The Bentley Continental GT is a high end two plus two grand touring luxury coupe that was released in 2003. Powered by a 6.0 Liter W12 engine, this model is available in multiple version producing 552hp, 600hp, and 621hp. Torque comes in at 479lb-ft, 553lb-ft, and 590lb-ft. All of this power is sent to all four wheels leading the Continental GT to an acceleration from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.6 seconds and 3.7 seconds, depending on the model. Top speed goes from 197mph to 201 mph.
Bentley is celebrating its six victories at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race over the years by unveiling a special Le Mans Edition. In fact, there are six Continental GT models, each inspired by the driver that lead the cars to the victory. Each version will be limited to only 48 units.
The first version was inspired by John Duff, who obtain Bentley’s first win at Le Mans 24 Hours in 1924. This version is painted in Moonbeam paint, while the interior gets a two-tone Linen and Beluga with contrasting stitching.
The second version was inspired by the Dudley Benjafield - the driver who lead the team to victory in 1927. This version is coated in Verdant paint, while the interior gets a two-tone combination of Linen and Cumbrian Green with contrast stitching.
Next there is a version inspired by Woolf Barnato - the driver who obtain victories in 1928, 1929 and 1930. This version combines a Granite exterior paint with Hotspur interior and Beluga stitching. The fourth version was inspired by Tim Birkin and comes painted in Glacier White combined with a Beluga interior trim.
The fifth version was inspired by Glen Kidston - who claimed first place at Le Mans in 1930. The model dons Dark Sapphire exterior paint combined with a two-tone Newmarket Tan and Imperial Blue interior trim.
Finally, the sixth version was inspired by Guy Smith whom won the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours. This model features a Beluga color on both exterior and the interior.
Each car will also get a unique Le Mans Edition numbered badge, Le Mans Edition clock face, embroidered Le Mans badge to each headrest, tread plates with the limited edition name and unique Le Mans Edition wheels.
Under the hood, these models retain the stock 6.0-liter W-12 engine that produces 616 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. This output sprints the Continental GT to 60 mph in 4 seconds and to a top speed of 205 mph.
Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Continental GT.
The neighborhood of Beverly Hills in Los Angeles doesn’t lack in its share of fancy sports cars, luxury cars and supercars. On just about every corner you’ll find one of these vehicles, just like luxury automakers that have dealerships scattered all over the surrounding areas.
One of them is Bentley Beverly Hills, and recently they came out with a limited edition Continental GTC that’s fixing to have an owner whisk it away. The car has been distinctively painted with custom Tiffany Celeste Pearlescent paint that we haven’t seen on a Bentley before. Needless to say, the finish looks downright stunning.
Adding to the visual visage of the limited-edition Continental GTS with a choice of either liquid-silver or matte-black-finished 22-inch CEC C881 wheels wrapped in a set of Continental Extreme Contact ultra-high performance all-season tires.
No performance upgrades were given to this limited-edition Continental GTC, so expect to see the same 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces 500 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque. The engine is definitely one that should give the looks of the limited edition Continental GTC a suitable technical partner.
Ever drove into one of those car washes and a portly, middle-aged man proceeded to give your car the soap and water treatment? Doesn’t do much in the way of your imagination, does it?
Well, what if we told you that you can replace Larry the Cable Guy with two gorgeous models identified as Veronica Popa and Bryana Holly?
See, now we have your undivided attention. Featuring a Ferrari 430 Scuderia and a Bentley Continental GT, together with Popa and Holly, the photo spread shows the two beautiful babes cleaning, posing, and downright flirting with the two exotics.
The most powerful Bentley model up to date is the Continental Supersports. It is powered by a 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 unit that delivers an impressive 630 HP. However, a company insider has hinted that an even more powerful version of its W12 engine could be on the way.
The same source has announced that a Supersports version of the latest Continental GT could deliver up to 650 HP. And that’s because recent testings have confirmed that the W12 engine has the capacity to develop more than 105 hp/liter and that without harming reliability or drivability.
