On February 18th, we hosted our 2023 Bentley kickoff event, featuring a brunch spread, premium bourbon, cigars and sparkling wines. The event took place at BlueJack National and brought together our wonderful clients.
The event kicked off with a delicious brunch spread, featuring an assortment of pastries, fruits, cheeses, and savory bites. Guests mingled and chatted, admiring the stunning cars on display and learning from our knowledgeable team.
After brunch, the focus turned to the bar, where guests were treated to a selection of premium bourbons, cigars and sparkling wines. Our expert bartenders guided guests through the tasting experience, offering insights into the flavor profiles of each drink and recommending pairings with the brunch bites.
The atmosphere was lively and convivial, with guests sharing their love for Bentley and their experiences driving these exceptional cars. Some guests even took the opportunity to test drive the new Bentley Bentayga EWB, experiencing the thrill of the open road and the unmatched luxury of these vehicles.
As the event came to a close, guests left with a newfound appreciation for Bentley and a sense of excitement for what’s to come in 2023. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all who attended and made the event a success.
If you were unable to attend the event but are interested in learning more or scheduling a test drive, please contact our team at (713) 850-1530. We look forward to seeing you on the road in a Bentley soon!
Bentley Houston announces today that Bentley Motors has made the decision as part of Bentley’s acceleration towards a sustainable future through its Beyond100 strategy which will see the company’s entire model line fully electrified by the start of the next decade, reducing fleet average emissions to O g/km CO2. This journey has already begun, with the introduction of the Bentayga and Flying Spur Hybrid models for which demand is exceeding the company’s expectations. When production of the W12 ceases next year, Bentley’s entire model line will be available with the option of a hybrid powertrain. Meanwhile, an engine first made available in the sector-defining Continental GT, which has been powering Bentley both metaphorically and literally for the last 20 years, will be consigned to history.
Bentley isn’t letting the W12 bow out without a dramatic send-off. Development work has concluded recently on the most powerful version of the W12 ever created. The ultimate iteration of this mighty engine – destined for just 18 examples of the Bentley Batur to be handcrafted by Mulliner – is now confirmed as developing 750 PS and 1,000 Nm of torque. The increased torque figure forms the typical Bentley ‘torque plateau’, running from 1,750 rpm to 5,000 rpm – with peak power at 5,500 rpm.
Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Adrian Hallmark, comments:
“Our progressive journey towards sustainable luxury mobility means making changes to every area of Bentley Motors. When we first launched the W12 back in 2003, we knew we had a mighty engine that would propel both our cars and the brand forwards at speed. 20 years and more than 100,000 W12s later, the time has come to retire this now-iconic powertrain as we take strides towards electrification – but not without giving it the best send-off possible, with the most powerful version of the engine ever created.”
“The 750 PS titan that Mulliner has created for the Batur marks the end of a development journey of which our engineering and manufacturing colleagues should be extremely proud, and when production finishes in April next year we aim to retrain and redeploy all of the skilled craftspeople who still build each engine by hand.”
Battling through an exceptionally gruelling series of durability tests, the uprated engine has proven to be as reliable as ever and so will equip the most powerful road-going Bentley ever built. While all Baturs are sold, a limited number of the 659 PS version of the W12 engine offered in the Speed versions of Continental GT, Bentayga and Flying Spur as well as the Continental GT Mulliner and Flying Spur Mulliner can still be ordered. Demand for these final W12-powered Speed and Mulliner models is expected to be high, and customers eager to secure one of the last ever 12-cylinder Bentleys should contact Bentley Houston with equal speed.
Bentley’s aim is to retrain and redeploy all 30 of the skilled craftspeople that hand-assemble and test every single W12 engine at Bentley’s carbon-neutral factory in Crewe. Meanwhile, the W12 engine production facility will make way for an expanded line for the completion of other Bentley engines used for the plug-in hybrid models.
Since the first introduction of the 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 in 2003, the engineering team in Crewe has continually improved the performance of the engine in terms of power, torque, emissions and refinement. Over the last 20 years, power has increased by 37 per cent and torque by 54 per cent, while emissions have been reduced by 25 per cent. Initially this was through evolution and optimisation of the control systems, improvements in the oil and cooling designs, turbocharging technology and more effective injection and combustion processes. For the launch of the Bentayga in 2015, the W12 was completely redesigned from the sump up, and it’s that version of the engine that remains in production today – featuring cylinder deactivation, direct and port injection, and twin-scroll turbos.
