September 28, 2023


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The Bentley Continental GT is now 20 years outdated

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The Bentley Continental GT, the automotive that symbolizes the model’s twenty first century revival, is now 20 years outdated.

Unveiled in 2003, the Continental GT was the primary new Bentley created below the Volkswagen Group’s possession. Earlier than the VW Group takeover, Bentley had largely languished below Rolls-Royce possession, promoting rebadged variations of Rolls fashions, which themselves have been trying more and more anachronistic on the flip of the century.

With Rolls-Royce going to BMW below an settlement between the 2 German automakers, VW needed to provide you with a brand new platform for future Bentley fashions. The automaker’s alternative for its first automotive below VW possession was an all-wheel-drive coupe powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W-12 engine, with a reputation and styling referencing the traditional 1952 Bentley R Kind Continental.

Bentley Continental GT 20th anniversary

Bentley Continental GT twentieth anniversary

The primary-generation Continental GT remained in manufacturing for seven years, spawning convertible and Flying Spur sedan physique kinds, in addition to sportier GT Pace and Supersports variants. A serious replace, thought of a second-generation mannequin by Bentley, debuted on the 2010 Paris motor present. Essentially the most notable change was the addition of a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 model to the lineup, which shaped the premise for a Continental GT3 race automotive.

Launched in 2018, the third-generation Continental GT was a real redesign, with utterly totally different exterior styling, up to date infotainment know-how, and a brand new dual-clutch transmission among the many highlights. This Continental GT, which continues to be in manufacturing at present, additionally added the 48-volt lively roll management system first seen within the Bentayga SUV. Coupe and convertible variations stay, together with the Flying Spur, which continues to be primarily based on the Continental GT however has been additional distanced from it as a separate mannequin.

The Continental GT platform has additionally served as the premise for coachbuilt specials, together with the Bacalar convertible and Batur coupe, the latter confirmed by Bentley as its final mannequin to characteristic the W-12 engine.

Bentley Continental GT 20th anniversary

Bentley Continental GT twentieth anniversary

To have a good time 20 years of the Continental GT, Bentley unveiled a one-off construct throughout 2023 Monterey Automotive Week. The coupe was impressed by the primary Continental GT manufacturing automotive—VIN 2001—sporting that automotive’s Cypress Inexperienced paint, Saddle leather-based upholstery, and Burr Walnut wooden veneer inside. It additionally sports activities updates that embrace carbon-fiber parts for the entrance splitter, facet skirts, and spoiler on the skin and inexperienced accents and distinction stitching on the within. It is set to depart on a 20-stop international tour to commemorate the Continental GT’s twentieth anniversary.

As for the way forward for the Continental GT, an up to date model of the present era is predicted to debut in 2024 as a 2025 mannequin. It is going to doubtless add the plug-in hybrid powertrain beforehand seen within the Bentayga Hybrid and Flying Spur Hybrid. An all-electric Continental GT could also be within the playing cards as effectively, as Bentley is aiming for a totally electrical lineup by 2030.

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