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Bentley Motors Limited, commonly referred to as BENTLEY, is a British luxury automaker and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group since 1998. Based in Crewe, England, the company was founded by W. O. Bentley in 1919 in Cricklewood, on the northern outskirts of London, and was acquired by ROLLS-ROYCE in 1931, following bankruptcy. The original Cricklewood Bentleys were renowned for their sporting performance, scoring overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1924 and 1927 (with Bentley 3 Litre), 1928 (with a stripped-down version of the Bentley 4 1/2 Litre), 1929 and 1930 (with Bentley Speed Six). The cult status of the brand was certified after World War II; Bentleys were regularly driven by James Bond in the novels and by John Steed in the TV series The Avengers. In spite of a near-cessation of car production by both BENTLEY and ROLLS-ROYCE during the war, both companies continued to sell rolling chassis which could then be provided with the outer shell by coachmakers - a practice maintained until the 1960s. By the 1970s, owing to mismanagement in the aero-engine component of ROLLS-ROYCE, the two brands were separated from the rest of the company and acquired by Vickers plc. Over the following two decades, BENTLEY was revived, particularly with the worldwide success of the BENTLEY EIGHT saloon, increasing the share of BENTLEY cars in the conglomerate to parity by 1991.
Nowadays, the BENTLEY brand is associated with luxury saloons, such as the FLYING SPUR or the MULSANNE, and luxury GT cars, such as the CONTINENTAL, which has gone through three generations under VOLKSWAGEN leadership. Powered by AUDI V8 and VOLKSWAGEN W12 engines, these cars are often quite heavy (typically weighing in at 2-2.5 tonnes), but not without pace. Since 2013, BENTLEY has been competing in motorsports with a GT3 version of the CONTINENTAL developed in conjunction with M-Sport, winning the Silver Cup in the 2015 Blancpain GT Sprint Series (known today as the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup) and the Teams' Championship in the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup (today's GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup), as well as the 2020 Bathurst 12 Hour race.
BENTLEY was introduced in the Prestige Update (v1.2).
|CONTINENTAL GT SPEED||34.8||205 mph
|4.00 s||101.0 ft
|CONTINENTAL SUPERSPORTS||37.4||204 mph
|3.70 s||104.0 ft
|CONTINENTAL GT3||65.4||175 mph
|3.07 s||100.0 ft
Groups and Series
BENTLEY cars feature in the following groups and series.
|GT3||2020 Season (GT3)||42||1|
|Expert||Muscle and Prestige||40||1|
|Master||Euro Supercar Duel||24||1|
|Master||Grand Tourer Supremacy Series||41||2|
|Exclusive Series||Bentley Continental GT3 (Exclusive Series)||60||1|
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