The Bentley Continental GT has kept most of its styling cues despite the revamp, but there are certain new details that now make the car become even more of itself, allowing its character to shine brighter.
Grand Tourers traditionally rely on their shoulders - the rear wings - to offer that distinct impression of elegance, but Bentley’s Continental GT has all its body to send this message.
Bentley has learned the aluminum superforming trick and this allows the company to gift the vehicle with more sculpted shapes. Thus, the aluminum parts of the Continental GT’s body, the front wings and the bootlid, now come with more personality. In addition to that, the coupe is about 65 kg (140 lbs) lighter.
As for the proportions, the height and especially the length increase can be neglected, but the body is now noticeably wider and so are the front and rear tracks. However, Bentley now offers 21-inch wheels
for the first time. We had such rims on our test car and we have to tell you they’re fabulous.
The front fascia shows a more generous grille
- just like that of its predecessor, this uses a plastic core for pedestrian safety reasons, but the fresh designs connects the car with Bentleys of the Golden Age. Another element that stands out is the collection of LEDs used for the daytime running lights. This gives the impression that it’s been taken straight from the lobby of a five-star hotel inaugurated this morning.
A glimpse at the profile
reveals the more sculpted shapes we were talking about above. The low glass area is still there, despite the fact that this should’ve seemed different, as the door are taller.
The most notable revision brought to the rear of the Bentley Continental GT is the new trunk lid. The piece now incorporates a ducktail shape that serves both a visual and an aerodynamic purpose. Speaking of aerodynamics, the drag coefficient had dropped from 0.34 to 0.33, mainly thanks to underbody changes in the wheels and exhaust areas. The rear lights now make use of LED technology, but you don’t quite get the same jewelry impression offered by the aforementioned daytime running lights.
It doesn’t matter if it’s delivery time or the first day after a lot of time spent together, the Bentley Continental GT’s presence will impress you just as deeply.Continue reading
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