest ever presence at the world-famous event, running from Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July.

A vision of the company’s future, the EXP 9 F SUV concept, makes its UK premiere at the Festival. EXP 9 F highlights the marque’s desire to build the fastest and most luxurious SUV in the world, and the concept car combines a stunning interior at the pinnacle of craftsmanship and technology with a clean, muscular exterior. With an exciting range of drivetrain options under consideration, any Bentley SUV would offer the thunderous performance for which the marque is renowned.

Supporting these debutants is the Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification (MDS) – a new driver-focussed edition of the Bentley flagship that reaffirms its sporting credentials. Featuring sports-tuned suspension and steering settings, unique 21” alloy wheels, and a Diamond Quilted interior, the MDS provides an even greater degree of driving enjoyment without compromising the Mulsanne’s legendary comfort and refinement.

The new Continental GT V8 also appears both on the Bentley stand and on the Goodwood Hill. With an all-new 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine, this remarkable Continental combines classic Bentley power and torque with an exceptional power-to-emissions ratio in the high luxury sports car sector.

With 507 PS and 660 Nm of torque, the GT V8 sprints from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds (0?100 km/h in 4.8 seconds) and on to a top speed of 188 mph (303 km/h). Meanwhile, fuel efficiency systems and pioneering cylinder deactivation technology results in outstanding fuel economy and CO2 performance together with a range of over 500 miles on a single tank.

Joining the modern Bentley models on the Hill are two cars from the Company’s Le Mans heritage. The Bentley Speed 8, victorious at the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours, makes two runs per day, as will the 4½-litre supercharged “Birkin Blower”. Fresh from completing the Mille Miglia for the third time, the car was raced extensively by renowned Le Mans winner and Bentley Boy Tim Birkin of the 1920s.

Driving duties for the past and present Bentley models will be shared by three modern-day Bentley Boys. Le Mans legend Derek Bell MBE will be joined by four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen together with Guy Smith, who drove the winning Speed 8 across the finish line at Le Mans in 2003. All three star drivers will be on-hand throughout the Festival to meet visitors.