approx $166,600 USD
approx 5260 lbs
lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
hp @ 6100 rpm
lbs per hp
hp per liter
(from Bentley Press
Release) The stunning Bentley Continental GT coupé will
now have even further visual appeal with the creation of an optional
range of contemporary design features packaged as the Mulliner
Designed by Bentley’s
bespoke coachbuilding division, the Mulliner Driving Specification
is being offered in direct response to customer demand for a more
overtly sporting character to the Continental GT.
Bentley is also announcing enhancements to the standard
specification 2005 Model Year Continental GT. In addition a new
range of factory and Bentley Mulliner options is also being
introduced, further increasing customer choice and the ability to
specify a car to suit their needs.
• Optional Mulliner
Driving Specification is the first significant product development
for Bentley Continental GT since its launch.
• Created in response to customer demand for further sporting feel.
• Introduces Bentley Mulliner craftsmanship to Continental GT range.
• Mulliner Driving Specification package will comprise:
– 20-inch 2-piece, 7-spoke alloy sports wheels with bespoke Advan
Sport 275/35 R20 tyres
– Drilled alloy sports foot pedals and footrest
– Sporting gear lever finished in knurled chrome and hide
– Bold two-tone leather and veneer combinations
– Diamond quilted hide to facings, doors and rear quarter panels
– Embroidered ‘Bentley’ marque emblem to seat facings
– Indented hide headlining
– Dark-stained Burr Walnut or Piano black veneer.
• Additional factory fit and Bentley Mulliner options will be
available for purchase separately on all Continental GT models.
These will comprise:
– Two-tone hide trimmed multi-function steering wheel
– Cross-stitching to seats and door panels
– Aluminium facia panels
– Vavona and Olive Ash premium wood veneers
– Embossed ‘Bentley’ marque emblem to seat facings
– Lambswool rugs or deep pile carpet mats with hide trimming
– Mulliner alloy fuel filler cap.
• The standard specification Bentley Continental GT now comprises:
– Voice activation for in-car telephone in six languages
– Increased interior trim option with addition of Magnolia hide
– Carpets and seatbelts that can be matched to either the main or
secondary hide colour.
• The price of the new 2005 Model Year Bentley Continental GT in the
UK will be £112,750 (including VAT).
• The cost of the optional Mulliner Driving Specification is
• Orders will be taken from October 2004.
Bentley Mulliner Driving
Specification in detail
The new Mulliner Driving
Specification is the first significant product development for the
Continental GT since its launch. The new package also marks the
first occasion that Bentley Mulliner, the world’s most respected
coachbuilder, has been able to demonstrate its unique skills on the
The Mulliner Driving Specification will be available to Bentley
Continental GT customers as a complete package and is designed to
enhance the sporting appearance of the car by introducing
contemporary materials and tones to the already exquisite cabin.
“When the Continental GT was first launched we intentionally made
more of a grand touring statement in terms of its visual feel,
especially inside the car. The GT has proved to be an unequivocal
sales success around the globe. However, some potential buyers have
demanded the Continental GT reflects a more overtly sporting
character, so the Mulliner Driving Specification was the obvious
Robin Page, head of interior design, Bentley Motors
To fulfill those requests for a more sporting character, the new
package comprises 20-inch two-piece alloy sports wheels, drilled
alloy sports pedals, a new gearlever with knurled top and aluminium
surround, diamond-quilted hide for the seats, doors and rear quarter
panels, indented hide for the roof headlining, embroidered ‘Bentley
wing’ seat emblems and a choice of piano black or dark-stained burr
The mighty Bentley Arnage T seemed like the perfect place to start
when Bentley Mulliner’s design team considered how to create a
Continental GT with a more sporting appearance. The Arnage T’s use
of diamond quilted hides and aluminium trim options to the pedals
and facia gives it a distinct and purposeful look – a powerful
representation of the Bentley theme.
Those same materials are used to make the Mulliner Driving
Specification the most contemporary Bentley yet. Bold, two-tone
leather and dark veneer combinations give the car a modern yet
distinct feel, much like a fashionable driving watch. By combining
heavily lacquered, dark veneers with lighter seat leathers, the
Continental GT’s interior becomes a place of intent and focus. The
use of dark woods also acts as a helpful contrast to the beautiful,
jewellery-like switchgear and brighter trim that is introduced with
the Mulliner Driving Specification.
“Creating a different feel is as much about the tactile nature of a
car’s interior as producing a stunning overall design. When people
hold a beautifully created, handmade steering wheel or rest their
feet on drilled alloy pedals, it’s those little touches that combine
to give a really big overall impression.”
