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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 Acura Integra is coming back in 2022

This is all we know about the new Integra's styling.

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Secrets are hard to keep these days. It seems like new products always end up being leaked by one of the hundreds of people involved in the development process, to the point that even the most secretive companies have a hard time unveiling a product that people don't already know about. That wasn't the case this week, though. After announcing the final version of its NSX supercar at Monterey Car Week, Acura took to the skies with an impressive drone show that eventually spelled out a message no one expected to see: The Integra is coming back in 2022.



The original car launched in 1986, and its legend grew over time. After accumulating dozens of awards and spawning an entire industry around customizing and enhancing the Integra, Honda and Acura discontinued the car in 2001. We saw a successor to the crown in the Acura RSX for a few short years afterward, but it's been 15 years since a small, tossable sports car has graced the Acura catalog. Granted, Honda has been on a tear with the Civic Si and Civic Type-R, but there has been a hole in the Acura lineup for some time now.


Acura Integra The original Integra is the stuff of legend.Acura


Waiting is the hardest part, as they say. Other than the gorgeous drone display and tantalizingly mysterious teaser photo, we know nothing, which is a difficult spot to be as a car enthusiast. There are a few details, though. The car will return in 2022 as a "compact premium entrant," according to the press release. Company VP and Acura Brand Officer Jon Ikeda also said that the car is "returning to the Acura lineup with the same fun-to-drive spirit and DNA of the original, fulfilling our commitment to Precision Crafted Performance in every way – design, performance and the overall driving experience."

Given parent company Honda's success with performance versions of the Civic, we're optimistic that the 2022 Integra will put its compact dimensions to good use on the road and on the track. We'll have to be patient, though, because official details won't become available until closer to the car's introduction in 2022.


2022 Acura Integra Acura shared the new Integra's logo.Acura

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder arrives on dealer lots this summer.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder doesn't have to be capable of rock crawling or deep water fording. What it has to do is service the needs of families in their daily life and give them the opportunity to competently go off-roading on rocky trails should they desire. The new, fifth-generation models does just that and adds in enough nifty features to make it among the most compelling choices for three-row SUV buyers.

The 2022 Pathfinder is thoroughly modern though not the boxy off-roader it once was. The SUV's styling harkens back to that time with a tilted, darkened C-pillar and a return to a more muscular body style. That styling makes straightforward visibility good but for shorter drivers seeing what is immediately in front of the grille is a challenge that necessitates using surround view camera technology (available only in upper trim levels) when navigating challenging terrain.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can easily handle the roads less traveled.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 that offers up 291 horsepower and torque - plenty to do the job without complaint. The SUV's nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the continuously variable transmission (CVT) from the previous generation and delivers smooth shifts. Though low-end torque isn't as robust as I like it to be, once up over 35 mph, the Pathfinder's powertrain delivers smooth, powerful sailing.

The redesigned architecture and components underpinning the Pathfinder make it stable on the road and don't allow it to wallow on winding roads. Even off-road, the suspension provides the right blend of stability while the drive dynamics allowing the driver to feel engaged with their surroundings whether on freshly paved roads, city streets, or muddy trails.

Nissan has given the Pathfinder a 6,000-pound towing capacity and even when maxed out the engine's functionality is strong as ever. The transmission can get held up in a gear mid-range when performing this function, however, with 5,000-6,000 rpms registering on the tachometer but a quick release of the gas pedal recalibrates the offering bringing it down to a more traditional 2,000 rpm range.

The eight-seater Pathfinder clearly has the Toyota Highlander in its sights, with good reason. It's the top-selling three-row SUV in the country. Nissan boasts that three adults can fit across the rear bench seat of the Pathfinder and, as long as they're average size or smaller, the marketing talking point holds up. There is gobs more room back there than there is in the Highlander.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Nissan has given the Pathfinder ample cargo space.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Getting in and out of the third row is easy thanks to one-touch buttons on the outboard side of the second-row chairs that move the SUV's captain's seats forward creating enough room to get through to the back. Smartly, Nissan's engineers have put duplicates of these buttons on the back side of the same seats allowing third-row passengers to simply press the button to move the seat up.

The third row can also be accessed via a split between the captain's chairs as well, a space traditionally occupied by a center stowage bin/cup holders/arm rest. Owners can quickly remove the center console by opening a panel on the front and pulling the release mechanism. The one-handed operation takes seconds and the console can be easily stored in the under-floor trunk space behind the third row seat for ease.

Speaking of cargo space... The Pathfinder is one of the most spacious midsize SUVs on the market today for both passengers and cargo. There is a substantial amount of room behind the third-row seat and the under-floor storage area is nearly twice the size of the one in the Highlander. Plus, it has a feature that allows the area cover to be automatically propped up when pushed up by a user. This is especially help when carrying groceries or plants home and keeps them from being crushed.

The first- and second-row seats are suitably comfortable, even for extended periods of time and standard trig-zone climate control makes finding the right in-cabin mix easy. Bottle holders in the pockets of the front doors are exceptionally large, fitting even bulky water bottles.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder's front row seats are comfortable.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

In front of the driver is a standard tachometer, speedometer, and 7.0-inch driver information display. Buyers can upgrade to a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and head-up display but they're not reason enough to upgrade to the top-tier Pathfinder Platinum on their own.

Nissan packs the new Pathfinder with a host of desirable features that make living with the Pathfinder easier including one-touch auto up/down windows, a wireless phone charger, grocery hooks in the rear cargo area, USB ports in all three rows, second-row sunshades, rear door keyless entry, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a motion-activated lift gate.

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is priced to start at $33,410 for the two-wheel drive S base model and $35,310 for the four-wheel drive S base model. The model tops out around $50,000 with destination and delivery included, which seems fair when comparing the Pathfinder to other vehicles in the market.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

If you're thinking of purchasing a Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, or Highlander, do yourself a favor and schedule a test drive of the new Pathfinder when it arrives at a dealer lot near you. You may just be surprised how seamlessly it fits into your daily life compared to the competition.

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