At the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, September 12 through 24 September, 2017, Bentley Motors will unveil its new Continental GT, the definitive Grand Tourer. Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain, the new car unites spirited, focused performance with handcrafted luxury and cutting-edge technology.
The new Continental GT is powered by an all-new enhanced version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 TSI engine, mated, for the first time, to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission for faster more efficient gear changes. The new powertrain uses the very latest engine management technology, with 300 million software calculations per second. It produces 635 PS (626 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft.) of torque, and accelerates the new Continental GT to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds), and on to a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph).
The vehicle is fitted with a new, technically advanced, adaptive chassis that uses Bentley’s intelligent 48-volt Dynamic Ride System to provide a responsive ride and exceptional handling and refinement in all road conditions. The new system controls ride comfort and lateral roll, cushioning passengers from excessive movement as well as making the car feel effortlessly precise.
The lightweight, yet stiff body of the new Continental GT is created using revolutionary technology. The engine is positioned further back to improve weight distribution, resulting in driver-focused, dynamic performance. The form of the new car is sculptural and sharply defined and takes much of its inspiration from the critically acclaimed EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car. Its profile is longer and lower due in part to the positioning of the front wheels 135 mm further forward, which in turn allows the hood to be extended and the nose to be lowered.
The new Continental GT sits on 21” wheels as standard, with two styles available, reflecting in turn the model’s elegant and sporting characters. A 22” lightweight, forged wheel is also offered, alongside a hand-finished option, which allows for a twisted polished finish.
The interior of the new Continental GT showcases Bentley’s unrivalled expertise in the authentic use of materials, from the highest-quality natural leathers, to rare, sustainably sourced veneers – including Koa, Bentley’s newest veneer – and hand-polished chrome details. Offering four seats and improved luggage capacity, the new Bentley car’s luxurious cabin is sophisticated with exquisite details such as a new ‘diamond in diamond’ leather design. In addition, significant work has gone into harmonising the extensive portfolio of 15 colors across hides and carpets. The all-new Continental GT redefines personalisation and bespoke luxury. Paint, leather, veneer and lifestyle options are virtually unlimited and tailored to the individual.
The new Continental GT also showcases major evolutions in Bentley’s unique application of technology. An advanced, fully digital, driver-focused instrument panel and Bentley Rotating Display for the driver are among the suite of innovations. The latter features an impressive 12.3” touchscreen housed in a three-sided unit, which revolves the veneer to reveal the touchscreen as well as three elegant analogue dials.