The next generation Bentley Continental will reportedly ride on the MSB platform that will also underpin the all-new Porsche Panamera.

The next generation Bentley Continental will reportedly ride on the MSB platform that will also underpin the all-new Porsche Panamera.

According to a Volkswagen Group insider cited by Autocar, the Bentley Continental will make the switch from Phaeton's aging D1 platform to the Porsche-developed MSB architecture which will also underpin the second generation Panamera due in 2016. Thanks to an extensive use of aluminum, the new Continental should come with a significant weight loss as well as with a more balanced weight distribution which will greatly improve driving characteristics.

It is believed the MSB platform will also form the basis of the next-gen Flying Spur which is set to become more spacious and luxurious but without gaining too much weight despite an increase in the level of equipment offered.

Chances are both the new Continental and Flying Spur will be available with Porsche's all-new V8 gasoline engine which will also be tweaked for future sportier Continental derivatives.

Scheduled to go on sale by mid-2017, the next generation Bentley Continental could be revealed in the second half of 2016.

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