Exterior Evolution for the Bentley Continental GT
The Bentley Continental GT is refreshed with a complement of new exterior design features, aimed at sharpening the on-road presence of the iconic Grand Tourer. A new front bumper combines with a smaller radiator shell and new, more pronounced fenders to lend a more assertive and confident stance to the front of the car. The fenders now feature a new vent, complete with a graceful metallic “B” adornment, which serve to emphasize and enhance the renowned Bentley “power line” that flows rearwards from the front arches. New bright chrome fender badges for the V8 S and W12 models now match those applied to the GT Speed.
At the rear of the car, the boot lid is now more sculpted, with a pronounced aerodynamic profile to the trailing edge. The rear bumper has been reshaped and widened for an added sense of power, and now features full-width brightware. The V8 S and GT Speed also gain a new rear diffuser design to further differentiate the performance-focused members of the Continental range.
The revisions to the exterior aesthetic are completed with the addition of new wheels to the range of 20-inch and 21-inch designs available. The standard wheel for the GT V8 and GT W12 becomes a new 20-inch, six-tri-spoke wheel, in painted finish for the V8 and bright machined for the W12. The Mulliner Driving Specification wheel changes to a new 21-inch seven-twin-spoke design, finished in Graphite grey with bright machined spokes. Finally, a new 21-inch five-spoke directional sports wheel joins the existing 21” design available for the V8 S and GT Speed.
Enhancing the GT’s iconic silhouette further, three new paint colors are available: Marlin (a rich metallic blue), Camel (a soft golden tone) and Jetstream (a light, bright metallic blue).
The visual upgrades continue inside the luxury cabin of the Continental range. A new and contemporary straight-fluting pattern adorns the four generous seats, while the Mulliner Driving Specification (standard on GT Speed) gains a tightened, “small-diamond” quilting pattern reminiscent of a tailored jacket. Driver controls are all-new, with an optional, more ergonomic and sports-orientated steering wheel and larger gear-shift paddles incorporating tactile knurled metal embellishers.
Brightware elements across the console are updated, the driver’s instrument panel receives new dials and graphics for a refreshed, more contemporary look, and the beauty of the new interior is now illuminated by LEDs. The center console also features a new black gear lever surround, unifying the style of all driver controls. For V8 and V8 S coupe versions, a new hidden storage compartment is fitted between the rear seats, capable of accommodating and charging electronic devices.
In addition, GT W12 and GT Speed versions now get new, softer semi-aniline hide for the seat cushions and backrests. Two new leather colors join the Continental range for the year, Shortbread and Camel. Furthermore, the headlining of GT V8 S, GT W12 and Speed coupe is now available in Alcantara, color matched to all 17 of the available interior hide colors.
Onboard WiFi, providing connectivity to all handheld devices in the car is also now available across the Continental line-up.
Under the revised skin of the Continental GT W12 lie three changes to the mighty 6.0-liter twin turbo W12 powertrain. Firstly, the engine receives a power and torque increase, from 575 PS (567 bhp / 423 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb.ft) to 590 PS (582 bhp / 434 kW) and 720 Nm (531 lb.ft), to maintain the version’s reputation of effortless performance. With all that power, fuel consumption isn’t sacrificed and emissions is kept equally honest at 14.1 liters/100km (28 mpg) and 329 g/km, respectively.
Bentley Flying Spur takes on a whole lot of bespoke options
Bentley’s four-door luxury sedan, the Flying Spur, continues to appeal to the discerning, successful individual and additional features for 2015 offer even more bespoke choice.
A new 20-inch six-tri-spoke wheel is available for both V8 and W12 powered Flying Spurs, in three different finishes, while a 21-inch seven-twin-spoke design is offered on the Flying Spur W12 Mulliner in polished or Graphite painted with bright machining finishes.
The exquisite cabin of the Flying Spur also gains modern and tactile new features to maintain Bentley’s reputation for interior style and usability. The driver instruments are updated with contemporary graphics, while the steering wheel receives a further sporting design. A knurled metal finisher adorns the optional gear shift paddles, and the Flying Spur receives the same onboard WiFi hotspot system as the updated Continental variant.
Complementing the feature upgrades are new paint colors in the hues of Marlin, Camel and Jetstream and the addition of Shortbread and Camel hides to the extensive range of leathers.
The 625 PS (616 bhp / 460 kw) / 800 Nm (590 lb.ft) Flying Spur W12 engine gains efficiencies and even greater grand touring capability thanks to the variable displacement system now included on the Continental GT W12, for lower fuel consumption, increased range and lower emissions of 333 g/km.