I have no delusions in thinking that the DIY auto enthusiast crowd will ever be shopping for $200k-$300k cars like these. It is still interesting to see what’s out there, though. Motor Trend’s Johnny Lieberman pits the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG against the Bentley Mulsanne after Rolls Royce declined to participate in the showdown. He gets it, too. Johnny ends up showing us what is cool about both cars without taking things too seriously as evident by his joke about the “Peasant Crusher” suspension settings while wearing a tuxedo t-shirt. Even if the fancy luxury stuff doesn’t do it for you, both cars make over 700 ft-lbs of torque. They may not be what we usually talk about here at Flux Auto, but these cars are still extreme ways of expressing the automobile.
Jay Leno takes us for a stroll around the Concept Lawn at this year’s Pebble Beach car show. He checks out Infiniti’s electric Emerg-E, the Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupe and a collector Rolls Royce Coupe from their bespoke program.
The story of the Bentley Continental GT V8 starts with the president of company casually asking one of his engineers how much fuel they could save by going to a twin turbo V8 instead of the W12. The engineer estimated “probably around 40%” which the president then started using as a hard statistic for the car even before it had been designed. The engineering teams were actually able to more or less hit the mark (37%) in the “fuel efficient” Bentley which still makes 500 hp and 480 ft-lbs of torque. Motor Trend’s senior editor, Johnny Lieberman, takes the new Bentley for a tour of all of the places he’s wanted to see in Scotland. The video is long, but you learn a lot about the car and about some cool things in Scotland.