Bentley Bentayga Will Race at Pikes Peak Hill Climb This Summer

It’s only January, but Bentley has already announced it’s entering the Bentayga SUV in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24. This marks the first time Bentley is competing in the event.

The folks at Bentley are currently preparing the competition car in Crewe, England. Brian Gush, head of Bentley’s motorsport operations, is leading the project.

“Since its launch, the Bentayga has set the luxury SUV benchmark with its unique combination of bespoke British craftsmanship, performance and grand touring ability,” he said in a statement. “We hope to set another benchmark at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb by conquering the most demanding mountain road course in the world.”

Although Bentley recently announced a new V-8 version, the competing Bentayga packs the more robust 6.0-liter W-12 engine good for 600 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque.

Our colleagues at Motor Trend clocked the SUV hitting 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, making it the quickest gasoline-burning SUV we’ve ever tested. But it will be a different challenge altogether tackling the 12.42-mile hill climb with 156 corners. During the competition, vehicles climb 4,720 feet all the way to the finish line at the mountain’s summit of 14,115 feet.

Bentley says it aims to tackle the hill climb quicker than any SUV before. It will announce more details, including the name of the driver, closer to the event.




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Bentley Bentayga Will Race at Pikes Peak Hill Climb This Summer

It’s only January, but Bentley has already announced it’s entering the Bentayga SUV in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24. This marks the first time Bentley is competing in the event.

The folks at Bentley are currently preparing the competition car in Crewe, England. Brian Gush, head of Bentley’s motorsport operations, is leading the project.

“Since its launch, the Bentayga has set the luxury SUV benchmark with its unique combination of bespoke British craftsmanship, performance and grand touring ability,” he said in a statement. “We hope to set another benchmark at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb by conquering the most demanding mountain road course in the world.”

Although Bentley recently announced a new V-8 version, the competing Bentayga packs the more robust 6.0-liter W-12 engine good for 600 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque.

Our colleagues at Motor Trend clocked the SUV hitting 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, making it the quickest gasoline-burning SUV we’ve ever tested. But it will be a different challenge altogether tackling the 12.42-mile hill climb with 156 corners. During the competition, vehicles climb 4,720 feet all the way to the finish line at the mountain’s summit of 14,115 feet.

Bentley says it aims to tackle the hill climb quicker than any SUV before. It will announce more details, including the name of the driver, closer to the event.




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Bentley Bentayga Will Race at Pikes Peak Hill Climb This Summer

It’s only January, but Bentley has already announced it’s entering the Bentayga SUV in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24. This marks the first time Bentley is competing in the event.

The folks at Bentley are currently preparing the competition car in Crewe, England. Brian Gush, head of Bentley’s motorsport operations, is leading the project.

“Since its launch, the Bentayga has set the luxury SUV benchmark with its unique combination of bespoke British craftsmanship, performance and grand touring ability,” he said in a statement. “We hope to set another benchmark at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb by conquering the most demanding mountain road course in the world.”

Although Bentley recently announced a new V-8 version, the competing Bentayga packs the more robust 6.0-liter W-12 engine good for 600 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque.

Our colleagues at Motor Trend clocked the SUV hitting 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, making it the quickest gasoline-burning SUV we’ve ever tested. But it will be a different challenge altogether tackling the 12.42-mile hill climb with 156 corners. During the competition, vehicles climb 4,720 feet all the way to the finish line at the mountain’s summit of 14,115 feet.

Bentley says it aims to tackle the hill climb quicker than any SUV before. It will announce more details, including the name of the driver, closer to the event.




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Bentley Bentayga Will Race at Pikes Peak Hill Climb This Summer

It’s only January, but Bentley has already announced it’s entering the Bentayga SUV in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24. This marks the first time Bentley is competing in the event.

The folks at Bentley are currently preparing the competition car in Crewe, England. Brian Gush, head of Bentley’s motorsport operations, is leading the project.

“Since its launch, the Bentayga has set the luxury SUV benchmark with its unique combination of bespoke British craftsmanship, performance and grand touring ability,” he said in a statement. “We hope to set another benchmark at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb by conquering the most demanding mountain road course in the world.”

