2012 Bentley Continental GT Review

Crewe teams to design and engineering, the new Bentley Continental GT Coupe is a leadership opportunity to define a bold and exciting for one of the most revered names Bentley - Continental. The founder and successful Bentley Continental GT, introduced in 2003 represented the first step in the rebirth of Bentley and defines an entirely new market segment. It was an ergonomics offering excellent luxury GT was faithful to the spirit Bentley Grand Touring.

Now, the new Continental GT coupe 4 seater built on the success of its iconic predecessor, capturing the spirit of the GT, but with further design standards, engineering, luxury, craftsmanship, performance, dynamic practice, all days and refinement.

A well sculpted body give the new Bentley Continental GT coupe an even clearer, more defined appearance. The contemporary interior offers new levels of cabin craft of design, comfort and luxury. The seats, for example, offer further support and the back room of the leg, a dash of style even more exploration and Modernity. The new touch-screen capabilities of the system state information and entertainment of the art navigation, Google Maps and entertainment, while the latest speaker technology in a balanced way the radiator and the size of Dirac � sound processing provide a better quality digital audio.

Bentley's acclaimed 6-liter 12-cylinder bi-turbo power train now has a high power output 575p (567bhp/423kW) and 700 nm (� 516 ft) of torque and is mated to a new box that allows reductions Quickshift driving double. Thanks to Flex technology also can operate on unleaded gasoline, the standard (petrol) and sustainable bioethanol (up to E85) or any combination thereof.

In late 2011 a brand new, high-performance 8-cylinder engine will also be available on request. This engine will offer a peak reduction of 40 per cent of emissions compared to the W12 engine and provide a ruling class power to CO2 ratio of Bentley performance and refinement.

Both engines are coupled to a four-wheel drive with a sporty rear torque bias 40:60 (compared to the distortion of the original Bentley Continental GT 50:50), which minimizes understeer cornering hard and let the experienced pilot to steer the car online and the balance through precise throttle control.

"New Continental GT is a car a work of art, craft unique and stylish design that drives like a supercar, but without the usual sacrifices around or convenience is a car that you can enjoy every moment of every days ... " - Franz-Josef Paefgen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Sculptural EXTERNAL exudes quality and integrity of design

Inspired by Bentley's iconic past, the design team under the direction of Bentley Design Director Dirk van Braeckel, has created a very modern, sculpted body, built with advanced production technologies to ensure the highest standards of integrity quality and body.

Aluminum Super forming technology to create a working front fenders and tailgate. This heats up the aluminum panels to almost 500 degrees before the formulation of the pressure. Using a single block of aluminum, no seams or welding is required.

The latest body building techniques to provide crisp, clear lines and form features all areas of the exterior design. Power lines and the familiar body width - echoes the 1950 original R-Type Continental - now has the strongest rays to create very different surfaces, so the sensation of a Capuchin truly drive the new coupe.

GT Coupe new look is bolder than ever. The radiator grille classic Bentley matrix is ??more vertical, while the new headlight design, the traditional format of four lamps exquisite jewel-like details, including eye-catching LED light works.

At the rear, to extend the signing of Bentley "floating" LED on the edges of the wings, says the new cut width and a proactive attitude. The track is 41mm wide by 48mm front and rear than the previous model. The design has a trunk safe "Double Horseshoe" pattern, reminiscent of the Bentley Mulsanne new, while elliptical flared exhaust improve the new Bentley Continental GT sports references.

The body shape of the new Bentley Continental GT Coupe is also more aerodynamic wind tunnel after extensive analysis. Along with a wide range of base improvements (including wheel arches and exhaust aerodynamic aids) Coefficient of drag is down to GT 0.33Cd and lift the front and rear axle has also been reduced to create more stability at high speeds .

The new Bentley Continental GT is defined by 20-inch alloy wheels as standard, for the first time, Continental family, the opportunity to update the 21-inch model. Three wheel styles are offered - to 20-inch five-spoke 21-inch version and two elegant and split-rim Sports fluctuations that come with various chrome and painted finishes.

