Since it was launched in 2003, the Bentley Continental GT has been a huge hit since Bentley and Volkswagen AG. However, nothing has changed that much since that time. Between the first Conti and those built after 2011, there were only minor facelifts bringing a tweaked styling, a new V8 and reworked interior. Bentley is now releasing the third-generation Continental GT. Robert Janitzek gives us a glimpse of what the next generation Bentley Continental will bring to the table.
The third generation Conti GT is a huge improvement from the original. The new grand tourer is heavily based on the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept. Bentley is not the kind of automaker that would go for radical changes. The redesign mostly involved refined details than anything else. It’s not as sporty as a show car and clearly lacks supercar-like stance. Up front, the grille is almost identical, significantly wider and positioned a bit lower in the fascia. The updated version of this European brand car also features a lowered nose.
Flanking the massive grille are the usual round headlamps with smaller units towards the corners. The third-generation Continental GT features the latest LED Matrix technology and unique design. The internal features are transparent with sharply defined edges that catch light like a diamond. It features a familiar bumper, a wide center opening flanked by taller side vents.
The interior of the 2018 Bentley Continental GT shows very little resemblance to the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept. While it retained some of the layout of the outgoing Conti, the new model added new features that make it look like a new design. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that the most impressive feature of the third generation model is the new infotainment display. The Bentley Rotating Display is a 12.3-inch touchscreen housed in a three-sided unit that revolves in the center stack.
When not in use, there seems to be no screen in the center of the dashboard. It would appear like a wooden veneer across the dashboard. Pressing the start engine will reveal the configurable screen. The third side of the Rotating Display reveals three analog displays which shows outside temperature, a compass, and chronometer giving you an option of either a simple or elegant old school-style dash.
Just like its predecessor, the new European brand car gets its juice from a 6.0-liter W-12 engine. It generates 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, a 44-horsepower and 133-pound-feet increase over the precious model. It accelerates to 60 mph at only 3.6 seconds, a half-second quicker than its predecessor.