Although Bentley recently announced a new V-8 version, the competing Bentayga packs the more robust 6.0-liter W-12 engine good for 600 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque.

Our colleagues at Motor Trend clocked the SUV hitting 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, making it the quickest gasoline-burning SUV we’ve ever tested. But it will be a different challenge altogether tackling the 12.42-mile hill climb with 156 corners. During the competition, vehicles climb 4,720 feet all the way to the finish line at the mountain’s summit of 14,115 feet.

Bentley says it aims to tackle the hill climb quicker than any SUV before. It will announce more details, including the name of the driver, closer to the event.




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Bentley Bentayga Will Race at Pikes Peak Hill Climb This Summer

It’s only January, but Bentley has already announced it’s entering the Bentayga SUV in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24. This marks the first time Bentley is competing in the event.

The folks at Bentley are currently preparing the competition car in Crewe, England. Brian Gush, head of Bentley’s motorsport operations, is leading the project.

“Since its launch, the Bentayga has set the luxury SUV benchmark with its unique combination of bespoke British craftsmanship, performance and grand touring ability,” he said in a statement. “We hope to set another benchmark at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb by conquering the most demanding mountain road course in the world.”

Although Bentley recently announced a new V-8 version, the competing Bentayga packs the more robust 6.0-liter W-12 engine good for 600 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque.

Our colleagues at Motor Trend clocked the SUV hitting 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, making it the quickest gasoline-burning SUV we’ve ever tested. But it will be a different challenge altogether tackling the 12.42-mile hill climb with 156 corners. During the competition, vehicles climb 4,720 feet all the way to the finish line at the mountain’s summit of 14,115 feet.

Bentley says it aims to tackle the hill climb quicker than any SUV before. It will announce more details, including the name of the driver, closer to the event.




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Quick Take: 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive

EL SEGUNDO, California — It took some thinking to figure out what the most sensible use case is for the 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive, the most luxurious long-wheelbase variant of Porsche’s second-generation uber-liftback. Then it dawned on me—this is possibly the best VIP getaway car ever made.

This isn’t because the Panamera Turbo Executive is particularly light, on the contrary. At 4,630 pounds, it’s just slightly trimmer than a BMW 750Li, though it does undercut its more direct Germanic competition such as the BMW M760i and Mercedes-Maybach S650 by roughly 500 pounds. Instead, its agility is largely due to the wizardry of Porsche’s chassis and suspension engineering teams. If the chauffer is ever forced to make an Executive the star of an impromptu chase scene with a VIP strapped into its plush back seat, it’s reassuring to know that said VIP probably won’t heave their Michelin-star lunch all over the finely stitched leather.

Key to the Panamera Executive model is its wheelbase stretch, which extends the second-gen Panamera’s fundamentally stout chassis by 5.9 inches. Though Porsche doesn’t officially specify the amount of extra rear seat legroom the Executive enjoys over the base model, nobody south of 6-feet 6-inches will have any issues stretching out back there. Headroom starts to get tight though once you breach the 6-foot vertical mark.

Porsche also includes several goodies as standard equipment for the Executive that are optional on garden variety Panameras, including rear-wheel steering, active air suspension, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), large panoramic roof, multi-way adjustable heated front and rear seats, four-zone climate control, LED headlights, soft-close doors, and a retractable rear sunshade.

Not impressed yet? The Night Blue Metallic example we sampled was maxed out with the $3,400 sport exhaust, $8,960 ceramic composite brakes, the $5,000 Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport package, $2,530 Sport Chrono package, and $2,440 21-inch wheels. Add the powertrain from the Panamera Turbo—namely Porsche’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 (good for 550 hp and 567 lb-ft of torque), quick-shifting PDK eight-speed, and standard all-wheel drive—and you’ve got quite the potent package. (It carries a potent price, too, but no proper VIP would bat an eye at a $191,480 as-tested sticker.)

