Bentley will unveil its fastest ever production car this March at the Geneva Motor Show. What's more, it'll be crammed to the hilt with more technology than you'll find inside a branch of Curry's.
At least one version of the Extreme Bentley, as it's dubbed, will run on biofuel -- fuel derived
from living things, or the waste they produce. In this case, it'll
probably be ethanol, a form of alcohol made from fermented corn,
sugarcane or rapeseed crops. In theory, these fuels are carbon-neutral -- not because they don't emit carbon dioxide, but because
growing the crops absorbs the same amount of CO2 from the atmosphere. (Growing them creates its own problems, but that's a story for another Web site.)
There's every chance the Extreme Bentley will be the most refined alcoholic you've ever encountered. It'll have options for a digital TV tuner, Bluetooth phone connectivity with a beskpoke privacy handset, a 15-speaker Naim audio system, rear-view camera-assisted parking, and radar-based adaptive cruise control that will fully stop the car if a driver in front comes to an unexpected standstill.
We're guessing the Extreme Bentley will use the same 6-litre W12 as the current Continental. Judging by the larger air intakes in the bonnet, however, it's safe to assume the Extreme will usurp the Continental GT Speed's 600bhp and 533lb-ft of torque. That means it should do 0-60mph in less than 4.3 seconds and exceed 200mph.
We don't know how much it'll cost, but it's safe to say you probably can't afford it. There's no harm in looking, though, so keep your eyes peeled for some hands-on action from the Geneva Motor Show floor early in March.