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Bentley Coupe at Tokyo

Bentley Coupe at Tokyo

Makuhari Messe, Japan

The engineers at Volkswagen, which owns Bentley (and Lamborghini, whom we will get to in due time), have done such a better job styling their cars than their friends at BMW, which owns Rolls-Royce, that the differences have become very telling and obvious. This Bentley coupe doesn't have a bad line on it. The trouble, as a former Rolls-Royce PR man tells me, is that as nice as the cars are, the interiors feel Teutonic, a bit cold and hard, rather than exuding the sheer luxury of wool carpet and the world's best leathers (from cows raised on farms which have no barbed wire fencing, to keep holes out of the leather) which most people rightly expect from those two fabled names.

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