Bentley has unveiled the redesigned 2011 Continental GT, a subtle evolution of the previous model. Full coverage inside.

Bentley has unveiled the redesigned 2011 Continental GT.

While it looks virtually identical to the outgoing model, the company assures us every body panel is completely brand-new. A closer inspection will reveal the creases are more prominent, the beltline is higher, and the side windows are slightly longer. Other differentiators include new taillights, Mulsanne-inspired headlights, and a revised grille.

Like the exterior, the cabin only sees minor modifications. The overall design carries over, but there is a new infotainment system, a floating center stack, and higher quality materials. Thanks to slimmer front seats, rear seat passengers are awarded an extra two inches of legroom.

In terms of performance, Bentley engineers installed aluminum suspension components, a new steering system, and a 40:60 spilt all-wheel drive system.

Power is provided by a revised 6.0-liter W12 engine which produces 567 hp (423 kW / 575 PS) and 516 lb-ft (699 Nm) of torque - an increase of 15 hp (11 kW / 15 PS) and 37 lb-ft (50 Nm). It enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds (an improvement of 0.2 seconds), before hitting a top speed of 198 mph (319 km/h). Despite the extra oomph, the 2011 GT is expected return 12/19 mpg which is up from 10/17 mpg.

Later next year, a new 4.0-liter V8 will be offered alongside the W12.  Details are limited, but Bentley says the engine will be more efficient and not destined for an entry-level model.  Expect to learn more in the coming months.

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