Phantom to the Opera?

Rolls-Royce Motors has just announced a sequel to their long running pinnacle show-piece. Phantom Series 11 seeks to make enhancements to the model’s aesthetic by making sensitive changes to this iconic motor car aimed at lending a distinctively modern edge to a design classic. The front facade has gained a polished horizontal strip linking the…

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New Bentley Mulsanne expected to be EV Hotshot

Industry reports say Bentley is set to launch an all-new flagship EV model at the end of the decade bearing the Mulsanne moniker. The name may be familiar but nothing else is. As well as electric motive power the new range topping Mulsanne will reinvent itself as a hyper-luxury sporting coupe – perhaps fitting the…

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Spectre looms over Dawn and Wraith

Fancied a luxurious Rolls-Royce Dawn convertible or even a sleek Wraith two door coupe? Well, sadly, you are too late as Goodwood home to Rolls-Royce has just revealed that production is to end in 2023 and, worse for those folk with spare cash to order one right away, the order books have been firmly slammed…

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Bentley halts sales to Russia

Bentley has announced it will no longer sell its premium models in Russia, along with other products from Volkswagen Group, due to the continuing conflict in Ukraine. The company operates a lavish Bentley showroom in Kyiv, opened in 2019, and sells many of its upmarket models in Russia and to Russian nationals around the world.…

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Rolls-Royce remodels historic mascot

Is nothing sacred, you may ask? Well, after 111 years it’s hardly surprising that the firm’s world famous goddess adorning the classic radiator needs a few nips and tucks. So Goodwood has announced that the mascot on the upcoming Spectre electric model is to be given a makeover. Rolls-Royce is keen to promote that the…

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BMW Announces End of the Road for V12 Engine

BMW has announced that it will produce a special run-out limited edition 7-Series for the US market this Summer. This will signal the end of the road for the astonishingly successful V12 engine in their flagship saloon ahead of a new generation model. Just 12 examples – rather fittingly – will be made. This brings…

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Bentley and Rolls-Royce Smash Sales Record – Again

Thank goodness for Bentley and Rolls-Royce for dispelling the New Year gloom with each German-owned but British-based company posting record sales in 2021. Bentley Motors delivered 14,659 motor cars in 2021 which is a 31 per cent increase on its previous record breaking year in 2020. One in five of its Bentayga model sales were…

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Greetings from HMS Queen Elizabeth

We have received Christmas and New Year greetings from our friends at HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH. The ship has completed her 7 and a half month deployment to the Far East and returned safely to Portsmouth. In so doing she conducted over 2000 fixed wing sorties, 3000 deck landings and 4000 flying hours; by day and…

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Bentley celebrate 100 years of customer satisfaction

A local Wessex Area customer can claim to have been the first in a long line to order a Bentley motor car 100 years ago. A 3-litre model with lightweight closed coupe coachwork and registered KS 1661 was the first Bentley model ordered by a customer in 1921. The happy recipient was wealthy racer Noel…

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Bentley celebrate 70 Years of Design at Crewe

Bentley is celebrating 70 years since it established its own design department at the historic Crewe HQ. The first Crewe-designed Bentley was the R-Type Continental of 1951 which was arguably Chief Designer John Blatchley’s finest expression of postwar aerodynamic form. Blatchley had been poached from famed coachbuilder Gurney Nutting who constructed the famous streamlined Blue…

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