Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bentley Continental GT (2012) [Reviews]

Crewe teams to design and engineering, the new Bentley Continental GT Coupe is a leadership opportunity to define a bold and exciting for one of the most revered names Bentley - Continental. The founder and successful Bentley Continental GT, introduced in 2003 represented the first step in the rebirth of Bentley and defines an entirely new market segment. It was an ergonomics offering excellent luxury GT was faithful to the spirit Bentley Grand Touring.

Now, the new Continental GT Coupe 4 places based on the success of its iconic predecessor, capturing the spirit of the GT, but with even higher standards for design, construction, luxury, craftsmanship, dynamic performance , functionality and sophistication in everyday life.

A well sculpted body give the new Bentley Continental GT coupe an even clearer, more defined appearance. The contemporary interior offers new levels of cabin craft of design, comfort and luxury. The seats, for example, offer further support and the back room of the leg, a dash of style even more exploration and Modernity. The new touch-screen capabilities of the system state information and entertainment of the art navigation, Google Maps and entertainment, while the latest speaker technology in a balanced way the radiator and the size of Dirac ™ sound processing provide a better quality digital audio.

Bentley's acclaimed 6-liter, 12 cylinder twin-turbo engines the power is now 575PS (567bhp/423kW) and 700nm (£ 516 ft) of torque and is mated to a new Quickshift transmission, which allows double staircase. Thanks to advanced technology FlexFuel can also be used as regular unleaded petrol (gasoline) and a sustainable bio-ethanol (up to E85), or any combination of these two.

In late 2011 a brand new, high-performance 8-cylinder engine will also be available on request. This engine will offer a peak reduction of 40 per cent of emissions compared to the W12 engine and provide a ruling class power to CO2 ratio of Bentley performance and refinement.

Both engines are mated to an all-wheel drive with a pair 40:60 sporty rear bias (compared to the original polarization of the Bentley Continental GT 50:50), with minimal understeer in tight corners and allowing the skilled driver to control the car and the balance online through precise throttle.

"The new Continental GT is a work of art car, with excellent craftsmanship and elegant designs and contemporary. It drives like a supercar, but without the usual sacrifices to travel or in practice. It's a car you can enjoy every moment every day. "- Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen, Chairman and CEO

Wrought reflects quality and design integrity

Inspired by Bentley's iconic past, the design team led by Bentley Design Director Dirk van Braeckel, has created a thoroughly modern, shaped body, built on advanced production techniques to ensure the highest standards of quality and housing.
Aluminum Super forming technology to create a working front fenders and tailgate. This heats up the aluminum panels to almost 500 degrees before the formulation of the pressure. Using a single block of aluminum, no seams or welding is required.

Recent body-building techniques for the production of clean lines and real high-definition and shape of each area of ​​appearance. Familiarity with power lines and the back of the thighs - the echoes of the original R-Type Continental 1950 - now even stronger rays to create a very different surfaces, that feels truly coachbuilt cars of the new coupe.

The new face of the coupe GT is bolder than ever. The radiator grille is classic Bentley vertical array, while the design of new headlights, four lamps in traditional format, has exquisite detailing and eye-catching jewelry, see the light of the beam.

Behind the signing of Bentley 'floating' LED bulbs to expand its wings around the corners of the new coupe emphasized the breadth and determined attitude. The width of the track by 41 mm 48 mm front and rear than the previous model. Rear hood have a strong design, because "Double Horseshoe", similar to a Bentley Mulsanne, the exhaust tailpipes flared elliptical set a new Bentley Continental GT sporting credentials.

The body shape of the new Bentley Continental GT Coupe is also more aerodynamic wind tunnel after extensive analysis. Along with a wide range of base improvements (including wheel arches and exhaust aerodynamic aids) Coefficient of drag is down to GT 0.33Cd and lift the front and rear axle has also been reduced to create more stability at high speeds .

The new Bentley Continental GT is set with 20-inch alloy wheels as standard, with, for the first time on the mainland family, the ability to switch to 21-inch designs. Three wheel styles are available - a 20-inch five-spoke version and two 21-inch split-rim elegant and Sports variations which come in a variety of chrome and painted finishes.

"The new GT is a sporty coupe even stronger than ever. This is an exceptionally stylish and comfortable 2 +2 GT, but the heart, soul, and the appearance of a super car." - Dirk van Braeckel Director of Planning

Contemporary, from the inside by hand with famous Bentley ADJUSTMENTS

With a design completely handmade, Bentley Continental GT cockpit sets new standards of refinement and luxury to create an elegant space, with up to four people can relax and comfortable.

