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Continental Stories

The world’s finest grand tourer, the Bentley Continental GT is unique. It was created for those who live in the moment – and it has many stories to tell. Read on to see some of the achievements that make it unique among performance cars.

In the years since the first Continental took to the road, it has come to represent many things: peerless craftsmanship, unrivalled style and a sense of near-limitless power.

From the 700 bhp Continental Supersports to the eye-catching Continental GT Speed Black Edition, the Continental GT V8 Black Edition and the elegant new Continental GT Convertible Timeless Edition, the Continental GT range has many stories to tell.

To learn more – and start a new Continental story of your own – please contact your nearest Bentley dealer.

 

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Record breaking performance

Breaking a World speed record is a rare event. To achieve it requires a combination of determination with exceptional engineering, supported by a team of dedicated experts, all with their eyes on the prize. In 2007, an extraordinary team came together to support four-time World Rally Champion, Juha Kankkunen as he set a new World Ice Speed Record of 199.83mph (321.6 km/h) in a Continental GT.

Four years later , in 2011, Bentley launched what was then the world’s fastest soft-top: the first Continental Supersports Convertible – an opportunity for Kankkunen to return to the frozen wastes of Finland to attempt to break his own record.

“The last time, I narrowly missed the magical 200mph mark in a Continental GT. When I heard about the Supersports I was determined to go record breaking again,” he said.
And break it he did – this time reaching a breathtaking 205.48mph (330.695 km/h).

In 2017, the Continental Supersports was relaunched. A true supercar, it featured a plethora of new powertrain technology, taking you from 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds (0-60 km/h in 3.5 secs), with a top speed of 209mph (336 km/h) which makes it the most powerful production Bentley ever built. It is the fastest four-seat car in the world and the convertible model is, once again, the world’s fastest soft top. So that’s three more records to add to the list.

Learn more about the 2017 Continental Supersports.

Transforming GT Racing

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Race-ready from the beginning

Since the creation of its earliest cars, Bentley has excelled in the motorsport arena. Which is why the Continental GT is more than just an exquisite grand tourer. It also forms the basis of an incredibly powerful racing car.

The GT3’s race-tuned version of Bentley’s 4.0 litre V8 engine has been teamed with a six-speed sequential racing gearbox, double wishbone suspension, four-way adjustable dampers and competition brakes, for phenomenal performance.

Since it took to the track in 2014, the car has competed all over the world, recently sealing a memorable dual victory. On 26 June 2017, Bentley Motorsport won the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Paul Ricard 1,000 km, to be followed just a few hours later by Bentley Team Absolute winning the Pirelli World Challenge at Road America.

Throughout, the technical development of the Continental GT3 has influenced the ongoing evolution of the road car – helping the Continental driving experience stay one step ahead of the rest.

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GRAND TOURER DESIGN REDEFINED

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The language of Grand Tourer design

At its launch in 2003, Bentley refined and redefined the language of grand tourer design with the revolutionary Continental GT.

The hallmarks of this design were were visible on the body of the iconic 1950s R-Type Continental – and they are just as prominent on the sleek, superformed, shell of today’s Continental GT. In this film, John Paul Gregory, Head of Exterior Design, explains the Bentley design process in more detail, from initial conceptual pencil sketches, through CAD design and clay modelling to the finished car itself.

More about the design of the Continental GT.
 

THE POP ART CONTINENTAL

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Art icon meets a modern design classic

Hailed in recent times by many as a modern design classic, the Continental GT was recently the subject of an artistic collaboration between the Care2Save Charitable Trust and the leader of the British Pop Art movement, Sir Peter Blake.

Working closely with Mulliner, Bentley’s personal commissioning division, Sir Peter adorned a Continental GT V8 S with his trademark bold, colourful graphics – including a striking, hand-painted heart on the bonnet in a bespoke crimson paint.

This incredible car was sold at auction by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2016, raising £250,000 for a cause Bentley has long supported.

To find out more about the collaboration between Bentley and Sir Peter Blake, and the unique Pop Art Continental GT V8 S Convertible it produced, see the film and get the full story here.
 

A BESPOKE COLLABORATION

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The Breitling Jets Continental GT Speed

Since its launch, the Continental GT has featured a Breitling dashboard clock. In fact, Breitling participated in the design of the Continental’s entire instrument panel, helping to achieve its trademark balance of sophistication and timeless style.

Bentley and Brietling’s connection goes even deeper. As well as making its world-renowned watches, Brietling also created the Breitling Jet Team, the world’s largest professional civilian flight team performing in jets. As a tribute to the skills of the elite pilots and engineers that make up the team, in 2015 Bentley created a limited run of just seven Continental GT Speed models, each sporting the livery of the Brietling display team.

Featuring a unique Onyx and Hallmark exterior finish, each of these unique cars is twinned with one of the jets and bears its number in Breitling yellow. Take a look at the gallery to see these hand made cars in more detail.
 

More about the Breitling Continental GT Speed.