Bentley Continental GT2 coming in 2012

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 4, 2011

In 2012, a GT2 version of Bentley’s top-selling Continental will be launched, according to an Auto Express report. However, new chief Wolfgang Durheimer has yet to confirm if the GT2 will use the current W12 engine or the new twin-turbo V8 that’s due in 2012. At 2,200kg, this model is lighter than the standard GT by at least 200kg. It has an output of 650bhp, almost 100bhp more than the regular coupe.

As a result, the vehicle can accelerate from a standstill to 60mph in less than four seconds. It can reach a top speed that exceeds 200mph.

It is believed that both engines are being tested as the two of them can deliver over 600bhp. Sources said that this limited edition would be the fastest and most powerful road car from Bentley. In addition, the sources said that the GT2 is the first Continental to get rid of the four-wheel-drive system.

Early this year, the car was introduced to the top officials at a secret meeting. Durheimer said that this car will help Bentley to raise the Continental lineup’s appeal and to boost the performance of the GT Supersport, its current flagship.

He said that he is sure that there’s room for a car that offers more power than the Supersport. He also explained that the company may have made some errors in how the Supersport was designed in the past. For instance, he said that it shouldn’t have been a two-seater since this layout should be used only for the “top-line cars.”

In the design of modern cars, the role of aerodynamics has become so significant that even the smallest of holes are focused on to see the effect. The reason for this is that majority of the car’s components and surfaces will always impact aerodynamics. As such, the airflow the car experiences should either be avoided or exploited in order to reach its full potential. Simply put, the faster one wants their cars to be, the more significant the part that aerodynamics play.

To be clear, this is not limited to issues on speed but it also makes sure that the car remains stable while the temperature of its engine continues to be low. This is why Bentley’s new Continental GT is shaped the way it is. Its design is clearly a modern retelling of the classic fastback’s design giving it a drag coefficient at 0.32. One of the issues faced by having this particular shape is that if the airflow is not restrained and is allowed to overflow to the rear, it can result to conditions that may lead to introducing rear-end lift.

If this happens, it can change how the car is balanced since it can affect the weight distribution and result in instability. To solve this particular problem, the Continental GT utilizes two aerodynamic devices that can instead convert the disadvantage presented by the airflow to an advantage. The first of these devices is the rear spoiler. It is placed at the base of its windscreen in the rear and is immediately deployed when the vehicle goes above a particular speed.

With the rear spoiler, the air flow to the back is interrupted and instead helps the car to be pushed to the road instead of delivering unwanted lift. What makes this device more efficient is the diffuser that is just under the rear. It helps with the overall stability and lowers drag by removing air under the car.

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