Posted by Harish KumarApril 6, 2009 at 8:19 pm
Hamann has completely redesigned the front portion of the Bentley Continental GT (and named it Imperator) in the interest of aerodynamics and Hamann claims that the host of modifications have improved airflow over the car. The GT gets daytime running lights and larger air inlets to cool the 6.0L W12 lurking under the bonnet.
Prices for the Imperator kit have not been announced yet, but get set to shell out a large sum if you want one!
The body kit at the front reduces lift on the front axle and helps stability at high speeds. The front and rear wings have been widened by as much as 70mm which give it a wider stance and lend the GT an even broader shouldered look. The side skirts make the vehicle look much longer and lower. With the front controlled from lift, the rear gets a boot spoiler and a diffuser to keep the rear to the ground.
Special attention has to be given to the wheels. You can get the ‘oridinary’ 21 inch wheels which are called ‘Design Edition Race Anodized’. Basically, they are light weight, multi-part assembled forged aluminium alloy wheels with a gloss rim flange and black spokes. We rather recommend you to take the bigger 22 inch option which also comes under the same name and can provide the visual drama in heavy doses. Moreover, these wheels lower the centre of gravity by 30 and 20 millimetres at the front and rear respectively which aid handling.
With the aerodynamics and stability part taken care of, Hamann has moved on to give the GT a power boost. New engine management system, sports end muffler and oval stainless steel muffler tips for the added drama produce big results. A 40bhp (29kW) increase in power and 90Nm increase in torque for the GT Speed. The figures increase by 70bhp (53kW) and 90Nm for the GT. Top speed increases by 5km/h for both the models.
No modification is complete without a makeover of the interiors. The all new three spoke steering and the rest of the interiors are draped in finest quality leather and carbon fibre. Everything from the floor mats to the trim can be personalised. You can get aluminium, carbon fibre or leather specced to your individual preferences for different parts of the interiors. Each of these are hand crafted with millimeter precision.
We had the Hamann Volcano last year based on the Mclaren SLR and that was pure fury. Hamann had upgraded every possible element and the Volcano made 700 bhp! Not to be left out are other exclusive enhancements as well. Now, Hamann has moved on to the luxury segment with their program for the Bentley Continental GT and the Gt Speed. Hamann is the choice when it comes to tuning and modifying the top marques.
HAMANN PRESS RELEASE
HAMANN-IMPERATOR The stylish refining program for the Bentley Continental GT and Continental GT SpeedAll over the world, the company HAMANN-Motorsport is renowned for refining luxury cars. With the new program for the Continental GT and Continental GT Speed by the English manufacturer Bentley the company located in Laupheim once again confirms that it is the first choice when it comes to sportive accessories and breathtaking body design for luxury car models.
Optimised aerodynamics in perfect quality
Sportive elegance is the hallmark of the HAMANN-IMPERATOR design: In order to meet the high expectations in its appearance and aerodynamics, the HAMANN -designers completely reconstructed the front of the four-seater. Larger air inlets in connection with perfectly integrated daytime running lights give the Bentley an even more HAMANN IMPERATOR Bentley Continental GT Speed Gallery: HAMANN IMPERATOR Bentley Continental GT Speed dynamic face. Additionally, the newly designed front optimizes the air flow and therefore reduces the lifting forces at the front axle. Impressive extensions at the front and rear wings broaden the IMPERATOR by 70 millimeters and are contribute significantly to the powerful overall impression of the HAMANN modification. The HAMANN side skirts were modeled in such a way that they calm the air flow at the sides and make the noble sports car look even lower and more elongated. In order to reduce the lifting forces at the rear axle, the HAMANN technicians fitted an elegant spoiler on the original boot lid of the Bentley and combined it with a diffuser rear skirt for additional downthrust.
Impressive in terms of dimension and design – the new light alloy wheel ANNIVERSARY RACE ´´ANODIZED´´
Matching the striking appearance of the IMPERATOR, HAMANN uses new rims of the type ANNIVERSARY RACE ´´ANODIZED´´ in the dimension 22 inches. The exceptionally light, multi-part forged wheel has a high-gloss polished rim flange and a black anodized rim star. The recommended wheel/tire combination for the front is 10.5Jx22 inches with tires measuring 265/35 R 22. At the rear, 11.0Jx22 inch rims are used with tires measuring 305/30 R 22.
HAMANN even offers a 21-inch alternative. Under the designation DESIGN EDITION RACE ANODIZED therefiner offers an ultra-light forged wheel which unites sportiness and elegance in its design. The black rim star and the titanium bolts emphasize the dynamics of the wheel while the high-gloss polished rim flange confirms the noble look. HAMANN offers the 21-inch wheel with tires sized 295/30 R 21.
The new aluminum wheels are especially put in the limelight with the special chassis springs which lower the center of gravity of the Continental GT by 30 millimeters at the front and 20 at the rear axle. At the same time, the handling of the sports car is significantly enhanced.
Perfected technology for superior performance enhancement
With a powerful performance enhancement, HAMANN offers the core part of the refining program. The upgrade includes a sports end muffler with oval stainless steel end pipes and a new engine management. The result for the Continental GT Speed engine is an extra output of approx. 40hp /29kW and a torque increase by 90 Newton meters. The aggregate of the Continental GT even improves by 70hp/52kW and advances its torque by an additional 90 Nm. In addition, the maximum speed for both engines rises by approx. 5km/h compared to their serial counterparts.
Noble or sportive – HAMANN offers the suitable interior
An interior highlight is the ergonomically newly designed 3-spoke sport steering wheel. Due to its new shape it lies much better in the hand and still offers all functions of the serial steering wheel. In the HAMANN upholstery, the wheel is covered with most precious leather and enhanced with applications made of carbon fiber – this perfectly goes with the multi-part interior set made of same material. No matter if you are looking for black piano finish, leather or ultra-suede – we have everything that makes your heart beat faster. From the personalised floormat set to a complete leather trim, everything is produced with artisan precision. Individually designed and fitted in the car by expert hand.
For more information about the extensive HAMANN refining program, please visit the web site