2011 Bentley Continental GT receives the new Mulliner Styling Specification

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 22, 2011

British carmaker Bentley is introducing a range of styling options that should confirm the performance potential of the new Bentley Continental GT -- the new Mulliner Styling Specification. Created to further highlight the iconic form of the new Bentley Continental GT, the Mulliner Styling Specification is designed by Bentley's head of exterior design Raul Pires, who was responsible for the lithe shape of the carmaker’s newest GT.

Pires quipped that the Mulliner Styling Specification – featuring sharper lines and darker, lower appearance – works to emphasize the extrovert, flashy nature of the new Bentley Continental GT. He added that the Mulliner Styling Specification is designed to deliver a more personalized, athletic interpretation of a luxurious GT. With the new Mulliner Styling Specification, customers are given the chance to customize their new Continental GT with an array of stylish features all designed and engineered at Bentley’s Crewe facility in England.

The Classic Pack of the new Mulliner Styling Specification brings more iconic drama with the inclusion of solid carbon-fiber strakes integrated into the lower front intake grille, a sleek black carbon-fiber front bumper splitter, a rear diffuser and side extension blades. Located just beneath the sills, these black carbon-fiber extension blades sweep down the sides of the new Continental GT to provide a new interpretation of the vehicle’s stunning profile, trying to divert the attention of onlookers to its sharp power lines and taut rear haunches.

Interestingly, each extension blade features a discreet 'Winged B' motif. A full-width black carbon-fiber rear diffuser further defines the Continental GT’s hallmark elliptical twin exhaust tailpipes. Each element of the Mulliner Styling Specification is made from black high-gloss carbon fiber and features a distinctive weave design. Each carbon fiber component is designed to echo the elegantly crafted wood veneers found inside the cabin of the vehicle’s luxurious cabin, employing a similar 'mirror matching' process with the distinct weave pattern that flows in a single direction.

These elements from the Classic Pack are complemented by a new range of four individual design options. One of these optional design features is the stylish black carbon-fiber rear spoiler that deploys when the new Bentley Continental GT is moving at high speeds as well as carbon-fiber door mirror cowls. Customers may also further personalize their GT with the optional 21-inch seven-spoke Elegant alloy wheels painted in black with contrasting bright machined detailing. Other design elements include the stunning dark chrome mesh wing vents with black carbon-fiber bezels. The front wing vest – located just behind the front wheel arches – has mesh vents that allow for better heat diffusion while further emphasizing the Continental GT's high-performance potential.

To make sure that the components of the Mulliner Styling Specification are of high quality and durability, Bentley had them undergo rigorous quality and engineering testing as well as a development program. For instance, a Continental GT fitted with these components was made to undergo a series of high performance 'V-Max' tests and wind tunnel evaluations to make sure that these Mulliner Styling Specification elements do not compromise the handling and performance of the new Continental GT. Moreover, Bentley had the carbon-fiber used for the component undergo an extended regime of extreme climatic and real world driving tests to make sure that they are durable enough to become part of the new Continental GT.

All components of the Mulliner Styling Specification – both the Classic and optional packages – are fitted only factory-trained technicians at authorized Bentley dealers to ensure that the brand’s standards of build quality are upheld. Steve O'Hara, Aftersales Director, quipped that customers for the new Continental GT would surely have a peace of mind in knowing that the components of the Mulliner Styling Specification underwent intensive aerodynamic and durability testing program. In addition, these elements are backed by a full Bentley warranty. Interested customers could commence placing their orders for the Classic Pack starting June 2011, for the optional design features starting in Autumn 2011.

Press Release

MULLINER STYLING SPECIFICATION ADDS FURTHER DRAMA TO THE NEW CONTINENTAL GT

Widely acclaimed for its crisp, sculpted design, the new Bentley Continental GT is poised to create a further stir with the new Mulliner Styling Specification, a range of Bentley-designed styling options reaffirming its potent road presence.

