ベントレー「コンチネンタルGT”ナンバー9エディション”」が遂にアンヴェール。創立100周年記念モデルのため、限定100台のみ販売へ

遂にベントレーの特別限定モデルがアンヴェール

いよいよ本日3月5日より開催されるスイス・ジュネーブモーターショー2019にて、ベントレーが1919年に創立して100周年を迎える特別限定モデル「コンチネンタルGTナンバー9エディション(Continental GT Number 9 Edition)」を世界初公開します。
今回のモデルは、上記にもある通り、ベントレーが創立100周年を迎える重要な節目となるため、上位顧客に向けた究極のコレクターズ・エディションとなっています。

スポンサーリンク

1930年のル・マン24時間レースにて活躍したレーシングモデルがモチーフ

おそらく既に気付いてるかと思いますが、この特別な「コンチネンタルGT」のフロントグリルには、”9”という数字が描かれていて、これは1930年のル・マン24時間にてSir Henry Ralph Stanley “Tim” Birkin氏によってドライブされたスーパーチャージャーレースカーをモチーフにした一台となっています。

こちらがそのモチーフになったとされるレースカー。
見えにくいですが、フロントグリルにはしっかりと”9”の数字がデザインされていて、ボディカラーも同じブリティッシュグリーンとなっています。

今回公開されるモデルは、何とも渋いブリティッシュグリーンではありますが、ベルーガ・ブラックと呼ばれるボディカラーにも設定することが可能で、よりエレガントな一台を提供することが可能になっています。
足元にはダブル5スポークの21インチアルミホイールが装着され、ボディ周りにはカーボンファイバパッケージ、そしてクロームブラックアクセントが入ったことでより高級感を演出しています。

ドアを開けたらすぐさま18金の金メッキがお出迎え

インテリアのサイドシル部には、なんと創立年である「1919」と100周年を意味する「2019」の数字が。ちなみにここには18金の金メッキのオルガンストオップと同様に「1/100」のレタリングもあります。
更には特別なモデルであることを示す「Continental GT Number 9 Edition」のプレートも貼付されていますね。

インテリアはこんな感じ。
何とも高級感とアンティークさが入り混じった素晴らしい出来栄えとなっています。
センターパネルにある回転式ディスプレイエリアには、ウッドインサート付のメータ類が配列されており、まさに1930年のル・マンレースを蘇らせるようなデザインとなっています。

こちらは内ドア部分。
ブリティッシュグリーンのレザーシートと同じカラーリングで、スポーティさというよりもラグジュアリーさと歴史を感じれるような不思議な空間を提供しているようにも感じます。
個人的にはこういったデザインは非常に好みで、他のメーカには無い個性と強みがあります。

【Continental GT Number 9 Edition by Mulliner | Bentley】

以下は「コンチネンタルGTナンバー9エディション」に関するプレスリリース内容となっています。

INSPIRED BY A RACING LEGEND: CONTINENTAL GT NUMBER 9 EDITION BY MULLINER

・Distinctive Continental GT celebrates Bentley’s centenary year
・Mulliner will handcraft just 100 limited edition collectors cars
・Unique design inspired by Bentley’s illustrious motorsport heritage
・Number 9 badging honours Birkin’s historic ‘Blower’ Bentley
・Each model features wood insert from seat of his Le Mans race car
・Two exterior colour options available – Viridian green or Beluga black
・Heritage hides echo those found in cars from the ‘Bentley Boy’ era
・Exclusive British Jaeger dashboard clock inspired by 1930 dials
・18K gold plated organ stops inspired by those of vintage race car
・Limited edition makes global debut at Geneva Motor Show

(Crewe, 4 March 2019) Bentley has created the ultimate collector’s version of the all-new Continental GT to celebrate the company’s centenary in 2019.

The Continental GT Number 9 Edition by Mulliner is inspired by Bentley’s illustrious motorsport past and incorporates a number of distinctive features into the world’s most luxurious Grand Tourer. Just 100 examples will be handbuilt by Mulliner in Crewe, England, based on the Continental GT this year.

Number 9 Edition by Mulliner pays homage to Sir Henry Ralph Stanley ‘Tim’ Birkin – one of the original, ‘Bentley Boys’ of the 1920s and ‘30s. Birkin was a Bentley customer, investor and a racing driver, full of entrepreneurial spirit and ambition – and through the determined collaboration of man and machine, the 4 ½ litre ‘Blower’ was born.

