New Bentley Continental GT Wants To Be The King Of Grand Tourers

Bentley pulled the wraps off the all-new Continental GT finally, revealing all the details on its new Grand Tourer that aims to conquer the luxury segment.

The British company drew inspiration from its EXP 10 Speed 6 concept in designing the new Continental GT and it shows; the shape is now much more sculptural and dynamic, making the Continental GT look properly special.

Bentley revised the proportions of the whole car, with the new generation having a longer and lower profile than its predecessor, due in part of the positioning of the front axle 135mm further forward which allowed a longer hood and a lower nose.

The most radical departure however is to be found at the back, where Bentley gave the new Conti GT a pair of elliptical taillights, reflecting the shape of the exhaust tail pipes below them and giving the whole car a surprisingly elegant rear end.

The wheelbase is now longer by 110mm and the whole car is wider by 25mm, helping the new, more dynamic design approach but the main reason for this change is of course the new MSB platform that’s also been used in the Porsche Panamera and enables the use of the latest 48-volt electrical system.

Bentley however claims that the parts used for the new Continental GT are 82 percent bespoke to them, with the W12 model being 85kg (187lbs) lighter than the equivalent predecessor. It still tips the scales though at 2,250kg (4,960lbs). The whole skin of the car is made out of aluminum that’s been crafted using the Super Formed technology, which allowed creating the complex, more sharply defined body lines of the new model.

The first, Launch models will be powered by the updated version of the company’s twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 TSI engine, paired for the first time with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The powertrain produces 635 PS (626 hp) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque and allows the new Conti GT to accelerate to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds (0-60mph in 3.6 sec) and reach a top speed of 333km/h (207mph).

Thanks to the adoption of the 48-volt electrical architecture, Bentley is making some bold claims about the dynamics of the new Continental GT; the new generation features the Bentley Dynamic Ride, a system that controls and adjusts the electronic actuators on the anti-roll bar of each axle, improving the ride comfort and of course, handling.

What it basically does is keeping the car flat when cornering by counteracting lateral roll forces, ensuring maximum tire-to-road contact. The use of the 48-volt system also means that there are virtually no delays in the Dynamic Ride’s responses. The revised air suspension also features three-chamber air springs that are filled with 60 percent more air in the softest setting, further improving the system’s scope to vary from sporty handling to limousine levels of comfort.

As for the cabin, Bentley did what everyone expected and used only the absolute best there is in natural materials, including natural leathers, sustainably sourced veneers and hand-polished chrome details. Over 10 square meters of wood are used in each Continental GT, with the wooden inlays requiring nine hours to be created and fitted by hand.

A fully digital and configurable instrument panel represents the next day for Bentley which also added a beautiful 12.3-inch “retina-quality” infotainment display. The huge screen can rotate and bring a veneer panel up front when wanted but wait, there’s more; Bentley has also added a third side to the rotating mechanism which features three analogue dials displaying outside temperature, a compass and chronometer.

Production will start later this year, with the first cars to be delivered in Spring 2018. There’s no information regarding pricing, with the new generation expected to cost a bit more than the outgoing.

“We are the world leader in luxury mobility and our products and services define new luxury in the automotive world,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley. “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.”

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  • Nordschleife

    The rear 3/4 and the profile are sublime but the front 3/4 gives me pause. It sits to high (no doubt to pedestrian requirements). I am torn if I like it but it looks like a natural evolution of the current one.

    • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

      It looks like MONEY

  • matrem

    It looks a bit startled from head on. But from all other angles it looks great!

  • Stephen Baxter

    The interior is spot on. Im not sure if i like the how it all comes together, tail lights look off. need to see in person 🙂

    • Honda NSX-R

      That’s exactly how I feel about this new Continental GT.

    • TheHake

      Need to drive it in person to give a final verdict.

  • LIZ THE SHIZ

    Well, they took the Porsche Panamera dashboard , cost cutting?

    • C172fccc

      They look quite similar indeed, but they do not seem to share many parts. Only identical parts I have spotted are the pedals shape.

    • lagunas3ca

      Panamera dashboard doesn’t rotate like you’re in a spaceship.

    • atomiccow

      I think it’s a coincidence that the slope of the dashboard and centre console is similar to the Porsche.

      • Waleesa1

        I don’t think it’s a coincidence. It seems to be the way the the chassis was designed. Same location & angle for the infotainment screen, centre air vents, gear lever and drive-mode buttons.

  • enthusia

    Given that some manufactures have been making their production cars identical to their concepts, I was really expecting this to look EXACTLY like the EXP 10 inside and out. It’s nice and I like it, but I don’t LOVE it.

    • donald seymour

      I read a while ago that EXP 10 will be a standalone and will slot right underneath the Continental. I don’t know if they are still continuing with that plan.