Each W12 engine is hand-built over 6.5 hours by a team of craftspeople before undertaking a highly sophisticated test regime of over an hour via three specialist diagnostic machines. Every week, one engine is run over an extended test cycle and then fully stripped for inspection.
The W12 engine facility will have delivered over 105,000 engines before reaching its 20th anniversary this year.
Batur Showcases the Ultimate W12
For the final and ultimate version of the W12, Mulliner’s engineering team has reworked the intake, exhaust and cooling systems to liberate more power and torque than ever before. Under the watchful eye of Mulliner’s Chief Technical Officer, Paul Williams (who previously led the development of the second generation W12), the engine is now signed-off at 750 PS and 1,000 Nm of torque – both record-breaking figures for the engine.
The turbocharger compressors are of a new design to improve efficiency, while the ducts that feed air to them are 33 per cent larger – at peak power, the new engine ingests more than a ton of air (1,050 kg) per hour. Larger charge-air coolers, with a depth increased by 10 mm and a new core geometry, reject 35 per cent more heat from the pressurized intake air, reducing intake temperature to a greater extent meaning a denser charge for more power.
The new intake and turbocharging system is matched with a heavily revised engine calibration to liberate the extra torque available, and the complete engine system is then paired with a new transmission calibration to deploy the additional power and torque and enhance the driving experience.
The Evolution of an Icon
Bentley’s legendary 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12, created in 2002, has evolved into the latest iteration of W12 engine used across today’s current model range. The unique W-configuration means that the engine is 24 per cent shorter than an equivalent V12, benefitting packaging and maximising usable cabin space.
The latest generation of W12 was launched in the Bentayga in 2015. A thoroughly reworked engine included a crankcase 30 per cent stronger than its predecessor, while the cylinder surfaces were coated to reduce friction and improve corrosion resistance. A low-alloy steel coating is applied to the bores using an Atmospheric Plasma Spray (APS) process.
Improvements were also made to the cooling system, with the engine featuring three separate coolant circuits. The first is designed to bring the cylinder heads up to optimum operating temperature as quickly as possible for best engine performance and low emissions. The second cools the engine block and oil system, while the third handles the thermal load of the turbochargers. Each system has a dedicated water pump, allowing optimised individual control.
The W12 combines high-pressure direct fuel injection (200 bar injection pressure) with low-pressure port injection (six bar). The combination of these two systems maximises refinement, lowers particulate emissions and optimises power and torque delivery.
Twin-scroll turbochargers minimize turbo response time and provide a more efficient exhaust package. The exhaust assemblies for the three front and three rear cylinders are separate from one another which then feed the twin-scroll impellers. The turbocharger housing is welded directly to the exhaust manifolds and feature integrated speed sensors, allowing the engine to monitor turbo performance for maximum efficiency. Bentley’s Variable Displacement system shuts down half of the engine under defined conditions. Intake and exhaust valves, fuel injection and ignition are all shut down on defined cylinders, with the engine running as a six-cylinder for improved efficiency. The system will run in this mode in gears three to eight, below 3,000 rpm and up to 300 Nm torque output.
To secure your W12 Bentley, please contact one of our Bentley Houston brand specialist today.
Recently Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Houston visited the home of Rolls-Royce with several of their clients to preview the all-new Rolls-Royce Spectre.
Over the course of three days, guest enjoyed a private tour of the factory where they were able to experience first-hand the craftsman that build these cars and see the production line in action. Afterwards they were whisked away to the Goodwood Motor Circuit where they got behind the wheel of the Black Badge Ghost and tested their driving skills and experience the performance of what Ghost can do.
The highlight of course was the preview of the new electric Spectre. Clients were able to spend time with a Rolls-Royce designer to build their new car along with discovering more details from the factory specialist about this highly anticipated supercar.
Between exquisite dinners and cocktails, the experience ended with an intimate gathering with the CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars globally; Torsten Muller-Otvos.
It’s back for its sixth year, the NADA Women Driving Auto Retail video contest which celebrates all women who work in the country’s more than 18,000 car or truck dealerships.
