IF you consider yourself to be a dedicated fan of the god of speed? Let’s see if you are familiar with these few fascinating facts about Bently.
1. The date of establishment
This is an easy one. What is the year Bentley was founded? It’s 1919, not by an auto expert but actually an engineer and constructor from Great Britain, Walter Owen Bentley. He set out with the vision to build the best car of its kind.
2. The owner
Bentley was handed over to VW (Volkswagen Group), the one that also owns Lamborghini, Porsche, Audi and countless other famous luxury brands.
3. The oldest flagship
Though being the first Bentley car ever made, the 1920 EXP 1 was not the one that worths mentioning. The second one, 1920 EXP 2, was the one that stole all the thunder by being the oldest surviving Bentley and also the first one to win on a race track.
4. The SUVs
Falling behind pretty far from other brands, Bentley just jumps into the SUV section not very long ago, with its Bentley Bentayga and it was mass produced immediately. Its specs are, of course, as impressive as the reputation of the brand. With just over 70 million Naira, you can be able to control a W12 engine with 600hp of force and can reach 100km/h in just 4 seconds.
5. The first big order
The year 1994 marked a sizable order from the monarch of Brunei, which comprises 6 SUVs with different colors, priced at a total of 8.4 billion Nairas. Interestingly, the chassis that makes up the car actually belongs to a Range Rover.
6. The symbol
Do you know that the ornament on the bonnet of the Bentley can be retracted back into the hood? This is intended to be an anti-theft feature of the ornament. The first one back in 1920 hasn’t got this feature yet.
7. The royal interest
The Queen liked the Bentley so much that she ordered 2 of this type, each priced at around 4.6 billion Nairas. They are, of course, armored for the safety of her majesty.
8. The celebration
For the 100-year milestone, Bentley intended to create a commemorative symbol in their cars called Centenary Badges. The badges will be present in all of Bentley’s 2019 models.
9. The time
Bentley Mulsanne was the Bentley with longest production time, more than 4 hundred hours while a Continental GT only needs more than one hundred hours. That’s probably why only 5 Mulsannes are built per day while up to 26 Continentals are out into the market daily.
The heart of the machine. the W12 engine only takes 13.5 hours to build from scratch to finish, while, surprisingly, 136 hours are needed to do the interior of the Mulsanne.