Next-generation Bentley Continental will get Panamera’s MSB platform

Article by Christian A., on November 13, 2014

Bentley is already working on the next-generation Continental and according to the latest reports from autocar, this model will use the same platform as the next-generation Porsche Panamera. Called MSB, the new platform will be engineered for Porsche’s characteristics, which means that the new Bentley Continental will get even more sportier.

What’s more interesting is that Bentley will receive a new V8 engine from Porsche rather than the current V8 powerplants designed by Audi.

Thanks to the new platform, the new Bentley Continental will ditch the current front transaxle with a system able to drive the front wheels via a ‘quill shaft’ which is driven form the rear of the transmission.

The new system will allow the engineers to mount the engine farther back in the engine bay. Bentley’s next-gen Flying Spur will also receive the MSB platform, which will alloy the company to offer a roomier interior.

Utilising the highest production techniques and the most advanced recognition software to test strength and durability, the new Bentley promises to be of a standard not seen since the icons of yesteryear were mass-produced.

Led by the Director of Design Dirk van Braeckel, the Bentley GT's front wings and boot lid are formed of a super aluminium process which first heats up the panels to 500 degrees Celsius and then starts to mould them using air pressure. Forming them from just one sheet of aluminium allows for a greater degree of strength in the panels as there are no seams, joins or welding required.

Delivering clearer, crisper lines, the exterior of this Bentley will hold even greater aerodynamics than previous models and will inspire a confidence you come to believe. Containing some familiarities with previous iterations, in particular the R-Type Continental from the 1950s, the rear of the vehicle is distinctly its own beast and comes with even sharper radii.

This is a GT Coupe with a firmer, more inspirational look. It has a matrix grille which is even more prominent and the new LED headlights contained in the traditional four-light fashion have some additional eye-catching jewel detailing on the inside of the lamps.

The LEDs stretch round to the rear of the vehicle where they form part of Bentley's key 'floating' lamps by sitting on the edge of wings. The purpose of which is to exaggerate the strong stance this Bentley has and highlights its width. You can view these details on its widened front track, 4.1 cm at the front and 4.8 cm in the rear of the vehicle.

Taking inspiration from the Bentley Mulsanne, there is a distinctive twin horse-shoe on the boot but when it comes to power and performance there is no doubting this Bentley's sporting ambitions with those elliptical exhaust tailpipes.

Performance is a key aim in the design of the Continental GT Coupe. By reducing drag and improving aerodynamics of the vehicle through extensive testing, the team has installed a great number of upgrades to the underbody, such as aids for the exhaust aerodynamics and the wheel arch.

Subsequently the team has reduced the drag on the GT by as much as 0.33 Cd and the vehicle has greater balance at high end speed due to the lifting of the axles at the front and rear of the GT.

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