Bentley Motors has released a film illustrating the inspirations behind the design of the all-new Continental GT. Director of Design, Stefan Sielaff, explains the traceable bloodline that has influenced the new Continental GT as he sketches in the Bentley Design studio. Sielaff then introduces the journey that he and his award-winning design team in Crewe, England, have taken to create Bentley’s latest model.
Drawing inspiration from the design of the Spartan Executive aircraft, the sharp lines of which frame the flowing curvature, Bentley employed the same philosophy in the all-new Continental GT. With the help of Superforming technology – a precision technique working with aluminium heated to 500°C – which allows designers to invoke more complex, sharply defined body lines and a deeper, sculpted haunch muscle. The Continental GT is the first production car ever to have an entire body side made from the Superforming process.
When a perfectly cut crystal glass is held up to the light, each facet is illuminated, highlighting a three-dimensional depth.This attention to detail inspired the design of the headlamps for the new Continental GT, which catch the light like diamonds. The lighting uses the latest LED matrix technology, but it is the design that truly sets them apart.
The Côtes de Genève finish found on mechanical timepieces inspired the creation of a new interior finish for the Continental GT. This surface – a first in the automotive world – is machined onto 0.6 mm-thick aluminium and is created by machining from side to side to create a linear pattern. Each row is 5 mm wide and machined at a slight angle to give a three-dimensional finish, with each pass of the machine making a minute step of 0.5 mm.
The desire to offer the latest technology within a beautiful, high quality interior environment, pushed Bentley to create an innovative, three-sided rotating display. At first all you see is the veneer that flows uninterrupted across the dashboard. However, when the engine start button is pressed, the veneer in the middle of the dashboard glides silently forward and rotates to reveal Bentley’s largest-ever touchscreen, a 12.3” retina-quality digital MMI display.
Bentley has pushed the boundaries of what is possible with leather, to create a new ‘diamond in diamond’ quilt. The new interior pattern features both stitching and embroidery. Eighteen months were spent developing the embroidery, individually optimising and programming the exact alignment of each one of the 712 stitches that make up each diamond shape – an unrivalled attention to detail.