The Hamann-Imperator, A Big Bad Bentley


This is the Hamann-Imperator, which is essentially a Bentley modded to within an inch of its life by Germans I know what they’re going for here, name-wise, but you’ve also got laugh when you first read it or say it (for the first 25 or 68 times), because Imperator is quite the moniker to choose for a car. We can only assume that they already have the Hamann-Tyrant in the works, and we’ll get to see that later.

First off, in the official nomenclature, it’s HAMANN-IMPERATOR, in all caps, and they never fully explain why. Maybe they want us to shout it whenever we speak its glorious name, I’m not sure. Secondly, Imperator is a funny archaic word to use. In case you’re interested, the definition is thus:

Pronunciation [im-puh-rah-ter, -rah-tawr, -rey-ter]
1. an absolute or supreme ruler.
2. (in Imperial Rome) emperor.
3. (in Republican Rome) a temporary title accorded a victorious general.

Hamann, the company responsible for all this overbearing road-goodness defines their product this way: “The stylish refining programme for the Bentley Continental GT and Continental GT Speed.”

To me, if you’ve got to go buy a car called Imperator, it means you’re compensating in ways and to a scale that says there’s not enough Nagel prints in the world for someone like you, and that your personal assistant really loathes you, but you’ll never notice until it’s too late.

OK, so just what IS the Imperator, besides being a “stylish refining programme for the Bentley Continental GT and Continental GT Speed.”

For starters, it’s a body re-do.


The whole front end has been completely reconstructed, featuring larger air inlets in connection with more integrated daytime running lights to give the car “an even more dynamic face.” The front end optimizes the airflow and reduces lift. Hamann has also flared the fenders, added side skirts to ” … make the noble sports car look even lower and more elongated” (no, seriously), and have slapped on a spoiler at the rear along with a diffuser for additional down force.

Hamann goes all out on the way-big wheels. The rims are named ANNIVERSARY RACE ´´ANODIZED´´, all caps, and at first you think that’s a bad translation by a hack Japanese boy racer aftermarket company. But no, that’s the honest-to-God name of the wheels from an outfit based in Laupheim Germany. The wheels are enormous multi-part forged 22-inchers (because size IS important) with a high-gloss polished rim flange and a black anodized rim star. They sport 265/35 R 22 tires up front and 305/30 R 22 meats out back. God knows who stocks tires like that, and you know their cost ain’t going to be pretty. Hamann does say that they offer 21 inch wheels, but you know, and I know and Hamann knows those are for pussies, so it’s best if we not discuss them further. Oh yeah, there’s also new springs front & rear that lower the Bentley by 30 millimeters and 20 millimeters respectively.

Of course the mill has been worked over, but not as much as you would expect. There’s a sports end muffler with oval stainless steel end pipes and new engine management resulting in an extra output of approximately 40hp and a torque increase by 90 Newton meters. The top end also gets a 5km/h bump.

The interior is slathered with enough leather and carbon fiber and this or that kind of trim to make you feel as different and special as your inflated bank account says you are.

The Hamann-Imperator, Austin Power’s approved Swedish-made penis enlarger pump sold separately.


The Hamann Press release:

April 2009

The stylish refining programme for the Bentley Continental GT and Continental GT Speed

All over the world, the company HAMANN-Motorsport is renowned for refining luxury cars. With the new programme 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 dynamic face. Additionally, the newly designed front optimises 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 millimetres and are contribute significantly to the powerful overall impression of the HAMANN modification. The HAMANN side skirts were modelled 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/tyre combination for the front is 10.5Jx22 inches with tyres measuring 265/35 R 22. At the rear, 11.0Jx22 inch rims are used with tyres measuring 305/30 R 22.
HAMANN even offers a 21-inch alternative. Under the designation DESIGN EDITION RACE ANODIZED the refiner offers an ultra-light forged wheel which unites sportiness and elegance in its design. The black rim star and the titanium bolts emphasise the dynamics of the wheel while the high-gloss polished rim flange confirms the noble look. HAMANN offers the 21-inch wheel with tyres sized 295/30 R 21.

The new aluminium wheels are especially put in the limelight with the special chassis springs which lower the centre of gravity of the Continental GT by 30 millimetres 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 programme. 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 metres. 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 fibre – 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 floor mat 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 programme, please visit the web site

Kaessbohrerstraße 3
D-88471 Laupheim

Phone +49 (0)7392 / 9 73 20
Fax +49 (0)7392 / 9 73 22 22
E-Mail: [email protected]

Date: 04/2009 Subject to changes and errors
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