Bentley has revealed the 2018 iteration of its best-selling product - Continental GT coupe, ahead of its official debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
The third-generation Bentley Continental GT's front end incorporates elements seen on Bentley's EXP 10 Speed 6 sports car concept. The rear retains the Conti's 'haunch' over the wheels, but the taillights and hatch have a cleaner, more determined look.
The next-generation Bentley Continental GT sits on the VW Group's latest MSB platform and shares some components with Porsche's newly launched Panamera. VW Group bought Bentley Motors in 1998 and five years later introduced the world the sleek and sexy Continental GT.
A new version of the 6.0-litre W12 engine, with 626bhp and 900Nm of torque with a top speed of 207 miles per hour (333 km/h), is paired to a new dual-clutch, 8-speed gearbox providing smoother gear shift. The new Bentley Continental GT can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, 0.8 seconds quicker than the outgoing model.
At the launch, the new Bentley Continental GT will be offered only with the W12 engine; however, there will be a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 launched later. The V8 is expected to be offered in rear and four-wheel-drive guises.
There are reports of a petrol-electric variant, using the similar system as the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. The latter has an overall system output of 450bhp and 700Nm and is expected to offer 31 miles (50 km) of electric-only driving range.
Also, Bentley's new intelligent Dynamic Ride System cushions passengers from road bump for maximum comfort and better handling.
The revised W12 now has cylinder-deactivation tech, and this, along with the switch to a dual-clutch transmission from the old torque-converter automatic, plus a part-time four-wheel-drive system, helps to cut CO2 emissions by 16 per cent, to around 278g/km. Bentley claims the car can now travel for more than 500 miles (805 km) on a single tank of petrol.
Inside, the new Bentley Continental GT features a 12.3-inch ‘retina-quality' display, the cabin's technological centerpiece. When the 'Conti' is switched off the fascia looks like a single, flush piece of wood veneer. Start the engine, and the screen rotates to reveal the infotainment system.
Actually, the set-up is a three-sided display that can rotate again to display a trio of analogue instrument dials - a chronometer, outside air temperature and a compass. The rotating screen has 40 moving components, utilises two separate motors - each with its own gearbox - and adjusts to temperature and atmospheric pressure.
The new Bentley Continental GT will go into production later this year, and deliveries are expected in 2018. Price is expected to increase slightly over the current model's starting price.
The new Bentley Continental GT is more dynamic than ever with new technology and power. Bentley has restyled the Continental GT subtly yet keeping the aura of the coupe.