In the world of high-performance grand touring cars, the Bentley Continental GT is, by far, one of the most exquisite vehicles to see and be seen in, but it is worth noting that the overall design for this car hasn’t really changed much since it was first introduced in 2003. Sure, there have been plenty of enhancements over the years such as the addition of new models and even a 2011 refresh, but even so, it still requires a keen eye to spot these subtle year-to-year changes.

With that in mind, Bentley has just released all the details and a slew of images for the updated 2016 Bentley Continental GT family of coupes and convertibles, that show noteworthy improvements to almost every aspect of the car. The revised lineup will make its debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show including the stunning drop-top shown above.

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

  • 2016 Bentley Continental GT Convertible
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    W-12
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    582
  • Torque @ RPM:
    531
  • Displacement:
    6.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    195 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    200000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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As has been the case with past upgrades to the Continental GT, the changes made to the exterior of the 2016 Continental GT Convertible are more of a subtle evolution than a groundbreaking redesign, but even so, these minor styling tweaks add to the car’s overall visual appeal. Up front, the big Bentley has a more-aggressive appearance, thanks to the new fascia with its restyled air inlets and smaller grille surround. Personally, I thought the previous nose always made the Continental GT look like a four-eyed elephant seal, but this updated front end is more cohesive. Each front fender now gets a metallic B-shaped vent, and the signature character line that encircles the Continental GT is now pronounced on the front fenders and carries through onto the decklid. The sportier Continental GT V8 S and GT Speed have their own unique appearance with a diffuser integrated into the rear fascia and a new 21-inch wheel option, but there is a wide selection of stylish wheel options measuring both 20 and 21 inches.

Interior

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Inside, the most noticeable change made to the 2016 Bentley Continental GT models is the new seat design, which features a straight fluting on most cars and diamond-pattern quilting for the GT Speed. The standard seats have a retro look that you might find in a ‘60s muscle car, but done with the same high-quality fit, finish and materials for which Bentley is known. The V8 and V8 S models have a nifty storage compartment with mobile-device charging ports between the two rear seats, LED cabin lighting and a refreshed instrument gauge cluster. There is an assortment of new leather options, not to mention the availability of an Alcantara headliner and an optional Wi-Fi hotspot.

Drivetrain

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The biggest change that Bentley made to the 2016 Continental GT lineup is to the already powerful engine that sits under the hood. Although there is no mention of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, Bentley did confirm that the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 will see improvements in both power output and fuel economy. Engine output has increased from 576 horsepower to 582 horsepower, while torque goes from 516 pound-feet on the current car to 531 pound-feet. Bentley also added cylinder deactivation, which is said to cut fuel consumption by five percent – no mean feat with a hefty car laying down close to 600 horsepower.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 6.0-litre twin turbo W-12
Output 582 HP
Torque 531 LB-FT
Combined fuel economy 20 mpg

Prices

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Of all the minor updates taking place for the 2016 Bentley Continental GT lineup, pricing probably won’t be among them. In its current form, the 2015 Continental GT ranges in price from $203,770 for the “base” coupe, while the Continental GT Speed Convertible tops the range with its starting price of $266,485. Of course, if you can afford a $200,000 car, what’s an extra $10,000 here or there really matter? Either way, it must be nice to be able to afford an automobile that costs as much as some houses.

Competition

2105 Aston Martin DB9 Volante

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Another Q by Aston Martin design, but this time it appears to be a Cowboy.

Like Bentley, Aston Martin focuses on small, incremental changes to its models rather than drastic, sweeping redesigns, and the current Aston Martin DB9 is a prime example. This car hasn’t changed all that much since its introduction in 2004, but it is just as sporty and sexy as it was the day it came out.

The one area where Aston Martin does make changes, though, is under the hood, where the DB9’s hand-built engine has evolved into the 6.0-liter V-12 is now capable of producing 510 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. This helps motivate the lightweight DB9 from 0-60 mph in the mid-four-second range, and all of the chassis and brake tuning expected from such a powerful car are there. With the engine mounted behind the front axle and the transmission mounted at the rear axle, the DB9 has amazing balance, and it is just as comfortable on a road course as it is on a long highway cruise.

Though heavily out-powered in the engine compartment, the Aston Martin DB9 can easily go toe-to-toe with the Continental GT in terms of luxury, with a high-quality, hand-crafted interior with unique elements such as the crystal-tipped, push-button key fob. All this performance and luxury comes at a cost, with the DB9 Coupe coming in at $190,325 while the drop-top DB9 Volante starts out at $205,325.

2016 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG

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Where the Bentley and Aston Martin focus on bespoke luxury and performance, the Mercedes SL65 AMG leverages the mass-production capabilities of Mercedes-Benz to deliver the ultimate drop-top grand touring sports car. Already an amazing-looking car, the SL-Class will get even better in 2016 with updated styling that borrows from the latest Mercedes design language exemplified by the AMG GT. What won’t change is the raucous 6.0-liter, twin-turbo V-12 under the long hood with its 621 horsepower and tire-shredding 738 pound-feet of torque. This car is no joke.

Better yet, it can offer top levels of performance with the added convenience of a power-retractable hard top that provides coupe-like quietness when in place but the typical driving pleasure of a convertible when folded out of the way. Not surprisingly, the added goodies of the SL65 makes it more expensive than the Bentley, with its starting price of $215,250, which is almost triple the cost of a base SL400.

Conclusion

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After 12 years on the market, the Bentley Continental GT is looking better than ever, thanks to a handful or relatively minor updates made for the 2016 model year. For anyone fortunate enough to be able to afford such luxuries in life, why not do so in a car as recognizable and entertaining as the 2016 Bentley Continental GT?

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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.

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.

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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

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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.

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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