(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.
ENGINE Type: 6-litre twin-turbocharged W12 Max Power: 567bhp / 423kW / 575PS @ 6000 rev/min Max Torque: 700Nm / 516lb/ft @ 1700 rev/min
TRANSMISSION ZF 6-speed automatic with quickshift and steering wheel-mounted paddleshift Driveline: Continuous all-wheel drive (40:60 rear bias) Ratios: 1st . 4.17 2nd. 2.34 3rd. 1.52 4th. 1.14 5th. 0.87 6th 0.69 Final drive: 3.526
BODY CONSTRUCTION Steel monocoque
BRAKES Front: 405mm ventilated discs (optional 420mm Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled) Rear: 335mm ventilated discs (optional 356mm, Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled)
WHEELS AND TYRES 9.5J x 20" (optional 9.5J x 21") 275/40ZR 20 (optional 275/35 ZR21 linked to option wheels)
STEERING Type: rack & pinion, power assisted, speed-sensitive ZF servotronic Turns lock to lock: 2.6 turns Turning circle: 11.3m
SUSPENSION 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.
DIMENSIONS 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
PERFORMANCE 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
FUEL CONSUMPTION (EU Cycle) * 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
FUEL CONSUMPTION (EPA Cycle) ** City Driving 12.0 mpg (US) Highway Driving 19.0 mpg (US) Combined 14.0 mpg (US)
EMISSIONS CONTROLS * Fuel consumption figures are provisional and subject to Type Approval. ** Fuel consumption figures are provisional and subject to EPA certification.
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