By Damon Mitchell • 16 January 2020 • 11:32
Effortlessly elegant with impressive fuel efficiency: Innovative and luxurious.
BENTLEY is introducing two new versions of its third-generation Continental GT and GT Convertible models this year.
Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Crewe, the new models combine immense power with impressive fuel efficiency. Excellent weight distribution makes the dynamic V8 feel even more agile and responsive with a distinctive, higher revving engine personality of its own.
The 4.0-litre, 32-valve V8 petrol engine develops 542 bhp and 568 lb.ft of torque. It also features dual twin-scroll turbochargers located inside the ‘V’ of the engine, together resulting in a top speed of 198 mph and 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds for the Coupe; and 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds for the Convertible.
A statement of true luxury, the third generation the two cars represent the pinnacle of Bentley’s design and engineering achievements. Effortlessly elegant and more sculpted and sharply defined, the body and materials combine to create truly breath-taking cars.
The innovative, luxurious interior offers unrivalled Grand Touring refinement. It seamlessly integrates natural materials such as the highest quality leathers and rare, sustainably sourced veneers into the finest handcrafted cabin.
At the heart of both the V8 and V8 Convertible dashboards are an advanced, fully digital, driver-focussed instrument panel and the optional Bentley Rotating Display. The latter features a 12.3-inch touchscreen housed in a three-sided unit, which revolves the veneer to reveal the touchscreen, as well as three elegant analogue dials.
The driving dynamics offer the driving character expected of a class leading Grand Tourer, along with the opportunity to explore the range of performance the car has to offer via the Drive Dynamics selector.
The Dynamic Ride System controls ride comfort and lateral roll, cushioning passengers from excessive movement, as well as making the models feel effortlessly precise.
The air suspension uses three-chamber air springs which further improve ride comfort and the dynamic character. It has the scope to vary from sporting spring stiffness to luxury limousine refinement, depending on which mode is selected.
An Active All-Wheel Drive System varies the front-to-rear torque split dependent on the driving situation. The Continental GT V8 will use rear-wheel drive as much as possible during normal driving for optimum efficiency and dynamic performance.
Electric Power-Assisted Steering provides excellent feedback to the driver. It utilises a variable rack ratio, allowing increased response with higher steering angles to aid manoeuvrability whilst maintaining excellent stability at high speeds. The V8 models are offered with a wide range of driver assistance features, such as Active Lane Assist, Traffic Jam Assist and Park Assist.
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