Bentley Continental GTThe new 2018 model
The current Bentley Continental GT was revealed in 2003, based on the VW Phaeton platform. At that time, the Continental GT was a ground-breaking car with an all-wheel drive system, a W12 engine, and air suspension as some of the unique features. In 2003, the Continental GT was the only GT Coupe with such features. In addition, it was a new era for the Bentley, and the Continental GT grabbed the attention of a younger audience and dropped the average age of Bentley customers. The connection between the Phaeton and the Continental were more than just one of platform sharing. Many of the state of the art technologies of the Phaeton were transferred to the Continental.
Over the years, Bentley has introduced many different limited editions of the Continental GT, including a Le Mans edition. In 2013, the Continental GT received a heavy facelift to keep up with the competition, and a V8 engine option was introduced. However, it was still the same platform that was borrowed from VW. In the meantime, competitors such as the Mercedes S-Coupe opened the gap. Semi-autonomous driving, pre-crash prevention systems, connectivity, and many more technologies increased the competitive pressure on the Continental GT. As the Phaeton platform was designed in an era when driving assistance systems were at a premature stage, these new technologies could not be embedded.
Despite these weaknesses with regard to the Continental GT, the heritage of the Bentley and its iconic design helped the company to survive the competition. From a different perspective, the proven VW German technology has underpinned the Continental GT with reliability . The fit and finish of the trim materials together with the Bentley brand itself have made it more special than most other premium GT Coupes.
From early 2018 we will see the next Continental GT, some 14 years after the first generation CGT was launched .This time, it will be based on the Porsche Panamera modular platform, and will share components and engines with the Porsche family. As a result of this collaboration, the new Continental GT will feature a plug-in hybrid system as well. Thanks to the Porsche platform, the new Continental will also save on weight. In addition, driving assistance and new connectivity systems will be offered. However, the Porsche-Bentley collaboration results from the location of the production. The new Continental GT will be built in several Porsche factories and the final assembly will take place in Crewe, England.
The new Bentley Continental GT will be a strong competitor in the market, and will also increase the Bentley sales performance. The performance of the ageing Continental family is way below that of the current Bentley best seller, the Bentayga. However, this will change after the new model is introduced in 2018. Talk to us now to secure early build slots.
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