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Bentley | 賽道血統 珍稀工藝 The DNA of Bentley:Racing & Unrivaled Craftsmanship

英國豪車賓利創辦人 Walter Owen Bentley 從小的賽車夢似乎註定此生成為先驅者,一次次賽事奪冠令他決心埋首引擎研發,惟第一次世界大戰埋沒理想,卻也在其中設計戰鬥機引擎,積累的知識和天賦蓄勢待發,1919 年 W.O. Bentley 創立品牌一心只想「造輛好車,一部快車,世上最好的車。」

回首初代 3 升車型還未問世,雜誌《Autocar》早已寫下洞燭機先的註解「為熱衷於駕駛體驗的駕馭者而生,一部滿足旅行所需的純正賽車。」最終誕生於英國倫敦 New Street Mews;W.O. Bentley 更研發8 升的直列六缸引擎,其能驅策至時速 100 英里的性能,是他手中最後留下的驚世鉅作。

以考驗耐久性聞名的法國利曼賽事,恍若賓利卓越性能的展演場。狂熱的「賓利男孩與女孩」馳騁品牌各種車型,最終留下七年五冠輝煌紀錄。去年品牌創立百年之際,比利時 SPA24 小時耐久賽中,身披英式賽車綠的紀念賽車令人回憶起 2003 年重返利曼賽事,最終第六度封王的車款Speed 8,喚醒賓利賽車血統,更開啟未來篇章。

Back to the age that the 3 Litre engine model hadn’t come out yet, The Autocar magazine had already written a pre-seeing note that “he(W.O. Bentley) was working on a model intended to appeal to those enthusiastic motorists who desire a car which, practically speaking, is a true racing car with touring accessories” was finally launched at New Street Mews, London, UK. W.O. Bentley even had developed the six-cylinder, 8.0-litre engine able to drive the car to 100 miles per hour, which was his last masterpiece left to the world.

The Le Mans, in fame of car’s durability, is like a performance arena of Bentley. The fanatical “Bentley Boys and Girls” raced all kinds of Bentley’s car models, finally left a brilliant record of five championships in seven years. In last year, when Bentley brand has been founded for 100 years, the commemorative Speed 8 racing car with British style green color in the SPA 24-hour endurance race in Belgium has made fans recall its return to Le Mans in 2003 and finally won the championship for the sixth time, which has awakened the pedigree of Bentley racing car and opened a new chapter for future.

獨特且稀有的造物

賓利以超卓性能與細膩造車工藝,改變豪華車款定義。頂級客製化部門米勒 Mulliner師徒傳承至今 500 年,從伊麗莎白一世登機隔年,便開始為皇家郵政打造並維護馬車,19 世紀末汽車工業蓬勃發展,Mulliner 頻繁合作賓利最終納入克魯郡工廠,以百年工藝昇華品牌風貌,更為車主悉心打造訂製車款。

立體徽飾 Flying B經手 Mulliner 幻化出深邃而有質量的金色樣貌;另也突破直葉片式格柵進化為做工繁複的 Double Quilt 雙網格紋。Mulliner 更善於車內隱藏彩蛋(Hidden Delights),乘坐其中玩味自細節裡成就的不凡工藝;全新石材飾面系列則足以代表Mulliner精神-期待車主感受獨特且稀有的造物,選用經億年才能透過沉積物的結晶堆疊而成的石材,像是成色淺灰、天然紅、黑色或銅製成的板岩、石英岩,以大自然的萬象色調呈獻專屬裝飾。

另有選自世界各地木材的實木飾板,經多道程序形成獨特表面,最終來到木材師眼裡比對完全對稱的花紋呈現,每一塊木材皆有身分證明,即便需要修補也能即刻找到相同備料。真皮車室空間由皮革工匠手工打造,選自北歐多處有專屬農場,氣候溫和且少了鐵絲網圍欄,避免面料產生瑕疵呈現完美之作。不過在動保意識抬頭的今天,賓利積極研發如植物或其他材料所製成的人造皮料,渴望維持傳統真皮細緻觸感。

指標四門房車New Flying Spur

賓利正式成為百年品牌,New Flying Spur 內外設計彷彿濃縮鮮明動感的城市路網,車頭雙網格柵、仿造水晶切割的車燈,坐進車室內「雙菱形絎縫座椅」結合外縫線、內刺繡手法予人鑽石滾動的想像,刻面滾花輕綴其間,立體飾徽「Flying B」引領駕駛在現代城市凜然前行;穩妥的飆馳快感持續精進,New Flying Spur不僅前輪前移,更導入電動四輪轉向系統、動態駕駛系統等全新技術,隨時感受靈敏而穩定的駕乘體驗,是集結現代科技與精緻優雅的魅力車款。 

