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Bentley Continental GT


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A grand touring luxury coupe produced by Bentley since 2003.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Bentley Continental GT page on 2 December 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Bentley Continental GT is a grand tourer produced by British automaker Bentley Motors since 2003. It was the first car released by Bentley under Volkswagen AG-management after their acquisition of the company in 1998, and the first ever Bentley to employ "mass production" manufacturing techniques. It shares a platform with the Volkswagen Phaeton.

In 1994 Rolls Royce Motors (who at that time owned the Bentley brand) previewed a convertible concept car at the Geneva Motor Show - the Concept Java. The car was designed to be a highly desirable Bentley, but smaller, more affordable, yet still exclusive in order to maintain the integrity of the brand. It was to appeal to a new range of potential buyers and generate increase sales volume for Rolls Royce (at the time the current Bentley Continental R was an ultra-exclusive £180,000 in the UK, within reach of a very select market selling only 2-300 units a year). The Concept Java never made it into production in the form seen in 1994 (although 13 cars were made for the Sultan of Brunei). However the Bentley Continental GT realised the concept of the Java as a more affordable Bentley, manufactured in much larger volumes. Whilst external styling is different, the dashboard design was clearly influenced by the Java.

First generation (2003–2011)

The vehicle was unveiled in 2003 Geneva Motor Show, followed by Le Mans, 2003 Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2003 annual Bentley Drivers Club meeting at Silverstone,. Very importantly, the car differed significantly from the previous Continental R & T models in terms of its concept: although much of the car is hand assembled, it is a mass-produced car made in significantly larger numbers. It is not a coachbuilt car. As a result, the price at launch was significantly less than the Continental R (approximately half) and this immediately exposed the car to a much wider and new customer base as a more affordable car.

The Continental GT is equipped with a 6.0 litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine, which produces a DIN-rated motive power output of 560 metric horsepower (412 kW; 552 bhp) at 6,100 rpm, and torque of 650 newton metres (479 lbf·ft) at 1,600-6,100 rpm. Torsen-based permanent four-wheel drive is standard. It will accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour (0.0 to 62.1 mph) in 4.8 seconds, and go on to reach a top speed of 318 kilometres per hour (197.6 mph).

Second generation (2011–present)

The vehicle was unveiled in 2010 Paris Motor Show. Ordering of Continental GT began in October 2010, with deliveries of 2011 Continental GT began in the first quarter of 2011.


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Bentley Continental GT Subject:  Bentley Continental GT
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2004 Chicago Auto Show
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Bentley Continental GT V8 Subject:  Bentley Continental GT V8
Photographer/Source:  Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
Event:  2013 Geneva International Motor Show
License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
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Bentley Continental GT V8 Subject:  Bentley Continental GT V8
Photographer/Source:  Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
Event:  2013 Geneva International Motor Show
License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
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Bentley Continental GT Subject:  Bentley Continental GT
Photographer/Source:  Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
Event:  2013 Geneva International Motor Show
License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
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Bentley Continental GT Subject:  Bentley Continental GT
Photographer/Source:  Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
Event:  2013 Geneva International Motor Show
License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
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Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible Subject:  Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible
Photographer/Source:  Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
Event:  2013 Geneva International Motor Show
License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
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Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible Subject:  Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible
Photographer/Source:  Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
Event:  2013 Geneva International Motor Show
License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
View photo of Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show - 2.9MB
Mansory Bentley Continental GT Subject:  Mansory Bentley Continental GT
Photographer/Source:  Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
Event:  2013 Geneva International Motor Show
License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
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Bentley Continental GT Speed Racing 2 Subject:  Continental GT Speed in Anthracite
Game:  CSR Racing 2
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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Matchbox P2935-0910Bentley Continental GTVIP Rides, 1:64 scale, bronze


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
26 September 2012Bentley Continental GT3 concept - Le Mans racer Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
14 July 2013Has Bentley stolen the show at FoS with the Continental GT3? Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
20 August 2013Bentley Le Mans editions - celebrating the Bentley Boys Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
7 October 2013Bentley Continental GT Speed - Lasting Impression Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
29 October 2013Bentley Continental GT Speed W12 short review Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
21 November 2013Speedmonkey Is Driving This Bentley Right Now Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
18 June 2014Bentley Continental GT3-R - #Goodwood #FOS Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
18 June 2014Bentley Continental GTC W12 Review Colin Hubbard
7 January 2016Bentley and Monster Debut 'Monster By Mulliner' Continental GT V8 S Featuring Pure Monster Sound at CES 2016 in Las VegasMonster
2 August 2016Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming Model Year 2014 Bentley Flying Spur Saloon/Continental Passenger Cars Are Eligible for ImportationFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)
30 November 2018Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision that Nonconforming Model Year 2015 Bentley Continental Passenger Cars Are Eligible for ImportationFederal Register: NHTSA (Michael A. Cole)
25 November 2019Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming Model Year 2014 to 2018 Bentley GT Continental Passenger Cars Are Eligible for ImportationFederal Register: NHTSA (Otto G. Matheke III)


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