Our very own Marketing & eCommerce Director Diane Caplan is competing for the honors this year and was tasked with telling other women in 90 seconds or less, who she is, what she does, why she loves it, and why the auto retail industry is a great career path.
Last year’s contest received over 150 submissions. It was nothing short of moving and served to inspire the next generation of women working in dealerships and empower those already working in dealerships nationwide.
The House of Rolls-Royce reveals ‘Cullinan – Inspired by Fashion’, comprised of two prêt-à-porter collections– the bold Re‑Belle and striking Fu-Shion. These exquisite ‘objects of desire’ by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective take inspiration from vibrant hues and textures seen in the world of high fashion, reflecting the eclectic tastes and lifestyle of the luxury clientele. As works of art in their own right, ‘Cullinan – Inspired by Fashion’ will be unveiled to luxury connoisseurs and patrons of the brand at Art Basel in Miami this evening.
‘Cullinan – Inspired by Fashion’ brings out the multifarious character of the luxury SUV and its Black Badge alter ego. “With ‘Cullinan – Inspired by Fashion’ we drew inspiration from the world of our patrons – individuals with eclectic tastes who define trends and influence current movements in the fields of art, fashion and design”, says Celina Mettang, Bespoke Colour and Material Designer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “They defy boundaries, challenge conventions and are bold in their expression of individuality. Reflective of their tastes, our ‘Cullinan – Inspired by Fashion’ models are designed as statement pieces, perfectly tailored to suit the lifestyles of our clients”.
To offer a glimpse into infinite Bespoke possibilities, for ‘Cullinan – Inspired by Fashion’ designers created eight distinctive personalities. Each collection includes two interior colourways defined by iconic accent colours: Lime Green or Peony Pink for Re-Belle and Mandarin or Forge Yellow for Fu‑Shion. Each interior style can be paired with one of two carefully selected exterior looks – either eye-catching or more discrete and understated.
‘Cullinan – Inspired by Fashion’Re-Belle is the ultimate statement piece, reflecting contemporary colour blocking trends with its vivid hues and playful combination of textures. A splash of colour in the interior with Peony Pinkor Lime Green accents provides an irresistible contrast to the Arctic White or Cashmere Grey leather trim. The fascia is finished with extraordinarily detailed handwoven stainless-steel fabric, evocative of metallic apparel seen on this year’s catwalks. Delicate thread with a diameter as fine as 0.45 mm creates an intricate texture, which catches the light beautifully as the vehicle is in motion. ‘Cullinan – Inspired by Fashion’Re-Belle is offered in Lime Green, Gunmetal, Wildberry or Arctic White exterior colours, available depending on the selected interior.
Unleashing the daring Black Badge personality, ‘Cullinan – Inspired by Fashion’Fu-Shion reinterprets high fashion with a utilitarian edge. Reminiscent of the Spring/Summer 2023 prêt‑à-porter collections, embellished with functional elements evocative of street wear, Fu‑Shion showcases Cullinan’s personality – the pinnacle of luxury, effortless everywhere. For Fu-Shion, designers created two interior styles: an eye-catching combination of Military Green, Navy Blue and Mandarin or a blend of Arctic White and Cashmere Grey leather with Forge Yellow accents. Depending on the interior palette, ‘Cullinan – Inspired by Fashion’ Fu-Shion can be commissioned in one of four exterior colours: Military Green, Burnout grey, Forge Yellow or Tempest Grey.
For ‘Cullinan – Inspired by Fashion’, designers created the all-new Starlight Tailgate – a stunning feature which extends the magical, celestial ambience of the Starlight Headliner beyond the interior of the motor car. This Bespoke feature, which takes over 22 hours to manufacture, includes 192 softly illuminated stars incorporated into the perforated leather. The Starlight Tailgate is complemented by the Viewing Suite, creating a perfect setting to enjoy the enchanting beauty of a starry night, anywhere and everywhere.
A further innovation is to be found on the lower part of the fascia, which introduces a coloured Piano veneer for the first time: Cashmere Grey for Re‑Belle and Navy Blue for Fu-Shion. This glossy finish acts as a unifying element, bringing yet more depth to the interior.
For travel in ultimate style, ‘Cullinan – Inspired by Fashion’ is available with matching luggage sets, designed to complement each of the four interior themes. The collection comprises of the 24hr Weekender, 48hr Weekender, Holdall, Tote Bag and Organizer Pouch, offered individually or as a five-piece set.
