As the first all-new Bentley after Volkswagen took over the company, the Continental GT is almost single-handedly responsible for the British marque’s massive sales successes in the beginning of the third millennium. Launched in 2003, the most affordable Bentley is still far from a new generation, but recently got it yet another facelift too keep it fresh.

Don’t expect a major restyling, although the new Conti GT went under the knife from almost every angle. Despite being 12 years old, the Bentley coupe still looks the business, which is probably Bentley didn’t change that much. A bit more power, slightly better fuel consumption and some nip and tucks both inside and out are all that the 2015 refresh brings to the table, but those may be all it needed to stay in shape anyway.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Bentley Continental GT.

  • 2016 Bentley Continental GT
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    W12
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    582
  • Torque @ RPM:
    531
  • Displacement:
    6.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    195 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    194000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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The front wheelarches are a bit more pronounced, while a pair of B-shaped ornaments now act as side gills right aftter the front wheels.

The 2016 Continental GT comes with a redesigned front bumper, which now features a new "winged" motif, while the model sports a smaller engine grille if Bentley is to be believed, although you would probably have to measure to see exactly how much. The front wheel arches are a bit more pronounced, while a pair of B-shaped ornaments now act as side gills right after the front wheels. At the rear, the trunk lid has been resculpted in a way that likely improves the model’s drag coefficient but may be frowned upon by some, especially since from some angles it may remind you of BMW’s so-called "bangle-butt."

A redesigned aerodynamic diffuser is now available for the GT V8 S and GT Speed models, while three new paint colors complete the existing pallette with some unusual names: Marlin (a rich metallic blue), Camel (a soft golden tone) and Jetstream (a light but bright metallic blue). New sets of light-alloy, 20- and 21-inch wheels are also available, with either painted or bright machined finishes. As it was before, each model in the lineup gets it own exclusive set of standard wheels.

Interior

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A wide array of optional features are available, including semi-aniline leather upholstery.

Stepping inside a Bentley Continental GT has always been a pleasant experience, but the new facelift should make it even better. All models now get a so-called "straight-fluting pattern" for the standard leather seats, while the optional Mulliner Driving Specification now offers a new quilting pattern in the shape of small diamonds. A sportier-looking steering wheels with larger shift paddles is also standard, and the driver controls have been revamped as well. A more contemporary look for the instrument panel comes courtesy of new dials and graphics, and new metallic elements all over the center console.

Speaking of which, the center console is now illuminated by LEDs, while the gear lever is surrounded by black plastic instead of aluminum, probably to inhibit glare in direct sunlight. The base models (V8 and V8S) receive a new storage compartment between the rear seats, with the ability to store and also charge smartphones and/or tablets. A wide array of optional features are available, including semi-aniline leather upgolstery, Alcantara headliner color matched to the 17 available interior leather colors and onboard WiFi connectivity.

Drivetrain

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The twin-turbocharged, 6.0-liter, W-12 engine in the Continental GT W12 no longer offers a "puny" 567 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, but no less than 582 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to a new variable displacement system – which is a fancy name for cylinder deactivation — that allows the powerplant to run at part throttle on six of its 12 cylinders, the model’s fuel economy has been improved by up to 5 percent, with the car now achieving 16.7 mpg combined. The Conti GT Speed remains at 626 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of torque, but also now benefits from the new variable displacement system, thus achieving 16.3 mpg in combined driving.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 6.0-litre twin turbo W-12
Output 582 HP
Torque 531 LB-FT
Combined fuel economy 16.7 mpg

Prices

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No starting prices have been announced as of 2/19/2015, but since deliveries start in the summer of 2015, we can expect more details at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in a couple of weeks.

Competition

Aston Martin DB9

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Designed by none other than Henrik Fisker, the man who brought us the ill-fated Fisker Karma, the Aston Martin DB9 is almost as white-haired as the Bentley Continental GT, as the model was also unveiled back in 2003. Exclusively powered by a naturally aspirated, 5.9-liter V-12 with roots in a Ford V-6, the DB9 offers less power and torque, with "only" 510 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. This translates into a 0-62 mph acceleration of 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph.

Built on the aging V/H platform that is underpins every Aston Martin, the DB is likely among the heaviest all-aluminum sports cars out there, weighing in at just under 4,000 pounds. Not surprisingly, that still makes it about 1,300 pounds lighter than the Continental GT V8, for example. As a downside, the DB9 offers a lot less passenger room than the Bentley.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

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Touted as having the quietest interior of any production model apart from the two new Mercedes-Maybachs, the S-Class Coupe is at least as stately as the Continental GT when it comes to exterior design. The luxury coupe is available in either S550, S63 AMG or S65 AMG versions, offering buyers a choice between two V-8 engines or a mighty V-12. The base S550 Coupe 4Matic is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 4.7-liter, V-8 with 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Those opting for more are met by the S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe, with 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque also sent to all four wheels, only this time via a seven-speed, multi-clutch automatic without a torque converter. The S65 AMG Coupe has a twin-turbocharged, 6.0-liter, V-12 with 621 horsepower and an electronically limited 738 pound-feet of torque sent to the rear-wheels courtesy of a seven-speed automatic.

Conclusion

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Despite being older than some of its fans, the Conti GT was far from looking outdated, but this hasn’t stopped Bentley from putting it under the knife. With a slightly refreshed exterior and interior and with an revised engine lineup, the model may still have a few years ahead of it. On the other hand, the Continental GT’s gargantuan weight still keeps it from offering decent fuel economy, with the "5 percent improvement" brought in by the W12 version sounding downright hilarious any way you put it. That said, I think the model looks as magnificent as ever, and those who can afford it can certainly afford the gas well.

