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18 Aug 11 Bentley’s Continental GT drop-top model to be revealed at the Frankfurt show

British automaker, Bentley Motors Limited, has only two model lines under its belt. Naturally, this information means that the entire car industry is looking forward to more models since the British brand has so much room left for expansion.

Recently, the newly revamped and redesigned version of the brand’s Continental GT has rolled out into showrooms. Now, another new model—the Continental GT Drop-Top model—is set to be revealed at the Frankfurt show this year. Of course, we all couldn’t wait to see the Speed and Flying Spur variants.

Another Bentley model, the Mulsann, has also been speculated to come up with a convertible and coupe versions some time soon. According to experts’ speculations and reports, the British carmaker is set to unveil new model lines one of which involves an SUV model. Ironically, after all the talks of expansion, it has been said that the British brand is planning to economize.

The new Bentley Continental models will have an additional 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine plus the optional 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbo engine. As for engine power, now official word has been released but we assume it will be somewhere between 567 horsepower. According to rumors, these models will be revealed at the Detroit Auto Show this January. Perhaps by then, we would get a clearer picture of the engine speculations along with other details pertaining to exterior and interior aspects. Let’s keep tuned to that and see what the British brand has to offer this year and the next.

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03 Aug 11 Car design: Spotlight on supercar Ferrari Xezri concept [with video]

During the recent, Ferrari World car design contest, Samir Sadikhov who graduated from the IED Turin took the second spot but his Xezri Ferrari concep has wowed a lot of people and have been making some buzz around the internet.

According to Sadikhov, Xezri takes its name from a wind gusting at the western portions of he Caspian Sea. For him, the name signifies high technology and innovations needed by a light car to perform well both on track and on the streets. Furthermore, he sees it as a Ferrari of years to come with the perfect blend of available technology and sportiness.

The design focused on giving the car excellent aerodynamics. Sadikhov removed elements like the wing mirrors plus other components that contribute to the drag of the vehicle. He also made use of aerolastic winglets and a flat underbody taking a hint from the 458 Italia.

The car designer also made sure that the car will be very lightweight making use of carbon fiber components for both the exterior and interior of the Xezri.

The Xezri concept also has some unique features like the centrally mounted driver’s cockpit making use of switches, analogue buttons, and touch screens instead of having wing mirrors. There are air propellers that help produce power for the gauges and the rest of the interior. The silver wing that dominates the top-down view acts as a spoiler and at the same time an air intake.

The Xezri ought to be a supercar that can provide the performance you need on the streets while giving you the rush when you hit track.

Click on the video presentation for the Xezri below:

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