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(from Bentley Press
Release) THE NEW BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT
-- New, sculptured
exterior exudes quality and design integrity.
-- Contemporary, hand-crafted cabin with class-leading
-- More powerful W12 engine at launch with FlexFuel capability.
-- A new high-efficiency V8 from late 2011.
-- Dynamic, engaging driving experience.
-- Class-leading infotainment systems.
(7 September 2010,
Crewe, England.) For Crewe’s design and engineering teams, the new
Continental GT coupe is an opportunity to set a bold and exciting
direction for one of Bentley’s most revered names – the Continental.
The seminal and highly successful Continental GT introduced in 2003
represented the first step in Bentley’s renaissance and defined a
whole new market segment. It was a luxury GT offering excellent
usability that remained true to the Bentley grand touring spirit.
Now the new Continental GT 4-seat coupe builds on the success of its
iconic predecessor, capturing that GT spirit but with even higher
standards of design, engineering, luxury, craftsmanship, dynamic
performance, everyday practicality and refinement.
A beautifully sculptured new body gives the GT coupe an even
crisper, more defined appearance. The contemporary interior offers
new levels of cabin design, comfort and hand-crafted luxury. The
seats, for example, provide even greater support and rear leg-room;
a sweeping dashboard even more style and modernity. The new
touchscreen infotainment system features state-of-the-art
navigation, Google Maps and entertainment while the latest Balanced
Mode Radiator speaker technology and Dirac Dimensions™ digital sound
processing deliver enhanced audio quality.
Bentley’s acclaimed 6-litre, 12-cylinder, twin-turbocharged
powertrain now has a raised power output of 575PS (567bhp/423kW) and
700Nm (516lb ft) of torque and this is mated to a new Quickshift
transmission which enables double downshifts. Thanks to advanced
FlexFuel technology it can also run on both standard unleaded petrol
(gasoline) and sustainable bioethanol (up to E85) or any mix of the
In late 2011 an all-new, high-output 8-cylinder engine will also be
available to order. This advanced power unit will deliver a 40
percent reduction in emissions compared with the W12 engine and will
offer a class-leading CO2 emissions-to-power ratio with Bentley
levels of performance and refinement.
Both engines are coupled to an all-wheel drive system with a sporty
40:60 rear-torque bias (compared with the 50:50 bias of the original
Continental GT), minimising understeer during hard cornering and
allowing the experienced driver to control the car’s line and
balance via precise throttle control.
“The new Continental GT is an automotive work of art, with superb
craftsmanship and elegant, contemporary design. It drives like a
supercar, but without the usual sacrifices in ride or practicality.
It is a car that you can enjoy every moment of every day.”
Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen, Chairman and Chief Executive
THE NEW CONTINENTAL GT COUPE – AT
-- Advanced production techniques such as aluminium Super
Forming (front wings and boot lid) allow for a more sculpted
body and sharp ‘power lines’
-- Unique jewelled headlamps with LED daytime-running lights
-- More upright matrix radiator grille and new ‘double
horseshoe’ rear profile first shown on the flagship -- Bentley
-- New interior with a bold, sweeping dashboard and
instrument panel finished in premium, soft-touch leather hides
-- Distinctive ‘cobra’-design seats for added comfort and
enhanced rear cabin space
-- A new touchscreen, 30GB infotainment system introduces
advanced satellite navigation with dynamic route guidance,
seven-digit postcode entry and Google Map compatibility (market
-- Audio systems feature the latest wide frequency Balance Mode
Radiator speakers as standard
-- Revolutionary Dirac Dimensions™ DSP for exceptional sound
reproduction (Naim for Bentley premium audio).
More powerful W12
and new high-efficiency V8 FlexFuel engines
-- 6-litre W12 engine twin-turbocharged engine produces
575PS (567bhp/423kW) and 700Nm (516lb ft) of torque.
