Bentley to build luxury apartments in Miami

Bentley Motors has teamed up with Dezer Development in the US to build the world’s first Bentley-branded residences in the form of a luxury residential tower overlooking the ocean and the state’s waterways.

The carmaker is working with the world-renowned architectural firm Sieger Suarez Architects and is being designed in accordance with the Florida Green Building Council (FLGC) certification to ensure maximum protection of the local environment and its wildlife. The tower will host 200 apartments that will cater for those who expect the highest standards in quality and finishing.

The Bentley Design Department has been integral to the development of the building, bringing to life the Bentley DNA to ensure a truly authentic design. The core of the building will feature the patented car elevator and will be a prominent and luxurious feature for any car enthusiast. Each residence will include an in-unit multi-car garage – the ultimate statement in exclusivity and privacy.

Homes will also have a private balcony, pool, sauna and outdoor shower. The apartment interiors will contain sustainably sourced materials and finishes that create a calming palate, in harmony with the external environment. Interior amenities will include a gym, spa, whisky bar and restaurant. Private and beautifully landscaped communal gardens will promote a sense of calm.  The apartments will be finished in 2026.

The Bentley Blower is back!

That’s right. After 90 years, the Bentley Blower is back. The prototype car, Car Zero took 40,000 hours to build, forming part of the Blower Continuation Series.

Bentley Mulliner are building 12 customer cars, which have all been sold, using old design drawings and tooling jigs that were used to build the original four Blowers built and raced by Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin in the late 1920s.

1,846 individual parts were designed and hand crafted to create this new Blower. 230 of those parts are actually assemblies – one of which being the engine – taking the total part count to several thousand when fixings and interior trim parts are included. How do they make sure the new Blower is true to the original? Well, the team at Bentley deconstructed the the #2 Team Car owned by Bentley and laser scanned elements to create a complete CAD model.

The 4½-litre engine, originally designed by W.O Bentley himself, has been created with the expert support of specialists, featuring aluminium pistons, an overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder and twin spark ignition – the renowned 4½-litre engine has been paired with a newly machined Amherst Villiers roots-type supercharger.

It will in doubt be interesting to see what it does to the values of the original Blowers as the subject of continuation series is a hot topic.