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This Bespoke Bentley Bentayga Speed SUV Is a Stellar Tribute to the Galaxy Inside and Out

This Bespoke Bentley Bentayga Speed SUV Is a Stellar Tribute to the Galaxy Inside and Out

Bentley’s latest bespoke commission, a Bentayga Speed, may not be an actual rocket ship to the stars, but the space-themed SUV is built to perform like one.

The model was requested by a client of the British carmaker’s Orlando, Florida dealership as an ode to the city’s local space coast. Created by the Mulliner design team, its carbon-fiber exterior is dressed in Cypress, a dark metallic grey with subtle green undertones that gives the 7-seater its meteor-like presence. All of the chrome typically found on Bentayga models has been replaced with a gloss black version for this edition, while an “orange flame” runs along the bottom of the chassis to add contrast and mirror comet dust trailing the night sky.

Profile shot of the space-themed Bentley Bentayga Speed. 

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Inside the unknown client’s stellar ride, the first feature made to standout is the illuminating treadplates along its doorways that depict planets orbiting a solar system. From there, the driver and guests alike will spot orange bezels that surround the “Galaxy Stone” fascias set into the dashboard—also mirrored on the door waistrails. Sound-wise, the satin black speaker grills of the ‘Naim for Bentley’ sound system are discreetly placed throughout the interior, but the luminous Naim center badges are less concerned with blending in.
A bright-orange Bentley emblem can be found in the center of each seat, while micro piping in the same shade trails each seat’s edges; as well as the car’s floor mats. The bespoke Bentayga features its largest splashes of orange near the driver, which are meant to look like solar eruptions. For example, the steering wheel and gear lever are the brightest areas in the interior; both are also trimmed in a luxurious contrasting hide. If the ride’s Guardians of the Galaxy-style interior doesn’t pique your interest, its powerful drivetrain may just.

The SUV’s stealthy interior. 

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For rocket-like performance, the SUV features the same 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbocharged engine instilled in the most recent 2021 Bentaya Speed model. It delivers up to 664 ft lbs of torque and 626 hp that the allows for a gut-wrenching top speed of 190 mph. The second fastest SUV to date, it sprints from 0 to 60 in under four seconds. And as part of the Bentayga series, this custom make is equipped with the line’s four on-road Drive Dynamic modes: The options include comfort and sport modes plus the Bentley mode for a recommended balance, along with a custom mode in case the owner wants to play around with the setup.

What’s special about Florida’s space coast? Well, based in Brevard County, the region encompasses the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and all of Nasa’s spaceflights have launched from those two locations. With over 72 miles of coastline, the themed location is great for star-gazing but also attracts visitors for hiking, fishing, surfing and of course, rocket launches.

A rear-view shot of the bespoke Bentayga. 

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“The Space Coast in central Florida has long been established as the world’s gateway to explore the universe above, so space travel and exploration were the perfect themes to inspire this unique car,” says Joseph Wierda, Bentley Orlando General Manager. Check out more images below.

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This Rare 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder Sold for a Whopping $4.1 Million

This Rare 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder Sold for a Whopping $4.1 Million

Back in 2020, a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder once owned by Picasso’s son made headlines when it was listed for sale. A similar version just sold for $4,185,000 on Amelia Island.

The distinguished lot, chassis no. 550-0036, was offered in a Bonhams auction on March 3 at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club in Florida. The two-door coupe is one of just 90 examples ever made and features four-wheel independent suspension and hydraulic drum brakes. The original four-speed manual transaxle remains in place, alongside a period-correct Type 547 four-cam engine by legendary engine builder, Billy Doyle. Its gorgeous aerodynamic exterior is the handy work of German coach maker Wendler Karosserie.

A rear shot of the 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder. 

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Arguably one of the most important Porsche models ever produced, the 550 Spyder was the marque’s first racing car, debuting in 1953. Its body was fashioned after the 1948 Porsche 356/1 prototype designed by Ferry Porsche, but was the vehicle’s speed and agility that made it the stuff of automotive legend. The race car competed in numerous European races, including events held at Germany’s famous Nürburgring and Hockenheim. It took first in class and sixth overall in the 1954 Mille Miglia, its first race, then came in third overall at that year’s Carrera PanAmericana.
When Sports Illustrated wrote about the Porsche 550 series at the time, writer Griff Borgeson called it “fast and fiercely powerful, one of the most successful competition sports cars in history, and it has a personality no less complex than Dr Jekyll’s. At brisk highway speeds it is very easy to drive, docile, perfectly manageable, superbly responsive.” 

