Bentley Continental GT Gets a Makeover
While they might not seem like much, even minor tweaks can have major effects.
This is the first time we've seen the new Continental GT in the flesh, and although the changes are subtle, the new Liquid Silver paint and slight body refinements make it look like a real stunner.
Smoother Looks, More Power
The front bumper now integrates seamlessly with the wings, making the vehicle look more bespoke, more expensive.
Bentley has also given the GT a bit more horsepower — the W12 now develops 575 ponies — and tweaked the transmission so that more power goes to the back wheels (this Bentley is four-wheel-drive, remember), making the handling feel even sportier.
What the Bentley really needs is a "greener" engine, and it will soon get it. In addition to the twin-turbo W12 currently powering the GT, you can expect to see the all-new 4.0-liter V8, which was announced here in Paris, to become an option in the GT in a year or two. Bentley is remaining cagey about the details of the V8, but we do know that carbon-dioxide emissions will be down a massive 40 percent.
What next? A diesel model? We'll have to wait and see.
Other models on the stand include the recently announced convertible version of the Supersports, a Mulsanne and the 4-door Flying Spur. There's also a new example of the Series 51 concept that allows you to personalize your new Bentley. Choose from a range of options or simply dream up your own idea; it's up to you.