Not far off the appearance of diesel Bentley. Although most likely, the first diesel car brand will be SUV, built on a base with an aggregate models such as Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, VW Touareg and the new rogue Lamborghini. To be honest, structurally complex “chess» W12 was never my favorite. Atmospheric version seems too sterile and forced draft lacks mersedesovskoy chertovschinki. So, on occasion, take the GT V8 and save with pleasure!
Cars Bentley Continental family based on the same platform as D1, and that representation sedan Volkswagen Phaeton. And the engine W12 – a corporate version of the supercharged six-liter “atmosfernik” consisting of a pair of staggered-row block VR6.
Engine V8 4.0 c direct injection and turbochargers in the collapse of the unit is equipped with four-cylinder shutdown system and is mounted with eight “automatic» ZF. Cylinder deactivation is carried out by blocking valves: the right time shifting camshafts so that the valve lifters were on round jaws “idle.” This point is clearly shown in the video.
Name Continental, which appeared in the Bentley model line in 1952, initially defined habitat of these machines. In the British Isles will simply not be suitable for “big tourism” roads. Starter site of the first English intercity highway M1 was discovered only in 1959. So Bentley chassis with lowered suspension and more powerful motors supplied two-door body of the famous studio primarily for continental way of life – in Europe or America.
First “continental” version appeared in the aggregate model Bentley Mark VI (1952, nee Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith / Silver Dawn), equip row “six” 4.6. Continental chassis with a relatively easy registered body turned into the most expensive and fastest cars of their time in the classroom.
Replaces the Mark VI came to R type. Despite the name, R-type Continental sold just mostly at home: only 43 of the 207 cars were produced levorulnyh. The most popular version of the body to the chassis R-type Continental has released studio HJ Mulliner & Co (like the car in the photo).
Continental initially equipped with the same row “Six” power of about 4.6 130 hp as the standard R-type, but with different carburetors and exhaust system. Transmission range was shorter for better dynamics. In 1954, the top class steel chassis complete a more powerful engine capacity of 4.9 liters.
Chassis Bentley Continental S, which appeared in 1955, inherited a “six” 4.9. But now it can be not only a building-block with four “mechanics”, but with a quad “automatic”. And the number of transfer client could find himself. I chassis were longer wheelbase and adjustable rear shock absorbers.
In 1959, Rolls-Royce and Bentley are switching to aluminum engine V8 6.2. Body continues to do various studios, but the parent company of Rolls-Royce buys the most successful of them, HJ Mulliner & Co., And unites with her studio owned Park Ward. The latest generation of semi-finished chassis Continental was introduced in 1962. Commissioned by the era body ends in 1965. By this time it was released in 1130 Chassis Continental S three generations.
Continental returned to the Bentley model range in 1984 as a five-meter slightly modified Rolls-Royce Corniche second generation engine V8 6.75. By the time the Corniche was pinion steering and fuel injection system. Low-speed engine developed only 240 hp, but the thrust was enough to disperse the two-ton car to 190 km / h Independent spring suspension was supplemented Occupied licensed sitroenovskoy hydraulics maintain constant ride height without pneumatics. Until 1992, the Corniche and Continental equipped with a three-step “automatic”, and after – four. Machine was produced ten years almost unchanged: only 421 were assembled Continental. The same Rolls-Royce was sold several times better. In 1992, there was supercharged version of the engine V8, but by 1995 th was released just eight cars Continental Turbo.
Continental R of 1991 was the first Bentley since 1965, which had its own body, not uniform with some Rolls. The car with a drag coefficient of 0.45 was considered, by the standards of Bentley, streamlined. Coupe was built on the platform of the sedan Turbo R, produces since 1985. Although the basis of the construction lay Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow of the same in 1965. Rolls-Royce company traditionally pointed out engines, but according to unofficial data, the turbo V8 volume of 6,75 liters develops 325 hp and 610 N • m, which allows you to dial 60 miles / hour (97 km / h) in 6.6 seconds and develop 233 km / h in fourth gear high “machine» General Motors.
Several later differed in capacity and performance: Continental S through intercooler developed 385 hp, Continental R California Edition, R Mulliner, R 420 and R Le Mans were given to 420 hp and 881 N • m, gaining a hundred in 5.6 seconds. You can disable the traction control and the price of damaged tires stay within 5.1 seconds. Modification of the Continental T (pictured) due to a shortened base was 91 pounds lighter and more dynamic. Prior to 2002, was released in 1830 dvuhdverok.
In 2003, the Bentley factory in Crewe, who quit after the division of Rolls-Royce Concern Volkswagen, the first child give birth to the new owner. All-wheel drive sedan Continental GT, created under the leadership of ex-Skoda designer Dirk van Breykelya through a 560-strong turbo W12 and modern platform folksvagenovskoy stepped far over 300 km / h, and with a hundred places gaining just 4.8 seconds.
Dogs – the mascot race track in Myachkovo. Their whole life was spent in racing, and they are not afraid of anything. Including the two-ton colossus spewing snow from all four wheels slip. Brave dog is sure place on the road enough for all. And hesitated, he just sits on the parapet of snow, just at the apex, and looks like a black Bentley licks ice drift inches from the dog’s paws. Alexei Smirnov have developed a strong survival instinct, he prefers to impose with old tires, when to put the camera on the highway – the main thing to remember to clean up after themselves. Boris Ulzibat, photographed for this test, did not fail to roll out on the ice a Lancer Evo X, which for happiness as well as Bentley, lacking spines. All of us – people, cars, animals – united constant feeling of cold.