Bentley have announced updates for their Continental GT for 2015 and will be shown to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year. Bentley say these seemingly minor tweaks are “aimed at sharpening the on-road presence” for the Continental GT. These slight alterations consist of a new vent insert in the wings and a revised front bumper with smaller air intakes. There are also new chrome badges for the V8 S and the W12 models which match the ones on the GT Speed.
At the rear of the Bentley Continental GT sits a more sculptured boot lid as well as a reshaped and widened rear bumper. The V8 S and GT Speed also receive a new rear diffuser design to further distinguish the performance focused Continentals. Aesthetic alterations are finished off with a range of new 20 and 21 inch wheel designs; the standard for the GT V8 and GT W12 being a new 20 inch rim. There are also three new paint colours available: Marlin (a rich metallic blue), Camel (soft gold) and Jetstream (a brighter metallic blue).
Inside the new Continental, more design alterations are present. For each of the four seats there is a new straight-fluting pattern, whilst on the Mulliner Driving Specification there is a “small diamond” quilted pattern which is standard on the GT Speed. The driver controls are also all-new, with an option for a more ergonomically sound sports steering wheel with larger gear-shift paddles. The instrument panel houses new dials and graphics for a more modern and up-to-date feel, whilst the opulent cabin is now illuminated with new LEDs. On-board Wi-Fi is now also available across the continental family.
Under the new skin of the Continental GT W12, the engine has received a power boost from 575 PS to 590 PS. There is also up to 5% better fuel efficiency with a new variable displacement system on the GT W12 allowing it to run on 6 of its 12 cylinders for improved consumption allowing combined fuel consumption of 20 mpg.
There are also changes to Bentley’s luxury sedan, the Flying Spur. This also comes with new 20 and 21 inch wheels for the V8 and W12 Flying Spurs. In a similar manor to the Continental GT, the Flying Spur receives interior tweaks such as more contemporary graphics for the instruments as well as a more dynamically designed steering wheel. The 625 PS engine in the Flying Spur also gains higher efficiency and touring capability thanks to the variable displacement system also found in the Continental GT W12, promising increased range, lower emissions and lower fuel consumption – making certain of Bentley’s reputation of first-class luxury teamed with effortless performance.