The company has recently conducted a durability test for the W12 unit during which the engine was put to four 100-hour sessions at full throttle, or in another words 20,000 miles at over 200 mph. And it looks like the engine passed those testings quite well.
And now Bentley wants to squeeze more from the most successful engine they had in their line-up. And why shouldn’t they, no? A 650 HP luxury sports car will surely put lots of other companies in trouble.
The new Bentley Continental GT models are one of the few vehicles that are perfect straight from the factory, needing no updates to extend their luxurious nature. German tuner Wheelsandmore apparently doesn’t agree or just likes a challenge as they have found some features that they decided to tweak.
Their package can be ordered for both the V8 and W12 versions and includes some pretty cool updates for the wheels, power, exhaust, and suspension. The most impressive updates can be found in the engines. The W12 engine gets its output increased from the standard 575 HP up to 635 HP and the V8 engine goes from 507 HP to 565 HP. Allotting for 15 HP is the new stainless steel exhaust system with remote valves which joins the new suspension system with an adjustable electronic lowering module that allows lifting at speeds up to 50 mph. The price for this conversion is 2,748 euro, or about $3,550 at the current exchange rates.
The only aesthetics included in the package is a new set of 21" 3-piece handcrafted 6Sporz² wheels at a price of 9,916 Euro (about $12,800 at the current exchange rates).
Tuner extraordinaire Vorsteiner revealed some teaser images of their new ’BR-10’ program for the 2012 Bentley Continental GT Coupe just before the holidays came last month.
Well, it didn’t take them long to unveil the whole details of their new tuning program.
As to be expected from these guys, the crux of their program involves a comprehensive aerodynamic package featuring a plethora of carbon fiber elements that add sporty touches to Bentley’s resident high-end luxury sports coupe. As part of the program, Vorsteiner fitted the Continental GT with a two-piece front spoiler with central splitter, sill skirts with an integrated lower section in lacquered carbon, a subtle gurney deck lid spoiler, an aggressive diffuser that has been attached to the car’s standard bumper, and a plethora of wheel options that can be customized according to the tastes of their customers. Among them, and a set that we’re dying to get our hands on, is Vorsteiner’s very own 22" VS-120 series forged aluminum mono block wheels. Wrap that in Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 rubber tires and you have a set-up that’s right around the wheelhouse of what Vorsteiner is capable of building.
As far as technical upgrades are concerned, Vorsteiner has been mum on any performance upgrades. But that won’t stop us from speculating that there’s one under that hood, especially when you consider that the Continental GT Coupe’s 6.0-liter W12 powertrain comes with a total of 567 horsepower that is just begging to be tuned to high heaven.
UPDATE 08/20/2012: Vorsteiner has released a new batch of photos of its ’BR-10’ program for the Bentley Continental GT. Unlike their first take on the car, this new iteration of the program offers a little bit more of a darker edge. Want to find out why? Check out the gallery below!
On the back of pulling in some impressive sales figures for the start of the year, Bentley Motors has celebrated the milestone by opening a new dealership in Milan, adding to the firm’s already extensive European dealer network of 38 dealerships across the continent.
In order to kick off the opening in style, Bentley also brought the latest generation Continental GT V8 and GTC V8 models to Italy for the first time to help drum up some prospective sales in the country.
The new showroom covers an area of 250 square meters, enough to house six cars on display while workshop facilities help to conclude the new dealership. In order to provide customers with the best possible service, a specially designed window has been installed within the building to provide customers the experience to witness repairs taking place in the workshop.
The opening of this new dealership will obviously help inject some new appeal into the already-popular brand, and Bentley Motors obviously hopes that the position in the large Italian city will help attract new and existing customers to purchase from the brand.
Bentley’s regional director, Guillaume Chabin stated, “Milan has always been synonymous with luxury goods and iconic design, so it is an ideal location for a new Bentley showroom,” he said.
“The timeless design and exceptional craftsmanship of Bentley models have attracted many customers to our brand over the years, and with further representation in Italy we see significant potential to increase our sales in the market.”
On the back of Porsche, Ferrari, and Fisker all posting extremely impressive sales figures for the first quarter of 2012, British luxury automobile manufacturer, Bentley has joined the growing list of high-end car companies increasing profits, recently posting a global sales surge of 32% over the past 6 months.