As you can probably imagine, having that much grip-oriented gear on board doesn’t exactly do wonders for interior noise levels. Tire noise is particularly pronounced at times, unsurprising given the thin-sidewall performance tires. If you need a quiet VIP commute, you’re probably better off with the likes of a Bentley Flying Spur instead.

Somewhat surprising though is the relatively limited amount of VIP-level creature comforts in the rear passenger area. While the seats are well-appointed and supportive and come with the requisite climate controls, they’re basically sport buckets, not sumptuous cushions with built-in ottomans. Of course, the VIP will be thankful for those bolsters should the driver ever need to pull an emergency J-turn in an attempt to evade a pursuing column of black G-Wagens. Just make sure the chauffer has the right amount of racing experience—and we’re not talking the Nelson Piquet Jr. in Formula 1 kind, either.

While the paparazzi (or Slavic debt collectors as the case may be) will never be able to catch you, outside of this extremely narrow use case, the Turbo Executive is the silliest variant of the Panamera. We get why they made it, but to us, any Porsche that’s primarily made to be driven in defeats the whole point, let alone a 550-hp Turbo variant.

The “regular” Panamera Turbo is a far more sensible option if you’re not keen on the versatile Sport Turismo. And if you must have the extra legroom and it must be a Panamera, the less-aggressive 4S variant is probably the way to go. It won’t be quite as good as the Executive would be as a Jason Bourne film co-star, but at least it’s a better answer to the question: “Why though?”

2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive Specifications

ON SALE Now
PRICE $161,050 (base), $191,480 (as tested)
ENGINE 4.0L twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve V-8/550 hp @ 5,750-6,000 rpm, 567 lb-ft @ 1,960-4,500 rpm
TRANSMISSION 8-speed dual-clutch automatic
LAYOUT 4-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, AWD sedan
EPA MILEAGE 18/25 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H 204.7 x 76.3 x 56.4 in
WHEELBASE 122.0 in
WEIGHT 4,630 lb
0-60 MPH 3.5 sec
TOP SPEED 190 mph












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Gemballa GTR 8XX EVO-R Packs 828 Horsepower

The Leonberg, Germany-based tuning company is no stranger to wildly modified Porsches, but the GTR 8XX EVO-R should be hardcore enough to stir even the most modification-averse enthusiast’s cold heart.

An already powerful 540-hp Porsche 991 Turbo S serves as the foundation and a slew of performance parts are added to the mix netting in some serious results. Gemballa used carbon bodywork for weight saving for starters.

Gemballa says their work on the engine includes “a performance Turbo system with new intake manifolds, air intake housings made of carbon, reworked cylinder heads and valves, new throttle valve bodies, high-performance air filters, a valve controlled sport exhaust system with metal catalytic converters, a new engine and gearbox management system.”

Modifications to the bodywork go beyond lightweight materials, as the GTR 8XX EVO-R touts heavily reworked aero in the form of an integrated front spoiler, a rear-bumper integrated diffuser, widened fenders, and an adjustable rear wing. The build rides on ultra-lightweight GRS-F1 Forged Monoblock wheels with wider-than-standard Pirelli P Zeros all-around.

Final performance figures come out to 828 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 702 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. The Gemballa GTR 8XX EVO-R can rip to 62 mph in just 2.38 seconds from a standstill and achieve a top speed of 224 mph. Look out Porsche 911 GT2 RS!

Production will be limited to 88 cars globally, and although there’s no official word on pricing, expect these wickedly tuned-up Turbos to come at a premium.

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Is Ram Planning a Hellcat-Powered Rebel?

When Ram showed up to the 2016 State Fair of Texas, it brought along one of the coolest concepts we’d seen in a long time, the Rebel TRX Concept. Designed for high-speed off-roading, the Rebel TRX looked more than ready to take on the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Even better, it packed a 575-hp supercharged V-8 that was essentially a detuned Hellcat engine. But even though the Rebel TRX was never intended to go into production, our dreams of a Hellcat-powered pickup truck might not be dead just yet.

As Allpar points out, it looks like the 2019 Ram 1500 borrows several of its design cues from the TRX Concept, especially the new Ram Rebel. Some are more subtle, like the kink in the rear doors and the badge on the steering wheel, but it’s hard to miss TRX’s influence on the Rebel’s new hood.