Houston car fans had the opportunity to check out the electric hypercar the Rimac Nevera during Post Oak Motor Cars Motor Mornings. Everything from Bugattis and Paganis to a Ferrari La Ferrari was also on display to complete the supercar morning.
For members of The Collection Auto Club, they enjoyed a VIP lounge in the Bentley showroom, where Mimosas, coffee and breakfast was served.
To learn more about The Collection Auto Club, visit here.
Houston’s Post Oak Motor Cars, a Tilman Fertitta company and home to Bentley, Bugatti, Rimac, Karma, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Houston, is excited to announce its second Houston-area location now open in The Woodlands. The 5,000-square-foot luxury showroom is located at 1501 Lake Robbins Dr., Suite 180, offering a unique boutique shopping experience for those searching for their next high-end or exotic supercar.
“The Post Oak Collection represents some of the finest automotive brands in the world, along with a variety of pre-owned exotic and luxury cars for sale such as Aston Martin, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, to name a few.” Lonny Soza, President of Post Oak Motor Cars.
Post Oak Motor Cars first Houston location opened in 2000 and is next to Fertitta’s Forbes Five-Star luxury development, The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston. In 2020 the dealership received the highly coveted Rolls-Royce Motor Cars 2020 Dealer of the Year, the most prestigious dealer award in all The Americas. Its showroom provides a unique car buying experience with a variety of services, from automotive detailing and maintenance to lifestyle boutiques and concierge services.
In 1900, Rolls-Royce co-founder, Charles Rolls, prophesied an electric future for the motor car. Having acquired an electric vehicle named The Columbia Electric Carriage, he foresaw its suitability as a clean, noiseless alternative to the internal combustion engine – providing there was sufficient infrastructure to support it. Today, more than 120 years later, the time has come for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to fulfill the prophecy of its founding father.
Rolls-Royce debuts Spectre, the marque’s first fully-electric motor car
Spectre is a prophecy fulfilled, a promise kept and an undertaking completed
Spectre “demonstrates how perfectly Rolls-Royce is suited to electrification”
Spectre heralds the beginning of all-electric era for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Built on the Rolls-Royce all-aluminium Architecture of Luxury
Spectre uses new SPIRIT software architecture with full Whispers integration
World’s first Ultra-Luxury Electric Super Coupé is spiritual successor to Phantom Coupé
First customer cars to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2023
“Spectre possesses all the qualities that have secured the Rolls-Royce legend. This incredible motor car, conceived from the very beginning as our first fully-electric model, is silent, powerful and demonstrates how perfectly Rolls-Royce is suited to electrification. Spectre’s all-electric powertrain will assure the marque’s sustained success and relevance while dramatically increasing the definition of each characteristic that makes a Rolls-Royce a Rolls-Royce.
“At Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, perfection is about more than making the very best products. It is a culture, an attitude and our guiding philosophy. Indeed, it is our founding father Sir Henry Royce who said, ‘strive for perfection in everything you do’. Spectre has been conceived within this culture. It is perfectly in tune with the sensibilities of our time. It states the direction for the future of our marque and perfectly answers a call from the most discerning individuals in the world to elevate the electric motor car experience, because Spectre is a Rolls-Royce first and an electric car second.
“This is the start of a bold new chapter for our marque, our extraordinary clients and the luxury industry. For this reason, I believe Spectre is the most perfect product that Rolls-Royce has ever produced.” Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
“The electric car is perfectly noiseless and clean. There is no smell or vibration. They should become very useful when fixed charging stations can be arranged.” The Hon. Charles Stewart Rolls, Co-Founder, Rolls-Royce, 1900
Discover more Spectre here or to order your very own Spectre, contact our Concierge to schedule your commissioning appointment.
It is pink all month long at Post Oak Motor Cars and The Post Oak Collection. Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month, we have wrapped a Bentley Continental GT and a Rolls-Royce Cullinan pink and have launched a Instagram contest supporting participants’ charity of choice when they enter the contest.
Post Oak Motors will donate $1000 to the breast cancer charity of your choice.
Enter to win:
Post a picture on Instagram with either our Pink Bentley Continental GT or Rolls-Royce Cullinan