The vintage photograph of the car outside of Wendler Karosserie. 

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The auctioned model was given to Bonhams by its custodian of 50 years. A Porsche aficionado, the unknown owner bought it in 1972 when it was nearly complete but missing an engine. Billy Doyle was then commissioned to source and rebuild its engine, no. 90-034, and fit it to the 550 Spyder. The resulting 1,498cc mill is the same size as the original but offers 25 more brake horsepower, with 135bhp at 7,200rpm. (Notably, the series’ original engines already achieved a top speed of 137 mph and accelerated from zero to 60 in under 10 seconds—no small feat for the time.)
This model has had three other owners—acclaimed Le Mans racer Theo Helfrich, Ludwig Fisher who showcased the car throughout Europe and an American military man. In early 1980s, the model had bodywork done at the Northeast Body & Paint Shoppe Inc. of Lincoln, Nebraska. Over a decade later, Porsche experts at Willison Werkstatt of Lake Park, Fla. completed a more comprehensive restoration that started in 1998 and finished in 2003, according to Bonhams. The car made its final public appearance at the 2003 Rennsport Reunion, following its late ’90s detail, before being carefully stowed away in a climate-controlled facility.

For more details about the $4.1 million 550 Spyder, visit Bonhams.com, and check out more images below.

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The Exotics on Las Olas Exhibition Aims at Sharing Car Culture with the Next Generation

The Exotics on Las Olas Exhibition Aims at Sharing Car Culture with the Next Generation

Visitors to South Florida know that it’s impossible to drive a day without seeing any number of exciting contemporary cars. This coming weekend, however, the region becomes a hotbed of auto action with the fourth annual Exotics on Las Olas (ELO4) in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. The open-air event, held on November 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., is orchestrated with the support of the City of Fort Lauderdale and, unlike so many concours, is free to the public.

The family-friendly affair affords a glimpse at more than 250 vehicles parked along Las Olas Boulevard (from S.E. 6th Avenue to S.E. 11th Avenue), and is a great way to engage younger enthusiasts in the car hobby. Conversations are encouraged between spectators, their children and owners of the automobiles presented, most of the latter being eager to share their knowledge and experience. But it’s not just new exotics; there are machines spanning a century of automotive history. “This year is planned to be the largest event to date,” according to Floyd Rag, founder and producer of the exhibition.

Each a supercar in its day, a Lamborghini Miura and a vintage racer make for an impressive juxtaposition on the street. 

Photo: Courtesy of Exotics on Las Olas.

The Sunday fete is preceded by a private rally at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, with most of the participants parking on the Boulevard the following day. Contemporary hypercars will also be out in force, with marques like Bugatti, Pagani and Koenigsegg drawing crowds like few four-wheelers can, and taking center stage with models like the Bugatti Chiron and Pagani Huayra.
Ferraris like the Monza SP2, Enzo and LaFerrari may sit alongside rarities from north of the Alps, such as the Porsche 918 Spyder and a variety of 911 GTs. And from across the Channel, Aston Martin models compete for attention with McLaren’s Senna and P1. Uncommon sights have included the Glickenhaus SCG and examples from Hennessey, as well as multiple generations of the Ford GT.

A McLaren Senna at a past edition of the Exotics on Las Olas car show in Fort Lauderdale. 

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Last year’s running brought together some collector classics too, with historic treasures like the Lamborghini Miura and, from much earlier, a Brass-Era racer. This year’s vehicles will be organized into categories, including Race Car Row, Classic Car Row, Million-Dollar Row, Supercar Row and Dealer Row, providing a showcase for every type of machine.
As is the measure of any good car show, there will be a philanthropic component. The non-profit beneficiary from sponsors of ELO4 will be the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund. The charity provides emergency assistance to ease financial distress for eligible disabled veterans and their families residing in the state.

Learn more about Robb Report’s 2022 Car of the Year events taking place in Napa Valley here and in Boca Raton here.

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