Bentley Continental GT/GTC will get new eight-speed automatic gearbox

Article by Christian A., on August 23, 2012

Bentley will use the eight-speed automatic gearbox on its GT and GTC models. This type of gearbox was recently seen on the GT Speed. The current six-speed ’box is replaced by the close-ratio unit from ZF. The updated cars will start delivery this October. This has the same time-scale as the GT Speed. With this new gearbox, the 567bhp W12-equipped GT is able to accelerate from zero to 60mph by 0.1sec faster to 4.3sec.

It also drives the Continental GTC to make the 0-60mph sprint faster by 0.3sec to 4.4sec. The Continental GT can move from zero to 100mph in under 10.0sec at 9.8sec while the GTC can achieve this in 10.3sec. Both cars’ fuel economy ratings were also given a boost by the gearbox.

The GT has improved its fuel economy rating from 17.1mpg to 19.5mpg, and its CO2 emissions have been reduced from 384g/km to 338g/km. Previously, the GTC shared its economy and CO2 figures with the GT. But because of the eight-speed gearbox, it now offers fuel economy of 19.0mpg and a CO2 emissions level of 347g/km.

In reference to the signature Bentleys launched previously, the brand's design team under the lead of Dirk van Braeckel, Director of Design, has produced a particularly innovative, sculptured exterior, made with advanced manufacturing technologies to guarantee the highest standards of exterior integrity and quality.

Aluminium Super Forming technology is applied to form the boot lid and the front wings. This method heats the aluminum panels to around 500 degrees Celsius prior to forming them through air pressure. Through the use of a single sheet of aluminum, no welding or seams are necessary.

The new exterior construction processes provide sharp, finely-tuned feature lines and shape to each area of the body. The common rear haunches and power lines are reminiscent of the pioneer 1950s R-Type Continental and currently have sharper radii to produce highly distinct curves, bringing the vibe of an authentic coachbuilt vehicle to the latest coupe.

The GT Coupe's latest appearance is stronger than before. The traditional Bentley matrix radiator grille is more upright than ever, while the latest headlight design, in classic four-lamp style has pristine jewel-like details like head-turning, LED daytime running lights.

At the back, Bentley's trademark 'floating' LED lights wrap around the edges of the wings, highlighting the latest coupe's functional built and width. The track is broader by 41mm at the front and 48mm at the back compared to the former model. The bootlid design has a strong 'double horse-shoe' theme, which reminds fans of the latest Bentley Mulsanne, while flared round exhaust tailpipes emphasize the latest Bentley Continental GT's athletic features.

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