2011 Bentley Continental GT -- Paris Auto Show
Although not ready to show all its cards just yet, Bentley has released a modestly informative teaser video and several photo details of the redesigned 2011 Continental GT that will officially be revealed on September 7th and then make its grand public entrance at the Paris Auto Show in late September.
What can be discerned from the all-show/no-tell factory-backed preview? The 2011 Bentley Continental GT will arrive with a more high-tech countenance courtesy of a sleeker front fascia and LED-augmented xenon headlamps that reflect a closer alignment with those seen in the automaker's Mulsanne line. Out back, the elegantly sweeping roofline resolves into even-more-stylish rear quarters set off with taillights that also display an obvious Mulsanne pedigree. Beyond a significantly sleeker overall profile, the new Continental GT also is likely to make even greater use of lightweight aluminum components, both seen and unseen. A similar kind of evolutionary enhancement carries over to the passenger compartment, where a new dash/instrument cluster complements an even more sophisticated and user-friendly infotainment/navigation package.
No word on any specific powertrain changes for the 2011 Bentley Continental GT, but given the automaker's well-publicized promise to deliver serious gains in operating efficiency by 2012 -- and its ownership by the Volkswagen Group -- this update may well be accompanied by a swap that sees the current 6.75-liter Bentley V8 give way to a suitably turbocharged variation of Audi's 6.3-liter direct-injected W12 introduced in the new 2011 A8L. Should that be the case, it's also likely the ZF eight-speed transmission used in both the uber-Audi and the Mulsanne will replace the Continental GT's current six-speed gear changer. Whatever transpires, we're betting this 2011 transformation will make one of the best-looking, best-handling luxury coupes on the market even more attractive.