Details are hard to make out but the model has larger headlights and a lower hood which should contribute to a sportier appearance.

The Bentley Continental GT was introduced over a decade ago and, although it has received a number of updates over the years, there's no hiding the fact that it's a bit of a dinosaur. That's about to change as the company is working on a redesigned model which will be lighter, sportier, and more capable than its predecessor.

Recently spotted undergoing testing, the 2018 Continental GT is instantly recognizable but appears to adopt a new front fascia inspired by the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept.  Details are hard to make out but the model has larger headlights and a lower hood which should contribute to a sportier appearance.

Moving further back, we can see an evolutionary design as the GT continues to have door mounted mirrors and muscular rear fenders.  The design déjà vu is also noticeable at the rear but the model appears to have a new dual exhaust system with larger tailpipes.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but the coupe will likely be equipped with the new 6.0-liter W12 engine that recently debuted in the Bentayga.  It produces 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.  The current model's biturbo V8 engine could carryover and it might be joined by an Audi-sourced TDI V8 engine that develops more than 400 hp.

Regardless of what's under the hood, the 2018 Continental GT should be much more nimble than its predecessor as it will ride on the MSB platform that underpins the next-generation Porsche Panamera.  This should enable the model to have improved handling and a significant weight reduction.

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