Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Bentley Press | posted February 18, 2015 14:16
Variable Displacement Technology standard on both cars
Bentley recently released the first images and details of the updated Continental GT and Flying Spur prior to their debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Most of the updates done on the luxury cars were applied on the exterior, interior and powertrain.
Starting with the Continental GT family, the front end gets a new bumper design along with a smaller radiator grill and more prominent fenders that gives the car a more assertive stance according to Bentley. The rear bumper gets a new shape while the trunk lid gets a more 'sculpted' look. Finishing the exterior revisions are a set of new 20- and 21-inch wheel designs.
Inside, the Continental GT gets a new steering wheel thats more 'ergonomic and sports oriented' according to Bentley and comes with larger paddle shifters. The instrumental panel gets new dials and gauges while the gear lever has a new black surround. The V8 and V8 S models also get to have a new hidden compartment between the rear seats that enable multiple charging of electronic devices/ gadgets.
An array of new upholstery has also been made available to the Continental GT which include: diamond quilted pattern seats, aniline hide seat cushions and backrests and Alcantara headlining.
The 6.0-liter twin turbo W12 now generates 590 PS and 720 Nm, 15 PS and 20 Nm more than the pre-facelift version. Moreover, Bentley stated that it saves up on fuel 5% more and also has a variable displacement system which deactivates some of the cylinders during low speeds.
While no pictures were provided by Bentley about the updated Flying Spur, the company did state that the Flying Spur will get new 20-inch wheels as standard while a 21-inch set comes as an optional extra. The interior of the Flying Spur also gets the more sporty steering wheel along with a WiFi hotspot system. The 625 PS, 800 Nm W12 engine of the Flying Spur also receives the variable displacement technology.