Bentley’s new coupe takes shape
A few weeks back we spied a next-generation Bentley Continental GT prototype testing on the highway. Now, the same prototype has been caught winter testing, and these photos give us a better look at the new car. As before, we can tell the car is sleeker, drawing inspiration from the EXP10 Speed 6 concept that debuted at the 2015 Geneva auto show.
Now that we’ve got clearer photos of the prototype, it’s instantly recognizable as a Bentley Continental GT thanks to its evolutionary front fascia. The lower front fascia, in particular, is similar to the EXP10 Speed 6 Concept while the radiator grille appears smaller than the current-generation Continental GT. From the side is where the EXP10 Speed 6 Concept‘s influence is most apparent, with the prototype showing off a sleeker silhouette and roofline. The rear end also appears less voluptuous than the current Continental GT out back. Another design element borrowed from the EXP10 Speed 6 concept is the taillight clusters, which have a stretched oval LED light pattern in them that’s mimicked by the ovular tailpipes.
Under the hood, the next-generation Bentley Continental GT will likely retain a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 as its base engine while range-topping variants could possibly receive the 600-hp twin-turbo W-12 from the Bentayga SUV. A plug-in hybrid is also likely since the car will use the Volkswagen Group’s new MSB platform, which will be shared with the next-generation Porsche Panamera.
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