The instrument panel and dashboard subtly echoes the theme of flight and Bentley wings are made of high quality soft touch leather. The brand new touch technology bezelled chromium found in this area of ​​the cab passes dynamics of the center console in the form of dramatic surface "wing" buttresses.

The striking design of the seats and unique "Cobra" are very comfortable thanks to the introduction of the latest body of support material, the use of foam to provide softness complex at first contact, but with excellent support for more trips.

The seats can be specified with front seat ventilation and massage system state of the art with 10 individual cells and individual massage side airbags come standard for all passengers. Front seatbelts are equipped with a new automatic electrical presenter, which makes buckling up effortlessly. The driver's knee airbags are fitted as standard.

The new Bentley Continental GT offers more than everyday use. The new slim-line front seat with scalloped back also provide an additional 46mm of legroom and easy access for rear passengers in the aft cabin.

No other Grand Tourer offers so much thanks to sophisticated noise suppression technology amazing sophistication, including acoustic glazing, hidden beneath the plates, and anti-vibration panels throughout the cabin.

The cabin is trimmed in soft leather to the touch, a full line of wood veneer, metals are not warm to the touch and carpets - all handmade in the factory workshops unprecedented Bentley in Crewe, England. The attention to detail even extends to the application of a UV stabilizer for veneer to protect the money, assuring that can be enjoyed as new in the coming decades.

Each stitched leather still under the watchful eye Bentley and highly skilled craftsmen and women. By incorporating an ingenious, the angle of "ramps" on the back leather, interior designers have created a strong, well-defined lines of design, while maintaining soft.

Other simple functions are powered and practical start as standard, electronic parking brake with a passage from Assist and upgraded leather-lined door storage compartments, integrated with a bottle.

Perhaps the storage unit the most elegant new in the new Bentley Continental GT is beautifully designed, folding, detachable case designed to hold items like keys and pens, and can also be slipped into a pocket or a handbag. Made of veneer to match the interior of the sedan, the case (available as a cost option) finished with wings encrusted Bentley, satin chrome and leather-lined and secured in a recess of the door two drinks in the center console .

"The new GT coupe interior combines form, functionality and innovation Our task was to translate the original sketches for the cab of the car -. Which was pretty extreme, almost revolutionary for a Bentley. - Due to the final design is a carrier moving Continental GT to the next generation "-. Darren Day, Senior Designer

Infotainment systems for its class

In addition to its contemporary interior, new Continental GT is also equipped with advanced touch technology with rich new images, maps and a 30 GB hard disk on board.

8-inch screen car audio system, telephone, guide and comfort options, and the latest navigation system, which uses the car as hard drive and a DVD player to use the information path. It also employs a dynamic navigation to guide you in areas of heavy traffic, looking for items with a geo-tagged photos to SD card and is compatible with Google Maps (specific market).
Infotainment system with your zip code to 7 digit voice, using a combination of touchscreen controls and a classic knurled rotary switches to provide immediate feedback on usability and clear. Screen graphical user interface was designed to house to make sure it is fully compatible with the graphic style of the interior. When you look closely, you'll see that the fingers on the display is a "virtual" echoes of the thumb switches below.

The Bentley Continental GT the new entertainment system also offers the ultimate in car audio entertainment. A sound system of eight speakers is standard with the latest technology radiator Balanced Mode. These unique compact, flat speaker offers exceptional clarity with a wide range of frequencies.

11-speaker Naim for Bentley system - has created exclusively for Bentley Continental GT, British audiophile Naim - uses a revolutionary Dirac Dimensions ™ digital signal processing. This industry first technology to create a virtual "sound field" independent of the line speaker provides concert hall sound of each passenger, where they sit.

Bentley Continental GT Coupe also benefits from the phone connectivity and music player, digital television (if possible) and playback of DVD movies. Music can be played and controlled directly from an iPod ® and a six-disc CD changer, SD card reader or directly from the hard drive from the hard drive that can store up to 15 GB music.

A more efficient W12 AND NEW high-performance, powerful V8

Bentley Continental GT is to have a choice between two very distinctive high-performance engines. In addition to the new version of the famous Crewe 575p 6.0-liter W12 powertrain, a new high-efficiency 4.0-liter V8 engine option will be introduced in late 2011.

The new 4.0-liter V8 is environmentally friendly, Bentley's commitment to provide the power transmission system reaches 40 percent improvement in CO2 emissions. The new V8 has been designed specifically for Bentley's engineers to provide all the power and torque as a synonym for exciting Marque. Crewe built a new engine also offers class-leading CO2 emissions-output ratio.

