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► 2012 Bentley Continental GT - FIRST IMAGES

(7 September 2010, Crewe, England.) For Crewe's design and engineering teams, the new Continental GT coupe is an opportunity to set a bold and exciting direction for one of  Bentley's most revered names -- the Continental. The seminal and highly successful Continental GT introduced in 2003 represented the first step in Bentley's renaissance and defined a whole new market segment. It was a luxury GT offering excellent usability that remained true to the Bentley grand touring spirit.

Now the new Continental GT 4-seat coupe builds on the success of its iconic predecessor, capturing that GT spirit but with even higher standards of design, engineering, luxury, craftsmanship, dynamic performance, everyday practicality and refinement.

A beautifully sculptured new body gives the GT coupe an even crisper, more defined appearance. The contemporary interior offers new levels of cabin design, comfort and hand-crafted luxury. The seats, for example, provide even greater support and rear leg-room; a sweeping dashboard even more style and modernity. The new touchscreen infotainment system features state-of-the-art navigation, Google Maps and entertainment while the latest Balanced Mode Radiator speaker technology and Dirac Dimensions™ digital sound processing deliver enhanced audio quality.

Bentley's acclaimed 6-litre, 12-cylinder, twin-turbocharged powertrain now has a raised power output of 575PS (567bhp/423kW) and 700Nm (516lb ft) of torque and this is mated to a new Quickshift transmission which enables double downshifts. Thanks to advanced FlexFuel technology it can also run on both standard unleaded petrol (gasoline) and sustainable bioethanol (up to E85) or any mix of the two.

In late 2011 an all-new, high-output 8-cylinder engine will also be available to order. This advanced power unit will deliver a 40 percent reduction in emissions compared with the W12 engine and will offer a class-leading CO2 emissions-to-power ratio with Bentley levels of performance and refinement.

Both engines are coupled to an all-wheel drive system with a sporty 40:60 rear-torque bias (compared with the 50:50 bias of the original Continental GT), minimising understeer during hard cornering and allowing the experienced driver to control the car's line and balance via precise throttle control.


Type: 6-litre twin-turbocharged W12
Max Power: 567bhp / 423kW / 575PS @ 6000 rev/min
Max Torque: 700Nm / 516lb/ft @ 1700 rev/min

ZF 6-speed automatic with quickshift and steering wheel-mounted paddleshift
Driveline: Continuous all-wheel drive (40:60 rear bias)
1st . 4.17
2nd. 2.34
3rd. 1.52
4th. 1.14
5th. 0.87
6th 0.69      
Final drive: 3.526

Steel monocoque

Front: 405mm ventilated discs (optional 420mm Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled)
Rear: 335mm ventilated discs (optional 356mm, Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled)

9.5J x 20" (optional 9.5J x 21")
275/40ZR 20 (optional 275/35 ZR21 linked to option wheels)

Type: rack & pinion, power assisted, speed-sensitive ZF servotronic
Turns lock to lock: 2.6 turns
Turning circle: 11.3m

Front: Four link double wishbones, computer controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti roll-bar.
Rear:Trapezoidal multi-link, computer-controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti roll-bar.
Damping: Continuous Damping Control, tuned for dynamic performance.

Wheelbase: 2746 mm / 108.1 in
Overall Length: 4806 mm / 189.2 in
Width (across body): 1944 mm / 76.5 in
Width (including mirrors): 2227 mm / 87.7 in
Overall Height: 1404 mm / 55.3 in
Fuel Tank: 90 litres / 20 gallons / 24 US gallons
Boot Volume: 358 litres / 12.6 cu ft
Kerb Weight (EU): 2320 kg / 5115 lb
Gross Vehicle Weight: 2750 kg / 6063 lb

Top Speed: 198 mph (318 km/h)
0 -- 60 mph: 4.4 secs (0 -- 100 km/h: 4.6 secs)
0 -- 100 mph: 10.2 secs (0 -- 160 km/h: 10.2 secs)
30 -- 50 mph (50 -- 80 km/h): 1.7 secs
50 -- 75 mph (80 -- 120 km/h): 2.9 secs

Urban: 11.1 mpg (25.4 litres/100km)
Extra Urban: 24.9 mpg (11.4 litres/100km)
Combined: 17.1 mpg (16.5 litres/100km)
CO2 emissions: 384 g/km

City Driving                              12.0 mpg (US)
Highway Driving                      19.0 mpg (US)
Combined                             14.0 mpg (US)

* Fuel consumption figures are provisional and subject to Type Approval. ** Fuel consumption figures are provisional and subject to EPA certification.

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