New Continental Range 

At Bentley Belfast

The world of grand touring has changed. Enter the new Continental GT, heralding a new era of unrivalled power, exquisite craftsmanship and cutting-edge automotive technology.

With sleek lines that carve a sharp path through the air, this commanding car is available as both a coupé and a convertible, and with either a powerful W12 engine or a lively V8 engine. Built from the ground up with a new Bentley design language, new Bentley technology and new levels of handcrafted detail, it elevates the concept of grand touring to new heights.

The grand tourer, redefined.

Bentley’s design team has completely reimagined the finest car in its class. Taking our hallmarks of power and refinement and pushing them further still, the new Continental range redefines what a grand tourer can be. And inside the cabin, a whole new level of luxury awaits.

A dramatic demonstration of Bentley’s unrivalled attention to detail, this is a true journey of discovery for the driver. Designed to delight every sense, this is a car to see, feel, hear and appreciate.

In creating the range, our designers and engineers have delivered everything you expect from Bentley – in a car that can transport four adults comfortably, with enough space for plenty of luggage. Designed and built at the Bentley factory in England, this is the definitive grand tourer.

Whichever version you choose, and whatever your destination, the new Continental range will take you there in unmistakable style.

Design 

Unrivalled road presence

Both the new Bentley Continental GT and the new Continental GT Convertible combine classic grand tourer proportions with a completely new chassis and electrical architecture. This has enabled the design team to create a car that is impressively long, low, wide and sleek. The result is a truly beautiful, agile grand tourer with unrivalled road presence.

Steel, aluminium and composite materials take their place alongside finely crafted veneers and leather in a stunning example of automotive design – one that can be enhanced with a wealth of options.

Exterior Design

The sharp, crisp feature lines of the new Continental range show the influence of the original Bentley R-Type Continental. The muscular haunch line exudes a sense of refined power, while the power line now emerges from between the headlamps, tracing a path down the side of the car.

The long wheelbase and short nose lend the car a sense of dynamism, even when viewed at a standstill. Beneath the bonnet, this arrangement allows the engine to be located lower, for optimum weight distribution and more agile handling.

Intricately crafted new crystal-effect LED headlamps help define a new face for the Continental, while at the rear, newly designed elliptical lamps shine from within individual polished bezels – their shape reflected in the oval tailpipes.

A wide range of custom-designed 20” and 21” wheels can be commissioned, with a choice of 22” designs available with the optional Mulliner Driving Specification. With their twisting 3D surfaces, these larger wheels reflect the light magnificently, thanks to a finish that can only be achieved by hand. To explore the options, visit the Bentley Configurator.

For those who like to drive in the open air, the new Continental GT Convertible and GT V8 Convertible offer a sleek, open-top take on the stunning lines of this remarkable car.

 

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Interior Design

Inside, Bentley’s design team has taken automotive craftsmanship to an exquisite new level.

Like that of every Bentley, the shape of the fascia is inspired by the wings of the Bentley badge. It sweeps up from an elegant centre console and reaches out towards the doors, where the surface continues, surrounding the front occupants in a seemingly unending ring of handcrafted leather and wood.
In addition to a wide range of veneered surfaces, your car can be commissioned with a choice of contemporary dual veneers, which see the handcrafted wood on the top section of the fascia and door waistrail separated from a contrasting finish by a narrow Chrome pinstripe. In each case, a mirror-like Grand Black finish is paired with your choice of Crown Cut Walnut, Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus, Liquid Amber or Tamo Ash, Koa, Burr Walnut and Dark Stained Burr Walnut. For those who prefer a single veneer, there are eight choices, any of which can be enhanced with the same Chrome Pin Stripe used in the dual veneers.

With the dual veneers, the Grand Black finish selected for the lower section of the fascia continues into the centre console. As an alternative, however, the console can be commissioned with our stunning, rippled 0.6mm aluminium finish Côtes de Genève, which is inspired by the milled internal casings of fine wristwatches. A hand-finished first for the automotive world, its textured bands literally shimmer in the light.

Decorative features such as the clock bezels and bulls-eye air vents can be commissioned with an intricate diamond knurling – a jewellery-inspired texture composed of myriad diamond-shaped flat surfaces. This complements the feature that is standard on control surfaces across the new Continental range, it is easy to grip and even easier on the eye, reflecting the light like a cut precious stone while improving the ergonomic performance of important controls.

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Performance

The ultimate grand touring experience

Whether you choose the effortlessly powerful Bentley 12-cylinder engine of the new Continental GT and new Continental GT Convertible, or the robust and lively Bentley V8 engine of the new Continental GT V8 and the new Continental GT V8 Convertible, you will experience phenomenal performance on every level, alongside a wealth of driving technology that makes every journey a joy.

Active All-Wheel Drive
A new range of systems operate throughout the car to ensure you can drive it with confidence, at all times. Active All-Wheel Drive ensures that power can be directed to the front as required, based on road conditions and the selected Drive Dynamic mode, providing additional grip, the moment it is required.