      • Stephen Baxter

        they should 🙂

    • Nordschleife

      The EXP 10 was a two seater in the vein of the Vantage. This Continental is a 4 seater GT. Hopefully like Donald said the EXP will be an independent model that looks like the original concept.

    • Mark

      When the production car is designed first and then has its design applied to a concept car, things are very difficult to match. Not everyone can do what Toyota did with the LC500 and new Supra. Bentley didn’t turn its EXP 10 concept into a production car, because of the lateness aspect. Maybe they can make a dedicated sports car later on, derived from that concept.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    INTERIOR IS BASICALLY BORROWED FROM PANAMERA😂😂😂

  • sean tooher
    • Zed68

      Separated at birth

      • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

        LOL

      • Waleesa1

        Zwicked. Lol

    • TheBelltower

      The spitting image of the Conti… if a Bentley were born and raised under high voltage power lines.

  • DM

    Aston Martin with a Bentley nose… Jokes aside, I have to say I like how the front came out, the interior is a nice mix of elegance and technology, but that rear sure looks odd. The current gen Continental has IMO one of the sexiest and most elegant rear ends of any car. This isn´t quite ugly but definitely not better than the current one. It looks too Aston Martin-esque.

    • Stephen Baxter

      Well said

  • Kaisuke971

    It’s really a shame that the front fascia doesn’t properly compliment the rest, but this is nice

  • europeon

    I don’t know… I was looking forward for this, cause it’s on my shortlist for my next car, but I’m a bit disappointed by the headlights.

    • Nordschleife

      I agree on everything about it being on my shortlist for my next car. LOL

      • europeon

        I really wasn’t joking. 🙂

        • Nordschleife

          I really didn’t think you were. I said I agree with everything you said except it being on MY shortlist as I can’t afford one.

        • Astonman

          you lucky dog you… pre congrats if you do

          • europeon

            More than one year away from now tho.

          • Astonman

            ooh that’s a long wait…

          • europeon

            Buying a car in its first year of production is always a bad idea. I rather leave the “beta testing” to others.

          • Astonman

            true dat

        • Belthronding Tinuviel

          As your Carscoops friend, i do strongly suggest you Aston Vanquish S:)

          • europeon

            I really don’t have the need for more than one car, so I need a four seater.

  • lagunas3ca

    I’m not a fan of the trunk line cutting into the tail lights, or the tail lights enclosed on the trunk. Reflects poor design. Consider the difference of rear view between Ferrari’s 599 and California. Previous Continental GT rear looked much better.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Oooh!

    The front is the worst looking area, only because the rest of the car is SO DAMN SEXY. And they FINALLY gave the car some nice, rear-wheel drive proportions!

    Buuuuuut…

    The grille needs to be more tapered, like on the EXP 10. And the lower fascia reminds me of the new Mustang GT and Regal GS in the worst way. And the rear lights…
    I can’t help but think that a design similar to the old GT would look better. I don’t exactly rate the rear of the Speed 6 to be that great, but I don’t mind it.

    All that being said, Its alright, this new Conti. It’s proper fast, and pretty gorgeous overall.

    Get to work on the facelift, Bentley.

  • Dennis James

    Well…I can’t find any flaw with this car, inside and out.

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  • Craig

    As I was reading this I thought it might be nice to see a new versions of the Mustang Grande/Ghia and the Camaro Berlinetta. A Challenger ‘luxury version’ would be fun to see too. Real wood and leather everywhere.

  • TheBelltower

    Gotta say, I think this is going to be incredible in person. There are some awkward angles in some of the pics. But we will see how it looks once it’s in motion.

  • ediotsavant

    Surely they could have designed the rear not to look like an Audi.

  • alexxx

    sublime…inside out…

  • THEY REALLY SCREWED UP A BEAUTIFUL CAR. THE FRONT END ISN’T AS BAD AS THE EXP10 AND IT’S TEARDROP LIGHTS BUT THE GRILLE IS MUCH TOO WIDE. THE REAR IS LIFELESS, JUST DRAB AND UNINSPIRED. THE BREAK LINE THAT SEPARATES THE TOP OF THE BODY FROM THE BUMPER SHOULD ALWAYS BE AS LOW AS POSSIBLE. SO MANY DESIGNERS ARE USING A DIAGONAL BREAK LINE THAT CALLS TOO MUCH ATTENTION TO ITSELF. OH WELL.

  • BarryFastCars

    This is very impressive. I had high hopes for this car and Bentley did not disappoint. I did expect a larger reduction in weight compared to the previous generation. A V8 Porsche Panamera, which is considerably larger than this car, weighs around 4500lbs. I understand the W12 adds a big dose of weight, but its still quite a bit. Another surprise is the 8 speed dual clutch. This is a Porsche designed transmission and its amazing. I drove a Panamera Turbo at Pebble Beach and it was incredible, seemed impossible to confuse it.

