Muscles Flexed, but the 2018 Bentley Continental GT’s DNA is Still There
Bentley had to step up its game to face the up-to-date competitors, such as the AMG S 63 Coupe, in the luxury sport segment. So, Bentley is preparing to release in 2018 an all new Bentley Continental GT. Ever since its release at the 2003 Geneva Motor Show, the GT remained slightly the same. It’s been 13 years since then, and many more luxury sports cars are coexisting in the market and competing against the British model. The 2018 Continental GT is going to show muscles, gain more horsepower and be more fuel efficient.
A Lighter Body With the new Platform
The British brand plans to put in the lighter, high-resistance steel and aluminum MSB platform. The same one used in the 2017 Porsche Panamera. The Flying Spur is going to share this platform. It’s likely that, with the new engine, chassis and a lighter body, the Continental GT will lose 330 pounds. Despite the light weight, the car will ‘have’ some muscles. As seen in the spy shots, the GT shows some lines that expresses a tough personality, without losing its luxurious style. We’ve seen such ‘muscles’ only on the Americans: Mustang, Camaro and Challenger; will Bentley debut this new style in the Luxury Sport segment? We’re going to see.
A Hybrid Version of the Continental is Possible in the Future as Well
The 2018 Bentley Continental GT will be equipped with the 6.0 litre W12 engine that produces 600 horsepower. This engine debuted in the Bentayga SUV, Bentley’s first SUV. There’s also going to be another version of the smaller, if you say, 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8. A hybrid version of the Continental is possible in the future as well. A diesel option of the 4.0 V8 engine can be in the range for the first time also.
Bentley’s EXP 10 Speed concept evidently inspired the designers to create the new looks of the 2018 Continental GT. The spy shots reveal a wider lower body and three expressive lines on the bonnet, while the grill also appears to be wider. The LED headlamps have two parts, like on the current model. The drop-top GTC arrives after the renewed 2018 Bentley Continental GT and a new a Flying Spur is going to debut in the future as well