These posh models take design cues from one of Bentley's best looking concepts in years.
While some automakers are beginning to abandon the Nürburgring for the season and heading to Sweden for cold weather testing, Bentley remains at the Nordschleife for evaluating the next-gen Continental GT and droptop GTC. A fresh spy video shows the pair together lapping the famous German circuit.
The front end of the new models takes clear inspiration from the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept. Like the show car, these models feature gigantic circular headlights near and smaller lights near the fenders. However, there’s thicker trim around the grille here than on the Speed 6, and the hood doesn’t arch downward.
Bentley fits these examples with camouflaged front and rear fenders that appear to exaggerate how far they stick outward. We doubt the production versions would have this chiseled, angular look and suspect that something sleeker is underneath the cladding. The company disguises the rear well, but the back features well-integrated oval tailpipes in the fascia.
The new Continental GT and GTC share Volkswagen Group’s MSB platform with the latest Porsche Panamera. The new underpinnings should contribute to a lower weight, which should mean sharper handling
Sharing a chassis with the Panamera also lets the Bentleys use some of its engines. The lineup reportedly includes a 4.0-liter biturbo V8, which makes 542 horsepower (404 kilowatts) and 568 pound-feet (770 Newton-meters) in the Porsche. Customers might also be able to order a plug-in hybrid with a biturbo 2.9-liter V6 and a total system output of 462 hp (340 kW) and 517 lb-ft (700 Nm) in the German sedan. Finally there’s the new biturbo 6.0-liter W12 that produces 600 hp (447kW) and 663 lb-ft (900 Nm) in the Bentley Bentayga.
Bentley would likely perform a staggered launch of this pair. We should see the Continetal GT sometime next year, but it’s possible the GTC might not premiere until 2018.