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New Grand Bentley – Spy Photos

Sat, 04 Jul 2009

The first picture of Bentley's Arnage replacement - the New Grand Bentley

The guys over at Car Magazine have published pictures that have been covertly taken at the Bentley factory, which isn’t going to please VW one bit. Still, it gives them some publicity.

So what do we see. Well, the front is pretty much as expected – based on the teaser shot Bentley issued a few weeks ago. There are LED lights and a mesh grill, and what appears to be a retracting Flying B (just like Rolls Royce does with the Spirit of Ecstasy).

As we said when we speculated on the replacement for the Arnage back in April, this new Grand Bentley is going much more upmarket, and expected to compete with the Phantom and, for that matter, the Maybach. But what of the Grand Bentley name? We’re not sure that ‘Grand Bentley’ is anything more than a working name. Internally called ‘Project Kimberley, we still think it likely that Bentley will opt for a different Moniker to ‘Grand Bentley’, which is a tad pretentious.

Our money is still on something like Bentley MK V11 or Bentley 7 Litre. But, looking at these photos, we could see it linked to the existing ‘VW’ Bentleys in name. The Grand Bentley is a little reminiscent of the old Continental R, so perhaps we could see the Bentley Continental Type R or maybe just Bentley Continental R.

But we’ll know before too long.

By Cars UK