Robin Page, head of interior design, Bentley Motors
Even the appearance and feel of the beautiful leather hides used for
the Continental GT have not escaped the attentions of the Bentley
Mulliner design team. Diamond quilting has been applied to the seat
cushions and squabs in both the front and rear as well as the door
and rear quarter panels. This diamond pattern is a classic Bentley
performance cue and is as much a nod to the heritage of this great
sporting marque as it is the perfect design tool for the Mulliner
The hides used to line the cabin headlining have also been given a
distinctive addition in the form of embossed indentation. This look,
much like the back of the iconic leather driving glove, is another
subtle reference to the car’s potential. Simple devices though they
are, both the fluting and hide indentation have specific purposes,
as Robin Page explains:
“The Mulliner Driving Specification has a slightly different flute
pattern to the Arnage T. In the Arnage T we use a squarer diamond
shape, but in the Continental GT it is a more recognisable ‘playing
card’ diamond. If you look closely you will see that the diamond is
reflected in the knurled texture we have applied to the new
gearlever and they have tremendous impact when you put them
Robin Page, head of interior design, Bentley Motors
A final visual aid to help create that unmistakable sporting
presence is the introduction of a new 20-inch two-piece alloy sports
wheel to replace the standard 19-inch versions currently available
on the Continental GT. This seven-spoke rim has a combination of
chrome and silk finishes while retaining the distinctive ‘Bentley
The new two-piece sports wheels also wear a brand new tyre created
exclusively for the larger rim. Designed on behalf of Bentley by
Yokohama, the Advan Sport 275/35 R20 tyre provides significant
benefits for drivers looking for even sportier handling and improved
steering feel and response.
The culmination of an intensive development programme carried out by
both Bentley and Yokohama engineers, the new tyre has a lower
sidewall that provides sharper turn-in feel and precision. The Advan
Sport manages to deliver increased performance without noticeable
reduction in overall ride quality, meaning drivers will continue to
enjoy the unparalleled luxury of a Continental GT and now benefit
from its increased sporting characteristics.
New specification and options for
all Continental GT customers
As well as the new
Mulliner Driving Specification, Bentley is announcing changes to the
2005 Model Year Continental GT. The car’s standard specification is
being enhanced, and a new range of factory and Bentley Mulliner
options is available for purchase individually.
The standard specification Bentley Continental GT will now come with
telephone voice activation system that can operate in six languages,
allowing the driver to operate the in-car telephone using
steering-wheel mounted controls and voice dialling. In addition to
voice activation, customers also have the option to delete the
privacy telephone handset currently mounted in the front passenger
armrest, thereby freeing up additional storage space.
New interior trim options are also added to the standard
specification. For the first time the Continental GT is available
with an additional main hide colour – Magnolia. The car’s carpets
can also be specified to match either the main or secondary hide.
Lastly, the seatbelt colour can also be matched to either the main
or secondary hide colours, regardless of the carpet colour chosen.
New factory-fitted options that are available for purchase
individually include a two-tone, hide trimmed multi-function
steering wheel which is recommended for cars with contrasting main
and secondary hide colours.
The new range of individual Bentley Mulliner options for the
Continental GT brings the unparalleled craftsmanship of the Mulliner
coachbuilding division to every customer. This year marks the 80th
anniversary of HJ Mulliner’s first commission for Bentley Motors and
since then the Mulliner name has established itself as the world’s
leading creator of coachbuilt cars.
Now Mulliner options can be specified individually for the 2005
model year Continental GT, meaning customers can create individual
statements with every car ordered. The new range consists of a
beautiful Mulliner alloy fuel cap with a Bentley ‘B’ badge and
knurled finish for improved grip, that mirrors the interior
switchgear design cues.
To provide added visual appeal to the seats and door panels,
exquisite contrast and cross-stitching is being introduced. For
single-tone interiors a list of approved thread colours is
available. For two-tone interiors, thread for the main hide is
matched to the secondary hide and vice versa.
To complement the new dark veneers and alloy trim of the Mulliner
Driving Specification, aluminium facia panels can be ordered to
replace the veneer on the instrument panel and centre console.
Bentley Mulliner has designed these beautifully crafted panels to be
combined with dark veneers and a single tone interior throughout the
rest of the cabin, allowing the aluminium to make a full visual
Two premium wood veneers – Vavona and Olive Ash – can be specified
through the optional Mulliner range, as well as the choice of
lambswool rugs or deep-pile carpet mats with hide trimming to
provide added comfort and protection to the footwells.
The Continental GT success story
The announcement of the
new Mulliner Driving Specification and 2005 model year changes for
the Bentley Continental GT is just the latest chapter in the car’s
brief but remarkable history. Sales of the four-wheel-drive coupé
have exceeded the company’s wildest expectations and have driven
Bentley to new sales records across the globe.
With demand showing no sign of diminishing, this incredible
transformation in Bentley’s sales performance reflects the
extraordinary public response to the Continental GT.
“There has been a brilliant reaction to the Continental GT in all
our major markets. Whether you talk to dealers in the United States,
Britain, Germany or wherever, the feedback is always the same –
customers just love this car.
“We are very proud of this success story and the way that the
Continental GT is flying the flag for Bentley and the British motor
industry around the world. That’s why we are so pleased to be able
to introduce the new 2005 model year Continental GT and the
beautiful Mulliner Driving Specification, demonstrating clearly how
well we respond to customer demand.”
Mark Tennant, marketing director, Bentley Motors
The 2005 model year Bentley Continental GT retails at £112,750
(including VAT), although the original price – which was announced
more than 12 months ago – will still apply to all existing orders.
The 2005 model year prices in full are as follows:
- UK £112,750 (including VAT)
- Euro zone €141,555 (excl sales tax)
- USA $155,990 (excl sales tax)
- Japan ¥19,900,000 (excl sales tax)
The 2005 model year Bentley Continental GT and Mulliner Driving
Specification package will go on sale from October 2004.