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The new Continental Range

The Bentley Continental GT was conceived, designed and built for that rare breed of person who refuses to let a single experience pass them by. It is everything a Grand Tourer should be, embodying a unique blend of exquisite style, craftsmanship and exhilaration. Available as a Coupé or Convertible, it is at the same time both powerful and sophisticated. The interior and exterior design create a sense of luxury that, combined with a remarkable driving experience, make it unlike any other car.

The range is made up of the full-blooded GT, the supreme GT Speed, the luxurious V8 and agile V8 S. All available in a choice of coupé or convertible. And to complete the range, we have introduced the ultimate in performance, the new Continental Supersports. Every model is available in a choice of Coupé or Convertible.

Bentley Continental. The luxury of spontaneity.

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New Continental GT Speed Black Edition

Can you improve on what is already the most powerful and exquisite Continental GT?

Indeed you can. The Black Edition Continental GT Speed and GT Speed Convertible offer a host of striking colour schemes that visually embody the GT Speed’s phenomenal performance. Four dynamic colourways bestow even more road presence on this already-formidable car: Hallmark, Beluga, St James’ Red and Cyber Yellow.

Experience the Black Edition to capture the essence, and the spontaneity, of what driving a Continental is all about - read more about the Black Edition for GT Speed and for GT Speed Convertible.  Alternatively, contact your Dealer to find out more.

Design

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Exterior Design

The Crewe styling team has created a Bentley coupé of elegantly tailored lines and muscular form, with the precise crease of the front wings shaped by Superforming technology. Distinctive large, close-set inner headlamps, ringed by jewel-like LED lights, sit either side of the wide chrome grille. At the rear, Bentley’s signature ‘floating’ LED lights draw ones eye to the extremities of the car, emphasising its low, wide stance.

These sharp, contemporary lines are only achievable thanks to Bentley’s state-of-the-art facilities and its life-long commitment to producing coach-built cars featuring exquisite details. Each bodyline, crease and swell of bodywork has a look of millimetre-perfect precision. A sweeping bodyline spears backwards from the front wheel to meet the muscular curve of the rear wheel’s haunch, projecting a wide and confident stance. Superforming, a technique that uses a combination of 450ºC temperature and air pressure, is used to form the Continental GT’s immaculately tailored lines.

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Interior Design

The interior cabin of the Continental GT combines carefully selected leather hides and smooth metal surfaces to deliver a seductive blend of luxury and steely modernism - all beautifully lit by low energy, LED lights. The exquisite leather strikes a perfect balance with the knurled chrome detailing and wood veneer, lacquered and sanded up to eighteen times to produce a truly flawless finish.

Speed is vital in a grand tourer. But when it comes to the Continental GT, style matters just as much. It’s the little things that count: we knew it was just as important to have somewhere to instantly stow your sunglasses, mobile phone, keys or any other item so you can remain comfortable, relaxed and enjoy your coupé’s sumptuous interior.

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Veneers

All Bentley wood veneers are cured for 72 hours and treated with five layers of clear lacquer by hand, to achieve a luxurious finish without compromising the natural beauty of the grain. There is a range of other ethically sourced veneers to choose from, alongside the more technical look that can be achieved with Carbon Fibre or Bright Tint Aluminium. Additionally, a new veneer option is available across the Continental range: Dark Stained Madrona, a dark rich veneer which compliments the luxurious interior of the Continental GT.

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GT Design Seat by Mulliner

The supportive GT Design seats by Mulliner now have the option to be crafted from semi-aniline hides to give the cockpit a spacious ambiance and their slim line design offers easy access to rear seats. All leather surfaces are soft-touch, yet seams and edges are precisely defined. Instrument graphics are elegant and clear; the cabin architecture has a lithe, inviting feel.

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Mulliner Design Specification

The Mulliner Driving Specification adds exclusivity without detracting from the purity of the Continental GT’s design. For the exterior, unique 21" Seven Twin-spoke alloy wheels with a choice of painted or polished finishes develop the sporting theme. Inside, the Mulliner Driving Specification includes quilted perforated hide seats, door infill and rear three-quarter panels with embroidered Bentley emblems on the headrests, while the knurled sports gear lever and drilled alloy sports foot pedals recall Bentley’s grand touring heritage.

Visit our Bentley Configurator to discover more.