"The new GT coupe has an even more athletic than ever. It is exceptionally refined and comfortable 2 +2 Gran Turismo, but with heart, soul, and the appearance of a supercar '-. Dirk van Braeckel, design director

CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS WITH CABIN considerable refinement Bentley

With a design completely handmade, Bentley Continental GT cockpit sets new standards of refinement and luxury to create an elegant space, with up to four people can relax and comfortable.

Gauges and dash subtly echo of flying wings and why Bentley is the highest quality design with soft ears. New touch-screen technology, and chrome bezelled are choosing this change in the cabin, which increases dramatically in the center console in the form of raised "wing," he says.

The striking design of the seats and unique "Cobra" are very comfortable thanks to the introduction of the latest body of support material, the use of foam to provide softness complex at first contact, but with excellent support for more trips.

The seats can be specified with ventilated front seats and a state of the art massage system with 10 individual cells in individual massage and side airbags are standard for all passengers. Front seat belts have a new presenter electric automatic controls, so the safety belt effort. Driver knee airbags are standard equipment.

The new Bentley Continental GT offers more than everyday use. The new slim-line front seat with scalloped back also provide an additional 46mm of legroom and easy access for rear passengers in the aft cabin.

No other Grand Tourer offers so much thanks to sophisticated noise suppression technology amazing sophistication, including acoustic glazing, hidden beneath the plates, and anti-vibration panels throughout the cabin.

The cottage was cut into a soft, a full range of wood veneers, metals and Cool-deep carpets - hand Bentley factory in Crewe laboratories unprecedented in England. The attention to detail also extends to apply a UV stabilizer to protect the bleaching of wood veneers, ensuring it can be enjoyed as new for decades to come.

Each leather skin is always done under the supervision of craftsmen of Bentley and women. By integrating smart angle "ramps" behind the leather interior designers have created strong, clear lines of style while maintaining a soft feel.

Other simple functions are powered and practical start as standard, electronic parking brake with a passage from Assist and upgraded leather-lined door storage compartments, integrated with a bottle.

Perhaps the coolest new storage device for a new Bentley Continental GT is a beautiful and elegant, case folding, removable and designed to hold items like keys and pens, and can also be slipped into your pocket or purse. Made from faceted as the interior coupe, the case (option available for a fee), Bentley has carved wings glossy, satin chrome and leather-lined, and is fixed in twins supports drinks indentation in the center console.

"The new GT coupe interior combines form, functionality and innovation Our task was to translate the original sketches for the cab of the car -. Which was pretty extreme, almost revolutionary for a Bentley. - Due to the final design is a carrier moving Continental GT to the next generation "-. Darren Day, Senior Designer

Infotainment systems for its class

Complete your cabin today, the new Continental GT also features an advanced touch screen with new rich images and a map of 30 GB hard disk.

The 8-inch screen displays the car's audio system, telephone line and the options of comfort and cutting edge navigation system that uses both in the car a hard drive and DVD player to access the data drive. It also employs a dynamic navigation to guide you in areas of high traffic destinations using geotagged photos from an SD memory card and is compatible with Google Maps (specific market).

The infotainment system with 7-digit postal code, uses a combination of tactile control and classic fluted rotary switches provide immediate comfort and clear comments. The screen interface is designed in-house to ensure his vision is in harmony with the style of the interior. Look closely and you will see that the knurled switch on the screen are "virtual" echoes of the knurled switch below.

Bentley Continental GT, a new infotainment system also offers the best in car audio. Eight speaker sound system is offered as standard employs the latest technology Balanced Mode Radiator. These single, compact, flat speakers deliver exceptionally sharp with a very wide frequency range.

11-speaker Naim for Bentley system - has created exclusively for Bentley Continental GT, British audiophile Naim - uses a revolutionary Dirac Dimensions � digital signal processing. This industry first technology to create a virtual "sound field" independent of the line speaker provides concert hall sound of each passenger, where they sit.

