Bentley will unveil two Continental models engineered and designed exclusively for the China market at the 2010 Beijing Motor Show. The special edition cars will be created at Bentley’s Crewe headquarters and on sale via the nine dealerships in Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Nanjing and Qingdao. Four additional new showrooms will open during the course of this year, the first of which will be in Kunming.
The Continental GT Design Series China combines the company’s colour and trim experts which created some vibrant, design-led interiors. The three-tone interior includes a main leather hide colour with accent and insert colours. Also incorporated into the car’s seat belts, floor mats, seat piping or the hand-stitching applied to the steering wheel.
The Design Series China cars will be the first Bentley’s to feature Orange and Magenta as accent colours and Orange Flame and Magenta Metallic. Bentley also selected some new wood veneers including Piano Black and dark-stained Burr Walnut. The rare Amboyna veneer, usually only available as a cost option, has also been reserved for the Design Series China editions.
These cars will be further distinguished by some subtle exterior and interior ‘Design Series China’ motifs. These include an exterior wing badge, treadplate and name badge positioned on the centre console – all bearing the Design Series China signature. ‘Speed China’ treadplates and wing badges – with a matching badge visible on the centre console – have been created for this car and Bentley’s famous ‘B’ emblem has been affixed to both ‘C’ pillars.
Bentley is also launching the Continental Flying Spur Speed China. A comfort suspension setting has been developed for the Speed China. The car is capable of achieving a potential top speed of 322km/h (200mph) and a 0-60mph sprint time of just 4.5 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds).
Each car will also come with a special display case for the ignition key.