Bentley pays homage to British roots with 2018 Continental GT First Special Edition

Article by Christian A., on December 4, 2017

While car media outlets are busy keeping tabs on what’s happening at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, apparently, something hotter has been brewing in Crewe England after Bentley uncovered its new 2018 Continental GT First Special Edition. At a time when the first batch of the 3rd generation Continental GT has not yet reached the homes of their rightful owners, we have to say this is something we least expected.

Regardless, Bentley’s Continental GT has been customized by the British marque’s design team to create the ultimate grand tourer of all time — the First Edition. It features a rotating display that lets you switch between three various panels. Depending on what suits your mood, its built-in 12.3-inch touch screen can be swapped with another instrument display that offers three analog dials or if the engine is turned off, the next option showcases a panel display that offers unobstructed view of the dashboard.

Bentley’s First Edition is also offered with four distinctively premium dual tone veneers for its Grand Black dashboard that suits any of the four veneer colors available --- Dark Fiddleback Eucaplyptus, Dark Stained Madrona, Liquid Amber, and the Tamo Ash veneer finish.

The seats now feature an elegant quilt pattern in diamond shapes which are likewise applied on the rear quarter panels as well as those at the doors. In addition, the 2018 Continental GT First Edition has been adorned with Union Flag badges visible on both the interior and exterior sections while the illuminated door sills helps draw more attention to the Bentley badge whenever the door opens.

On the safety front, other add-ons may vary depending on the vehicle’s specification but the driver assistance system should at least now comprise of traffic sign recognition, pedestrian warning and parking assist. The First Edition can be specified whether in Touring or City specification.

Some optionally available upgrades include a set of 22 - inch wheels in gloss finish, foot pedals with drilled alloy design and jewel encrusted finish for both oil and filler caps. Meanwhile, clients can have the option to replace the 650W built in audio system either with Naim’s 2,200W or with Bang and Olufsen’s 1500W powerful sound systems.

The First Edition still uses the same 6.0 liter twin turbo W12 TSI gas engine as the standard Continental GT. Therefore, it’s packed with the same impressive outputs of 626 hp (635 PS) and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque and it takes off from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds before topping off at 207mph (333 km/h).

Press Release

A CRAFTSMANSHIP SHOWCASE: THE BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT FIRST EDITION

Bentley Motors has created an exclusive First Edition of the all-new Continental GT. This ultimate expression of the Grand Tourer represents the pinnacle of Bentley craftsmanship, handcrafted and designed in Great Britain.

Exquisitely appointed, the interior specification of the Bentley Continental GT First Edition has been painstakingly curated by the Bentley design team. The new model combines all the finest features available on the third generation Continental GT, brought together to create the most luxurious Grand Tourer ever produced.

A stunning showcase of technology and design, the First Edition includes the unique Bentley Rotating Display. This system enables the driver to seamlessly switch between three different fascia panels to suit the mood of the cabin. The default 12.3” touchscreen can be substituted with a more classically styled instrument display if preferred; one that features three analogue dials. When the engine is off, the third veneer-only face is displayed for an uninterrupted flow of wood right across the dashboard.

Customers can choose from one of four unique Dual Veneers for the dashboard fascia. These beautiful wood options include Tamo Ash, Liquid Amber, Dark Stained Madrona and Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus, always combined with Grand Black, which is exclusive to the First Edition.

These exceptional finishes help create the impression of even more space inside an already sumptuous cabin, and complement a striking interior design that is beautifully enhanced by mood lighting and illuminated sills emblazoned with ‘Bentley’, visible when opening the doors.

Mirroring the performance of the new Grand Tourer’s 6.0-litre, twin turbocharged W12 TSI engine; the Mulliner Driving Specification is also included with the First Edition. This driver-focused collection adds drilled alloy foot pedals, jewel-finish oil and filler caps, and unique, 22” wheels, available in bright paint, black and hand polished or fully polished finishes.

The specification is complemented by diamond-in-diamond quilt pattern on seats, door panels and rear quarter panels, all featuring a unique contrast stitch only available with the First Edition.

Other key additions to the ultimate list of standard equipment include the City Specification and Touring Specification, with features such as park assist, pedestrian warning and traffic sign recognition. The Bentley 650 watts audio system can be upgraded with either the Bang & Olufsen system of 1500 watts, or for the true audiophile the top-of-the-range Naim audio system with 2200 watts.

Discreet Union Flag First Edition badging throughout the interior and exterior of the Continental GT identify the car’s exceptional credentials, in addition to a unique Union Flag tread plate plaque.

Source: Bentley

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