New Bentley film shows the Inspiration behind the new Continental GT
Bentley Motors has released a film illustrating the inspirations behind the design of the new Continental GT.
Bentley’s Director of Design, Stefan Sielaff, explains the traceable bloodline that has influenced the new Continental GT as he sketches in the Bentley Design studio. Sielaff then introduces the journey that he and his award-winning design team in Crewe, England, have taken to create Bentley’s latest model.
Sculptured Aircraft Fuselage Forms
The Spartan Executive aircraft, pictured above, has a truly timeless design, using flowing curvature framed by sharp, powerful lines.
Bentley employed the same philosophy in the new Continental GT, using Superforming technology – a precision technique working with aluminium heated to 500°C – which allows designers to invoke more complex, sharply defined body lines and a deeper, sculpted haunch muscle. The Continental GT is the first production car ever to have an entire body side made from the Superforming process.
This sculptured approach ensures a style that is taught and athletic, yet still graceful.
Illumination Through Crystal Cut Glass
When a perfectly cut crystal glass is held up to the light, each facet is illuminated, highlighting a three-dimensional depth.
This attention to detail inspired the design of the headlamps for the new Continental GT, which catch the light like diamonds. The lighting uses the latest LED matrix technology, but it is the design that truly sets them apart.
The result is similar to that of an illuminated gemstone – an effect which is magnified when the optional welcome sequence gradually illuminates the headlights as you approach the car. The taillights also feature the cut-crystal effect, highlighting the three-dimensional quality of the optics.
Precise Geometry and Inherent Beauty
There is an inherent beauty in perfect geometry, something which is echoed throughout the details of the new Continental GT.
The Côtes de Genève finish found on mechanical timepieces inspired the creation of a new interior finish for the Continental GT. This surface – a first in the automotive world – is machined onto 0.6 mm-thick aluminium and is created by machining from side to side to create a linear pattern. Each row is 5 mm wide and machined at a slight angle to give a three-dimensional finish, with each pass of the machine making a minute step of 0.5 mm.
From the iconic matrix radiator grille to the signature knurling pattern, geometry delivers tactile refinement throughout the exterior and interior.
The Evolution of Bentley’s Famous Design DNA
The DNA that underpins the new Continental GT can be traced back through the past six decades, to where the name began – the R-Type Continental of 1952.
The spirit of the R-Type Continental was revived in 2003 when Bentley launched the first Continental GT. This was a car that defined a new segment – the luxury Grand Tourer. The three lines that expressed the R-Type – the power line, haunch and swooping roofline – also defined the Continental GT, creating a thoroughly modern shape that also references the past.