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The LifeStyle: Bentley To Debut Fastest Ever Production Car in Geneva

What you’re looking at is the fastest production Bentley ever made. The 2015 Continental GT Speed has once again been the recipient of even more power. Its 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 has been increased from 616 horsepower to 626 hp and 607 lb-ft of torque. Instead of a 205 mph top speed, drivers will experience 206 mph. Like the hardtop, the GT Speed Convertible has also received this power boost, and has a new top speed of 203 mph.

2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed has its Geneva Debut

Bentley has also lowered the cars’ chassis, stiffened the suspension, and added new carbon fiber front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser. Riding on a set of dark tinted 21-inch alloys, both the coupe and convertible have a striking presence. Cosmetic touches such as red brake calipers, bits of chrome throughout, and dark tinted alloys that match the tinted head- and taillights are particularly nice. Inside and you’ll find the familiar diamond-quilted seating patterns, along with new stitching and color options. There’s also a new sound system and even neck warmers. We’re still waiting on official pricing, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see at least a slight increase from last year.

2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed has its Geneva Debut
2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed has its Geneva Debut
2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed has its Geneva Debut
2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed has its Geneva Debut
2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed has its Geneva Debut
2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed has its Geneva Debut

SGDG Lounge+: Civil Cigar Lounge Washington, DC

Owned by the proprietors of W. Curtis Draper, the oldest tobacconist in Washington D.C., the lounge opened on January 14, 2013. An adjacent retail store, stocking a selection of cigars from Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, opened on December 26, 2013.  

If your looking to smokegood cigars, throw back a few distilled spirits or eat some of celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio’s one-of-a-kind dishes…three indulgences in one place—the Civil Cigar Lounge in the Chevy Chase Pavilion.

The lounge is right next to Range, the upscale food menagerie with nine open kitchens that Voltaggio opened last month. The Range chefs will be offering a totally different menu of small plates at the cigar lounge, designed to complement the whiskies, Scotches, wine, cocktails and premium and small batch spirits served there.

With two private rooms, 125 personalized cedar cigar lockers, a long bar with 22 chairs, and smoking areas with burgundy leather chairs and plush banquettes, the place is a stunner. Even the restrooms are unique, with antique-mirrored ceilings and wallpaper depicting images of smoke.

Upon entry, you’ll notice the 500sqft retail shop with “world-class” smoking accessories and a glass-encased selection of cigars that range from mild body, to medium body, to Linda Tripp (um, heavy).
They’ve carefully curated a whole bunch of cigars from Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic, meaning places that have the best smokes also have serious Presidente issues.

After buying that stogie, you could stuff it in one of 125 lease-able humidified cedar cigar lockers for safekeeping, or light it up and head out to the…

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… lounge area with big ‘ole leather wingback club chairs and a state-of-the-art ventilation system that filters and replaces 100% of the air every two minutes, so it’s gone in like two Nic Cage heist films.

Pair that puff piece w/ one of their eight signature dranks, like this Smoked Manhattan w/ Knob Creek, Vermouth, a maraschino cherry, and a glass rinsed with smoked bourbon.

Or, if cigar puffing makes you hungry, just grab a small plate like this yellow fin tuna tartare with avocado and a soy-lime vinaigrette that’s no joke, mostly because it’s actually a salad dressing.