New Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal GT a lux­ury mis­sile with 626 hp

The latest Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal GT might have the coolest dash­board of all time

Edmonton Sun - Autonet - - NEWS -

Clay­ton Seams

Bent­ley’s quasi-sporty lux­ury coupe, the Con­ti­nen­tal GT, has dropped cover ahead of the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show.

The new third-gen­er­a­tion model sports crisper lines, LED head­lights and a typ­i­cally sump­tu­ous in­te­rior. Though it has a mighty 626 horse­power un­der the hood from a 6.0litre twin-turbo W12 engine, the real story is the dash­board.

See, these hy­per-ex­pen­sive mod­ern lux­ury cars have to sat­isfy young and old money at the same time. Younger buy­ers want a large touch screen with nav­i­ga­tion and mu­sic in­for­ma­tion, more tra­di­tional buy­ers might just want some ana­log gauges, and those who just want to ad­mire a Bent­ley’s wood trim will want noth­ing there at all.

Bent­ley’s so­lu­tion is to give the buyer all three: a large panel houses three dif­fer­ent pan­els on a ro­tat­ing assem­bly that can be switched out at the touch of a but­ton. One is a touch screen to which we’re ac­cus­tomed in mod­ern cars. The sec­ond is a bank of three ana­log gauges, an out­side ther­mome­ter, a com­pass, and a stop­watch. The third is sim­ply a blank but beau­ti­fully lac­quered piece of wood trim. It’s a bril­liant so­lu­tion to a de­sign chal­lenge.

The hefty coupe man­aged to drop 80 kilo­grams over the pre­vi­ous Con­ti­nen­tal GT, but still weighs 2,245 kg. Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch trans­mis­sion, and the front wheels can take 38 per cent of the engine’s torque in normal mode and just 17 per cent in sport mode for a more rear-bi­ased driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The Con­ti­nen­tal GT sprints from rest to 100 km/h in 3.7 sec­onds, be­fore top­ping out at 333 km/h.

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2019 Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal GT.

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