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2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed debuts as company's most performance-focused car ever

The newest member of the Bentley Continental GT family was introduced this week.

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The new 2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed is billed as the "most dynamic road car in Bentley's 101 year history and ultimate performance-focused interpretation of the world's benchmark luxury Grand Tourer." That's a lot to live up to.

The third-generation model continues the storied history of Speed variants. For the Continental GT, that lineage can be traced back to 2007 when the first Continental GT Speed was unveiled, itself inspired by the 3-Liter Speed models of the 1920s.

The Continental Speed GT gets a Dark Tint grille and lower bumper grille, uniquely sculpted sports sills, Dark Tint radiator matrix, and chrome Speed badging. "Jewel" versions of the fuel and oil filler caps are standard and illuminated Bentley treadplates on both sills are a nod to the Speed's performance credentials.

The Speed variant of the Continental GT Is honed for performance.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed

The power plant of the new model is an upgraded take on Bentley's classic twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine. It delivers 650 brake horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. It has a top speed of 208 mph and can scoot from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The engine is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. When in Sport mode, the car up-shifts later and downshifts earlier.

Each 2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed comes with electronic all-wheel steering and three drive modes: Bentley, Comfort, and Sport. At low and medium speeds, the GT Speed's rear wheels are steered in the opposite direction to the front wheels to aid a rapid change of direction, which makes the car feel more nimble. At high speeds, the wheels steer in the same direction to improve stability. Bentley notes that the system is more active on the Continental GT than it is on the Flying Spur.

The car's all-wheel drive has been recalibrated to provide a character shift that's different than the traditional Continental GT. Bentley and Comfort drive modes balance the grip between the front and rear wheels. Sport mode initiates rear-biased torque.

2022 Bentley Continental GT The car is powered by a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

For the first time in the model's history, there is an electronic rear limited slip differential. It's been built by hand. In Bentley and Comfort model, it provides added traction support. In sport mode, it improves turn-in response and increases straight-line performance.

Each model comes with an air suspension and anti-roll control system. Electronic stability control can be turned off for more driving freedom.

Bentley has engineered a new carbon ceramic brake system for the car that is available as an upgrade. It features carbon silicon carbide discs that combine with the car's 10-piston front calipers and four-piston rears to enable firm braking response while saving weight and creating a very low level of brake dust.

The whole rig rides on 22-inch Speed-unique bright silver wheels. Buyers can opt for Darrk Tint or black gloss wheels.

2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed

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Bentley offers the model with a duotone interior color scheme that is handcrafted in hide and matching Alcantara that extends to the steering wheel. Buyers get to choose from 15 main and 11 secondary hide colors, as well as opt for leather in lieu of Alcantara. Bentley's signature Diamond in Diamond quilting is standard.

The centre console can be finished in new dark tint engine turned aluminum. A Piano Black veneer is standard. Crown Cut Walnut, Dark Stained Burr Walnut, and Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus are no-cost options.

Each Continental GT Speed has the same four seat capacity and 358 liters of cargo space as the traditional GT.

Pricing for the model is around $275,000.

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The 11th-generaiton Honda Civic Sedan has broken cover.

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Marie was a little bit country and Donny was a little bit rock and roll. The design of the redesigned 2022 Honda Civic Sedan looks a little bit modern and a little bit vintage - and it's all a heck of a lot less polarizing than the previous generation.

Today Honda has offered the first official fully lighted glimpse of the 11th-generation Civic, which is set to officially debut April 28. The design of the model was previewed last year with the Civic Prototype.

2022 Honda Civic Prototype The 2022 Honda Civic Prototype showed off a nearly production-ready design late last year. Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Honda openly admits that the look of the new Civic was inspired by the last. Head into the trove of internet photos of the fourth- and fifth-generation Civic to see parallels in design. Honda said that designers upheld Honda's human-centric design philosophy in the new model while also increasing the safety.

The result is a car that looks very much like a sedan but still retains sporty attributes. It also looks more like the Accord in this generation than the last. In the photo provided by Honda, the new Civic is in Touring trim level form.

Honda said that the car's interior design, which they haven't shown photos of yet, is "uncluttered", has "simple ergonomics", and delivers "exceptional visibility".

The 2022 Civic will arrive on dealership lots this summer.

Also this summer, the Honda Civic Tour will return for its 20th season. There will be two stops on the virtual tour that will be livestreamed on the Honda Stage YouTube channel. The first event will start at 5:00 p.m. PT, on April 28. The virtual concert event on Twitch will also give Civic Tour fans a special first look at the all-new 2022 Honda Civic Sedan around 6:00 p.m. PT, leading into the performance.

As previously announced, the all-new Civic Hatchback will follow Civic Sedan production by several months. Details about Civic Hatchback, to be manufactured by Honda in the United States for the first time in its history, will follow later this year. The Civic Hatchback will be built at the company's Indiana auto plant.

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The 2021 Lamborghini Sián Roadster is a smile maker.

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If you're not rich enough to have an automaker completely craft you a one-off from scratch, the next best thing is to take full advantage of the company's vehicle customization options. There's usually a special devision that takes care of this. At Aston Martin, it's Q. Bentley has Mulliner and Porsche offers up their Manufaktur department.

Lambroghini's Ad Personam customization program offers five key areas where customers can make the vehicle they order unique. Specialists assist customers at every step of the process, taking into consideration their demands as craftspeople create the vehicle that's ordered.

The choice of 348 unique colors.

Lamborghini Ad Personam paint colors

Lamborghinis are offered in a wide variety of colors.

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Though not every color is available in every region of the world, there are 348 total options offered to customers. Americans tend to be the most demanding, requesting 20 percent of the custom colors that Ad Personam offers up, followed by customers in Asia Pacifica and EMEA region.

Take the car to the next level with diamond dust paint.

All that glitters isn't always gold. Sometimes it's diamonds. Ad Personam offers Lamborghinis with a new transparent paint that includes micro crystals in the form of diamond dust. This dust undergoes a unique processing technique and is applied to the bodywork of the supercar, giving it an iridescent sheen that changes color according to reflections of the light at that moment.

Add a unique work of art.

Lamborghini's talented upholstery department has seen it all. In addition to the typical orders, they're able to take special requests for unique decorations and embroidery, from the seat logo, hand-stitched rather than hot-embossed, to the initials embroidered inside the passenger compartment.

Some of the most creative options requested by buyers include creating branches and peach blossoms, portraits of the customer or their beloved pet, designs in street art style with the bull, and "splash-effect" color (like in the Aventador S by Skyler Grey), to images of the skyline of their favorite city.

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