Active roll control
Body roll is reduced with Bentley Dynamic Ride, an innovative 48V Electronic Active Roll Control system. As the car enters a corner, it engages automatically, continuously adjusting the anti-roll bars. On rougher road surfaces, it constantly monitors the suspension settings and adapts accordingly, for a luxurious, smooth ride. New three-chamber air suspension gives the car more scope for adjustment, which improves both handling and ride comfort. Continuous Damping Control regulates the damper setting as you drive, while four ride height sensors constantly measure the distance between the axle and the body, making adjustments as necessary.

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A choice of driving modes

Four driving modes are available for selection via the Bentley Driving Modes rotary dial located on the centre console. The Comfort mode optimises the chassis and drivetrain for luxurious cruising, while Sport retunes the powertrain for a more dynamic response. The active suspension and chassis settings are also altered, delivering firmer damping and more direct steering turn-in, for more agility and a truly thrilling drive. The Bentley mode provides the optimum balance of both Comfort and Sport, while the fourth mode, Custom, enables you to create your own combination of settings and store it for future use.

8-speed dual-clutch transmission

An 8-speed dual-clutch transmission ensures smooth, fast gear changes while maximising fuel economy. Top speed is reached in sixth gear, with seventh and eighth reserved for more relaxed, efficient cruising.

In Sport mode, gear changes are incredibly fast – even by the standards of dual-clutch transmission cars – delivering uninterrupted acceleration. In Comfort mode the changes are almost imperceptibly smooth, to allow for a more refined ride.

Responsive braking

Drivers can brake confidently at all times: pedal travel is minimal and the pressure point is precise, so you can react fast when you need to slow down – and always feel in control. For unrivalled stopping power, even under extreme conditions, the front axle features the largest iron brakes in series production. The internally vented, slotted brake discs dissipate heat more effectively, while the enclosed, one-piece callipers are both light and resistant to deformation.

Like every aspect of the engineering that goes into the new Continental range, these innovations contribute to an incomparable drive.

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Technology 

A wealth of intuitive digital features

The new Continental range is enhanced by a wealth of intuitive digital features – including the stunning new Bentley Rotating Display, a unique fusion of cutting-edge electronics and artisan craftsmanship. It represents the latest in Bentley’s forward-looking approach to technology, fusing ease of use with exquisite, ergonomic design.

As in every Bentley, features are added to enhance the experience of driving and travelling in the car, but never dominate it. The technology is integrated intelligently, to provide what is required at the right time, from touchscreen controls that highlight automatically to physical buttons and dials that can be accessed easily, without taking your eyes from the road. Connected services like Apple CarPlay®, meanwhile, provide access to digital content on the move.

The easily accessed 12.3” main screen has a split-screen mode that enables you to divide the car display in two at any time, allowing the driver to see navigation output and other essential information in the larger section, while the front seat passenger can scroll through music tracks or other information from the car infotainment system, simultaneously.

Whenever you reach towards the touchscreen, a proximity sensor detects your approaching hand and highlights controls that may be useful. Below the screen, meanwhile, a satin bar offers a place to rest your finger during operation. You can also access the main menu using the hard keys below the screen, if you prefer. It is this kind of attention to detail that sets Bentley apart. 

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The Bentley Rotating Display

Sitting in the centre of the fascia, the optional Bentley Rotating Display allows you to tailor the car’s instrumentation according to your mood. When the engine roars into life, a flat, veneered section of the fascia physically rotates to reveal the 12.3” high-resolution touchscreen. If you prefer a more classic instrument style, a further rotation reveals another veneered panel, this one with three analogue dials: a compass, a temperature gauge and a chronograph timer. A final, reverse rotation takes place when the engine is turned off, restoring the display to its original, veneer-only position, for an uninterrupted flow of wood, right across the fascia.

Even when driving without the central touchscreen visible, all essential driver information is visible in the digital instrument panel behind the steering wheel. The instrument panel itself can be configured in numerous ways – between the rev counter and the navigation map, for example.

In cars commissioned without the Bentley Rotating Display, the 12.3” touchscreen is fixed in the dashboard, visible to the driver at all times.

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Intelligent driver assistance features

A comprehensive suite of assistance systems allows the driver to enjoy the very latest automotive technology – and all can be activated or turned off, according to your preference.

The Lane Assist feature provides gentle steering assistance if it detects any drift across lane boundaries, while Blind Spot Assist monitors the area around the car, flashing lights in the door mirrors if you attempt to cross the path of another vehicle. An optional Head-Up Display (HUD) puts relevant information in the driver’s line of sight.

Integrated Traffic Sign Recognition detects speed limits and zones in which overtaking is prohibited. When activated, its information is displayed in the digital instrument cluster and the HUD car display. Even temporary speed restrictions can be detected.

Night vision

The Night Vision camera monitors the road up to 300m ahead, making driving in poorly lit environments much safer. It detects moving obstacles such as pedestrians and large animals, highlighting them in the central touchscreen.

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Adaptive cruise control

Adaptive Cruise Control provides intelligent assistance that makes driving on long journeys much easier. As with standard cruise control, it enables the car to maintain a fixed pre-set speed. But it also uses long-range radar sensors to maintain a specified gap, relative to the car in front. It can bring the car to a complete halt in traffic jams and then automatically move again in line with the traffic, re-establishing the space between you and the vehicle in front. And all without your feet touching the pedals.

