For the past 15 years, the Continental GT and its numerous variants have comprised the heart of Bentley’s lineup. Even though the long-serving Continental got a much-needed second generation in 2011, it was more of a refresh of the original that debuted in 2003.
On Tuesday, Bentley finally unleashed an all-new third generation Continental GT super grand tourer.
“Bentley has been at the forefront of luxury Grand Touring for nearly one hundred years,” Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley Motors chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “The new, third-generation Continental GT is the pinnacle of our design and engineering achievements and marks the next step in Bentley’s journey.”
“We are the world leader in luxury mobility and our products and services define new luxury in the automotive world. The new Continental GT encapsulates our desire to innovate as well as celebrate our heritage and take the Bentley ownership experience to the next, unparalleled level,” Dürheimer added.
The new Continental will make its official world debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Here’s a closer look at the new Bentley Continental GT:
In 2011, the Continental GT got an updated second generation model. It was an evolution of the first generation car and shared the same VW Group platform that underpinned the Phaeton sedan.
Now, there's a third generation Continental GT. And it's all new! The gen 3 Continental will be built on VW Group's new MSB platform that debuted...
The aluminium intensive construction of the Continental means its 176 pounds lighter than the car it will replace.
The Continental's styling draws heavily upon EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car that debuted in 2015. This ensures the GT will retain the sleek coupe proportions and muscular stance that has become one of the car's trademarks.
Under the hood, the new Continental will be powered by a 626 horsepower, twin-turbocharged W12 engine hooked up to an eight speed, twin-clutch gear box and an active all-wheel-drive system.
According to Bentley, the GT can do 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and it can reach a top speed of 207 mph.
Inside, the Continental GT is a work of art. The dash is styled to look like a pair of long sweeping wings that mirror the shape of brand's iconic logo. Over 100 square feet of wood is used for each car. The wooden inlays take nine hours to create and fit by hand.
The center stack features a new 12.3-inch retina-quality infotainment screen. The Continental comes standard with a 650 watt sound system. However, customers can upgrade to either a 1,500 watt Bang & Olufson or a 2,200 watt Naim audio system.
As impressive as the massive touchscreen display may be, the Bentley's coolest trick happens when you want it to go away. Welcome to the industry's first rotating display! That means when you don't want to see the screen, simply rotate it to show...
.... plain wood veneer. It's a fun party trick worthy of MI6's Q. After all, Bond drove a Bentley before he got his Aston.
In addition, the new Continental GT is loaded with a host of high tech features including night vision, surround view cameras, adaptive cruise control, and a heads-up display.
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