New Bentley Continental GT Goes For A Spin
The nose is a little rounder, but you need to look at the rear of the roofline to see the biggest tweaks. As yet there are no details on how much the new Continental GT will cost.
If beauty is pain, the new Continental GT unveiled Tuesday is agonizingly gorgeous. It’s longer, with tighter body work which is quite clearly inspired by the stunning Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept from 2015.
The all-new body and materials save more than 80 kg over the previous Continental W12 body.
The overall profile is lower and longer than the current Continental GT and the front wheels sit more than five inches farther forward, which allows for a longer, lower hood.
A muscular, sculpted exterior houses a luxurious interior complete with four seats adorned in a diamond-in-diamond leather design with a choice of 15 cabin colours.
Yet with the recent release of the Bentayga SUV, itself expected to be a volume player for Bentley, the third generation of the Continental GT doubled down on performance and technology.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley chief executive says the new Continental is an important feather in Bentley’s cap.
Then, at the press of a button, the middle section spins around to reveal three gauges – outside temperature, a compass and a stopwatch. This all sounds very old-school Bentley, but from here, things start get very 21st century.
Elegance and style is the mark of Bentley Motors and the 2018 Bentley Continental GT is no different. The W12 engine generates 626 horsepower and 664 lb.ft. of torque.
From launch, the 2018 Bentley Continental GT will feature an all-new version of Bentley’s 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 TSI engine. It is based on a new, technically advanced, adaptive chassis that uses Bentley’s intelligent 48-volt Dynamic Ride System. It controls electronic actuators on the anti-roll bars to improve ride and handling by counteracting lateral rolling forces when cornering, i.e. physics.
A revised air suspension set-up compliments the 48-volt ride system, which now features three-chamber air springs with 60 per cent more air volume in the softest setting compared to the previous vehicle.
Like most cars in this price range, the ability to customize is almost endless. The interior is opulence incarnate, as expected, with over 10 metres of wood in each vehicle, 15 carpet options, a unique “diamond in diamond” leather quilt, and an all-new centre console finish option inspired by the mechanical surfacing of automatic Swiss watches.
Like all Bentley models, the new Continental GT is available with a range of exterior and interior options so customer can specify to their heart’s content. It’ll make its formal debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.