Still, that’s only proof that Ram didn’t completely forget about the TRX Concept when it was designing the new 1500. The actual hints that there’s a Hellcat-powered Ram Rebel on the way required digging a little bit deeper.

As Allpar points out, if you zoom way in on the official press photo for the Ram Rebel’s interior, the clock is set to 7:07, just like the Hellcat’s 707 hp. Considering Fiat Chrysler’s history of hiding hints or Easter eggs in the teaser images for the Dodge Challenger Demon, we wouldn’t put it past Ram to have hidden a little clue in the Rebel’s press photos.

Of course, while Allpar claims to also have an anonymous inside source that confirms the Hellcat-powered Ram Rebel is under development, the biggest clue might be Fiat Chrysler’s history of shoehorning big engines into every vehicle it can.

In a world where Dodge offers a Durango SRT, Jeep has both a Grand Cherokee SRT and a Trackhawk, and you can get both the Charger and Challenger in Hellcat form, it might be more surprising if Ram never builds a 707-hp Rebel.

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12 Cool Things About the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado grabbed its fair share of attention this week at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and while we’ve already told you about it from the moment it was revealed, here are a dozen talking points pickup enthusiasts should know about the latest entry into the segment before deliveries begin in the fall.

1. The two-inch factory lift kit wasn’t always a no-brainer. But then Chevrolet considered the amount of business the aftermarket draws through sales of such setups. Engineers initially chuckled at the idea but soon designed the Silverado’s frame, suspension, and half-shaft angles to accommodate the kit. Chevy expects to sell loads of trucks equipped with it.

2. Aerodynamics were a key focus during development—the new Silverado spent more than 1,000 hours in wind-tunnel tuning—with Chevrolet claiming a seven percent reduction in drag compared to the outgoing truck. Key pieces are the vertical, Camaro-inspired “air curtains” in the front end that channel air and help to keep it attached to the vehicle’s sides, and a spoiler on the roof’s trailing edge that works in conjunction with the tailgate to prevent air from spilling into the truck’s bed, which would cause a parachute-like effect. The side mirrors are relocated onto the doors and are larger than before, yet deliver similar aero performance as the ones found on the previous Silverado. Chevy has yet to reveal the drag coefficient but promises the most slippery truck on the market.

3. While some vehicles place their blind-spot sensors inside the taillights, the Silverado team opted against doing so to reduce replacement costs for customers. So if someone or something breaks smashes one of your rear lamps, you won’t be saddled with the additional cost of replacing those sensors.

4. The rear bumper footsteps are larger than before to better accommodate steel-toed work boots. The hand grips on top of the bed are larger as well, providing improved grip when climbing up behind the truck.

5. By revising the construction of the panels that make up the truck’s bed and by changing the way the wheelhouses integrate with it, engineers were able to create a bed that is 6.75-inches wider than before.

6. The Silverado team doesn’t like to talk about other cars, but the rear suspension available on some models has a bit in common with the Corvette—specifically, a second-stage of the leaf spring made from composites. The idea is to provide a comfortable ride when the truck is lightly loaded but keeping the suspension able to cope with heavy cargo when the second stage of the spring loads up.

7. Chevrolet built 500 prototypes of the truck and says it has already put the Silverado through approximately 500,000 different tests, one of which is called the “hoof test:” It checks the bed and tailgate for pinpointed strength in areas of localized pressure in the event a heavy animal steps onto their surfaces. The test is “a carryover from 100 years of Chevrolet,” engineers say.

8. Similarly, the company says long-term quality is a top-priority right out of the gate. To that end, in addition to the thousands of tests it performed, Chevy has put approximately 7,000,000 miles on prototypes in its quest to deliver “bullet-proof” production models.

9. The tailgate’s power up-and-down function is a pickup-truck first, and can be actuated via a key fob or by hand. It also has a sensor to prevent it from operating if something is resting on it, such as a small child.