Bentley Continental GT Coupe also benefits from the phone connectivity and music player, digital television (if possible) and playback of DVD movies. Music can be played and controlled directly from an iPod � and a six-disc CD changer, SD card reader or directly from the hard drive from the hard drive that can store up to 15 GB music.

A more efficient W12 AND NEW high-performance, powerful V8

The Bentley Continental GT is having a choice of two very distinctive high-performance engines. Besides the new version of the famous Crewe 575p Powertrain 6.0-liter W12, a new option for high-efficiency 4.0-liter V8 engine will be introduced in late 2011.

The environmental commitment of the new Bentley 4.0-liter V8 honor to present a powertrain that allows an improvement of 40 percent of CO2 emissions. The new V8 engine is specifically designed by Bentley engineers to deliver the power and torque of the brand synonymous with exciting. The new Crewe-built engine will also offer a class leading CO2 emissions of the power relationship.

At launch, the new Bentley Continental GT coupe is powered by the latest developments in Bentley's acclaimed 12-cylinder, turbocharged 6-liter twin turbo is tuned for better performance, thanks to increases in power, torque and fuel consumption.

Designed in a unique configuration of "W", it is the most compact and technologically advanced 12-cylinder in the world. Four camshafts and 48 valves allow the engine to breathe easily, and help create distinctive Bentley wave of torque. It is also capable of running on petrol (gasoline), E85 ethanol or a mixture of both - all from a single tank.

In 2008, Bentley has announced a comprehensive environmental agenda, which included a 15 percent improvement in powertrain efficiency and the adoption of Bentley models in flex-fuel technology in 2012. Bentley flex-fuel models are able to offer potential CO2 reduction of up to 70 percent on a "well to wheel" basis - the measure of CO2 emitted by a fuel from its production (good ) thanks to its combustion or implementation (wheel).

In order to be generated power and torque constant (regardless of fuel) fuel quality advanced continuously monitors the ratio of fuel used. After that controls the engine control unit adjusts the timing of the engine. This provides a continuous supply of power with Bentley engines are renowned for, and to ensure that no compromise in performance when using fuels that produce less CO2 emissions.

Later revisions of the new Bentley Continental GT Coupe engine includes a low friction, lightweight components that allows the engine to rev W12-format even more freely, while the latest engine management and two low-inertia turbochargers are optimized to ensure a minimum of turbo lag.

Overall, the Bentley Continental GT coup�, is 65 kg lighter than its predecessor thanks to reductions in all areas of the car from the engine components with new parts. With its output raised by 15PS and torque of 50 Nm - at 575p (567bhp/423kW) and 700 nm (� 516 ft) - the result is an improvement of 6 percent in the new GT power to weight ratio, which makes it capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds (0-100 km / h in 4.6 seconds) with a top speed of 198 mph (318 kmh).

The increased power and torque transfer to all four wheels via a drive system upgraded six-speed transmission Quick Shift, which halves the travel time (only 200 milliseconds). The gearbox has also revised the ability to deliver double downshifts (sixth to fourth gear, for example) and enhances acceleration in the speed range. To handle the power and torque, the planetary gear set of the ZF six-speed transmission is also enhanced.

Positive torque at debt reduction achieved by the engine and the interaction of electronic transmission controller for additional gas and fuel injection in the incident, a copy of the manual throttle "blips" for exactly matching rev. During gear changes up a gear, fuel and ignition cut time to give a fast switching time by limiting the mechanical couple also improve ride quality and durability.

"The extra power and torque W12 engine and transmission Quickshift develop new Bentley Continental GT supercar performance with instant access through the rev range. At the same time, a pioneer in the use of Bentley technology underscores our ongoing commitment to Flex environment. "- Brian Gush, Director of Engineering chassis and powertrain

All-wheel drive for enhanced ride and handling

Both engines are mated to a state of the art, all-wheel drive system with Torsen differential advanced. This ensures the safe handling and dynamic sports in all conditions and climate.

