Bentley working on a four-door coupe based on the Continental GT

Article by Christian A., on April 22, 2013

It appears that the success seen by the Mercedes-Benz CLS or the Bmw 6-Series Gran Coupe made other luxury carmakers working on their own versions of four-door coupes. Bentley is the last carmaker who will add a four-door coupe to its lineup and according to AutoExpress the Continental GT is the model chosen by the British company.

In an interview, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Schreiber confirmed the fact that a coupe would sit below the recently unveiled Continental GT Flying Spur but we will have to expect this car by 2016 at the earliest.

Currently, Bentley is focusing on an SUV as the demand for this type of vehicles is continuously rising. For those who don’t know, Bentley and Lamborghini (both owned by Volkswagen Group) are currently working hard on their SUVs. The Bentley SUV will hit the dealerships by 2015 and the manufacturer said that it received over 2,000 pre orders.

Headed by none other than the Director of Design Dirk van Braeckel, the design team at Bentley made use of features from many of the brand’s iconic models. This resulted in a vehicle that is completely modern, having a sculptured body, and created by making use of the most hi-tech production technologies. With this, Bentley is able to guarantee that this new model will show the highest of standards when it comes to body integrity as well as quality.

Thus when it comes to the appearance, this GT coupe is bolder compared to the previous generation. For instance, the matrix radiator grille of classic Bentleys is still there but this time, it was made more upright. Further, the headlamp comes in a new design and while it is still in the standard four-lamp configuration, it has a more jewel-like detailing which includes the attractive daylight running lamps that use LEDs.

Going to the rear section, the brand’s trademarked “floating” LED lamps are still there. For the new model, the lamps are able to extend on the corners of the vehicle’s wings. As such, it helps highlight the width and the model’s purposeful stance. When compared to the previous generation, this new one has larger tracks with the rear out wider by 48 mm and the front by 41 mm.

Meanwhile the design of the bootlid is one that has that strong “double horseshoe” theme which brings to mind the Bentley Mulsanne. Still on the rear end, the elliptical flared exhaust tailpipes strengthen the sporting characteristics of the new Continental GT. Bentley revealed that in order to create both the boot lid and the front wings, the brand used what is known as the Aluminum Super Forming technology.

What this method entails is to heat the aluminum panels to almost 500 degrees Centigrade. The panels are then shaped using air pressure. Since a single aluminum sheet is used, it removes the need for any welding or seams. In addition, by utilizing the newest methods when it comes to body construction, Bentley was able to deliver feature lines and forms that are highly defined while being crisp.

This can be seen on each region of the exterior. There are also the well-known rear haunches and power lines, the same ones on the R-Type Continental launched during the 1950s. For the new Continental GT though, these features now have sharper radii. As such, it results in surfaces that can be considered as more unique. It also gives a coach-built feel to this new coupe from Bentley.

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