The third generation of Bentley’s luxury grand tourer has finally arrived with details now being given prior to its officially unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
The new version maintains the large 6.0-litre twin turbo, W12 engine but the engine has been improved to pump out 466kW and 897Nm to all four wheels via a dual-clutch eight-speed ‘box for the first time. The vehicle can hit 100kmh in just 3.7 seconds and has a Vmax of 333kmh.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “Bentley has been at the forefront of luxury Grand Touring for nearly one hundred years. 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.”
The new Continental should really be classed as a hybrid thanks to Volkswagen’s 48-volt mild hybrid system.
The parent company’s system is responsible for stop-start, coasting and cylinder shutdown to help reduce fuel consumption (12.2 L/100 km versus the previous model’s 14.2 L/100 km).
The limits to how the vehicle can be customised are almost endless with even more bespoke options available to those more discerning customers.
The standard range has 17 colours available with the more exclusive range have 70 different hues available. It is not only the colours that are impressive, 15 carpets, 8 veneers and 15 choices of interior trim are on sale.
When it comes to the wheels, the standard model has 21-inch wheels with 22-inch rims also available.
Two “Tech Packs” are available on launch, a City Spec designed for urban journeys and the more long-distance spec, Touring. Both version offer increased options for the driver.