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Frankfurt 2017 Preview: All-new Bentley Continental GT unleashed

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Marcus De Guzman / Bentley | August 30, 2017 10:19

Third-generation Bentley Continental GT unveiled with 635 horsepower

The Crewed-based luxury brand has officially taken the covers off the latest generation Continental GT. Sleeker, lighter and more powerful than its predecessor, the 2018 Bentley Continental GT features a more sculpted exterior, a new high-class cabin and a hand-built 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 that is capable of cranking out more than 630 PS.

“We are the world leader in luxury mobility and our products and services define new luxury in the automotive world. The new Continental GT encapsulates our desire to innovate as well as celebrate our heritage and take the Bentley ownership experience to the next, unparalleled level,” said Wolfgang Durheimer, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors.

Frankfurt 2017 Preview: All-new Bentley Continental GT unleashed

As mentioned earlier, the all-new Continental GT features a sleeker body that is dominated by round shapes and muscular curves; all while still retaining the distinct long hood, short deck design. Up front is the signature Bentley grill that is complemented by redesigned headlights that now come with LED Matrix lighting.

Meanwhile, highlighting the car's wide track and girth are the curvaceous quarter panels. Housed within those are overly-large 21-inch alloy wheels which can come in two design finishes. Available as an option are the larger, more lightweight 22-inch forged alloys. Topping it all off are the taillights and dual exhaust pipes that feature an oval-shaped design.

According to Bentley, the all-new GT is 80kg lighter thanks to the use of new lightweight materials. The skin itself is made from aluminum that was made possible using proprietary technology called 'Super Formed'. In a nutshell, Bentley was able to form the Continental GT's new body by heating aluminum up to 500 degrees Celcius. Used originally for crafting fenders, the 2018 Continental GT is the first production car to have a body made from the Super Formed process.

Frankfurt 2017 Preview: All-new Bentley Continental GT unleashed

Over to the interior, Bentley claims the 2018 Continental GT will come with the finest materials such as natural leather, wood veneer and hand-polished chrome fixtures. In fact, the new Continental GT has over 10 square meters of wood inlays which took 9 hours to create added the automaker.

The dashboard features a two-tone finish that can be customized according to a customer's tastes. Also present are acres of aluminum trim, high gloss piano black inlays and smooth leather upholstery on both the dash and steering wheel. A new digital instrument panel makes its way in the 2018 Continental GT which can also display points of interests, navigation and the trip computer.

A 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment sits at the center of the dash and comes with the following: navigation, media control and telephone connectivity. Apple CarPlay is also standard equipment in the new touchscreen display for easier iPhone integration.

Frankfurt 2017 Preview: All-new Bentley Continental GT unleashed

Both front seats are 20-way power adjustable and come with heating, cooling and massage functions. Also, all of the seats are upholstered in diamond-quilted leather and feature both exposed stitching and embroidery. Three audio systems are available for the 2018 Continental GT. First up is the standard 650 W system with 10 speakers. Next is the Bang & Olufsen 1,500 W 16-speaker system that comes with illuminated speaker grills. Finally, there's the 2,200 W 18-speaker system with Active Bass Transducers and eight sound modes.

At the heart of the 2018 Continental GT is an enhanced 6.0-liter W12 TSI engine. Fitted with a new engine management system, the twin-turbo W12 cranks out 635 PS and 900 Nm of torque. It can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 333 km/h. In addition, the upgraded engine comes high-pressure direct fuel injection with low-pressure injection, engine start-stop tech and variable displacement (which shuts off half the cylinders when not in full load).

Frankfurt 2017 Preview: All-new Bentley Continental GT unleashed

The dual-clutch eight-speed transmission now comes with a dual-mass flywheel which replaces the traditional torque converter for a smoother power delivery. Also, a new active all-wheel-drive system sends power to all four corners, replacing the old 40:60 power split between the front and rear axles. On normal conditions, power is sent to the rear wheels as much as possible.

The 2018 Bentley Continental GT will make its public debut at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show.