Performance

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Engineering

The Continental GT range delivers breath-taking performance. With a choice between W12 or V8 engines, it is capable of astonishing performance, yet remains impeccably refined. With the W12 twin-turbo engine, the impressive torque results in an effortless reserve of power at the flex of the driver’s right foot. For the ultimate in efficient performance consider the V8 engine: innovatively designed to reduce engine weight and employing variable displacement technology. The result of all this innovation is a Continental GT V8 engine with improved power performance, with no penalty to fuel economy or emissions.

For additional information on the Continental performance figures, use our model comparison tool here.

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Variable Displacement

In variable displacement technology, four of the eight cylinders are effectively switched off at gentle throttle openings. As well as featuring in the Continental’s W12 engine, that technology now makes its appearance in the direct injection V8.

When the engine's control microprocessor detects a light throttle opening, it closes the valves on four of the eight cylinders so that they only act as gas springs. This has two immediate benefits: the remaining four cylinders operate at a higher level of efficiency, and the engine's frictional and gas transfer losses are reduced.

As soon as the driver presses the throttle harder the engine instantly switches back to full eight-cylinder operation. Such is the refinement, speed and smoothness of the technology that the engine's effective displacement seamlessly switches from V8 to V4 and back again with imperceptible ease.

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All-Wheel Drive

Every Bentley Continental features permanent all-wheel drive. Whether you're four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen targeting a new world ice speed record, or simply want to accelerate smartly away from the lights on a cold, wet winter's day, the reassuring grip and traction of all-wheel drive is the other essential ingredient in a Bentley's high performance capability.

An all-wheel drive powertrain gives the Continental GT reassuring traction in all conditions. The impressive power of the engine is sent to all four wheels, with a 60:40 rear power delivery bias for optimum handling. As a result, it is not simply one of the fastest cars in the world but also one of the most confidence-inspiring, delivering exceptional grip and control. In addition, the uprated Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system operates alongside the all-wheel drive system to deliver superb reassurance whatever your driving style.

Technology

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Infotainment System

The 8" touch screen in the centre console controls an integrated information and entertainment system. A 30 GB hard drive provides quick access to mapping data and the option of landscape imagery*, alongside live traffic data and online access for point-of-interest searches.

An optional Wi-Fi hotspot supports the use of digital devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops. All it requires for operation is a SIM card; this can be the card you normally use in your phone or a separate card supplied by your mobile network.

The Continental GT can pair with almost any Bluetooth® smartphone, tablet or media player, playing music through the in-car audio system and accessing the contact database in a smartphone.*

The sound system itself features eight Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) speakers. By combining the functions of separate tweeters and mid-range speakers in a single unit, they are able to direct sound around the cabin accurately and with incredible clarity.

Choose the convertible and enjoy automatic adjustment to the subwoofer and overall bass settings when the top is down.

* Not available in all markets

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Sound System

Those looking for the ultimate audio experience should consider the Naim for Bentley premium audio system. Featuring 11 Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) speakers and an 1,100 watt amplifier no larger than a conventional 420 watt unit, it is the result of an acoustic analysis that considered every possible factor – right down to the way the car’s body panels behave in motion.

It even features a DSP ‘brain’ that can re-time the sound, ensuring that the bass from the boot-mounted subwoofer reaches the listener’s ears at the same time as the treble from the front dashboard-mounted tweeters.

The result is a benchmark in automotive sound systems, wherever you sit in the car.

Naim™ is available as an individual cost option or as part of the Premier Specification. Visit our Bentley Configurator to explore more.

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Convertible Technology

The Continental GT Convertible was designed to provide supreme comfort for driver and passenger. The seats’ surfaces feel soft and yielding for an immediate sensation of comfort, yet there’s a firmer interlayer beneath that provides all-important support during longer drives.

Choose the optional front seat ventilation system, and excess heat is drawn out of the seat backrest by silent-running fans, allowing you to enjoy hood-down summer motoring in the Continental GT Convertible while remaining cool. This option is paired with a seat massage system, including two lumbar massage cells and ten surface massage cells, for an invigorating massage that extends right down the back to keep you alert and relaxed as you drive. And for those cool summer evenings or crisp spring mornings, the Continental GT Convertible offers a further inducement to enjoy hood-down motoring.

