PH Blog: England v Germany*


So, as you’ll have heard Alex has been immersed in all things Bentley the last few days. We’ve still got the Conti V8 and could think of no better wheels to head up to a chilly Mercedes media driving day up the M1 in Barnsley. Indeed, much of this morning’s content has been set live from the passenger seat of the Bentley, this being the mobile PH editorial office today.

How do you like your coupe, German or, er, German?
How do you like your coupe, German or, er, German?
I’ve instructed Alex to go out in the CL500, thinking this twin-turbo, V8-powered coupe a pretty good comparison with the ‘baby’ Bentley. But not until we got a cheeky snap of the two together.

Now, there’s some fun history to play on here there being some degree of previous between Bentley and Mercedes back in the day. Most famously at Le Mans, when the legendary Rudolf Caracciola and his SSK looked like the only threat to the Bentley Boys’ domination. The answer? Pure gamesmanship. The SSK’s supercharger is a part-time system, manually engaged with a kind kick-down button on the accelerator and unleashing the most godawful howl that sounds like the engine is tearing itself to bits.

Which is prophetic, given that the Bentley tactics were to go off at such a rate that Caracciola would have to use his supercharger to keep up. Which he did and after a thrilling battle with Woolf Barnato into the small hours the inevitable happened and the Mercedes blew its engine and ground to a halt, Barnato and Kidston going on to victory.

The M1 beckons. Who do you reckon will win this one? Given Bentley’s engine testing regimeI reckon the Conti might still edge it…

Dan

*Yes, we know who owns Bentley now…

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  • smilo996 10 Dec 2012

    as mentioned in the article then. you read that one thoroughly didn't you.

    PH is a serious, funny and thorough blog, so why make a trite and cheap title and a non article, was my point. However need to explain it in obviuous text.
    Both these cars are epic....ally dull. The Audi looks like a jelly mould where Peter Wheeler has poked holes for lights. The engine noise is manufactured, the only redeemying feature providing anything other than dull, cocooned "driving experience" is the supercharger on the Merc.
    I have driven the Bentley. The interior is an exercise in out loud thinking. How can we make it as emotionless as possible but try to make it a pastiche of something that used to exist. Oh yes analogue clock and some bits of wood.
    To reestablish pulse and sensory awarenes as well as being sensible and plesant there are so many better new and used alternatives.


  • E38Ross 09 Dec 2012

    smilo996 said:
    Its Germany versu Germany. Seeing as Bentley are owned by Audi, it uses mostly Audi components. It is though Assembled in a German designed factory by some British workers.
    as mentioned in the article then. you read that one thoroughly didn't you wink

  • smilo996 09 Dec 2012

    Its Germany versu Germany. Seeing as Bentley are owned by Audi, it uses mostly Audi components. It is though Assembled in a German designed factory by some British workers.

  • Numeric 09 Dec 2012

    F1GTRUeno said:
    Those wheels are about as far from classy as you can get.

    I'd still have the Merc though, hate the facelift front on the CGT, the lights look ridiculous.

    They need to be swapped round so that the bigger ones are on the outside.
    I do struggle with larger lights inside of smaller lights - I remember when the queen got her Bentley being amazed at what seemed a styling faux-pas at the front. I think the bigger lights should always be on the outside (70's Jag XJ etc.) though I'm sure someone will now put on some staggering beauty of a car with the bigger lights inboard!

  • F1GTRUeno 08 Dec 2012

    Those wheels are about as far from classy as you can get.

    I'd still have the Merc though, hate the facelift front on the CGT, the lights look ridiculous.

    They need to be swapped round so that the bigger ones are on the outside.

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