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Bentley Rental Los Angeles

When it comes to automotive luxury, sophistication, and refinement, one of the first names that comes to mind is Bentley. This one hundred-year-old British automotive manufacturer is renowned for their posh, meticulously handcrafted automobiles. But these are not merely rolling staterooms where you sit in the back seat and languorously watch the world go by.

Bentleys are pure driver’s cars as well. They are known as much for their power, acceleration, and torque as much as they are known for the richness of their interiors. Whether you want to drive a Bentley or be driven in one, you can find the latest Bentley automobiles at Lion Heart Lifestyle.

The History of Bentley

Bentley Badge on Car
Bentley Badge

Bentley was founded prior to the start of World War 1 by Walter Owen Bentley in August 1919. Back then, the company was more of a performance car manufacturer than a luxury automaker. As such, their vehicles competed in various races and competitions like the Indy 500 and RAC Tourist Trophy, both in 1922. Bentley’s reputation for their racing prowess increased during the early 20th century when they won the 24 hours of LeMans four years in a row, from 1927 – 1930. After their final LeMans win, they decided they had enough of auto racing.

Unfortunately, their racing adeptness was not enough to overcome the Wall Street crash of 1929 that resulted in the Great Depression. The overwhelming poverty and strife of this period meant that expensive cars were no longer desirable and Bentley went into liquidation. It was bought by luxury car manufacturer Rolls Royce in 1931 and the Bentleys built under their ownership used chassis and parts from Rolls Royce vehicles. That practice would continue from 1931 all the way to 2004.

New German Ownership

In 1998 Rolls Royce was sold to the VW (Volkswagen) group, but in 2003 BMW took over the Rolls Royce brand, while VW maintained control of the Bentley brand. VW invested around $2 billion in the revival of Bentley, which included upgrading its factory in Crewe, hiring more workers, and increasing production. This also meant that, for the first time in a long time, all new Bentleys would be completely unique from Rolls Royce cars. 

Initially, some people balked at an iconic British automotive brand being controlled by a German company. However, the naysayers came around when they realized that the new Bentleys would still be built in England and that VW increased manufacturing efficiency. So, all new Bentleys still have that quintessentially British character, but now also include German reliability. This resulted in widespread acclaim and a huge increase in sales, which are indications that the Bentley marque is in good hands.

Notable Models

The new VW ownership and the freedom to build vehicles that do not share any parts with Rolls Royce cars has resulted in Bentley building a whole new fleet of automobiles that combine impressive power with top-of-the-line sophistication and refinement.

Bentley Flying Spur

Bentley Flying Spur
Bentley Flying Spur

The Flying Spur is a four-door coupe that feels great whether you’re in the driver’s seat or you’re a passenger. The Flying Spur—actually called the Continental Flying Spur—that preceded the current model was a large and somewhat ungainly vehicle. But the new, updated model seems to have hit the gym and come out a leaner, meaner, but still sophisticated, machine. It has a slightly wider stance and the air suspension has been recalibrated to make the handling more confident and composed. The result is that the Flying Spur feels lighter than it is.

Don’t think that it has been completely tamed though, the engine choices are still monstrously powerful. You can choose between a 616 HP W12 engine or a slightly more modest V8 that outputs a mere 500 HP. The S versions of these engines increase the power even further, with 626 HP for the W12 S and 521 HP for the V8 S. You can choose how you want to unleash all those horses by selecting from four different ride modes. They range from Comfort to Sport, with the former delivering a more compliant ride and the latter delivering a slightly firmer one.

So, the Flying Spur feels great when you’re behind the wheel, but it might feel even better when you’re in the back seat because you have a wealth of luxurious amenities from which to choose. There are the ten-inch monitors mounted behind the front seats, which are controlled by a smartphone-sized touchscreen remote that also controls the AC as well as the heating, cooling, and massaging of the seats. You can also opt for fold-down picnic tables and even a fridge. There is also on-board wi-fi and a powerful sound system; all that in a car capable of 200 MPH.

Bentley Continental GT and GTC

Bentley Continental GT
Bentley Continental GT

The Bentley Continental is essentially the flagship of the Bentley brand. This two-door coupe is consistently the best-selling vehicle in Bentley’s lineup and is one of the best-selling luxury cars overall. Though as the GT designation suggests, there is more to the Continental than just luxury. The GT is the coupe, while the GTC is the convertible version, but first, let’s get to know the GT. It’s a more handsome vehicle than the preceding Continental, but still retains all of the Bentley signatures like the distinctive grill and headlights.

Bentley Continental GTC
Bentley Continental GTC

It feels more balanced than before, able to expertly carve up corners while still feeling firmly planted to the road. The W12 engine produces 626 HP and can propel the vehicle to 207 MPH and takes it to 60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds. Those are numbers that can frighten most supercars. The interior is well appointed in the finest wood and leather, plus you have modern touches like wi-fi, heads up display, a virtual dashboard, night vision, and a huge touch screen interface. The convertible GTC has many of the same great attributes as the GT, the main difference is the roof of course. It only takes nineteen seconds to go up or down and can do so at speeds of up to 30 MPH. As you would expect, it’s heavier than the GT, but despite weighing nearly as much as a battleship, it still handles with aplomb. Just not as much aplomb as the coupe. Turbulence and wind noise are non-issues. No matter which Continental you choose, you will be swallowing up roads in comfort and class.

Bentley Bentayga

Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga

The Bentayga is Bentley’s first SUV and according to them, it is the world’s fastest and most luxurious SUV. A bold claim, but one that may very well be true. It has a 600 HP engine that can take the Bentayga to 60 MPH in four seconds and on to a maximum speed of 187 MPH. It also handles like a much lighter vehicle thanks to a well-tuned suspension. So that’s the fast part, as for the most luxurious part…

The interior has all of the finest materials and untouchable craftsmanship that you would expect from a Bentley. You also get high-tech features like an infotainment center with a 60 GB hard drive. The Bentayga also has advanced safety features like lane assist and adaptive cruise control. There are few better ways to travel on the road than the Bentayga.

Take a Ride In a Bentley Today

There is no better way to experience earth-shaking power and penthouse like refinement than a Bentley. It does not matter whether you want to get behind the wheel or chill in the passenger seat, a Bentley delivers power and refinement in equal measure. There are no other vehicles that deliver both of those qualities at the level of a Bentley. If you want to experience them for yourself, then contact Lion Heart Lifestyle for a Bentley Rental Los Angeles.