The new Bentley Continental GT is produced by the British automaker Bentley Motors. They released the first model 2003, under Volkswagen management. In fact, it was a huge success for the company. Also, it became the first Bentley to employ “mass production” manufacturing techniques.Over the years, this car did not suffer major changes, even if the company has tried to improve its performance.
It seems that Bentley has prepared a surprise for the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018. The producers announced a totally new car. Thus, the new Bentley Continental GT has got its inspiration from EXP 10 Speed 6. The latter appeared in Geneva Auto Show in 2015, using an MSB platform, similar to Audi A8 and Porsche Panamera.
The new platform allowed a radical change in the design, as well as a significant weight lowering. This is due to the MSB platform which is considerably lighter than the current Continental. The explanation is the use of the aluminium body, fresh chassis and new engines. As a consequence, the new Bentley Continental GT will probably shed round 150 kg. It is a major change if we consider the actual steel model weighting almost 2.7 tones. The key to the overhaul is redesigned chassis technology that will underpin the two-door coupe.
As far as it concerns the car body, Continental will present itself under a hybrid structure with light steel. However, it will not affect the high resistance of this car.
Let’s take a look under the hood of Bentley Continental GT 2018
For this peak model, there is a new generation powerful W12 engine of 60 litres and 600 bhp. It appeared first with Bentley Bentayga SUV. There is also another version using an improved variant of 4.0 liter- twin-turbo V8. At the same time, the specialists talk about a hybrid version for Bentley Continental GT. This version would use the propulsion system of Panamera E Hibrid. This system combines a 2.9 liter -twin-turbo V6 engine with an electric engine. The result would be 455 HP.
What do customers want from a new car? Basically they look for lower fuel consumption and more autonomy. Well, this is also the producer’s intention with this new model. Thus, they will use a 4.0 liter- twin-turbo V8 Diesel engine on it.
Check the main features for the new Continental:
- SEATING CAPACITY -4
- TRANSMISSION OPTIONS -8-speed automatic
- DRIVETRAIN –AWD
- FUEL ECONOMY -City – 15.5 L/100 km/Hwy – 9.3 L/100 km
- ENGINE OPTIONS-Twin-turbo 6.0L W12 (582/626 hp; 531/605 lb-ft); 4.0L V8 (500/520 hp; 487/502 lb-ft) 100km/h-4,1 seconds
What’s on the inside and the outside of Bentley Continental GT
At the first glimpse, you will notice that it has borrowed much of its switch gear from the Bentley Bentayga. This includes the gear lever and steering wheel. The infotainment system has the same 8.0in screen as in Bentley’s SUV. However, its position will be higher up the dashboard, with the air vents and Breitling clock placed lower down.
There are major changes in the front of the car, with adjustments to the front bumper and radiator shell. Thus, they lend a more confident stance. A lower front and rear, headlights and rear lights, as well as shorter overhangs and a shorter wheelbase are the main features of the new model. A lower nose, more sculpted bonnet and new two-part LED headlamps will make up the bulk of the changes at the front. Moreover, the headlamps have been disguised and we expect the trademark two-part lights to remain.
The price for the new Bentley Continental GT would be around 250-300 thousand dollars.