The Bentley Continental GT is manufactured and sold by Bentley, a British automaker since 2003. The car model was the first to be released by Bentley under the Volkswagen AG management right after the company was acquired in 1998. It was the first Bentley Continental GT to be mass produced using their manufacturing techniques.
It was in 2004 that the Continental GT was released in the market with a second generation appearing in 2011. It will take a well-trained eye to tell one from the other since the two share the same platform.
When the third generation Continental GT came in 2018, it was then that real transformation took place. The changes were detailed that the headlights used a certain pattern. The elliptical taillights were bigger and red. LED lights are used for all lights. The reverse light is joined with the bumper.
As what was mentioned earlier, details are given even to the knobs, buttons and stitches on upholstery. An optional rotating display is placed at the top of the center console.
The bumper got a new design, a smaller radiator shell and to determine the engine type, bright chrome badges are placed. A 20 inches and 21 inches wheel design and new paint colors are included.
A sunroof is available on a Continental GT. It uses a panoramic fixed glass for the sunroof. The interior is blind in Alcantara that goes well with the headliner color. For the finishes, it uses a piano-finish process that gives it depth and protection as well. This is done on the Continental GT by the people behind the Bentley Crewe factory. A robotic paint system is used to ensure detailed and clean finish. Standard and optional colors are available to choose from.
One of the top variants of the Continental GT is the Bentley Continental GT V8 convertible. It has an optional front fog lights and adjustable headlights.
Just like the exterior of a Bentley Continental GT, its interior is created with details using only authentic and the best materials in order to create comfort, luxury and space. Wood in single or double veneers is used inside. The architecture of the interior of a Continental GT express harmony in a Bentley.
Nappa leather is used on the seats of the Continental GT. Though minimalist in style, it expresses so much elegance and comfort. In comes in different colors to choose from. A diamond-in-diamond stitching option is available that gives it a shiny appearance compared to a regular running stitch. It produces a softer touch to the leather and make it look intricate.
High Gloss Carbon Fiber on veneer surfaces is an option on every Continental model. Durable leather is used on the steering wheel. It is a practical choice as it can last quite a long time. Integrated on the wheels is the driver assistance system making the wheel have that timeless design with technology fused into one.
Technology & Safety Features
The Bentley Continental GT uses the Active Lane Assist technology where assistance is provided in case the driver crosses a lane boundary. A Blind Spot Warning warns divers from hazards located in hard to see places on the road. For wide areas, the Touring Specification that includes pre-sense and night vision that uses infrared technology to have a view even beyond what the headlights can reach.
In high traffic areas, the Continental GT has a 360 degrees Top View Camera to help drives navigate through traffic. Together with the mentioned tech feature is the Integrated Traffic Sign Recognition that detects speed limits, allowing the drivers to actually see the data on the Head-Up Display.
You can enjoy safe driving even with minimal visibility during night rides through the Intelligent LED Matrix beam headlights. It is composed of 55 single controlled LED. These lights are optimized automatically for varied driving conditions.
For the safety features of the Continental GT, it comes with anti-lock brakes, stability control, front, side and knee airbags. Seatbelt pretensioners are included to provide optimal seating position in case of a collision. A security system where the engine will not start in case an intrusion is detected. This is activated when the wrong key is used in starting the vehicle.
Platform & Chassis
The platform of a Bentley Continental GT is under the Volkswagen Group D1. It is powered with a 6.0 litre double turbo charged W12 engine that produces DIN-rated power output of 560PS (412 kW; 552 bhp) at 6,100 rpm with 650 Nm (479 lbf ft) at 1,600 – 6,100 rpm of torque. It is a standard Torsen-based permanent four-wheel drive. It falls under the Grand tourer (S) class with body style of a 2-door 2+2 fast back and 2-door 2+2 convertible and F4 layout. It can seat 2-5 people comfortably.
Engine & Drivetrain
The engine of a Continental GT is a 4.0-liter double turbo V8 gas, 6.0-liter double turbo W12 gas with an 8-speed Automatic transmission. It has an all-wheel drive drivetrain. It has an MPG of 12 City / 19 Hwy and an 8-speed auto shift man w/OD transmission and an active all-wheel drive all wheel drivetrain.