2015 Bentley Continental GT lineup freshened
British luxury automaker Bentley Motors will take the wraps off styling enhancement and feature upgrades across the Continental GT line at the Geneva Motor Show. The new design cues, wheel choices, interior improvements and mechanical tweaks are being applied to all 2015 Bentley Continental GT Coupes, GT Speed and GT Convertible models.
According to Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman/CEO of Bentley Motors, "Bentley offers uncompromised luxury and performance with ultimate comfort for grand touring and our new 2015 features extend the appeal of our family. With these new evolutions we're making our cars even more stylish, efficient, connected and useable every day."
The goal of the redesign is to give the 2015 Bentley Continental GT lineup a bolder presence that starts with a new front bumper, smaller radiator opening and more pronounced fender lines. In profile, the front fenders also sport a new vent incorporating a metallic flying "B" accent along with new chrome badging that identifies the model as having either a V8 or a W12 engine. At the rear, the decklid has been reshaped with a more aerodynamic sweep to the rear, while the bumper has been redesigned and widened to give the car a more muscular stance. The V8 S and GT Speed have new rear diffuser designs to differentiate these performance versions of the standard Continental GT.
In addition to reshaping the car, Continental GT models will offer a new range of wheels in 20- and 21-inch diameters, the standard for the GT V8 and V12 models being a six element tri-spoke wheel. The Mulliner Driving Specification wheel is now a 21" seven-twin-spoke design, finished in graphite with bright machined spokes. Finally, a new 21" five-spoke directional sport wheel joins the existing 21" design available for the V8 S and GT Speed.
A cabin with contemporary flair
Inside, the four seats have been trimmed in a straight fluting pattern, while the Mulliner spec package features a tighter small diamond quilting. New controls with an optional sport steering wheel and larger paddles for the sequential shift automatic are among the upgrades. Chromed accents across the console are updated while the instrument panel boasts new dials and graphics for a refreshed, more contemporary look. The cabin is also illuminated by LEDs and the beauty of the new interior is now illuminated by LEDs. The center console also features a new gloss black gear lever surround, while the rear seat passengers can access a new, hidden center storage compartment.
While the V8 engine family carries over unchanged in the Continental GT, the 6.0-liter W12 see power and torque increase from 567 horsepower and 516 lb-ft to 582 horsepower and 531 lb-ft. This additional output is accompanied by a 5-percent increase in fuel economy thanks in part to a new variable displacement system that allows the engine to operate in a 6-cylinder mode. The redesigned 2015 Bentley Continental GT will go on sale this summer.