Other Bentley models
The GT in Bentley Continental GT stands for grand touring. This luxury car has a unique cabin equipped with fine leather, gorgeous wood, and handsome metal trims mixed with modern technology.
The Bentley Continental GT packs both a coupe and a convertible, as is a high-performance Speed variant. This exotic car has a well-balanced chassis as well as a pleasant appeal.
The Bentley Flying Spur is another variant in the series of Bentley workhorses. They are packed with an optional four-seat configuration, an upgrade from the previous rear bench seat configuration with two buckets with a fixed center console that runs the entire length of the sedan’s cabin. The steering wheel design provides more access to the car’s driver-assistance features.
Manufactured in 2010, this luxury car is named after the Mulsanne Corner of the Lemans racing circuit. Packed with a 6.75 twin-turbocharged Rolls-Royce Bentley L-series V8 engine, this Bentley workhorse generates about 505 horsepower.
The EXP 2 is the oldest surviving Bentley and the first-ever Bentley to win a race. The EXP 2 resulted from a 1919 initiative by W.O. Bentley, who adapted his knowledge of aircraft engine design to create an advanced 3-liter automobile engine. This, then ingenious creation, featured a four-valve and two-spark-plugs-per-cylinder design, constituting a high concentration of aluminum and magnesium.
During this era, three EXP 3-litre roadsters were built, but only the EXP 2 and 3 stood up to the test of time. Unveiled in 1919 and embodied in 1921, it featured in a race sometime later that same year on the banked, wall of death Brooklands track in England and won.
1929 Birkin Blower
Blower Bentley left a significant imprint in the history of cars. “Blower” is the nickname ascribed to any supercharger that blows air into the engine. The name was first applied when the Bentley boys added a blower to Bentley’s 4.5-liter straight-six engine. This singular alteration increased the horsepower of the engine simultaneously.
By 1930, three blowers enrolled into the then editor of the 24 Hours of Le Man’s endurance race. Even though the Bentley blower didn’t win the race, it left quite a mark on the impression of the viewers. In all, just about 50 blowers were built.
1930 Bentley 8 Litre
The 1930 Bentley 8 liter was perhaps the widely opted W.O. Bentley’s masterpiece. It was the largest and most luxurious Bentley at the time. It was powered by a turbine-smooth 7,983cc straight-six engine and was capable of achieving 100 mph nearly silently.
Though the most advanced luxury sedan of its time, the Great Depression forced W.O. Bentley sold off the company to Rolls-Royce in 1931. Just 100 8 Litres were ever created, as Rolls-Royce ended the production of this luxury masterpiece the preceding year.
1952 R-Type Continental
With its sleek, two-door coupe and wind-cheating design, the R-Type Continental introduced the Continental name to the Bentley timeline. This car was the fastest four-seater vehicle of its time, designed to cross-continental Europe at speeds of three digits. The R-Type Continental series with its streamlined aluminum body re-set the lamp light on Bentley as a high-performance vehicle.
This continental vehicle was built lightweight and muscular, with a 4.5-liter straight-six engine. Its swiftness was likened to a Ferrari, its agility to the Alfa Romeo, and its luxury likened to the Rolls-Royce. However, just 207 continentals were built.
1985 Turbo R
The 1980s saw the Bentleys become so incorporated into the Rolls-Royce that it was nothing more than a different grille of the Rolls-Royce. Then came a young sales marketing guru named Peter Ward, with the mind to revamp the image and uniqueness of the Bentley sporting brand.
He recommended wider tires with more excellent grip and lighter-weight alloy wheels modifications for the then slow-selling Mulsanne Turbo. He also recommended heavier, more responsive steering, and this saw the return of the sporting Bentley. The Turbo R was born and soon augmented the percentage of Bentley cars released by Rolls-Royce from 4% to 40%.
2001 EXP Speed 8
After a 68-year absence from the 24 Hours of Le Man’s races, The 2001 EXP Speed 8 re-introduced Bentley into the circuit, winning the third position.
This fearsome workhorse packs a 670 hp, 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with the ability to propel the carbon-fiber projectile that is the 2001 EXP Speed 8 to a high 200 mph top speed.
2003 Continental GT
Arguably, the 2003 Continental GT is the most critical Bentley model created. This swoopy, fast-billed continental GT released in 2003 was a turning point for the Bentley series. Its now-owners Volkswagen Group seemingly exploited a spot in the luxury vehicle marketplace. The use of their potent six-liter twin-turbo W-12 adapted from the over-engineered VW Phaeton made the vehicle an instant success, even today.
What to do in Miami
The Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, over 84 acres in breadth, has intriguing plants, flowers and trees for your viewing. There are also some extremely rare species of plants like the petticoat palm, and its 45-minute ram train service allows you to have a quick view of all the facility has to offer; touristic scenery to help get the edge off.
Bayside Marketplace is basically an outside mall with over 150 specialty shops, cafes and restaurants with daily entertainment. Located along Miami’s water front, this bayside market offers a great atmosphere for relaxation.
The Cuban district of Miami is known for its intriguing cultural environment. From the food to the music, the locality is culturally rich and it's something worth seeing.
The walls of buildings have murals that show some important Cuban figures and scenes for entertainment.
Located on the east side of Biscayne Boulevard, this 32-acre green space that is the Bayfront Park lies adjacent to the Bayside Marketplace. The various monuments, sculptures and the unique Pepper Fountain create a site worth visiting.
Where to eat & have fun in Miami
The Makoto is located in Bal Harbour Shops, owned by Stephen Starr. The chef, Makoto, ensures what's on the plate gets the preeminence above who sits before the plate. On top of the amazing nigiri dishes, Makoto incorporates modern Japanese delicacies that keep hungry clients coming back for more.
The Surf Club Restaurant
The Surf Club Restaurant by Thomas Keller glows with 1950s grooves, as well as nostalgic American cuisines. Consider their stiff martini, among other wine options in their impressive selection of vintages. The aesthetics go oldschool with items like a can’t-miss ice cream sundae, beef Wellington, Caesar salad, and roast chicken.
The famous contemporary North Beach waterfront restaurant serves traditional dishes like pastor, chicken, and tongue tacos, topped off with handmade blue-masa corn tortillas. Be sure to also check out their totopos — the restaurant’s variant of tortilla chips. The fun ambiance and artistic deco make this restaurant worth checking out.
Where else to drive in Miami
The Julia Tuttle Causeway runs from Biscayne Blvd or Alton Rd, is both intriguing in size and scenery as it drops you off on the northern end of the same Alton stretch.
The Rickenbacker’s tall bridges and waterfront stretches extend from U.S. 1 to Crandon Blvdmake. Its unobstructed ocean views make it an excellent driveway in Miami.
Stretching from Purdy Ave to N Bayshore Dr, the Venetian causeway runs through a string of islands, each equipped with luxurious and elegant-looking houses, that make a drive through this route worth it. Onyx Exotix Luxury & Exotic Car Rental will work hard to make your experience an unforgettable one.