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Bentley announces limited-edition, racing-inspired model for Geneva

The model will celebrate Bentley's 100th birthday

Bentley turns 100 years old in 2019. The British firm began celebrating its birthday when it released limited-edition versions of every model in its line-up in 2018, and it will continue the party at the 2019 Geneva auto show by showing a special, heritage-laced car.

The company released a short teaser video that highlights what it simply bills as "a new Bentley special edition." Though nothing is official yet, it's not too far-fetched to speculate the yet-unnamed car will be based on the Continental GT. It's the model that's best suited to providing the foundation for a racing-inspired car. That means power will come from a mighty 6.0-liter W12 engine.

The video shows the limited-edition car wears a specific grille with the number nine painted in white onto the mesh insert. It also shows footage of the supercharged 4 1/2 Litre Blower that raced in -- but didn't finish -- the 1930 24 Hours of Le Mans. Another Bentley won that year, but it's the Blower that Bentley's next limited-edition model will pay tribute to.

It's unlikely that Bentley would simply paint a nine on the grille and call it a day. We're also expecting a nicer interior, mechanical modifications, and chassis tweaks.

Bentley will release additional information about its Geneva-bound car in the coming weeks, and Leftlane will be live on-location to bring you full information and photos as soon as it's unveiled. That's likely not the last we'll hear about Bentley's 100th birthday. The company turns a century old on July 10, so expect more announcements in the weeks leading up to that date.

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