At launch, the new Bentley Continental GT coupe is powered by the latest developments in Bentley's acclaimed 12-cylinder, turbocharged 6-liter twin turbo is tuned for better performance, thanks to increases in power, torque and fuel consumption.

Designed for the unique configuration "W" is the most compact and technologically advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world. Four camshafts and 48 valves allow the engine to breathe easily and to help create the distinctive Bentley wave of torque. It 'can also use gasoline (petrol), bio-ethanol E85, or an effective combination - all with a single tank.

In 2008, Bentley has announced broad environmental program, which included a 15 per cent in terms of powertrain efficiency and the adoption of the model with all the technology FlexFuel Bentley range by 2012. Bentley FlexFuel models are able to offer potential CO2 reductions up to 70 percent "basic well-to-wheel '- measured by the CO2 released from the fuel production (well), through its combustion products or the introduction of (the wheel).

To ensure that the power and torque remain constant (regardless of fuel), a leading fuel quality sensor continuously monitors the relationship between fuels. Then the guide Engine Control Unit to adjust the timing of the engine. This enables seamless distribution, as Bentley Motors is known, and ensures that there is no compromise on performance when using fuels that produce less CO2 emissions.

Later revisions of the new Bentley Continental GT Coupe engine includes a low friction, lightweight components that allows the engine to rev W12-format even more freely, while the latest engine management and two low-inertia turbochargers are optimized to ensure a minimum of turbo lag.

Overall, Bentley Continental GT Coupe is 65kg lighter than its predecessor, thanks to the reduction in all parts of the engine through the car to new places. Its power to 15ps, and a torque of 50 Nm - and 575PS (567bhp/423kW) and 700nm (£ 516 ft) - the result of an improvement of 6 percent of the power of the new GT-weight ratio, making it able to accelerate from Zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds (0-100 km / h in 4.6 seconds) and a top speed of 198 mph (318 km / h).

More power and torque are transmitted through the enhanced four-wheel drive with six-speed transmission Quickshift, which halves the travel time (only 200 milliseconds). The change has also revised the ability to produce double-scaled (sixth to fourth gear, for example), and improves acceleration across the range of the change. Dealing with more power and torque, the planetary gear set of a ZF six-speed gearbox is also improved.

Par positive downshifts are performed by the engine and gearbox electronic controller interacting gas and injecting additional fuel during overrun, replicating "blips" hand throttle for precise matching rev. During the transmission upshifts, fuel and ignition are temporarily cut off to provide faster lap times, reducing the mechanical torque, improve shift quality and durability.

"W12 increased power and torque, and transmission for a new Bentley Continental Quickshift immediately available for supercar performance throughout the rev range. GT At the same time, the pioneering use of Bentley technology FlexFuel, underlines the continuing commitment to the environment ". - Brian Gush, Director, chassis and transmission, engineering


Both engines are mated to a state of the art, all-wheel drive system with Torsen differential advanced. This ensures the safe handling and dynamic sports in all conditions and climate.

In the new court, the distribution of power is skewed to a sporty rear 40:60 feel much in terms of handling and acceleration in mid-corner. However, it can instantly adjust the distribution of power between the front and rear wheels depending on available traction. In addition, an updated electronic stability control (ESC) provides additional security and a grip whatever your riding style.

The chassis of the new Bentley Continental GT offers the best route and balance handling. The large front and rear track benefits of agility and handling, while the solid cast aluminum forged high-strength amounts of front suspension and aluminum castings gravity die on the backs of working together with a preliminary Redesigned anti-roll bar and retuned spring and registry settings. The result is improved response and stability at all speeds.

Continuous Damping Control (CDC) continuously monitors the position of the car and insurance. By adjusting the suspension settings hundreds of times per second, it can provide a remarkably smooth driving at low speeds and increased control over the speeds up. It may also lower the car mode "V-Max" for better stability at high speeds.


Throughout the history of Bentley's iconic Grand Tourer have forged the reputation of the brand. In the 1950's R-Type Continental beautiful set new standards of performance and style. In 2003, the Bentley Continental GT has revolutionized the luxury coupe market, combining supercar performance and the dynamic daily practice in circulation.

Now, the new Continental GT coupe sets even higher standards in all areas of design, craftsmanship and engineering.

"We distilled nearly 90 years, technical excellence in the new Continental GT coupe, the Bentley is all that stands for: .. performance breathtaking, beautiful design and unparalleled quality, comfort and luxury "- Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn, Member of the Board, Engineering