-- 0 – 60mph in 4.4 seconds (0 – 100km/h in 4.6 seconds)
-- 0 – 100mph in 10.2 seconds (0 – 160km/h in 10.2 seconds)
-- Top speed of 198mph (318km/h)
-- Overall weight saving of 65kg (143lb) versus predecessor
-- New high-output, high-efficiency V8 engine due for release in
-- ZF 6HP28 transmission with ‘Quickshift’ system that cuts
shift times by 50% and enables double downshifts
-- New 40:60 rear-biased torque split for the all-wheel drive
system reduces understeer when powering out of bends and
provides for better modulation of line and attitude by ‘throttle
-- Increased front and rear track improves grip and stability
-- Advanced ESC system fully exploits the potential of the more
powerful W12 engine and improved chassis
-- 20” and (optional) 21” wheels
SCULPTURED EXTERIOR EXUDES QUALITY
AND DESIGN INTEGRITY
Inspired by the iconic
Bentleys of the past, Bentley’s design team under the leadership of
Director of Design, Dirk van Braeckel, has created a thoroughly
modern, sculptured body, built with advanced production technologies
to ensure the highest standards of quality and body integrity.
Aluminium Super Forming technology is employed to create the front
wings and the boot lid. This process heats the aluminium panels to
nearly 500 degrees Celsius before shaping them by air pressure. By
using a single sheet of aluminium, no seams or welding are required.
The latest body construction techniques deliver crisp, highly
defined feature lines and form to every area of the exterior design.
The familiar power lines and rear haunches – echoes of the original
1950s R-Type Continental – now have even sharper radii to create
highly distinct surfaces, bringing the feel of a truly coachbuilt
car to the new coupe.
The GT coupe’s new look is bolder than ever. The classic Bentley
matrix radiator grille is more upright, while the new headlamp
design, in traditional four-lamp format, has exquisite jewel-like
detailing including eye-catching, LED daylight-running lamps.
At the rear, Bentley signature ‘floating’ LED lamps extend around
the corners of the wings, emphasising the new coupe’s width and
purposeful stance. The track is wider by 41mm at the front and 48mm
at the rear than the previous model. The bootlid design has a
powerful ‘double horse-shoe’ motif, reminiscent of the new Bentley
Mulsanne, while flared elliptical exhaust tailpipes reinforce the
new GT’s sporting credentials.
The shape of the new GT coupe’s body is also more aerodynamic
following extensive wind tunnel analysis. In conjunction with a
range of extensive underbody refinements (including wheel arch and
exhaust aerodynamic aids) the GT’s coefficient of drag has been
reduced to 0.33Cd and the lift at the front and rear axles has also
been reduced to create greater stability at higher speeds.
The new GT is specified with 20-inch alloy wheels as standard, with,
for the first time on the Continental family, the option to upgrade
to 21-inch designs. Three styles of wheel are offered – a 20-inch
five-spoke version and two 21-inch Elegant and split-rim Sports
variations, which come in a variety of chromed and painted finishes.
“The new GT coupe has an even stronger sporting character than ever
before. It is an exceptionally refined and comfortable 2+2 Grand
Tourer but with the heart, soul and looks of a supercar.”
Dirk van Braeckel, Director of Design
CONTEMPORARY, HAND-CRAFTED CABIN
WITH BENTLEY’S RENOWNED REFINEMENT
With an entirely
hand-crafted interior, the Continental GT’s cabin sets new standards
in refinement and luxury to create a stylish space in which up to
four people can relax in total comfort.
The instrument panel and dashboard subtly echo the flying wings of
the Bentley motif and are fashioned from the highest quality
soft-touch leathers. New touchscreen technology and chrome-bezelled
dials are housed within this dynamic cockpit area, which rises from
the centre console in the form of dramatically surfaced ’wing’
The striking and unique ‘Cobra’ design seats are supremely
comfortable thanks to the introduction of the latest body-supporting
materials which use complex foams to provide softness at first touch
but with excellent support over longer journeys.
The seats can be specified with front-seat ventilation as well as a
state-of-the-art massage system with 10 individual massage cells and
individual side airbags are provided as standard for all passengers.
