Bentley considering a new four-seat sports car

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 26, 2011

Although nothing is for sure, it appears that Bentley is considering adding a four-seat sports car that will use Volkswagen Group’s architecture, engines and components. If built, this car could go on sale in 2015 or 2016.

A crossover built by Bentley will go on sale in 2014 and this vehicle will borrow the platform used by the Audi Q7 and the Porsche Cayenne, while under the hood it will carry a powerful V12 engine. Moreover, the British sports car manufacturer is expected to add a convertible version of the Mulsanne, which will be the successor of the Azure, as well as a new coupe based on the same sedan.

Still, don’t expect these cars for at least two years. A long-wheelbase version of the Mulsanne is also being considered, but this car is expected to come within the next two years. Regarding the Continental range, the redesigned Flying Spur sedan is expected to be introduced in 2013, while the Speed high-performance models in 2014 or 2015.

A hybrid version of the Continental has been discussed, but nothing was confirmed yet. The Continental GT and GTC are also expected to receive a new 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 found on the Audi S performance models.

New Bentley Continental GT represents the Crewe development teams’ masterful redirection of the Continental line, which is one of the most iconic among all Bentleys. The introduction of the 2003 Bentley Continental GT marked the rebirth of Bentley, as the car created a brand new market category and became extremely successful as well. It was a prestige GT that was superbly practical while also keeping the soul of the Bentley grand tourer entrenched within.

All-new Continental GT is a 4-seat coupe that takes the baton of success from its revered predecessor. It stays true to the GT essence but heightens the level of style, technology, prestige, workmanship, refinement, sportive performance and general usability.

Bentley Continental GT’s gorgeously chiselled body form makes it appear more crisply defined. Inside, the modernised cabin also elevates the degree of stylishness, prestige, comfort and workmanship precision. As an example, the seats further enhance the amount of support and rear legroom, while the sweeping dashboard takes modernised style to a new level.

A new touchscreen infotainment system integrates cutting-edge navigation tools, Google Maps and entertainment. Audio quality is also improved, thanks to the newest Balanced Mode Radiator speaker technology and Dirac Dimensions digital sound processing.

The renowned 6-litre, 12-cylinder, twin-turbocharged engine that drives the Continental GT has increased power production to 575PS (567bhp/423kW) and 700Nm (516lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a new Quickshift transmission that permits double downshifts. The presence of the innovative FlexFuel technology means that standard unleaded petrol, sustainable bioethanol (up to E85) or a mix of the two can be used.

In the latter part of 2011, there will be a new engine option: a high-output 8-cylinder version. This high-tech power plant will have 40 percent less emissions than the W12 engine, and will achieve a best-in-class CO2 emissions-to-power ratio while maintaining the expected Bentley prestige and performance.

Both engines are paired with an all-wheel drive system that has a sporty 40:60 rear-torque bias (the preceding Continental GT had a 50:50 bias) to drastically reduce understeering when cornering hard and providing seasoned drivers more line and balance control through optimal throttle control.

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