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At the Monterey Car Week 2021, Bentley marked their return to public events in the USA with six successful debuts. For the first time, all three of the Bentley Mulliner’s impressive portfolios (Classic, Coachbuilt, and Collections) were brought together for a public debut of the new hybrid range that showcased both the new Bentayga Hybrid and the Flying Spur Hybrid.

Once again, the Home of Bentley attracted attention as it had more than 2,500 Bentley enthusiasts and aficionados throughout the event. 100 visitors were lucky enough to be able to test drive the latest products. Everyday, the Home had a different Bentley line-up, with handcrafted displays telling the story of Bentley’s Beyond 100 strategy, which is the company’s nine-year journey to be the leading sustainable, luxury mobility company in the world. At the center of their display is the biofuel-powered Continental GT3 Pikes Peak. Surrounding it is a selection of in-development sustainable materials, and some information on the brand’s journey towards complete Carbon neutrality and climate positivity.

Bentley at Monterey Car Week

Bentley at Monterey Car Week

Bentley’s “Unifying Spur” was another attraction wherein the body is decorated with Rich Morris’ artwork to emphasize the new diversity and inclusion strategy of the brand. Celebrating the company’s dedicated networks of colleagues, they aim to increase management diversity to 30% by 2025.

Bentley Americas President and CEO Christophe Georges stated, “Returning to Monterey for the first time after rejoicing in our centenary at Pebble Beach in 2019 has been a fantastic experience. After the challenges of the pandemic, we chose to celebrate our customers, alongside our thoroughly modern and diverse range of new models and being able to see customers in-person after such a long time apart was a great experience for everyone. Monterey Car Week is always a highlight in our calendar and was particularly special this year as Bentley continues to deliver the strongest results in the company’s history.”

Bacalar, Blower, Hybrids, and the new Flying Spur Mulliner

The cars on display showed the expanse of the handcrafted model range of the brand.

On Thursday evening, they unveiled the new Flying Spur Mulliner at the Home of Bentley. The new Mulliner is the best of the best in the Flying Spur range, and it bears some unique Mulliner details. It is equipped with a unique “Double Diamond” front grill, a 22” Mulliner wheels that has self-levelling centers, and satin silver mirror caps that make the Flying Spur look even more elegant, matched with a cabin that has a comprehensive suite of features and materials that places the brand’s renowned handcraftsmanship to completely new levels.

Bentley at Monterey Car Week

Bentley at Monterey Car Week

The Continental GT coupe joined the Flying Spur Mulliner, as well as its convertible siblings to showcase the Mulliner Collections portfolio, one of the three areas of Bentley Mulliner. A development prototype (Car Zero) of the Bacalar project was there to represent the Coachbuilt portfolio. It displayed a gorgeous Scarab green finish matched with a retrimmed cabin which were both especially made for the Monterey Car Week. Mulliner’s workshop is now currently working on the first examples of the highly exclusive limited run of 12 units customer cars. They used the Bacalar as a demonstration unit for their clients. It made a featured appearance at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, on August 13, Friday. It then took its place in an honored spot at the Concept Lawn for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The final featured car from the Mulliner collection is part of the Classic portfolio, the engineering prototype from the Blower Continuation Series. A 6,000-mile development and durability program has already been completed by the

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By: Reggie Sison
Title: Monterey Car Week Features Six Public Debuts for Bentley
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/monterey-car-week-features-six-public-debuts-for-bentley/
Published Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2021 16:21:07 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
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Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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