The five ‘Curated by Mulliner’ interior packages stay true to the bespoke crafting of a customer-curated touch of uniqueness for the absolute Grand Tourer of Bentley. Bright colors inspired by nature set these packages apart from other Mulliner creations and are available for all Continental GT and GTC V8 models. Whether choosing the sumptuous comfort of an Azure or the athletic character of the S, the styling options can be supplemented by exterior beauty marks in assorted complementary chromatic accents.
Continuing a two-decade tradition of highly individualized customization for the Continental GT, the Mulliner Styling Packages available for the curtain dropping on the V8 engine include flashy, striking hues like Key Lime, Vivid Red, Mandarin, Klein Blue, or Turquoise. In true Bentley tradition, other options can be loaded on each package.
If tingling the taste buds and triggering a mouthwatering reaction isn’t quite the driver’s cup of tea, it gets better. The GT and GTC S, ever the sporty emblems, get their Vivian Reds from the pigments of Italy’s Aeolian islands next to Sicily. If nature itself can’t inspire a high-enough Bentley driving experience, how about hyper nature? The Klein Blue hue is transplanted from the utopian (and dystopian) uber-version of non-man-made reality.
'Curated by Mulliner' doesn’t mean just choosing colors from an imaginary realm, but features contrast steering wheel spokes and gear lever and a color-keyed pinstripe on the handmade veneer trim. Mulliner multi-tone seats come with deep-pile mats, contrasting micro-piping highlights in the customer’s color of choice, and 'Curated by Mulliner' lamps turn on when the Continental GT passengers enter or exit the car. Diamond Knurling Specification imbues the cockpit with jewelry-styled engravings on metal pieces of the dashboard, like the bullseye air vents.
By 2026, Bentley’s entire lineup will consist of plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles. Before this decade’s end, the composed rumble of British cylinders will be a song of the past. Within ten short years, the luxury marque will have fully turned from being the world’s most important 12-cylinder engine manufacturer to an electric-only brand.
Until then, however, a first step is already taken with the introduction of a hybrid powertrain in each of the auto company’s range of vehicles before the end of 2023. The Brits have pushed the moment as far away into the year as possible, but now it’s time. The V8 heart of the Continental GT and GTC will get bypass surgery.
The high-strength aluminum block construction and the twin-scroll turbochargers positioned between the cylinder banks (together with the primary catalytic converters) are just two of the key elements for obtaining 135 bhp/liter. 542 hp (550 PS) and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) are finger-snapping easy for today’s hybrids and electric powertrains. Still, those numbers will never sound as good as they do coming out of this beautiful square powerplant.
86x86 mm (3.385-inch) bore and stroke allowed for the perfect mix between peak power and maximum torque, with help from metallurgy and precision craftsmanship. With the lightweight alloy pistons reciprocating at up to 20 meters per second (72 kph, or 48 mph), the cylinder sleeve iron alloy coating of 150 microns has a lot of stress to fend off.
The engine can cut off four of its cylinders (no. 2, 3, 5, and 8) in 20 milliseconds (ten times faster than a literal blink of an eye) when the load is light enough, cutting fuel consumption by a third. The two-stage 50°-variable camshaft performs this temporary shutdown, turning the mighty V8 into a perfect V4. Having reached the far end of its technological possibilities, the hard-punching V8 will be phased out as the pages of mechanical history turn toward the electric chapter.