  • SteersUright

    Rear lights look awful. The entire thing looks too similar to the old one, to any regular person on the street. While a very nice coupe, I dont understand who would want one of these? The dynamics have never been great as these are, after all, inherently front drive cars with engines ahead of their front axle in typical Audi fashion, converted to rear biased AWD. The interior is very small and does not carry even 4 comfortably, yet the car is somewhat large on the outside and no true sports car in the way it drives. Is this essentially just a show-piece? A car that looks good, drives well enough, and has the right badge to show up the common folk in their pedestrian branded cars?

    • Matt

      It looks NOTHING like the old Conti. Like, really?

      Even joe-hates cars would be able to tell this is a new model. It’s just so…. different.

      • SteersUright

        Wait, what? Im saying it looks too damn similar. I would’ve liked to have seen Bentley take a bit more of a chance on the all-new design of this car rather that just the front fascia and rear lights. If anything, this looks like nothing more than a facelift. Don’t get me wrong, its still a reasonably pretty car, Im just not impressed with the antiquated, nose heavy, FWD architecture they’ve chose to stick with as well as the ho-hum evolutionary design. If I had $200k to spend on a coupe, this somewhat boring offering would not get my vote.

  • Zandit75

    I think the issue with the grille is the colour compared to the lower grilles/vents. It might look better if they were all one colour.

  • alex n

    that has got to be the best looking bently ever.

  • TedNotTheBear

    I like it… but did they really have to line the rear license plate area with chrome trim?

  • Big Black Duck

    interior looks nice .. those vents look spectacular .

  • Six Thousand Times

    Everything I liked about the current one but with much better proportions. Very nice.

  • nastinupe

    I looooove this car. It’s the first Bentley that I actually would want.

  • Leconte Dave

    No V8 option?..

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      İt ll be coming out.

  • Teddy Wijaya

    ugly

  • Ruel Lewis

    They should have made the taillights 3d exactly like the concept, it would have been so much better looking.

  • Mr. Crankypants

    Tasteless, vulgar and hideous

    I’ll take two

  • lapirk

    Wish they had moved away from the round lamps but overall looks good. But 2200kg. Still a hippo

  • I LOVE… how they lined up those Bs on the wheels for this photo shoot.

  • Denzel

    i wanted to wait till I was on my laptop to comment and boy was it worth it. this is such a beauty, they did an amazing job shrinking the old model into this and it will still be one hell of a performer.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Is this really the same company that made that Bentayga thing?
    It looks lovely and especially like the surprise and delight of the centre screen/dials/panel rotation.

  • Oh my good Lord this is a stunner!

  • Vassilis

    Very elegant.

  • OSM CHAÎNE

    UGLY REAR

  • fabri99

    I’m extremely impressed. It looks good and it is finally something new and young-looking from Bentley. WOW.

  • TheHake

    Oh my… *wipes mouth*

  • Ermal Morina

    Front looks quite good,the interior is amazing,it has some Panamera vibes on it,tho I’m not buying those tail lights,they look out of place.Overall,thumbs up for me

  • salamOOn

    i dont like headlights….. and taillights….. and glossy black buttons.

    other than that its pretty nice.

  • Lucas Mattos Azevedo

    The new best thing in the world.

  • exeptor

    I think Bentley nailed it with this one. It is sleek, looks classy and yet modern, interior is gorgeous (it doesn’t try to hide its family connection with Porsche, but is much more refined and looks really expensive). What I don’t like is the V12 ornament behind the front wheel and the way the central display opens (I believe that they made it very quality, but the feeling that it will fail miserably at some point will never dissapear).

  • DR.FUNK

    The basic design theme is simply perfect.
    Like the 911…you only have to tweak it around the edges.

  • Enter Ranting

    Fake grilles up front, like every car from Kia to Mercedes. Fake gauges. “Piano black” plastic interior. Come on, Bentley. You should have beautifully crafted gauges in your car, not video game graphics like everyone else these days. Take a stand for luxury! Video screens aren’t luxurious. They’re common. You’re better than that.

  • Igor Brezovic

    Free advert for magnificent Croatian coast:-) Nice car, btw…

  • Looks cool ,but let,s wait and see the reviews !

  • atomiccow

    It’s good to see fresh design can still come out of at least one brand in VAG. The interior really steels the show for me, but overall I find it very agreeable. If anything, the Mulsanne-style front grill with it’s sharper corners is just a bit too big and out of place. Having analogue gauges on one side of the triple-sided, rotating console element is a really good idea and very elegant.

  • vaybach khan

    Best interior..

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