When one thinks of British luxury and upper-class status, tea, crumpets and Bentley automobiles quickly come to mind. So it’s only natural that Queen Elizabeth II received a brand-new Bentley limousine to celebrate her 50th year on the throne in 2002.
Founded in 1919, the storied English brand quickly established itself for innovation and durability by performing well at the 1922 Indianapolis 500. In the early days of the 24-hours of LeMans, Bentley cars won the endurance race five times between 1924 and 1930.
From 1931 to 1970, Bentley was owned by Rolls-Royce, and the two brands became a symbol for the highest expression of class and prestige. Bentley’s current owner, Volkswagen, acquired the Bentley brand in 1998 and spent nearly $2 billion to revive its profile and upgrade its manufacturing capacity. After more than a century since its founding, Bentley offers an elite selection of highly refined automobiles that continue to set the industry standard.
The Continental GT appeals to sports car enthusiasts, as the sharp two-door coupe or convertible comes with a powerful twin-turbocharged V-8 or V-12, with 542 or 626 horsepower, respectively. Each motor is coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission and sticks to the road with standard all-wheel drive.
Flying Spur is Bentley’s entry-level sedan, which is like calling caviar a snack, as the stately exterior and elegant cabin announces that you have arrived. The V-8 and V-12 engine choices are consistent with the Continental GT, but precise cornering is aided by an innovative rear-wheel-steering system.
Mulsanne is unmistakably the crème de la crème of Bentley’s already elite lineup. The hand-crafted limousine features expansive space and comfort with lavish ornamentation at every turn. Despite its impressive size, the sedan delivers powerful acceleration and agility, guaranteeing that its occupants get there in style and grace.