With the optional neck-warmer feature, a discreet vent in the seat just below the headrest provides a stream of warm air to take the chill off your drive. Three speed settings allow you to achieve the ideal level of comfort for the conditions. When a convertible looks this good hood down, you’ll want to enjoy it all year round. And with seats like these, you can.

Personalisation

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Colour Options

One of the advantages of choosing a Bentley is that further personalisation is attainable. As well as the multiple exterior paint finishes available as standard on Continental models, your Bentley dealer can also show you almost 100 additional optional paint finishes.

If you have a specific colour requirement for your Continental GT, Bentley's paint specialists are able to match any colour you like and reproduce it: they'll be happy to create a shade as unique as your memories. Your local Bentley dealer will be happy to discuss your options.

Explore the wide range of colours available for the Continental GT by visiting our Bentley Configurator.

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Hides and Stitching

When you drive a Bentley, leather provides the tactile connection between your hands and the high-performance grand tourer at your command. In fact, every soft-touch surface in the cockpit is covered with hand-stitched leather produced using a special, traditional tanning process. Seventeen different hide colours are available, with the choice of single or two-colour hide upholstery. Choose contrast stitching, and a contrasting colour will be used for the seats, doors, rear quarter panels, centre console and armrests. For the ultimate hand-crafted interior, choose hand cross-stitching on all four seats and outer armrests.

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Colour Your Convertible

The roof of the car offers further opportunity for personalisation. There is a wide range of options for the headlining that adorns the inside of the roof, while the external fabric used in the four-layer hood on the convertible can also be specified in your choice of 8 colours.

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Wheel Options

Continental wheels are available in a range of designs. Depending on your choice, six different finishes are also available.

Just like the rest of the Continental exterior, all Continental wheels were designed at the Bentley factory in Crewe, so they match the car’s proportions perfectly. For full all-weather capability, winter compound tyres are also available from your Bentley dealer.

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Optional Specifications

Creating your bespoke Bentley is a fun and rewarding experience. A vast number of colour, trim and feature combinations enable you to create your ideal specification.

To help you, Bentley has created a selection of recommended optional specification packages that will add to your overall ownership experience. Multiple packages can be chosen as well as individual options. All work in harmony to create a very personal Continental GT. Available packages include:

  • Mulliner Driving Specification
  • Premier Specification
  • Interior Style Specification
  • All Weather Specification (convertible models only)
  • Classic Specification (Continental GT and GT V8 only)
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Accessories

When you choose a Continental, you are also able to select from a wide range of Bentley Continental accessories. From styling options to travelling essentials, they all have one thing in common: they have been meticulously designed to complement – and often enhance – an already extraordinary car.

Your Style
Your Continental is the ultimate expression of your personal style, and there are many ways to make it your own. The Blackline Pack and Black Glass Door Surround, exclusive to the Continental range, replace the exterior chrome elements of the car with a visually striking jet black alternative. The Mulliner Features Pack adds an extra sporting edge, combining a Jewel Fuel Filler Cap, Sports Gear Lever and Drilled Alloy Sports Foot Pedals. And there are a host of individual additions to choose from too, including Illuminated Treadplates, a Sports Exhaust upgrade and a stunning selection of Alloy Wheels.

Your Journey
There are many kinds of journey, and we have items designed to assist you with every one. If you’re transporting your belongings, our Luggage Compartment Floor Nets help secure your cherished possessions. Should you find yourself driving in wintry conditions, our Spikes-Spider© Snow Chains and Winter Wheels and Tyres can help keep you on the road. For less extreme weather, our All Weather Heavy duty Floor Mats provide excellent grip, even when wet. And if you’re arriving at a remote destination at night, you’ll appreciate having a Bentley Jewelled Torch to light your path.

Your Enjoyment
Every journey is a pleasure in a Continental, and our selection of extras to enhance that feeling of utter contentment. Sink your feet into sumptuous Deep Pile Overmats, or opt for soft Lambswool Rugs designed to fit perfectly in the footwells. Play your favourite entertainment effortlessly with our iPhone-compatible multimedia leads, 6 disc CD changer and Digital TV Tuner. Enjoy the perfect picnic with a thermo-electric Cooler Bag that keeps your refreshments at precisely the right temperature. And make arriving back home the easiest thing in the world with a Remote Garage Door Opener.

View the complete range of accessories here, or contact your local Bentley dealer.