The new Mulliner Styling Specification's Classic Pack features a unique front bumper splitter, strakes integrated into the front intake grilles, side extension blades and a rear diffuser, all made from high-gloss, black carbon-fibre. These are complemented by a range of individual design options, comprising black, carbon-fibre rear spoiler and door mirror cowls as well as distinctive, black-painted 21-inch 'Elegant' alloy wheels and dark mesh front wing vents with black carbon-fibre bezels.

Styled by Raul Pires, Bentley's head of exterior design who, under the leadership of Design Director Dirk van Braeckel, was the creative force behind the lithe shape of the Continental GT, the Mulliner Styling Specification underlines the iconic form of Bentley's new GT. Pires comments:

"The Mulliner Styling Specification, with its sharper lines and darker, lower appearance subtly underscores the extrovert, flamboyant nature of our new Coupe. It delivers a more personalised, sportive interpretation of a luxurious, refined GT."

The new Mulliner Styling Specification provides customers with the opportunity to personalise their new GT with a range of stylish features engineered at the company's factory in Crewe, England, ensuring Bentley standards of quality and design integrity.

The Mulliner Styling Specification – Classic Pack
Each element of the Mulliner Styling Specification is distinguished by the use of specially commissioned, black high-gloss carbon-fibre featuring a distinctive weave design. Skilfully echoing the beautifully crafted wood veneers of the new GT's cabin, each carbon-fibre component employs a similar 'mirror matching' process with the unique weave pattern flowing in one direction.

The sporting frontal appearance of the new GT is subtly enhanced by a sleek black carbon- fibre front bumper splitter, complemented by solid carbon-fibre strakes integrated into the lower air intake grilles.

Black carbon-fibre extension blades, positioned beneath the sills, sweep down the sides of the Continental GT, providing a fresh interpretation of the striking profile of the Bentley coupe, drawing the eye to the sharp powerlines and muscular rear haunches. Each extension blade features a discreet 'Winged B' motif. At the rear, a full-width black carbon-fibre diffuser adds greater definition to the GT's signature twin, flared, elliptical exhaust tailpipes.

The Mulliner Styling Specification - Optional Design Features
In addition to the core features of the Classic Pack, customers have the opportunity to personalise their cars still further with four additional optional features. The GT's stylish rear spoiler, which automatically deploys at higher road speeds, may be specified in carbon –fibre, while Pires's renowned eye for detail is reflected in the optional carbon-fibre door mirror cowls.

To complement the carbon-fibre features of the Mulliner Styling Specification, customers may also specify the option of 21-inch 7-spoke Elegant alloy wheels in a dramatic black-painted finish with contrasting bright machined detailing.

Customers may also opt for eye-catching, curved wing vents. Positioned just behind the front wheel arches, the dark chrome mesh vents (framed by a carbon-fibre bezel) offer improved heat diffusion as well as forcefully underlining the Continental GT's high-performance credentials.

Rigorously tested by Bentley for customer peace of mind
Unlike many after-market styling packages, Bentley has subjected the components of the Mulliner Styling Specification to a typically rigorous and comprehensive quality and engineering test and development programme.

A series of high performance 'V-Max' tests and wind tunnel appraisals were undertaken to ensure that the handling and performance credentials of the new Continental GT are not compromised by the addition of the Mulliner Styling Specification.

The carbon-fibre itself has been subjected to an extended regime of extreme climatic and real world driving tests to ensure that durability matches the same high standards of the cars to which they are applied.

To ensure that Bentley standards of build quality are maintained, the Mulliner Styling Specification package is only available for fitment by factory-trained technicians at authorised Bentley dealers. Steve O'Hara, Aftersales Director, explains the Bentley philosophy:

"To ensure complete peace of mind for our customers, the Mulliner Styling Specification is underpinned by the Company's exhaustive aerodynamic and durability testing programme and is backed by a full Bentley warranty."

The Classic Pack is available to order from June 2011 onwards and the optional design features can be ordered from authorised Bentley dealers from Autumn 2011.

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