With visual upgrades, the 2018 Bentley Continental GT will be based on the latest MSB platform that also underpins the new Porsche Panamera
The upcoming Bentley Continental GT has been spied running trials on international roads quite a few times and it has not bothered to flaunt its body to the camera. A new set of spy photographs showcases the new body paint and an attractive retractable rear spoiler that acts passively based on speed and braking to generate or reduce downforce.
In contrast to the existing model, the new Continental’s active rear wing is fitted at the trunk’s edge and not beneath the rear window in a more traditional fashion. The new headlamps seen on the test prototype could make their way into production and it appears to have taken an evolutionary approach rather than depending on, let’s say, the stunning EXP 12 Speed 6e concept revealed recently.
However, going back, the newly designed set of tail lights is identical to the concept with a sporty oval shape and it merges beautifully with the overall silhouette, creases and cuts the forthcoming Continental GT will have. More emphasis must be put on the styling as it adopts a stunning blend of sportiness and plush appeal.
The 2018 Bentley Continental GT will be sharing its platform with the new Porsche Panamera. It means to say that it will have lowered kerb weight courtesy of the latest MSB platform developed by Volkswagen Group. The slashing of nearly 150 kilograms will aid in handling and fuel economy of the vehicle.
The new Continental GT will get power from a retuned signature W12 engine on the high-end variants while the lower trims will get 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 motors utilised by the Panamera Turbo. More from Porsche’s engine portfolio as a smaller 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 and a hybrid driveline are on the cards as well. Before gracing showrooms worldwide in 2018, Bentley is expected to debut the new Continental GT sometime next year.