Bentley Continental GT and Flying Spur Facelifts Heading for Geneva
Bentley's bread-and-butter models get more updates.
Although the Bentley Continental GT and Flying Spur have seen updates within the last couple years, the British automaker has made more revisions for the 2015 model year. Bentley will show the updated Continental GT and Flying Spur, which we'll see here in the U.S. as 2016 models, at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March.
Up front, the Continental GT coupe and convertible gain a new front bumper and a smaller grille as well as more pronounced front fenders with a new vent emblazoned with the Bentley "B" emblem. The new design is said to "enhance the renowned Bentley 'power line' that flows rearwards from the front arches." Continental GT models also feature new chrome fender badges on the V8 S and W12 models, which are similar to those already present on the GT Speed model.
Around back, the trunk lid is reshaped with a more "pronounced aerodynamic profile," according to the automaker. A redesigned rear bumper now features a full-width chrome strip. A new rear diffuser on the V8 S and GT Speed models set those sporty variants apart from other Continental models.
Additionally, the standard 20-inch and available 21-inch alloy wheels have been redesigned. Continental GT V8 and GT W12 models feature a new 20-inch "six-tri-spoke" wheel featuring a painted finish on the V8 model and a machined finish for the W12 model. A 21-inch "seven-twin-spoke" wheel with a Graphite gray finish and machined spokes is part of the Mulliner Driving Specification. Continental GT V8 S and GT Speed buyers can now choose between the existing 21-inch wheel design and a new 21-inch five-spoke directional wheel.
Bentley has also added three new colors to the exterior palette including Camel, Jetstream, and Marlin.
Inside, the Continental GT gains a new straight-fluting pattern on the four outboard seats on most models. The available Mulliner Driving Specification, standard on the GT Speed, features a small-diamond quilting pattern on the seats. Other changes include revised interior controls, chrome console trim, sportier steering wheel with larger paddle shifters, and a new instrument cluster with revised gauges. All V-8-powered coupes feature a new hidden storage compartment between the rear seats with charging ports.
New optional features include a softer semi-aniline hide on the seat cushions and backrest for W-12-powered models, while Shortbread and Camel are new leather interior colors on all Continental GT models. Additionally, the Alcantara headliner in the GT V8 S, GT W12, and GT Speed models can be matched to any of the 17 available interior colors. Onboard Wi-Fi is available on all models.
Bentley also gave the Continental GT W12 a power boost. Power for the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 has been bumped from 567 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque to 582 hp and 531 lb-ft. Fuel economy is said to also improve by 5 percent thanks to a new variable displacement system that can operate on just six cylinders. Combined fuel economy is now a claimed 20 mpg.
Updates to the exterior of the Bentley Flying Spur sedan are more subtle than those for the Continental GT. Flying Spur V8 and W12 models receive a new 20-inch six-tri-spoke wheel available in three different finishes. The Flying Spur W12 Mulliner is available with a 21-inch seven-twin-spoke wheel in a polished or Graphite-painted and machined finish.
Inside, there are new graphics for the instrument cluster as well as a sportier steering wheel with optional paddle shifters. Wi-Fi is also available across the board. New interior leather and exterior paint colors mimic those of the Continental GT.
Though power for the Flying Spur sedan's 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 remains at 616 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, the variable displacement system improves fuel economy and reduces emissions.