Front seatbelts feature a new electrically-operated automatic
presenter, making buckling-up effortless. Driver knee airbags are
The new Continental GT offers superb everyday usability. The new
slim-line front seats with scalloped backs also provide a further
46mm of legroom for back-seat passengers and easy access to the rear
No other Grand Tourer offers such impressive levels of refinement
thanks to the advanced noise-suppression technology that includes
acoustic glazing, under-floor shields and hidden anti-vibration
panels throughout the interior.
The cabin is trimmed with soft-touch leathers, a full range of wood
veneers, cool-touch metals and deep-pile carpets – all hand-crafted
in Bentley’s unrivalled workshops at the factory in Crewe, England.
The attention to detail even extends to applying a UV stabilizer to
the wood veneers to protect from bleaching, thus ensuring they can
be enjoyed as new for decades to come.
Every leather hide is still sewn under the watchful eye of Bentley’s
highly skilled craftsmen and women. By incorporating ingenious,
angled ‘ramps’ behind the leather, the interior designers have
created sharp, well-defined styling lines, while maintaining a
Other simple yet practical functions include a powered boot as
standard, Electronic Park Brake with Move Off Assist and newly
designed, leather-lined door stowage bins with an integrated bottle
Perhaps the most stylish new storage device in the new Continental
GT is the exquisitely designed, folding, removable case designed to
hold items such as keys and pens and which can also be slipped into
a pocket or bag. Crafted from veneers to match those of the coupe’s
interior, the case (available as a cost option) is finished with
inlaid Bentley wings, satin-chromed and leather-lined, and is
secured in a recess above the twin drinks holders in the centre
“The new GT coupe interior combines form, practicality and
innovation. Our task was to translate the original design sketches
for the car’s cabin – which were quite extreme, almost revolutionary
for a Bentley – into the final design. The result is a cockpit that
moves the Continental GT on to the next generation.”
Darren Day, Senior Designer
CLASS-LEADING INFOTAINMENT SYSTEMS
contemporary cabin, the new Continental GT also features advanced
new touchscreen technology with rich map imagery and a 30GB on board
The 8-inch screen displays the car’s audio system, telephone, ride
and comfort settings and the very latest navigation system, which
uses both an in-car hard-disc drive and a DVD player to access route
data. It also employs dynamic navigation to guide you around areas
of heavy traffic, finds destinations using geo-tagged photos from an
SD memory card and is Google Maps-compatible (market specific).
The infotainment system, with 7 digit postcode entry, uses a
combination of touchscreen controls and classic knurled rotary
switches to offer instant usability and crystal-clear feedback. The
graphic interface of the screen is engineered in-house to ensure its
visuals are completely in keeping with the style of the interior.
Look closely and you will see that the knurled switches on the
screen are ‘virtual’ echoes of the knurled switches below.
The Continental GT’s new infotainment system also provides the
ultimate in in-car audio entertainment. An eight-speaker sound
system is offered as standard employing the latest Balanced Mode
Radiator technology. These unique compact, flat-panel speakers
provide exceptional clarity with a very wide frequency range.
An 11-speaker Naim for Bentley system – created exclusively for the
Continental GT by British audiophiles Naim – employs revolutionary
Dirac Dimensions ™ digital signal processing. This industry-first
technology creates a virtual ‘sound field’ independent of speaker
layout to deliver concert hall-quality sound reproduction for every
occupant wherever they may be sitting.
The GT coupe also benefits from telephone and music player
connectivity, digital television (where available) and DVD movie
playback. Music can be played and controlled directly from an iPod®
as well as from a six-disc CD changer, SD card reader or directly
from the car’s hard-disc drive, which can store up to 15GB of music.
MORE POWERFUL W12 AND NEW
HIGH-OUTPUT, HIGH-EFFICIENCY V8
The Continental GT is
set to have a choice of two very distinctive high-performance
engines. In addition to the new 575PS version of Crewe’s renowned
6.0 litre W12 powertrain, a new high-output 4.0-litre V8 engine
option will be introduced in late 2011.
