Prior to the world debut that will take place at the Paris Motor Show, Bentley announced today that the 2011 Continental GT will carry a base price tag of $189,900 MSRP (exclusive of individual state taxes). Furthermore, in the U.K. the car will cost £135,760 (pricing is inclusive of 20 % VAT (1 January, 2011), €154, 600 (doesn’t include individual market taxation rates). In Japan, the car will be priced from ¥24,150,000.
For those who don’t know, the new Continental GT is powered by a 6.0-liter W12 engine delivering 575 PS / 567 bhp / 423 kW and 700 Nm / 516 lb ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds), to 100mph in 10.2 seconds (0-160km/h in 10.2 seconds) and to a top speed of 198 mph (318km/h).
The 6.0-liter W12 engine can run on both standard unleaded petrol (gasoline) and sustainable bioethanol (up to E85) , but also a mix between these two. Other improvements include an increased storage space, an additional 46 mm of legroom for back-seat passengers as well as a state-of-the-art 30 GB infotainment system supported by touchscreen technology.
The interior of the new 2011 Bentley Continental GT is very well hand-crafted and stylishly laden with features that allow four occupants to enjoy luxurious comfort during a trip. For instance, its instrument panel and dashboard -- made from highest quality soft-touch leathers -- are somewhat similar to Bentley's flying wing motif. Moreover, the cockpit area is gifted with a new touchscreen as well as chrome-bezelled dials.
The cockpit, meanwhile, rises from the center console like surfaced 'wing' buttresses. In terms of cabin quietness, the new Bentley Continental GT is on top of its class, mainly thanks to the implementation of a number of advanced noise-suppression technology like under-floor shields, and acoustic glazing as well as anti-vibration panels hidden throughout the interior. Interior refinement is unmistakable, thanks to the use of soft-touch leather trims, wood veneers, deep-pile carpets and cool-touch metals.
Just like in all Bentley vehicles, these elements were superbly hand-crafted at the carmaker's workshops in Crewe, United Kingdom. Bentley craftspeople particularly paid special attention in applying a UV stabilizer to the wood veneers, thereby protecting them from bleaching and ensuring they would last for a long time.
Likewise, Bentley craftspeople paid special attention in sewing every leather hide, even employing angled 'ramps' to create sharp styling lines, while still conserving the leather's soft touch attributes.
Additionally, the interior of the 2011 Continental GT is blessed with distinct and remarkably comfortable 'Cobra' design seats made from the latest body-supporting materials that employ complex foams, thereby delivering the desired softness and necessary support even during longer trips. Customers could have these seats specified with front-seat ventilation and a massage system featuring 10 individual massage cells.
The seats could also be specified with individual side airbags. Furthermore, front seatbelts come with new electrically operated automatic presenter. The Continental GT also comes with driver knee airbags as standard.
Rear passengers now have more legroom to boot (plus 46mm), thanks to slim front seat with scalloped backs. Also offered as standard are leather-lined door stowage bins with an integrated bottle holder as well as an Electronic Park Brake with Move Off Assist.
This grand tourer also features a new stylish storage device – a folding removable case that could contain smaller items like keys and pens.
This optional satin-chromed and leather-lined case is crafted from the same veneers as the interior. It is finished with inlaid Bentley wings and can be secured in a recess above the twin drinks holders in the coupe's center console.
Bentley Senior Designer Darren Day described the interior of the new Continental GT coupe as a combination of form, practicality and innovation. He remarked that they set out to translate the original design cabin sketches into the final design, thereby resulting into the next generation Continental GT.