Bentley has for sure reset the benchmark with the latest-generation Continental GT, featuring an entirely new design inside and out that is both innovative yet still using traditional materials. It's the first car in decades to put a fresh spin on timber, chrome and leather. Going hell for leather across Austria’s epic high alpine pass known as the Grossglockner isn’t the kind of natural habitat for a spanking new-generation Bentley Continental GT.It’s known for its tight switchbacks and ice-banked walls, even at this time of the year. Not the sort of place you want to be going at it in a 4.85m long (and almost 2.2m wide) coupe with a $422,000 price tag hanging off it – plus on-roads and options, of course. Though, the views are spectacular.Perhaps the British luxury carmaker was out to prove a point, or simply to shake off the age-old criticism levelled against the company all those years ago by Ettore Bugatti, with whom they once competed.Bugatti was said to … [Read more...] about 2018 Bentley Continental GT review
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Some staggering figures surrounding a staggering grand tourer The all-new, third-generation Bentley Continental GT is an entirely new car inside and out, which the luxury automaker hopes will redefine the very essence of the modern-day grand tourer.Either way, Bentley has sold nearly 70,000 Conti GTs (as it’s affectionately known) since launch in 2003, handing it the title of 'most successful model' in the brand's 99-year history.Bentley is part of the Volkswagen Group and, while its latest GT is based on the Porsche Panamera platform – that’s a good thing – that platform was actually co-developed by both brands, with the British-based automaker putting forward their requirements at the early design stage.That meant things like the wheelbase, dimensions, engine position and wheel size are all specific to the Bentley.It might be an all-new design, but even at a glance the car is instantly recognisable as a Continental GT, such is the strength of the … [Read more...] about 2018 Bentley Continental GT in numbers
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Wheels ByJohn R. Quain March 15, 2018 A car wends its way through a line of taxis in the Las Vegas rain, carefully steering around a tangle of sedans vying for passengers. As the black Lincoln MKZ gets closer, the steering wheel saws back and forth, but there’s no one in the front seat. In fact, there’s no one in the car at all. It’s disquieting to be picked up by an empty car, and it’s something of a milestone: Inside most autonomous research vehicles cruising public streets, there’s a minder to keep a watchful eye and take control should things go awry. But with the MKZ, there was no human custodian. At least not one within view. Hundreds of miles away, Ben Shukman, a software engineer for Phantom Auto, was sitting in front of a phalanx of video screens in Mountain View, Calif. Using a … [Read more...] about When Self-Driving Cars Can’t Help Themselves, Who Takes the Wheel?
Since the electronics boom of the ’80s and ’90s, engineers have been using computers to push the envelope of vehicle performance. From advanced all-wheel drive systems and rear-wheel steering to torque vectoring and adaptive suspension, these technologies have made cars faster, safer and more comfortable to drive. But while these systems are certainly effective, their complexity and cost have often relegated them to the most exalted of sports cars, or as pricey options. Not only that, they tend to produce a driving experience that feels somewhat artificial, synthesised – and although still fun all the same, they do put yet another adulterating barrier between man and machine. So who else but Mazda – the original jinba ittai company – that would seek to use technology not just as a tool to make cars faster and easier to drive, but somehow also provide a more analogue, natural feel. Its new G-Vectoring Control system, Hiroshima claims, is the first step … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: 2017 Mazda 3 facelift