The new 4.0-litre V8 engine honours Bentley’s environmental
commitment to deliver a powertrain that achieves a 40 percent
improvement in CO2 emissions. The new V8 is being designed
specifically by Bentley’s engineers to deliver all the exhilarating
power and torque synonymous with the marque. The new Crewe-built
engine will also offer a class-leading CO2 emissions-to-power ratio.
At launch, the new Continental GT coupe is powered by the latest
evolution of Bentley’s acclaimed 12-cylinder, 6-litre
twin-turbocharged engine, now calibrated to provide even greater
performance, thanks to increases in power, torque and fuel
Designed in a unique ‘W’ configuration, it is the most compact and
technologically advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world. Four
camshafts and 48 valves allow the engine to breathe effortlessly and
help to generate the distinctive Bentley wave of torque. It is also
capable of running on petrol (gasoline), E85 bioethanol or any mix
of the two – all from a single tank.
In 2008, Bentley announced a far-reaching environmental programme
that included a 15 percent improvement in powertrain efficiency and
the adoption across the Bentley model range of FlexFuel technology
by 2012. Bentley’s FlexFuel models are capable of delivering
potential CO2 reductions of up to 70 percent on a ‘well-to-wheel’
basis – the measurement of CO2 released by a fuel from its
production (well) through to its combustion or deployment (wheel).
To ensure that the power and torque generated remain constant
(whatever the fuel) an advanced Fuel Quality Sensor continuously
monitors the ratio of the fuels used. It then guides the Engine
Control Unit to adjust the engine’s timing. This provides the
seamless power delivery for which Bentley engines are renowned, and
ensures there is no compromise on performance when using fuels that
create lower CO2 emissions.
Further revisions to the new GT coupe’s engine include low friction,
lightweight components which allow the W12-format engine to rev even
more freely, while the latest engine management system and twin,
low-inertia turbochargers are optimised to ensure minimal turbo lag.
Overall, the GT coupe is 65kg lighter than its predecessor thanks to
reductions in all areas of the car from engine components through to
new seats. With its power output raised by 15PS and torque by 50 Nm
- to 575PS (567bhp/423kW) and 700Nm (516lb ft) – the result is a 6
percent improvement in the new GT’s power-to weight-ratio, making it
capable of accelerating from zero to 60mph in just 4.4 seconds
(0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds) with a top speed of 198mph (318km/h).
The increased power and
torque are transmitted to the all-wheel drive system via an uprated
six-speed Quickshift transmission, which halves shift times (to just
200 milliseconds). The revised gearbox also has the ability to
deliver double downshifts (sixth to fourth gear, for example) and
improves acceleration across the entire gear range. To cope with the
additional power and torque, the planetary gear set of the six-speed
ZF transmission is also strengthened.
Positive torque during downshifts is achieved through engine and
gearbox electronic controller interaction for extra throttle and
fuel injection during the overrun, replicating manual throttle
‘blips’ for precise rev matching . During transmission upshifts,
fuel and ignition are cut momentarily to give faster mechanical
shift times through torque reduction, also improving shift quality
“The W12’s extra power and torque and Quickshift transmission endow
the new GT with instantly accessible supercar performance across the
complete rev range. At the same time, Bentley’s pioneering use of
FlexFuel technology underlines our ongoing environmental
Brian Gush, Director, Chassis and Powertrain, Engineering
ALL-WHEEL DRIVE FOR OPTIMISED RIDE
Both engines are coupled
with a state-of-the-art, all-wheel drive system employing an
advanced Torsen differential. This ensures safe yet dynamic sports
car handling in all road conditions and all weathers.
In the new coupe, the power split has a 40:60 rear bias for a
significantly more sporting feel in terms of handling and mid-corner
acceleration. However, it can adjust instantaneously the power split
between the front and rear wheels depending on the available grip.
