Following the launch of the Bentley Mulsanne, we’ve been anticipating a new Bentley Continental GT, and the time has finally come. Bentley just put out a teaser video of its upcoming new Continental GT, scheduled to be unveiled on September 7, but we’re not sure just how much has changed on the new model.
According to Bentley, this Continental GT is a new model, but just judging from the glimpses of the car in the video, we’d call it a model refresh. The car’s basic shape, though refined, remains the same; the headlights (pictured) have been updated, and show part of a new fascia, sculpted to more closely resemble Bentley’s Mulsanne halo car. We expect styling cues on the rest of the car to be slight updates, with hits of Mulsanne, but we were hoping for a groundbreaking model like the Continental GT was for the brand several years ago.
The video gives brief glimpses of the car, enough to determine rough styling details, but powertrain details are still unknown. Given the current Continental uses a version of corporate owners Audi/Volkswagen’s W-12, rather than Bentley’s 6.75-liter V-8, the revised Continental GT could use the updated 6.3-liter, direct-injected W-12 found in the new A8L W12. In the A8, the engine delivers 500 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, and we expect the engine will once again be accompanied by a pair of turbochargers to further increase output. The W-12’s fury will likely be put to the ground via ZF’s new eight-speed automatic, also found in the Mulsanne and A8L, and all-wheel drive.
We’ll of course have to wait and reserve final styling judgment for when the car actually drops on September 7. Stick with Automobilemag.com as we learn more about Bentley’s new Continental.
Check out the teaser video here. Were you also hoping for a completely new design, rather than the car previewed in the video? Or should Bentley continue slight updates, as it did for years with the Arnage line?