Face-lifted Bentley GT coming to Geneva
Like many of its owners, the luxury grand touring coupé and convertible are undergoing a bit of nip and tuck to fend off the signs of middle age.autos Updated: Feb 18, 2015 15:12 IST
Like many of its owners, the luxury grand touring coupé and convertible are undergoing a bit of nip and tuck to fend off the signs of middle age.
The most noticeable exterior cosmetic adjustments are a new nose job -- the radiator shell is now smaller and its cheek bones are more pronounced too thanks to re-designed sharper front fenders.
The car's rear has also had some work. The posterior is rounder, firmer and more sculpted and the look is completed with a new rear bumper.
And, for the V8-powered models in the current lineup, that's where the changes stop. However, the W12 version (i.e., an engine with 12 cylinders in a W- rather than V- formation) has also undergone some open-heart surgery too.
The 6-liter twin turbo engine used to be capable of churning out 567bhp and 700Nm of torque but can now manage 582bhp and 720Nm. Yet somehow Bentley has managed to improve fuel economy by 5%.
Inside, all Continental GT models -- hard top or soft-top, eight or 12 cylinders -- are getting a makeover, too. Bentley has updated the console with new dials and graphics, and the handmade switch gear has also had a redesign.
Plus of course, there is now an even greater selection of highest quality leather hides to choose from when specifying how roof liners, door panels and seats should be appointed. A fitting final contemporary touch is that all Continental GTs can be specified with a wifi hotspot.
"Bentley offers uncompromised luxury and performance with ultimate comfort for grand touring and our new 2015 features extend the appeal of our family," said Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors. "We listen carefully to our customers, and with these new evolutions we're making our cars even more stylish, efficient, connected and useable every day."