Bentley recently let a handful of journalists test drive prototypes of the 2018 Continental GT and now we are learning new details about the upcoming model.
Set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the redesigned coupe will be a departure from its predecessor even though two models will share a similar design.
As Car & Driver explains, development work began over four years ago when Bentley had to decide which platform to use to replace the aging Volkswagen Phaeton architecture. The company decided to go with Porsche’s MSB platform as it offered several advantages over Audi‘s platform including additional aluminum and better weight distribution.
Bentley is keeping details under wraps but the magazine is reporting the switch should enable the car to lose between 300-400 lbs (136-181 kg).
Bentley also confirmed the new twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine is 18 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor and will have more than 592 hp (441 kW) and 530 lb-ft (717 Nm) of torque. The luxury automaker believes this will enable the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds before hitting a top speed in excess of 200 mph (321 km/h).
The engine will reportedly be connected to new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission which sends power to an all-wheel drive system with a variable clutch. The system eschews the fixed ratio of its predecessor and now sends all the power to the rear wheels unless a slip is detected.
Drivers will also find a revamped interior with a lower seating height and a digital instrument cluster. Other highlights include a new smartphone holder in the center console and an upgraded infotainment system.
Interestingly, the Continental GT will eschew high-tech autonomous driving features. As GT engineering director Cameron Paterson explained, “We’ll be competitive, but we have no intention to lead with that technology. We want the driver always in control, so automatic steering is of little interest to us except for possibly providing the driver a break during long cross-country journeys.”
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