10. The Silverado’s bed features 12 tie downs and a 110-volt outlet for the first time.

11. Unusually, the new interior went straight from an on-paper design to production tooling, with no interim prototyping in between. This gave the engineering team more time than it normally has to refine the fit and finish.

12. When it came to the exterior, the design team focused on “lean muscularity,” with tight shapes and an appearance of tension while avoiding a look that is round and “doughy.” The hood features several lines and shapes, and was inspired by the 1970 Chevelle SS. The design team refers to one of the front-end’s signature features—the conspicuous body-colored piece that bleeds into the daytime running lights on each side—as the “Spartan helmet” look.


















































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12 Cool Things About the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado grabbed its fair share of attention this week at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and while we’ve already told you about it from the moment it was revealed, here are a dozen talking points pickup enthusiasts should know about the latest entry into the segment before deliveries begin in the fall.

1. The two-inch factory lift kit wasn’t always a no-brainer. But then Chevrolet considered the amount of business the aftermarket draws through sales of such setups. Engineers initially chuckled at the idea but soon designed the Silverado’s frame, suspension, and half-shaft angles to accommodate the kit. Chevy expects to sell loads of trucks equipped with it.

2. Aerodynamics were a key focus during development—the new Silverado spent more than 1,000 hours in wind-tunnel tuning—with Chevrolet claiming a seven percent reduction in drag compared to the outgoing truck. Key pieces are the vertical, Camaro-inspired “air curtains” in the front end that channel air and help to keep it attached to the vehicle’s sides, and a spoiler on the roof’s trailing edge that works in conjunction with the tailgate to prevent air from spilling into the truck’s bed, which would cause a parachute-like effect. The side mirrors are relocated onto the doors and are larger than before, yet deliver similar aero performance as the ones found on the previous Silverado. Chevy has yet to reveal the drag coefficient but promises the most slippery truck on the market.

3. While some vehicles place their blind-spot sensors inside the taillights, the Silverado team opted against doing so to reduce replacement costs for customers. So if someone or something breaks smashes one of your rear lamps, you won’t be saddled with the additional cost of replacing those sensors.

4. The rear bumper footsteps are larger than before to better accommodate steel-toed work boots. The hand grips on top of the bed are larger as well, providing improved grip when climbing up behind the truck.

5. By revising the construction of the panels that make up the truck’s bed and by changing the way the wheelhouses integrate with it, engineers were able to create a bed that is 6.75-inches wider than before.

6. The Silverado team doesn’t like to talk about other cars, but the rear suspension available on some models has a bit in common with the Corvette—specifically, a second-stage of the leaf spring made from composites. The idea is to provide a comfortable ride when the truck is lightly loaded but keeping the suspension able to cope with heavy cargo when the second stage of the spring loads up.

7. Chevrolet built 500 prototypes of the truck and says it has already put the Silverado through approximately 500,000 different tests, one of which is called the “hoof test:” It checks the bed and tailgate for pinpointed strength in areas of localized pressure in the event a heavy animal steps onto their surfaces. The test is “a carryover from 100 years of Chevrolet,” engineers say.

8. Similarly, the company says long-term quality is a top-priority right out of the gate. To that end, in addition to the thousands of tests it performed, Chevy has put approximately 7,000,000 miles on prototypes in its quest to deliver “bullet-proof” production models.

9. The tailgate’s power up-and-down function is a pickup-truck first, and can be actuated via a key fob or by hand. It also has a sensor to prevent it from operating if something is resting on it, such as a small child.

10. The Silverado’s bed features 12 tie downs and a 110-volt outlet for the first time.

11. Unusually, the new interior went straight from an on-paper design to production tooling, with no interim prototyping in between. This gave the engineering team more time than it normally has to refine the fit and finish.

12. When it came to the exterior, the design team focused on “lean muscularity,” with tight shapes and an appearance of tension while avoiding a look that is round and “doughy.” The hood features several lines and shapes, and was inspired by the 1970 Chevelle SS. The design team refers to one of the front-end’s signature features—the conspicuous body-colored piece that bleeds into the daytime running lights on each side—as the “Spartan helmet” look.


















































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