That 32 percent increase equates to 3,929 new cars being delivered to customers, and has also resulted in the U.S. becoming the firm’s largest market once again after it was overthrown by the emerging Chinese market last year. In saying that, however, sales in China skyrocketed by 55.7% in the first half of 2012, equaling 1,059 cars delivered, while the U.S. market grew by a more modest 25.7% or 1,140 new cars delivered.
These increases in sales were partly due to the rapid rise in demand for the brand’s flagship Mulsanne rising by 30%, while deliveries of the Continental GT increased exponentially by 48.5%. In addition to these impressive individual results, sales in Europe increased by 22.9 percent (607 new vehicles), the Middle East also grew by 47.9 percent (346 cars delivered) while the U.K saw a more modest increase of 4.5 percent.
Bentley’s former Chief Executive, Wolfgang Durheimer who we now know has moved to Audi, stated, “Our half year results show strong growth for Bentley in every single global region. The competition between the Americas and China continues and we are watching closely to see who will emerge as the largest region in 2012. “
“Sales are being driven up by our flagship Mulsanne which is up 30% following strong interest in the US and China. We are also pleased to see the continued growth of the new Continental GT W12, our pinnacle performance coupé,” he continued.
“I am very optimistic about the future for Bentley. We are gaining more momentum every month due to the strong performance of our global dealer network, the appeal of our existing model line to customers and the exciting future models like the Continental GT Speed we have in the pipeline.”
We have already heard from Renault about its intentions of having a “big surprise” in store for the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which we all anticipate being as exciting as the final production model of the Alpine or as boring as the redesigned Clio. Now Bentley is getting in on this surprise-car theme by bringing its own new unnamed model to Goodwood.
There is very little information on this upcoming model, Actually it is a lot closer to no information than little, as the only word that we have is the luxury coach builder stating that the new model combines “stunning performance with exquisite luxury in the Bentley tradition.” By the description, it sounds almost like the Continental GT Speed that is already set to run at the Goodwood FOS, but it would seem odd to outright compete with its own sport coupe.
This could point to an even sportier car than the Continental GT gracing the "Flying B." Would we even dare to mention the term "sports car" in the same sentence as "Bentley?" If the description that Bentley gave of this car is true, then we very well may see a sleeker and sportier car bowing in at Goodwood.
We know that Bentley has broken its own mold in producing the EXP 9 F SUV concept, which will also be shown at Goodwood. This points toward Bentley’s openness to change, but is it open enough to bang out a super luxurious sports car? We’ll just have to see.
We will keep a close eye on what’s going on with Bentley and we will update you if anything else pops up. Given how tight-lipped Bentley has been so far, we will likely not know anything until the Goodwood FOS opens up on June 28th.
Click past the jump to read Bentley’s press release.
Charlotte, North Carolina is a hotbed for NASCAR racing so it only seems fair to say that the folks over there know a thing or two about cars. That being said, we are not in the least bit surprised that one of the finest European tuners in America come from Charlotte in the form of GMP Performance. For their latest project, the boys over at GMP took the task of building a fancy program for no less than the Bentley Continental GT.
Thanks to some help from Hamann and ADV.1 Wheels, GMP Performance successfully tricked out the British luxury sports coupe to pretty intense levels. The first order of business was importing the wide-body kit from Germany while also fitting in various new components, including a new front bumper, flared extensions on the fenders, new side skirts, a new rear wing, and a matte charcoal gray finish that was lifted from the Lamborgini Reventon. On top of the exterior enhancements, GMP Performance also fitted the Continental GT with a new set of 22" ADV.1 alloy wheels, which comes with brushed gunmetal centers and matte black lips & inner barrels.
Rounding out the extensive tuning work done on the Continental GT is a performance upgrade that includes remapping the car’s ECU unit as well as the addition of a new stainless steel exhaust system that increases the car’s output from 552 horsepower and 479 lb/ft of torque all the way up to 620 horsepower and 600 lb/ft of torque.