In addition, an uprated Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system
provides additional security and grip whatever your driving style.
The new GT’s chassis delivers the optimum ride and handling balance.
The wide front and rear track benefits agility and handling, while
solid aluminium cast-forged, high-stiffness front suspension
uprights and aluminium gravity die castings at the rear work in
conjunction with a redesigned front anti-roll bar and retuned spring
and damper settings. The result is improved response and stability
at all speeds.
Continuous Damping Control (CDC) constantly monitors the car’s
attitude and poise. By adjusting the suspension settings hundreds of
times a second it can provide a remarkably supple ride at low speeds
and increased control as speeds climb. It can also lower the car in
‘V-Max’ mode for enhanced stability at the highest speeds.
history, iconic grand tourers have forged the marque’s reputation.
In the 1950s the beautiful R-Type Continental set new standards of
performance and style. In 2003, Continental GT revolutionised the
luxury coupe market, combining supercar performance and dynamism
with remarkable everyday practicality.
Now, the new Continental GT coupe sets even higher standards in
every area of design, craftsmanship and engineering.
“We’ve distilled nearly 90 years of engineering excellence into the
new Continental GT coupe. It represents everything Bentley stands
for: breathtaking performance, beautiful design and unparalleled
quality, comfort and luxury.”
Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn, Member of the Board, Engineering
Type: 6-litre twin-turbocharged W12
Max Power: 567bhp / 423kW / 575PS @ 6000 rev/min
Max Torque: 700Nm / 516lb/ft @ 1700 rev/min
ZF 6-speed automatic with quickshift and steering
Driveline: Continuous all-wheel drive (40:60 rear bias)
1st . 4.17
Final drive: 3.526
Front: 405mm ventilated discs (optional 420mm Carbon Silicon
Carbide, cross drilled)
Rear: 335mm ventilated discs (optional 356mm, Carbon Silicon
Carbide, cross drilled)
WHEELS AND TYRES
9.5J x 20” (optional 9.5J x 21”)
275/40ZR 20 (optional 275/35 ZR21 linked to option wheels)
Type: rack & pinion, power assisted, speed-sensitive ZF
Turns lock to lock: 2.6 turns
Turning circle: 11.3m
Front: Four link double wishbones, computer controlled self-levelling
air suspension, with anti roll-bar.
Rear: Trapezoidal multi-link, computer-controlled self-levelling
air suspension, with anti roll-bar.
Damping: Continuous Damping Control, tuned for dynamic
Wheelbase 2746 mm / 108.1 in
Overall Length 4806 mm / 189.2 in
Width (across body) 1944 mm / 76.5 in
Width (including mirrors) 2227 mm / 87.7 in
Overall Height 1404 mm / 55.3 in
Fuel Tank 90 litres / 20 gallons / 24 US gallons
Boot Volume 358 litres / 12.6 cu ft
Kerb Weight (EU) 2320 kg / 5115 lb
Gross Vehicle Weight 2750 kg / 6063 lb
Top Speed: 198 mph (318 km/h)
0 – 60 mph: 4.4 secs (0 – 100 km/h: 4.6 secs)
0 – 100 mph: 10.2 secs (0 – 160 km/h: 10.2 secs)
30 – 50 mph (50 – 80 km/h): 1.7 secs
50 – 75 mph (80 – 120 km/h): 2.9 secs
FUEL CONSUMPTION (EU Cycle) *
Urban 11.1 mpg (25.4 litres/100km)
Extra Urban 24.9 mpg (11.4 litres/100km)
Combined 17.1 mpg (16.5 litres/100km)
CO2 emissions 384 g/km
FUEL CONSUMPTION (EPA Cycle) **
City Driving 12.0 mpg (US)
Highway Driving 19.0 mpg (US)
Combined 14.0 mpg (US)
* Fuel consumption figures are provisional and subject to Type
Approval. ** Fuel consumption figures are provisional and
subject to EPA certification.
EU 5 and US LEV 11