Every year on the third Sunday of August, collector cars and motorbikes roll into Pebble Beach. This year as well, true to tradition, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is once again shimmering with beautiful cars. Among the many historic and modern automobiles, coveted and prized possessions that will be on display, British marquee, Bentley Motors will be displaying Continental GT Speed and EXP 9F luxury SUV concept.
Against the backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery of Monterey Peninsula, Bentley Motors will be showcasing their fastest ever production model Continental GT Speed. The vehicle is set to enter markets this October but prior to that, fans at Pebble Beach will be able to view this high speed Bentley, which possesses a top speed of 205 mph and ability to speed from 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds.
Where a rugged, well crafted SUV is concerned it does not get any better than the Bentley EXP 9 F SUV concept. This vehicle is capable of superb performance, excellent craftsmanship and high level of technology. Interior and exterior features are to be seen to be believed.
Apart from the display of these two beautiful Bentley vehicles, Pebble Beach auctions will include some of the best Bentley’s in history. Gooding and Company will be auctioning three Bentley’s during the coming weekend while RM Auctions will auction a 2001 Bentley Speed 8 Le Mans Prototype Racing Car which is estimated to be auctioned for a price of $2,500,000.
Read the press release below for more information.
BENTLEY MOTORS’ NORTH AMERICAN DEBUTS & NEWS AT PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
New Continental GT Speed makes N. American debut
EXP 9 F luxury SUV displayed on Concept lawn
Highly prized classic and vintage Bentleys to be auctioned
(Pebble Beach, 16 August 2012). As California’s Monterey Peninsula is primed for a week of displays and events involving some of the world’s most coveted, historic automobiles, Bentley Motors prepares to share a glimpse into the future with the North American debut of two new models – the Continental GT Speed and the EXP 9 F luxury SUV concept.
“Pebble Beach and the spectacular scenery of the Monterey Peninsula provide the perfect venue for automotive connoisseurs and enthusiasts from around the world to display and celebrate the very best of motoring,” said Christophe Georges, president & COO of Bentley Motors, Inc. “It also serves as an ideal backdrop for Bentley to showcase not only its latest production model, the Continental GT Speed, but also, with the EXP 9 F SUV concept, to provide a glimpse into Bentley’s future.”
Bentley’s fastest ever production model, the 616hp Continental GT Speed, will make its North American debut on the Pebble Beach concept lawn. The Continental GT Speed, Bentley’s performance flagship, is set to enter the market in October, and until then, Pebble Beach spectators will have to imagine its 4.0-second 0-60mph sprint and its 205-mph top speed during the static display.
The muscular, elegantly sculpted coachwork of the Continental coupe is enhanced with subtle design touches that reaffirm its sporting character. Most notable are the dark-tinted matrix front grille and lower air intakes, ‘rifled’ finish to the exhaust tailpipes and unique 21-inch alloy wheels.
For those looking even further into Bentley’s future, EXP 9 F SUV concept makes its North American premiere on the concept lawn of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. 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 dramatic and purposeful exterior. With an exciting range of drivetrain options under consideration, any Bentley SUV would offer the thunderous performance for which the marque is renowned.
Pebble Beach is also renowned for its auctions of highly-prized classic and vintage automobiles. Featuring this year at the Pebble Beach auctions is an array of evocative Bentleys, among the most significant in the company’s history as outlined below:
Gooding and Company will auction three Bentleys between Saturday, August 18th and Sunday, August 19th
1931 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre SC “Blower” Sports 2/3 Seater Boattail (presale estimate: $8-10 million). More information available here.
1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Vanden Plas Le Mans Sports “Bobtail” (presale estimate: $5.5-7.5 million). More information available here.
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Drop Head Coupe (presale estimate $150,000 – $250,000). More information available here.
RM Auctions will auction one Bentley on Saturday, August 18th
2001 Bentley Speed 8 Le Mans Prototype Racing Car (presale estimate $1,900,000 and $2,500,000). More information available here.