Bentley EXP 100 GT 則為一台駛向智能未來卻保留經典血脈的概念車款。透過 Bentley Blower 經典前後相疊圓形頭燈,仿效 R-Type Continental 的車尾流露賓利基因,卻又在 Colourstream 銀灰色車身,玻璃車頂以及遍布車身、輪圈採自然永續材料的銅鋁飾條,洞見前衛與時尚氛圍。

透過上掀式車門優雅入室,除延續百年工藝融入可再生紡織品、有機皮革,車內配備個人助理,透過手勢便能喚醒 AI 人工智慧,好比「Enhance」可增強外部光線和氣味,投射美景於車頂眺望開闊視野,而「Cocoon」則能透過隱私玻璃,乘坐於如繭般高度安心的空間,生物識別技術體貼乘駕營造舒適車艙。

智慧型個人助理也另有管理電能系統,搭配比現行技術高出五倍能量密度的電池模組,續行里程達 700 公里,充電至 80% 只要 15 分鐘,更保有1,500Nm 最大扭力、0 -100km/h 加速 2.5 秒與極速 300km/h 的頂尖性能,照見下一個百年以更多面貌詮釋壯遊奧秘。

Mulliner Custom

Bentley has changed the definition of luxury cars by excellent performance and exquisite craftsmanship. To date, the highly skilled craftspeople in Mulliner workshop have been an apprentice for 500 years. From the year after Elizabeth I was enthroned, the staff began to build and maintain the carriage for Royal Mail. At end of the 19th century, automobile industry flourished, Mulliner frequently cooperated with Bentley and finally was incorporated into the Bentley factory in Crewe, North-West England to sublimate the brand style and create customized car models for car owners.

With the Flying B 3D emblem, Mulliner has changed to a bright and high-quality golden appearance; it altered the straight leaf grille to the double quilt pattern with complicated workmanship. Mulliner is good at the Hidden Delights inside the car; when drivers sit in the car, they would enjoy the extraordinary crafts from details. The new stone surface series represents the Mulliner spirit-expecting the car owner to feel the unique and rare products. Mulliner chooses the stones being stacked through the crystallization of sediment for hundreds of millions of years, such as slate and quartzite in light gray, natural red or black color or copper-made color, presenting its specialty in the various colors of nature for exclusive decoration.

There are also solid wood veneers selected from all over the world, forming a unique surface through multiple procedures, and finally come to the completely symmetrical patterns from the eyes of the carpenters. Each piece of wood has an identity certificate, when it needs to be patched or repaired, the same material can be found right away. The leather-lined interior handmade by craftsmen; the leathers are selected from many northern European specific farms with mild climate and no barbed wire fence to perfectly avoid the fabric defects. In the present animal protection oriented time, Bentley actively studied the artificial leather materials made of plants and other materials, eager to maintain the positive tactile sense of traditional leathers.

Luxury Sports Salon New Flying Spur

Bentley has officially become a century old brand. The interior and exterior design of New Flying Spur looks like a concentrated and dynamic urban road network. With double quilt at car front and mimic crystal-cut lights, when sitting in the car, the “double diamond quilted seat” combines the outer stitching and inner embroidery crafts gives driver and passengers the imagination of rolling diamonds. The faceted knurling is lightly decorated with 3D emblem “Flying B”, guiding driver to drive forward in a modern city, going on to enjoy the stable speeding fun. The New Flying Spur not only moves the front wheels forward, but introduces new technologies such as the electric four-wheel steering system and dynamic driving system, making driver and passengers feel the sensitive and stable driving experience at any time. It is a charming car with modern technology and exquisite elegance.

Bentley EXP 100 GT is a concept car heading for the intelligent future yet retaining the classics. Bentley gene is revealed through Bentley Blower’s overlapped classic front and rear head lamps, which imitate the rear of R-Type Continental cars. Yet, in Colourstream’s silver gray car body, the glass roof and the copper and aluminum trimming strips with natural and sustainable materials put all over the and car body and wheel rims fully display the sense of avant-garde and fashionable.

Through the flip-up doors, driver and passengers can enter the car gracefully. Except a century of crafts, renewable textiles and organic leathers are integrated into the car. Personal assistant device is equipped in the car to wake up the Artificial intelligence (AI) through gestures, such as the “Enhance” can enhance the external light and feeling projecting beautiful scenery on car roof and broadening the vision; the “Cocoon” can make passengers sit in a cocoon like high comfort space through the privacy glass; and the biometric technology is considerate in driving and creating a comfortable cabin.

The smart personal assistant device will manage the power system, work with the battery module with an energy density five times higher than the current technology and last for 700 km. The time needed to charge the battery module to 80% of full capacity only takes 15 minutes; the car also retains the top performance of 1500 N-m maximum torque, 0 to 100 km/h accelerating time is only 2.5 seconds and with the peak speed of 300km/h, which will show the mystery of driving in the next century.

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