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Posted by Joseph Clement on 31 August, 2017

Bentley Motors recently announced full details of their new third-generation Continental GT.

The latest version of the iconic grand tourer boasts improved performance, better technology and even more luxury. There’s no denying that when it comes to class, luxury and a sense of occasion Bentley knows what they’re doing. So, I guess it goes without saying that many of you will be very excited about the release of this latest Continental GT.

Now, underneath the hood of the new Continental GT sits the latest enhanced version of Bentley’s 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 TSI engine, which is connected to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission. As a result, the car will be able to shift gears faster, and more efficiently, while the engine produces 635 PS (626 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft.) of torque.

Bentley Continental GT Rear
Photo credit: Bentley Motors

Furthermore, the Continental GT accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and can hit a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph). In addition to this, the Continental GT has a Sports Launch mode that delivers maximum acceleration through careful clutch pressure sensing and pre-loading when a race-style start is required by the driver.

In short, this really is an ‘all-new’ Continental GT. The car has a fresh engine, powertrain, flywheel and a new Active All-Wheel-Drive System. Evidently, Bentley has put a lot of effort into ensuring that this latest version of the grand tourer benefits from significant performance gains.

Bentley Continental GT Side
Photo credit: Bentley Motors

The chassis of the Bentley Continental GT has also been improved with the addition of an intelligent 48-volt Dynamic Ride System. Consequently, the ride responsiveness and handling are enhanced, giving passengers a comfortable ride free of excessive movement. By the same token, the driver will experience less movement and lateral roll, resulting in the precise handling of the car.

Similarly to previous versions of the Continental GT, the car’s appearance is brawny and stout. The car has a lot of smooth lines integrated into the design which gives you a feeling of movement. Surprisingly, 10 square metres of wood are used in each Continental GT, and it takes nine hours to create and fit the wooden inlays by hand. Indeed, the Continental GT is as luxurious as you would expect it to be but has been brought up to date with modern technology and high-level engineering.

Bentley Continental GT Interior
Photo credit: Bentley Motors

The inside of the Continental GT is all about extravagance and comfort. It has loads of hidden delights including 20-way adjustable seats, a fully digital driver-oriented instrument panel and bronze detailing, to name but a few. For those of you who really want to push the boat out, there are plenty of optional extras. For example, you can upgrade the standard 10-speaker sound system to either a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen system with illuminated speaker grilles or an 18-speaker Naim system with Active Bass Transducers built into the front seats.

To summarise, the new Bentley Continental GT sounds nothing short of amazing. The car brings new levels of luxury and performance while staying true to the characteristics of the iconic grand tourer we know and love. The car will make its global debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.