Ready for launch at the Paris Motor Show next month Bentley is stepping up with a new Continental GT. Although on initial glimpse there doesn’t seem to be much difference from the out going model, there are more changes than first appear.
Although identical in length, height and wheelbase, the latest generation has wider arches to increase the track, 41mm extra at the front and 48mm in the rear. Added to the exterior changes is a lower more upright grille giving a longer look to the bonnet. Also looking closer at the front bumper you will notice that there is no joint line between this and the wings, this is to give what Raul Pires ( Bentleys design chief ) describes as a “more bespoke” image.
Other details include redesigned headlights with LED surrounds for things like indicators, and the twin tail-lamps that can instantly distinguish the Bentley style. A reshape of the bonnet and addition of a new rear diffuser complements the GT’s wider stance.
Power comes in the form of a 567bhp 6.0-litre W12 packing twin turbos giving 516lb ft of torque which is a slight improvement on the previous model. This increase is dealt with by a six-speed automatic ZF paddle-shift transmission with a ‘quickshift’ function for slicker changes. Top speed has increased to 198mph with a reduced 0-62mph time of just 4.4 seconds, which for a big car is more than impressive.
Lets just wait and see how the new Continental goes down in Paris. Give us your opinions of the first look at Bentleys latest and check out Autocar for more pics.
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