The Continental GT Speed, is a 4 seater coupe that builds on the success of it's iconic predecessor, capturing the GT spirit, but even has minor differences in design, engineering, luxury, craftsmanship, dynamic performance, everyday practicality and refinement. A beautifully sculptured body gives the GT coupe and even more crispier, more defined appearance. The contemporary interior offers superior levels of cabin design, comfort and hand crafted luxury. The seats, for example provide supple support and rear leg room, a sweeping dashboard even more style and modernity. The touchscreen infotainment system features state-of-the-art navigation, Google Maps and entertainment while the latest Balanced Mode Radiator speaker technology and Dirac Dimensions digital sound processing deliver enhanced audio quality.
Aluminum Super Forming technology is employed to create the front wings and the bout lid. The process heats the aluminum panels to nearly 500 degrees Celsius before shaping them by air pressure. By using a single sheet of aluminum, no seams or welding are required. The latest body construction techniques deliver crisp, highly defined feature lines and forms to every area of the exterior design. The familiar power lines and rear haunches echoes of the original 1950s R-Type Continental. The GT coupe's look is bolder than ever, the classic Bentley matrix radiator grille is more upright, while the headlamp design, is in a traditional four-lamp format.
Bentley's acclaimed 6 litre, 12 cylinder, twin-turbocharged powertrain now has a raised power output of 575 PS and 700Nm of torque. The engine is coupled to an all wheel drive system with a sporty rear torque bias, minimizing understeer during hard cornering and allowing the experienced driver to control the car's line and balance via precise throttle control. This vehicle is capable of accelerating from 0-100Km in just 4.4 seconds and the top speed of this car is 318Km.
It has exquisite jewel like detailing including eye-catching, LED daylight running lamps. The shape of the GT coupe's body is also more aerodynamic following extensive wind tunnel analysis. In conjunction with a range of extensive underbody refinements, the GT's coefficient of drag has been reduced and the low level of lift at the front and rear axles mean greater stability at higher speeds.
With an entirely hand crafted interior, the Continental GT's cabin sets new standards in refinement and luxury to create a stylish space in which up to four people can relax in total comfort. The instrument panel and dashboard subtly echo through the flying wings of the Bentley motif and are fashioned from the highest quality soft touch leathers. Touchscreen technology and chrome bezelled dials are housed within this dynamic cockpit area, which rises from the centre console in the form of dramatically surfaced 'wing' buttresses. The striking and unique cobra design seats are supremely comfortable. The seats can be specified with front seat ventilation as well as a state-of-the-art massage system with 10 individual massage cells and individual side airbags are provided as standard for all passengers. Front seatbelts feature a new electrically operated automatic presenter, making buckling up effortless. No other Grand Tourer offers such impressive levels of refinement.
The 8 inch screen, displays the car's audio system, telephone, ride and comfort settings and the very latest navigation system which uses both, an in car hard disc and a DVD player to access route data. It also employs dynamic navigation to guide you around areas of heavy traffic, find destinations using geo-tagged photo's from an SD memory card and is Google Maps compatible.
The vehicle has received a decent upgrade from the previous continental models, though the basics have been untouched. The price of this ultimate luxury coupe, is quoted at $198,500 onwards. The price definitely does suit the Bentley brand.
Bentley's sumptuous two-door coupe remains a great cruise, but is now even faster and more capable to drive.
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