OpenRoad Driver Volume 15 Issue 1 - Page 49

Volume 15 Issue 1 » 49 2019 Bentley Continental GT » The Continental GT has long been regarded as the car that transitioned the old stodgy Bentley image to what it is today. Bentley claims that its all-new third-generation Continental GT is the best yet, combining spirited and focused performance with handcrafted luxury and cutting-edge technology. At first glance, one can see that the new car has been heavily inspired by the critically acclaimed EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car. While still retaining the classic elegance of the first Continental GT, the form of the new car is much more sculptural and sharply defined. Under the hood beats a W12 heart that has been newly enhanced. The revised 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged 12-cylinder engine now generates 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. The engine also sits farther back in the chassis, improving weight distribution, and hence the car’s dynamic performance. For the first time, this engine is mated to a dual-clutch transmission for much faster gear changes. A new active all-wheel-drive system favours rear-wheel drive for optimum efficiency and dynamic performance. Based on the road conditions and driver’s behaviour, the system will send drive power to the front axle as required. A 48-volt Dynamic Ride System has been fitted to create the car’s new and technically advanced adaptive chassis. Freed from the capacity limitations of 12 volts, the new system controls ride comfort and lateral roll, ensuring a far more responsive ride, exceptional handling, and refinement in all road conditions. When it arrives, the third-generation Bentley Continental GT coupé should continue to live up to its reputation as the quintessential grand tourer – phenomenally powerful, beautifully designed and exquisitely crafted.