2018 Bentley Continental GT

Recently, our spy photographers captured the 2018 Bentley
Continental GT doing its testing runs. First, it was the coupe
and now they captured its convertible sister but wearing heavy
camouflage of course. Both models will be showcased next year
as 2018 models. The new model’s exterior draws its inspiration
from the EXP
10 Speed 6 Concept the automaker revealed in 2015 during
the Geneva Auto show.

The model will thus look sleeker than the current model.
Earlier, some pundits argued the car doing testing runs was a
EXP 10 Speed 6 production model but spy shots reveal a 2+2
seating arrangement which dispels possibility of the EXP 10
Speed production model which was presented as a 2-seater sports
car. Read along for more:

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2018 Bentley Continental GT Exterior

The model is based on a new platform dubbed, the MSB platform.
This platform is a joint venture between Bentley and Porsche
and as such will be used in a stretched form in the upcoming
Porsche
Panamera. In fact, test mules of the Continental GT were
disguised in the current short-version Panamera body shell. The
automaker revealed that the structure will be built with
high-strength steel while the body panels will largely be made
from aluminum. As such, the new model will be significantly
lighter than the outgoing one.

As said above, the visual of the 2018 Bentley Continental GT is
inspired by the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept. Some of the features
adopted form the EXP 10 Concept includes its headlights which
feature floating-like LEDs. Though this design of lighting has
been a common feature for the Bentayga,
the design on this Continental GT is the best yet.

Switching gears to the rear, you will notice the model’s
oval-shaped taillights and new exhaust tips similar to the ones
on the EXP 10 Speed 6. Most of the model’s other body parts
were hidden under a plastic body leaving only the greenhouse
exposed. Overall, the prototype doing test runs sits closer to
the ground than the outgoing model. The prototype features
muscular rear haunches which make it appear as if it’s slightly
wider than the current Continental GT.

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2018 Bentley Continental GT Interior

As of now, it is difficult to tell how the cabin of the
 Bentley Continental GT 2018 will look like. What we are
will be in the model’s cabin is the dual-brow instrument panel
and quilted leather upholstery on seats and door panels.

The model may also use a huge central display screen similar to
the one on the Tesla Model S. The automaker could also decide
to use a 3-spoke steering wheel to add more beauty to the
cabin.
The model will accommodate 4 passengers in a 2+2 seating
arrangement. More information will be available when the model
nears its on sale date.

2016 Continental GT

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Engine Specs and performance

Bentley has not revealed engines that will power the new
Bentley Continental GT. However, the models will likely use the
current V-8 and W-12 engines. Perhaps the automaker will tweak
the engine for more power output.  The 4.0 L,
twin-turbocharged V-8 mill will be tweaked to produce around
550 hp.

The 6.0 L, W-12 on the other hand is expected to be tweaked to
produce around 635 hp up from the current 582 horses. There are
rumors of a hybrid drive-train for the 2018 model but Bentley
is yet to confirm or deny the rumors.

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Price and release date

Bentley may showcase the coupe at an international auto show
early in 2017, probably at the Geneva Motor Show. Sales will
commence later in 2017. The release of the coupe will be
followed closely by that of its convertible version.

It is way too early to expect official prices from Bentley.
However, expect the new models to cost around $200,000 a small
price hike from the current starting price of $193,500.

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Competition

When it is released to the market, the 2018 Bentley Continental
GT will fight it out with the new Aston
Martin DB11 and Mercedes-AMG SL65.