2011 Bentley Continental GT receives positive feedback from the media

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 14, 2010

Bentley announced today that the introduction of the new 2011 Continental GT at this year’s Paris Motor Show was a success and the new coupe received critical acclaim. The visitors were impressed by the new design of the Continental GT and all the important automotive magazines had only positive feedback.

Honestly to tell you we were impressed two by the new Continental GT, because it refines a little the design of the old model. The 2011 Continental GT is powered by a 6.0-liter W12 engine delivering 575PS (567bhp/423kW) and 700Nm (516lb ft) of torque and uses a new Quickshift transmission which enables double downshifts.

However, Bentley announced that it will introduce a smaller V8 engine which could use the dual-clutch Audi S Tronic transmission. Powered by the W12 engine, the car hits 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds), 100mph in 10.2 seconds (0-160km/h in 10.2 seconds) and has a top speed of 198 mph (318km/h).

The engine uses standard unlead petrol (gasoline), but can also use bioethanol (up to E85) or any mix of the two. The interior of the car is entirely hand-crafted and promises to offer the same driving experience expected from a Bentley.

Led by Bentley's Director of Design Dirk van Braeckel, the design team has created a coupe that is clearly inspired by many of the brand’s iconic models. The new model has a sculptured body that has been made using the latest production technologies to guarantee that body integrity and quality meet the highest standards.

The front wings and boot lid were created through the Aluminium Super Forming technology. What this comprises of is that the aluminium panels are heated to almost 500 degrees Celsius, after which they are then shaped through air pressure.

Since only a single aluminium sheet is used, no seams are needed and no welding either. Using the latest in body construction techniques, the team delivered crisp, better defined feature lines and form to all areas of the exterior.

It has the rear haunches and power lines similar to the 1950s R-Type Continental. This time however there is a sharper radii which resulted in highly distinct surfaces and ensured that the feel of a coachbuilt car is present with the new coupe.

The new look of the GT coupe has been made even bolder. For example, the classic Bentley matrix radiator grille has been designed to be more upright. The headlamp is still in the traditional four-lamp format but the new design gave it a jewel-like detail that also now has LED daylight-running lamps.

It also has the brand’s traditional 'floating' LED lamps on the rear but now it has been extended around the corners of its wings. These modifications highlighted the width and stance of the coupe. Compared to prior models, the front track has been widened by 41 mm while the rear was widened by 48 mm.

Other inspirations included the 'double horse-shoe' motif of the bootlid design that is reminiscent of the Bentley Mulsanne. The addition of the flared elliptical exhaust tailpipes also strengthened the sporting credentials of the Continental GT.

The brand also conducted extensive wind tunnel analysis resulting in the body of the Bentley Continental GT having a more aerodynamic shape. Different underbody refinements were also made such as the wheel arch and even the exhaust aerodynamic aids.

Thus, the coefficient of drag has been lowered to 0.33Cd. Not only that, the lift at both the front axle and rear axle has been lowered as well. The end result is that the GT is now more stable even when when running at high speed.

Continental GT will come equipped with the 20-inch alloy wheels. Bentley however will be offering for the first time a choice to upgrade to the 21-inch version. The 21-inch will also come in two styles -- the Elegant and Sports versions. Both of the 20-inch and 21-inch are available in different paint and chrome finishes.

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