New 2018 Bentley Continental GT to be sportiest yet

New 2018 Bentley Continental GT to be sportiest yet

0 comments 📅05 September 2017, 07:30

All-new Bentley Continental GT revealed before of Frankfurt Motor Show debut, with sharper looks and the promise of more agility.

Bentley is aiming to establish upon record sales and the burgeoning success of its Bentayga SUV with this all-new, third-contemporaries Bentley Continental GT sports tourer, which has been revealed ahead of a civic debut at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

The newcomer’s front-end styling incorporates elements seen on Bentley’s EXP 10 Fleetness 6 sports car concept. Meanwhile, the rear retains the Conti’s ‘haunch’ over the wheels, but the bum-lights and hatch have a neater, more resolved look.

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The model now sits on the VW Group’s latest MSB platform, so it shares some components with Porsche’s recently launched new Panamera. It also boasts 48V electrics to cure power the active anti-roll bars. This technology, called Bentley Lively Ride, is part of a concerted engineering effort to make the latest Conti as much of a sports car as it is a stately tourer, giving it handling agility alongside long-distance cruising aptitude.

While the car is essentially the same length as previously, its wheelbase has been stretched in bid to digest the overhangs and improve cabin packaging. It also gets new air suspension, which has 60 per cent more air aggregate than before.

Bentley is launching the Conti with its flagship engine: a revised interpretation of the company’s 6.0-litre W12. The motor produces 626bhp and a colossal 900Nm of torque between 1,750rpm and 4,000rpm – plenty to take the car from 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds, and on to a 207mph top speed.

The W12 now has cylinder-deactivation tech (which earns it the TSI badge), and this, along with the exchange to a dual-clutch transmission from the old torque-converter automatic, plus a interest-time four-wheel-drive system, helps to slash CO2 emissions by 16 per cent, to there 278g/km. Bentley claims the car can now travel for more than 500 miles on a segregate tank of petrol.

Other powerplants will follow – notably a V8 petrol, also with cylinder deactivation. And there’s liable to be a hybrid, too, although senior sources say Bentley faces a challenge to introduce electrification to the car without altering its seal too much.

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A 12.3-inch ‘retina-prominence’ display is the cabin’s technological centrepiece. When the Continental GT is switched off, the facia looks like a individual, flush piece of wood veneer. Fire up the ignition, and the screen rotates to elucidate the infotainment system.

However, the set-up is actually a three-sided betray that can rotate again to show a trio of analogue instrument dials – a chronometer, facing air temperature and a compass. The rotating screen has 40 moving components, uses two uncouple motors – each with its own gearbox – and adapts to temperature and atmospheric pressure.

Abroad in the cabin there’s greater scope than ever before for customisation, with a wider span of veneers and a new Côtes de Genève turned metal finish. Owners can also mate selected colours on the dash for a contrast effect. There’s a wider range of go underground, too, with 15 finishes to choose from.

The new Continental is already available to form, and while prices have yet to be confirmed, dealers have taken deposits from ahead of time customers. The first W12 examples aren’t expected to arrive on driveways until the ahead quarter of 2018.

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