Bentley has announced plans to unveil the facelifted 2011 Continental GT on September 7th. It will feature revised styling, an updated interior, and a new W12 engine.
While we only get a few glimpses of the revised model, the car will feature LED-infused headlights, modified bumpers, and Mulsanne-inspired taillights. Inside, the cabin boasts a new instrument cluster and a modern infortainment system.
Under the hood, the 6.0-liter W12 engine will likely be replaced by the 6.3-liter W12 from the 2011 Audi A8L W12. The Audi version produces 493 bhp (368 kW / 500 PS) and 625 Nm (461 lb-ft) of torque, but the Bentley mill should churn out at least 552 bhp (412kW / 560 PS) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque. It will be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission (instead of today's six-speed), which should allow the coupe to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 4.6 seconds.
If you're afraid the new engine will be less environmentally friendly than the outgoing unit, Bentley has previously announced plans to introduce a new powertrain "...that will deliver a 40 percent reduction in fuel consumption while maintaining current levels of performance." This means the Continental GT could offer a fuel consumption rating of 16 mpg city / 28 mpg highway (US).
The car will be unveiled, online, on September 7th before its offical debut at the Paris Motor Show.