2019 Bentley Continental GT: Redefining the luxury GT – Kelley Blue Book
2019 Bentley Continental GT: Redefining the luxury GT
Slated to be shown to the public at the Frankfurt Auto Demonstrate, the two thousand nineteen Bentley Continental GT has been downright redesigned and deftly blends the latest in auto technology with traditional craftsmanship that has long been the British automaker’s calling card.
Now it’s third generation, the Continental GT retains is familiar silhouette with a long nose and steeply raked rear window. But beyond the proportions, every aluminum figure panel is fresh and thanks to this construction, the car is one hundred seventy six pounds lighter. The slightly more rounded nose houses a larger version of Bentley’s signature mesh grille and is flanked by extra mesh-covered inlets. Crisp character lines define the flowing sheetmetal that form muscular haunches over the rear wheels, providing the car an athletic stance. The lower side sills are accentuated by a chrome unclothe that runs from a low mounted vent ahead of the door.
Underneath the fetish mask is a 6.0-liter W12 direct-injected engine producing six hundred twenty six horsepower and six hundred sixty four lb ft of torque delivered to all four wheels via an all-new 8-speed dual clutch transmission. The fresh Bentley Continental GT accelerates to sixty mph in Three.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of two hundred seven mph.
“Bentley has been at the forefront of luxury Grand Touring for almost one hundred years,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and CEO of Bentley. “The fresh, third-generation Continental GT is the pinnacle of our design and engineering achievements…[it] encapsulates our design to innovate as well as feast our heritage.”
The 4-seat coupe also features an advanced 48-volt Dynamic Rail System that uses active control of the stabilizer bars front and rear to control figure roll while improving treating and rail convenience. This technology provides variable torsional resistance and works in concert with the three Drive Dynamic Control settings: Convenience, Bentley and Sport modes. In addition to the active roll bars, the Continental GT rails on adaptive air springs which help provide a large range of compliance to provide either taut treating or a relaxed, supple rail.
Real wood veneers, Piano Black accents and fine leathers are a big part of the Bentley practice and this handcrafted treatment using traditional touches like the organ stop vent controls are incorporated in an interior that also uses the latest in electronics and infotainment. Perhaps the slickest innovation is a unique three-sided module in the center of the dash that houses a 12.3-inch touchscreen on one side, a blank side with wood veneer that ideally blends in with the dash design and a third face that houses three traditional analog gauges.
The seats feature a diamond-quilted sew pattern and the front buckets come with 20-way power adjustment. Buyers can choose from three audio systems, a base 650-watt 10-speaker system, a 1,500-watt Bang & Olufsen 16-speaker system or the Two,200-watt Naim 18-speaker setup.
Two technology option packages are suggested. Very first, there’s a City Specification, which includes hands-free trunk operation, pedestrian warning, traffic-sign recognition, city braking and around view camera. The Touring Specification includes adaptive cruise with traffic jam assist, active lane assist, a head-up display, night vision and pre-sense braking.
The two thousand nineteen Bentley Continental GT is expected to be launched sometime next year with pricing announced closer to its on-sale date.