We have officially dubbed this week "Bentley Week." And to kick off Bentley Week, we at Celebrity Net Worth would like to make sure you are well versed on some "need to know" Bentley basics. Here is a quick look at Bentley's history, the models it offers, how much these cars cost, and which celebrities own them.
Bentley Motors Limited is a British brand of luxury automobiles, which was founded by W.O. Bentley in 1919. Bentley is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and is based in Crewe, England, United Kingdom. Bentley has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans six times: in 1924, from 1927 to 1930, and again in 2003.
The current models Bentley offers are the Continental GT, Continental Flying Spur, and Mulsanne. For 2016, Bentley will be producing its first SUV, the Bentley Bentayga. This vehicle will be introduced at the International Motor Show Germany in September. It will feature a new 6.0 liter twin-turbo 12-cylinder engine with 542 horsepower and all wheel drive. The SUV will have a top speed of 170 miles per hour with a 0 to 62 mph time of 5.0 seconds. Here's the Bentley Mulsanne:
The Bentayga will be the most expensive SUV in the world and is estimated to cost $214,000! In 2017, Bentley plans to introduce their first plug-in hybrid model. Their most expensive models have been the Azure, starting at $363,000, the Brooklands at $340,990, the 2016 Mulsanne at $335,600, and the Continental SuperSport at $321,100.
Bentleys are driven by countless celebrities. Owners of the Continental GT have included The Game, Sean Kingston, Robert Downey, Jr., Rick Ross, Ludacris, Ice T, Kobe Bryant, Joe Haden, Darren McFadden, Tamara Ecclestone, Xzibit, and Mario Balotelli.
Celebrity owners of the Bentley Mulsanne include Soulja Boy, T.I., Young Geezy, Floyd Mayweather, Kim Kardashian, Scott Disick, Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, David Beckham, J.R. Smith, and DJ Envy.
The Bentley Flying Spur has been owned by Prince William, Michael Beasley, Curren$y, Chief Keef, Ben Baller, Bow Wow, and Rosanna Arquette.
The Continental GTC has had celebrity owners, including Mel B., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Drake, Eva Longoria, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jordan Hill, and Christina Millian.
Other celebrities who have owned Bentleys include Mark Wahlberg, Simon Cowell, Jennifer Lopez, Paris Hilton, Jay-Z, Jay Leno, Sylvester Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Ciara, Cher, Kat Von D, Lisa Vanderpump, and the Queen of England!