Bentley revealed the long-overdue replacement for the Continental GT grand touring luxury coupe, and it looks stunning. The new Continental GT is completely overhauled from the last-gen car, with new looks reminiscent of the wildly pretty EXP10 Speed 6 concept, a completely new interior, and an eight-speed dual clutch transmission for the first time ever.
Power comes from the familiar 6.0-liter turbocharged W12 found in cars like the Bentayga and Flying Spur. In this configuration, the engine pushes out 626 horsepower and 664 lb.-ft. of torque to an active all-wheel drive setup with launch control (in a Bentley!). 0-60 happens in 3.7 seconds, and top speed is a supercar-beating 207 mph. Under lighter loads, the engine will shut half of its cylinders off for better fuel consumption, and features start/stop technology. The suspension is a 48-volt adaptive air system that controls ride comfort and lateral roll to help balance through corners.
The elongated, flattened new body is made mostly from aluminum, and shares its underpinnings with the new Porsche Panamera. The Continental features a 5.3-inch longer wheelbase than the last-generation car and standard 21-inch wheels. Of course, 22-inch forged wheels are optional. According to Bentley, the newly-bodied GT is over 175 pounds lighter thanks to use of lightweight materials throughout.
Inside, Bentley has completely redone the interior, with an all-new dashboard, a digital instrument cluster, and a rotating 12.3-inch center touchscreen display that hides away to show either a solid piece of trim or three analog dials when not in use. As you’d expect from an ultra-luxury company like Bentley, all of the leathers and other materials are of the highest quality. Also, the paddle shifters have gone from being column mounted to being steering-wheel mounted.