In the new court, the distribution of power is skewed to a sporty rear 40:60 feel much in terms of handling and acceleration in mid-corner. However, it can instantly adjust the distribution of power between the front and rear wheels depending on available traction. In addition, an updated electronic stability control (ESC) provides additional security and a grip whatever your riding style.

The chassis of the new Bentley Continental GT for optimal ride and handling balance. On a broad front and rear track of the advantages of agile handling, while the cast solid aluminum forged, high-rigidity aluminum column front suspension and gravity die casting, working together behind the bar in front stabilizer and must be renewed in the spring and calibration of shock. The result is a better solution, and stability at all speeds.

Continuous Damping Control (CDC) continually monitors the attitude of the car and insurance. By adjusting the suspension settings hundreds of times per second, can provide a versatile turn at low speed and greater control over the acceleration. It can also decrease the auto "V-Max" to increase stability at high speeds.


Throughout history, iconic Bentley Grand Tourers built a reputation of brand. In 1950, the great R-Type Continental sets new standards of performance and style. In 2003, revolutionized the Bentley Continental GT, the luxury coupe market, combining performance and supercar dynamics with remarkable everyday practices.

Now, the new Continental GT Coupe sets even higher standards in all areas of design, craftsmanship and technology.

"We distilled nearly 90 years, technical excellence in the new Continental GT coupe, the Bentley is all that stands for: .. performance breathtaking, beautiful design and unparalleled quality, comfort and luxury "- Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn, Member of the Board, Engineering



Type: 6-liter twin-turbo W12

Maximum power: 567bhp / 423kW / 575p @ 6000 rpm

Maximum torque: 700 nm / 516lb/ft @ 1700 rpm


ZF 6-speed automatic with rapid change and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters

Propulsion system: the continuing campaign of All-Wheel (40:60 through the back)


1 - 4.17

2. - 2.34

3. - 1.52

4. - 1.14

5 to 0.87

6th - 0.69

Final Drive: 3.526

Body Building

Steel monocoque


Front: Ventilated discs 405 mm (optional 420mm Carbon Silicon Carbide drilled)

Rear: 335 mm ventilated discs (optional to 356 mm, carbon and silicon carbide, cross-drilled)


9.5 J x 20 "(optional 9.5 J x 21")

275/40ZR 20 (optional 275/35 ZR21 includes an option for wheels)


Type: rack and pinion steering, speed-sensitive Servotronic ZF

Makes the lock: 2.6 turns

Turning radius: 11.3 million


Front: Four link double wishbones, computer controlled air suspension leveling with stabilizer bar.

Rear trapezoidal multi-link, computer-controlled self-leveling air suspension, anti-roll bar.

Attenuation: Continuous Damping, dynamic performance tuned.


Wheelbase: 2746 mm / 108.1 in

Length: 4806 mm / 189.2 in

Width (through body): 1944 mm / 76.5 in

Width (including mirrors): 2227 mm / 87.7 in

Wheelbase: 1404 mm / 55.3 in

Fuel tank: 90 gallons / 20 liters / 24 U.S. gallons

Boot Volume: 358 liters / 12.6 cu

Curb Weight (EU): 2,320 kg / 5115 lbs

Total Weight: 2750 kg / 6063 pounds


Maximum speed: 318 km / h (198 mph)

0-100 km / h: 4.6 s

0-160 km / h: 10.2 seconds

0-60 mph: 4.4 sec

0-100 km / h: 10.2 s

50-80 km / h (30-50 km / h): 1.7 s

80-120 km / h (50-75 km / h): 2.9 s

Fuel consumption (EU cycle)

Urban: 25.4 l/100 km (11.1 mpg)

Extra-urban: 11.4 l/100 km (24.9 mpg)

Combined: 16.5 l/100 km (17.1 mpg)

CO2 emissions: 384 g / km

Fuel consumption (EPA cycle)

Urban driving: 12.0 mpg (U.S.)

Highway driving: 19.0 mpg (U.S.)

Combined: 14.0 mpg (U.S.)

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