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2017 Frankfurt Motor Show: Bentley Continental GT

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2017 Frankfurt Motor Show: Bentley Continental GT

Bentley has unveiled the 2019 Continental GT. The third generation of the luxury sports car will makes its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show in September.

Design

The new Continental GT is based on Porsche’s MSB platform and the design draws inspiration from the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept which was showcased at Geneva a couple of years back. The fantastically complicated profile of the headlights was first seen on the concept car. Also, the low slung grille is wider than before. The sculpted rear end gets new oval tail lights and matching exhaust tips. Other distinct Bentley design cues include the wide hips and classic coupe proportions. The new model is slightly longer and wider than the outgoing model. The wheelbase has also gone up 110 mm.

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The interior of the new Continental GT is as luxurious as one would expect a Bentley cabin to be. Conventional dials have been replaced with large digital screen. Similarly, the center console hides an enormous touchscreen infotainment which flips out at a touch of a button. The steering wheel design is similar to one found on the Bentayga. The switch gear is of the highest quality with a combination of old-school knurled rotary switches and soft-touch buttons.

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Engine and Drivetrain

The 2019 Continental GT is powered by a revised 6.0-liter, twin-turbo W12 engine. This massive engine puts out 626 bhp @ 6000 rpm and 664 lb-ft @ 1350-4500 rpm. It uses an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission and an active all-wheel drive system. 0-60 mph comes up in 3.7 sec and top speed has now been raised to 207 mph. While that sounds pretty quick, it’s worth mentioning that it still weighs 2250 kg.

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The new model uses a double-wishbone setup up front with a multi-link rear suspension. It also gets torque vectoring which relies on its 420 mm diameter brakes. Drivers can choose from four driving modes- Sport, Comfort, Bentley and Custom. It has an electric power steering and comes with active safety features like lane assist, park assist, etc.

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