The British ultra-luxury automaker has made fans all around the world happy by not only previewing online the new generation Continental GT, but also because they revealed all the juicy details.
The hotly-anticipated luxury coupe is going to feature its worldwide premiere in front of the audience of the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month. Bentley’s CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer thinks of the Continental GT as the “pinnacle” of the British manufacturer’s engineering and design prowess, claiming “we are the world leader in luxury mobility and our products and services define new luxury in the automotive world.” There are those who might argue – but for now let’s stick to the Continental GT at hand. As far as the packaging goes, state-of-the-art technology looks properly intertwined with the traditional lines and cues. For example, inside the cabin, the wood veneer of the dashboard neatly hides when not in use the 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with standard Apple CarPlay and a set of three analog dials that give info about the car the old-fashioned way.
The VW Group has lent a helping hand to Bentley and the make now uses a new 48-volt mild-hybrid system – the Conti GT has stop-start, coasting, and cylinder shutdown in order to make it as efficient as possible. There’s a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, so emissions have gone down by 16 percent. For the pleasure of the driver, the newly developed exhaust comes with electronically controlled valves, and there’s also a new active four-wheel-drive system. Instead of the fixed 60/40 rear-to-front split, the new one sees driving conditions and adapts power distribution – albeit it’s again rear-biased. There’s also electrical assist with variable rack ratio for the steering, the new air suspension takes full advantage of the 48V system, with electronically adjustable dampers and axles made out of lightweight aluminum.
Bentley boasts the 2018 Continental GT has virtually unlimited customization options, building on the standard range of 17 exterior paint colors, up to 70 in the extended range, 15 carpet options, 8 different handcrafted veneers, 4 dual-veneer options) and 15 choices of interior trim hide. There are also standard 21-inch or optional 22-inchers, along with two technology packs – City Specification or Touring Specification. More importantly, the GT’s 6.0-liter biturbo W12 engine has been reworked to 626 hp (466 kW) and 664 lb-ft (897 Nm) for 0-62 mph (100 kph) acceleration in 3.7 seconds and a maximum speed of 207 mph (333 kph).