The Art of Grand Touring
Bentley re-wrote the GT rulebook in 2003 with the original Continental but despite a facelift in 2010, it lagged behind its newer rivals in recent times. From 2018 however, the boot’s on the other foot as Bentley has answered the call.
It’s been a long time coming but thanks to some co-development and co-operation from sister company Porsche, Bentley has released its first new Continental GT in 15 years.
Porsche’s contribution is not immediately visible but the new Continental rides on a modular platform that’s shared among the VW Group’s front-engine with rear or all-wheel drive combo cars and was first seen last year under the new Porsche Panamera. We will see it pop up next, supporting the Bentley Flying Spur.
For now, it forms the benchmark for a truly remarkable Grand Touring coupé that’s lighter, more luxurious, more technically advanced and more spacious than the model it replaces.
Under the hood resides a 626bhp, six-litre W12 twin-turbo engine that appears familiar but is very different from those used in previous Bentleys. [To be continued...]
Bentley Continental GT: Taking Bentley To New Heights
Before the Continental GT arrived in 2003, Bentley was the old man’s car company. The Conti was such a breakthrough model with its W12-cylinder engine and svelte coupe styling it changed the company’s image for good. But the company’s most successful model needed a replacement which was tricky to say the least. Thankfully they got it right.
Fifteen years has passed since the original Bentley Continental GT hit the showrooms and on paper its 2018 replacement might look familiar with its twin-turbo 6-litre W12 engine and all-wheel drive, but dig further and you’ll see that things are very different.
Automotive technology has moved along at a rapid rate since 2003 especially in the areas of driver assistance which didn’t exist in any form back then. So aside from catching up on all this missing techno wizardry, Bentley has still managed to fit it into the best interior on the market. It’s also more powerful, uses less fuel and is substantially lighter.
The trademark twin-turbo W12 engine was substantially revised with the launch of the Bentayga SUV and its this newer version which now resides in the Continental GT. [To be continued...]