  • Leave it
    • It is now 12 years old
    • Still the heaviest coupe in the world
    • Atrocious fuel economy

Press Release

Bentley Motors is building on the global demand for the Continental GT family with a suite of contemporary design updates and new exquisite features for its most successful model. Bentley’s luxurious and powerful Flying Spur also receives a set of features for 2015, focusing on powertrain development, on-board technology and interior comfort.

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The new models will be unveiled and displayed at the Geneva Motor Show from Tuesday 3rd March, with deliveries starting this summer.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, comments:

“Bentley offers uncompromised luxury and performance with ultimate comfort for grand touring and our new 2015 features extend the appeal of our family. We listen carefully to our customers, and with these new evolutions we’re making our cars even more stylish, efficient, connected and useable every day.”

Exterior Evolution for the Continental GT

The Bentley Continental GT is refreshed with a complement of new exterior design features, aimed at sharpening the on-road presence of the iconic Grand Tourer. A new front bumper combines with a smaller radiator shell and new, more pronounced fenders to lend a more assertive and confident stance to the front of the car. The fenders now feature a new vent, complete with a graceful metallic “B” adornment, which serve to emphasise and enhance the renowned Bentley “power line” that flows rearwards from the front arches. New bright chrome fender badges for the V8 S and W12 models now match those applied to the GT Speed.

At the rear of the car, the boot lid is now more sculpted, with a pronounced aerodynamic profile to the trailing edge. The rear bumper has been reshaped and widened for an added sense of power, and now features full-width brightware. The V8 S and GT Speed also gain a new rear diffuser design to further differentiate the performance-focused members of the Continental family.

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The revisions to the exterior aesthetic are completed with the addition of new wheels to the range of 20” and 21” designs available. The standard wheel for the GT V8 and GT W12 becomes a new 20”, six-tri-spoke wheel, in painted finish for the V8 and bright machined for the W12. The Mulliner Driving Specification wheel changes to a new 21” seven-twin-spoke design, finished in Graphite grey with bright machined spokes. Finally, a new 21” five-spoke directional sports wheel joins the existing 21” design available for the V8 S and GT Speed.

Enhancing the GT’s iconic silhouette further, three new paint colours are available: Marlin (a rich metallic blue), Camel (a soft golden tone) and Jetstream (a light, bright metallic blue).

Modern Refinements to an Unrivalled Cabin

The visual upgrades continue inside the luxury cabin of the Continental range. A new and contemporary straight-fluting pattern adorns the four generous seats, while the Mulliner Driving Specification (standard on GT Speed) gains a tightened, “small-diamond” quilting pattern reminiscent of a tailored British jacket. Driver controls are all-new, with an optional, more ergonomic and sports-orientated steering wheel and larger gear-shift paddles incorporating tactile knurled metal embellishers.

Brightware elements across the console are updated, the driver’s instrument panel receives new dials and graphics for a refreshed, more contemporary look, and the beauty of the new interior is now illuminated by LEDs. The centre console also features a new black gear lever surround, unifying the style of all driver controls. For V8 and V8 S coupe models, a new hidden storage compartment is fitted between the rear seats, capable of accommodating and charging electronic devices including iPads.

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In addition to the changes to the standard specification, a new range of optional interior features has been developed.

GT W12 and GT Speed models can now be specified with new, softer semi-aniline hide for the seat cushions and backrests, represent the highest quality of leather available in the automotive market and giving an even more comfortable, luxurious and natural feel. Two new leather colours join the Continental range for 2015 - Shortbread and Camel.

Furthermore, the headlining of GT V8 S, GT W12 and Speed coupe models is now available in Alcantara®, colour matched to all 17 of the available interior hide colours.

Onboard WiFi, providing connectivity to all handheld devices in the car is also now available across the Continental family.

W12 Performance and Efficiency Continues

Under the revised skin of the Continental GT W12 lie three changes to the mighty 6.0-litre twin turbo W12 powertrain. Firstly, the engine receives a power and torque increase, from 575 PS (567 bhp / 423 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb.ft) to 590 PS (582 bhp / 434 kW) and 720 Nm (531 lb.ft), to maintain the model’s reputation of effortless performance.

The power upgrade is accompanied by improvements to fuel economy of up to 5%. The GT W12 now includes a variable displacement system and the new evolution is able to run at part throttle on six of its 12 cylinders to reduce fuel consumption without sacrificing refinement and offers lower CO2 emissions of 329 g/km and combined fuel economy of 20 mpg (14.1 litres/100 km).

Luxury of choice extended on Flying Spur

Bentley’s four-door luxury sedan, the Flying Spur, continues to appeal to the discerning, successful individual and additional features for 2015 offer even more bespoke choice.

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A new 20” six-tri-spoke wheel is available for both V8 and W12 powered Flying Spurs, in three different finishes, while a 21” seven-twin-spoke design is offered on the Flying Spur W12 Mulliner in polished or Graphite painted with bright machining finishes.

The exquisite cabin of the Flying Spur also gains modern and tactile new features to maintain Bentley’s reputation for interior style and usability. The driver instruments are updated with contemporary graphics, while the steering wheel receives a new more sporting design. A knurled metal finisher adorns the optional gear shift paddles, and the Flying Spur receives the same onboard WiFi hotspot system as the updated Continental family for ultimate connectivity while travelling – keeping the Flying Spur as the ultimate car for work or relaxation.

Complementing the feature upgrades are new paint colours in the hues of Marlin, Camel and Jetstream – as per the Continental GT – and the addition of Shortbread and Camel hides to the extensive range of leathers.

The 625 PS (616 bhp / 460 kw) / 800 Nm (590 lb.ft) Flying Spur W12 engine gains efficiencies and even greater grand touring capability thanks to the variable displacement system now included on the Continental GT W12, for lower fuel consumption, increased range and lower emissions of 333 g/km CO2.

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