Bentley plans a special ‘Centenary’ model for Geneva 2019
It’s Bentley’s 100th birthday this year so, to celebrate, the firm is planning a ‘Centenary’ model, due to be revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Details are scarce for the time being, with only this none too revealing teaser image to go on, but the model seems to be based on the Bentley Continental GT.
Bentley says this new Centenary model will be inspired by one of its iconic race cars. The firm has confirmed nothing yet, but we’re guessing this inspiration will stem from the Le Mans-winning 1930 ‘Blower’ Bentley 4 ½ litre, given that the teased car shares the historic racer’s British Racing Green paint-job and race number 9.
Like almost everything else concerning this car, performance figures are yet to be announced but, as it pays homage to a historic racer, we expect that the Centenary model will only be delivered with Bentley’s existing 6.0-litre W12 engine. This means 626bhp, 900Nm of torque and 0-62mph sprint of 3.6 seconds. It’s also possible that the Centenary could receive a few chassis revisions and a bigger set of brakes.
Like all Bentley special editions, we’re expecting the Centenary to only be supplied in limited numbers. If Bentley’s recent special edition back catalogue is anything to go by, the price tag could climb to the £200,000 mark.
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