Matrix beam headlights
To make driving at night even easier, intelligent LED matrix headlights allow the main beam to be used continuously – they even dim automatically for the benefit of oncoming traffic. The system will automatically optimise the beam for different conditions, on the highway, in the city or in the country – and the LEDs will even dim to stop the light reflected from road signs dazzling the driver.

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My Bentley Connected Car

An integrated Wi-Fi hotspot allows you to connect up to eight phones or other portable, digital devices to the internet while on the move. Meanwhile, a suite of My Bentley services are on hand to enhance your driving experience.

Some features make the journey smarter, such as Apple CarPlay®, which takes music, maps, contacts and more from your iPhone® and delivers them via the car’s systems, and Satellite maps, which allows the navigation system to display photorealistic maps.

Other features make the journey safer, such as Private eCall, which alerts emergency services in a critical situation and gives them your location, providing extra peace of mind on long journeys. Activated automatically on deployment of any of the airbags, it can also be activated via an SOS button in the roof module overhead. Additionally, remote functions accessed through the My Bentley app include Lock my car and Perimeter Alert, which notifies you if your vehicle moves out of a specified area.

Further features make Bentley ownership more convenient, such as Find my car, which shows you where you parked your car through the app, and Activate heating, which remotely heats the cabin to a preset temperature before you enter the vehicle.

Apple CarPlay and iPhone are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

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Technology Packages

An optional Head-Up Display can display important driver information on the windscreen itself, including your speed, the speed limit and directions from the navigation system.

Packages of options make it easier to commission collections of related features together. They include the City Specification – with Hands Free Boot Opening, a Top View Camera, Traffic Sign Recognition, Pedestrian Warning and City Assist – and the Touring Specification, with Active Lane Assist, Active Cruise Control with Traffic Assist, Bentley Safeguard Plus and the Night Vision camera.

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Personalisation 

No other GT is quite like yours

With an enormous range of options to choose from, it is unlikely you will ever see another Continental GT – or Continental GT Convertible – quite like yours.  You can personalise your Bentley with a wide range of leathers, paints and veneers to choose from, including new High Gloss Carbon Fibre, available as an option on all Continental models.

Blackline Specification

Designed to provide a striking and assertive look, the Blackline Specification replaces all of the exterior body brightware with black-painted trim except the Bentley wing badges and rear lettering. This finish gives the Continental range a more dramatic character while providing a high degree of visual differentiation.

Included in the Blackline Specification are black door handles, black radiator matrix grille and surround, black headlamp and tail lamp surrounds plus black exhaust pipes. The side window surrounds, wing vents and lower side sills are also painted black, and additional Black wheel options are available.

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The Mulliner Driving Specification

Adding a luxurious, sporting style to the interior and exterior of Continental GT and Continental GT Convertible, the Mulliner Driving Specification is a collection of features including unique 22” wheels, alongside jewel-finish oil and fuel-filler caps. Inside, it adds Sports pedals and the option of additional Piano Black or Dark Stained Burr Walnut veneers, plus embroidered Bentley emblems on the seats, as well as diamond-in-diamond quilting to seats, door casings and rear quarters.

A Hawaiian touch

In addition to the dual veneer options, Bentley has introduced a new, contemporary finish: Koa veneer. Noted for its elegant tones and straight grain, it has long been used in its native Hawaii in the construction of surfboards and guitars.

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A choice of sound systems

Every car in the Continental range can be commissioned with a choice of audio systems.

The 650 watt Bentley System features ten speakers and a 10-channel amplifier, for rich, powerful sound, throughout the car. The optional new Bang & Olufsen system increases power output to 1,500 watts, delivered through 16 speakers via a 16-channel amplifier. With four distinct DSP modes it is the first automotive application of the company’s BeoSonic control system and the perfect choice for design lovers that appreciate excellent sound. Read more at www.bang-olufsen.com/bentley.

Naim for Bentley represents the ultimate in-car audio choice: a 2,200-Watt, 18 speaker system with two shakers, a 20-channel amplifier, eight DSP modes and active bass. For true audiophiles, there is no equal.

Front seat comfort specification

The optional Front Seat Comfort specification allows for even greater adjustment than the standard Continental GT front seat, with an electrically adjustable headrest, rolling nose, adjustable bolsters, heated armrests and the addition of both ventilation and massage functions. Together, these features combine to ensure the comfort of driver and front passengers alike, even on the longest of journeys.

In the Continental GT Convertible, the heating functions work alongside integrated neck warmers and, together with the heated front armrest, this ensures you can enjoy top-down driving, even on cooler days.

Mood lighting
Inside the car, optional mood lighting can be configured according to your preference, with seven different colours, each of which can be selected in vibrant or muted mode. The lighting is designed to reflect the external power lines of the car, so that it almost feels as if you are seated inside the designer’s original sketch of the car.

Own something unique

From dual veneers to a host of technological options, the potential to tailor the car to your tastes is virtually endless.

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