No.9 was the supercharged Bentley ‘Blower’ Sir Tim raced at the 1930 Le Mans 24 Hours. He commissioned the production of a series of 4 ½ Litre Bentleys, powered by a supercharger developed with independent engineer Amherst Villiers. Power increased from around 110 bhp to 175 bhp with the supercharger installation. The imposing green car has since become the iconic racing Bentley of the pre-war years.

The Number 9 Edition by Mulliner is distinguished by No.9 badgework and a bold, matching front grille graphic. Customers have the option of either Viridian green or Beluga black exterior paint, with 21”, 10-spoke wheels also in these colours, plus Black Line Specification and carbon bodykit.

Inside the Number 9 Edition by Mulliner customers have the choice of Cumbrian Green or Beluga heritage hides, with increased gloss levels to the seats, inner door panel and other areas. Debossed ‘B’ logos adorn the seat headrests and door panels as they did the door pads of the 1930 ‘Blower’.

A uniquely crafted dashboard features Engine Spin on the centre console. Often known as ‘Turned Aluminium’, Engine Spin was a popular racing car and aviation finish in the 1920s and ‘30s as it limited light reflection.

The centre console of the vehicle is enhanced by the inclusion of an exclusive British Jaeger clock face. Developed through a partnership between Mulliner and British Jaeger, the clock is inspired by the original No. 9 ‘Blower’s’ dials and uses the same traditional manufacturing methods of race car dials from the vintage era.

The Continental GT’s revolutionary Bentley Rotating Display has been further enhanced with a Bentley ‘Blower’ artefact. The Continental GT Number 9 Edition by Mulliner features a wood insert from the seat of Birkin’s iconic 1930 No. 9 Le Mans race car, which was removed during a sympathetic renovation. This backlit piece is set in resin and situated in the middle of the centre dial of the rotating display, adding a piece of history to each car.

Each of the 100 cars also features 18K gold plated organ stops inspired by those in the No.9 ‘Blower’ and ‘1 of 100’ treadplates.

Bentley’s Centenary Celebration

Bentley will celebrate its centenary year on 10 July , 2019. From the very first prototype created in a London mews to the phenomenally powerful and exquisitely crafted cars driven across the world today, Bentley has transformed the face of luxury motoring. W.O. Bentley founded Bentley Motors in order to ‘build a fast car, a good car, the best in its class’. That principle has remained at the heart of Bentley’s vision ever since.

Every Bentley built during 2019 will have a collection of carefully curated design touches on both the interior and exterior of the car. On the outside, the badges on the bonnet, boot and wheel centres will feature a specially created metallic finish around the ‘B’ in the logo in Centenary Gold. The bonnet and boot badges will also display the years 1919 to 2019.

On opening the door, a welcome light illuminates the ground with a Bentley symbol, while treadplates highlight the key years. Inside, the Bentley wings and Bentley ‘B’ on both the steering wheel and gear shifter are adorned with Centenary Gold, as is the ‘B’ on the key.

New Continental GT – A Powerful Statement of Intent

The latest, all-new Continental GT combines spirited, focused performance with handcrafted luxury and cutting edge technology.

Lighter, faster and even more refined, the W12 TSI-powered Continental GT will sprint to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds (100 km/h in 3.7 seconds), with a top speed of 207 mph (333 km/h) and a range of 500 miles. [WLTP drive cycle: fuel consumption, mpg (l/100km) – Combined 20.8 (13.6). Combined CO₂- 308g/km.]

Mulliner – Rare by Design

Mulliner exists to respond to the requirements of Bentley’s most discerning customers. Any type of personalisation can be undertaken to create a unique Bentley of individual taste.

Mulliner’s roots date back to the 1500’s – the firm’s original focus was creating luxurious horse-drawn carriages. In 1923 Mulliner showcased work on a Bentley chassis for the first time, exhibiting a two-seater 3 Litre Bentley at the Olympia Show in London – just four years after Bentley Motors was founded.

In 1953, Mulliner coachbuilt one of the most iconic Bentleys ever – the R Type Continental. This model inspired the design of today’s Continental GT. In 1957, Mulliner introduced the Continental Flying Spur, a special four-door saloon built on the Bentley Continental chassis. Mulliner officially became part of Bentley Motors in 1959, setting up its workshops in Crewe.

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Reference:motor1.com

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