All-New 2018 Bentley Continental GT Will Make Its World Debut This Year

Apr 24, 2017 07:00 AM EDT | Anthony Hunter

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In the automotive world, the Bentley GT is old. The car was introduced way back in 2003 and has never changed ever since. It's one of the oldest new cars money can buy today, but that will all change in 2018 when the automaker reveals the brand new 2018 Bentley Continental GT.

The new Continental GT will be based on the similar high-tech underpinnings as the new Porsche Panamera, a technological tour de force. With the new MSB platform, it will allow Bentley to create a more advanced and comfortable Continental GT than before. If the Panamera is a guide, it will likely shed weight in a move that will improve the car's dynamic nous.

"So, 2018 will be the year of new Continental GT," Uday Senapati, head of technical operations at Bentley Mulliner, the company's in-house bespoke operation center, said. "It'll be 100 per cent new. New platform, new propulsion systems, new car, pretty much new everything."

Senapati also said that the new visual styling of the  would be progressive take on the outgoing model, rather than a dramatic rethink of the overall design. He confirmed that the design cues would be carried on but in a leaner, more agile information.

The upcoming Continental GT will be powered by . This will give the new Conti GT the much power needed as it takes on the road.

In addition, expect the new GT to borrow a few design cues from the recent EXP12 Speed 6e concept seen at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, specifically the headlights. The company will make use of high-strength steel and aluminum which will make the new Continental GT weigh only at 2350 kg.

The all-new 2018 Bentley Continental GT is anticipated to make its world debut this year and will go on sale by the first quarter of 2018. No pricing details announced by the automaker but expect it to be expensive.

 

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