MORE POWER, LUXURY, TECH: Bentley's new Continental GT (pictured here is the GT V8 S) and Flying Spur range receive design and engine enhancements for 2015. Image: Bentley
CREWE, England - Bentley spruces its Continental GT and Flying Spur luxury cars both of which will be unveiled at the 2015 Geneva auto show in March.
Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer said: “We listened carefully to our customers, and with these new evolutions we’re making our cars even more stylish, efficient, connected and useable every day.”
UPDATED CONTINENTAL GT
The 2015 Continental GT gains a new front bumper, pronounced fenders and vents, metallic “B–badge" and chromed badging on it flanks for the V8 S and W12, matching those of the GT Speed. It has a redesigned and widened rear bumper and new boot lid. The V8 S and GT Speed gain a new diffuser.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Bentley Continental range
VIDEO: 2015 Bentley Continental GT V8 S
The revisions include new 20” and 21” alloys. The standard rims for the GT V8 and GT W12 are replaced with new 20” six-spoke alloys. The Mulliner Driving Specification (MDS) rim is replaced with a new 21” seven-twin-spoke, grey design. A new 21” five-spoke alloy joins existing 21” designs available for the V8 S and GT Speed.
Inside, the Continental gains a new seat pattern while the MDS (standard on GT Speed) gains a diamond quilted pattern reminiscent of, Bentley says, “a tailored British jacket”. Driver controls are new, with an optional ports steering wheel (with larger paddle-shifts) and a new black gear lever.
The centre console receives new dials and graphics and the interior benefits from LEDs. All Continental units are now equipped with WiFi connectivity. The V8 and V8 S coupe variants benefit from a new storage compartment between the rear seats, capable of accommodating and charging electronic devices. Buyers can also customise their Continental with a new range of optional interior enhancements.
The GT W12 and GT Speed derivatives can now be specified with new, soft-touch leather for the seat cushions and backrests. The headlining of GT V8 S, GT W12 and Speed coupe units can be fitted with matching Alcantara leather.
Powering the revised Continental GT W12 is an improved 12-cylinder 6.0-litre twin turbo capable of 434kW/720Nm (up from 423kW/700Nm). Fuel consumption is rated at 14.1 litres/100km with emissions of 329 g/km.
NEW FLYING SPUR
Bentley’s four-door luxury sedan, the Flying Spur, receives additional features in 2015 with more customisation options.
A new 20” six-tri-spoke alloy is available for both V8 and W12-powered Flying Spurs, in three finishes, while a 21” seven-twin-spoke design is offered on the W12 Mulliner.
Its instrumentation is updated with new graphics, it gains a new sports steering wheel (new metallic trim for the optional paddle-shifts) and the Flying Spur receives the same WiFi hotspot system as its Continental sibling.
The spruced Flying Spur gains new colour and leather trims. Its 460kW/800Nm W12 engine receives minor tweaks to reduce emissions to 333 g/km CO2.