Bentley is bringing contrast and depth to its Continental GT family with the launch of a new S range, focused on driving performance and visual presence, through a multitude of enhancements to the exterior, interior and vehicle dynamics.
The new S range adjusts the Bentley grand touring recipe to centre on the pleasure of driving – an opposing yet complementary emphasis to the “Wellbeing behind the Wheel” concept of the recent, comfort-centric Azure range launch.
Owners of Bentley’s two-door models have long appreciated the breadth of choice available to them, from the towering performance of the 6.0-litre W12 Continental GT Speed to the characterful beat of the 4.0-litre Continental GT V8.
Now, with the arrival of the Continental GT and GTC S, owners can choose to emphasise the sporting character of the 4.0-litre V8-powered Bentley Continental GT, thanks to a package of performance-focused design and engineering features.
The new S range retains the 404kW and 770Nm 4.0-litre V8 engine, delivering a time of just 4.0 seconds for 0-100 km/h. For the GT and GTC (convertible) S, the engine is enhanced by a sports exhaust to amplify the crossplane V8 beat.
The eager, free-revving and lighter 4.0-litre V8 engine gives the Continental GT S models a responsive and agile character, amplified by Bentley’s Dynamic Ride advanced 48V electric active anti-roll control system, which generates up to 1300Nm in 0.3 seconds.
Motors within the anti-roll bars actively compensate for cornering forces to minimise body roll under hard cornering, while also improving ride comfort at cruising speeds by decoupling the left- and right-hand wheels from each other.
From the black gloss radiator grille and black bright ware to distinctive S badging on the front fenders, the new models make an instant and dramatic impact from the outside as well.
Headlamps and rear lights are dark tinted, while all exterior bright ware is specified in gloss black – with only the winged Bentley badge and lettering being finished in bright chrome. The effect of these features is dramatic, giving the GT and GTC S a more assertive stance.
The S range is offered with a new 22-inch wheel option, with five Y-shaped spokes finished in gloss black and also available in a new Pale Brodgar Satin finish. Red-painted brake calipers sit behind the wheels to provide a perfect sporting contrast.
A second wheel option is a 21-inch tri-spoke wheel design that combines gloss black and bright machined finishes – also unique to S.
Finishing touches include S badging on the front fenders, quad exhaust tailpipes (in black, naturally) and black sill extenders. Complementing the dynamic and purposeful exterior design is an interior that’s striking and performance-focused.
A two-tone colour split that’s unique to the S models can be found inside. The suede-like properties of Dinamica proves ideal for the steering wheel, gear lever, seat cushion and seat backrest of the Continental GT and GTC S range.
Leather hide is employed on the seat bolsters, door pads, along the instrument panel and around the console. The pairing brings an interior that offers the tactile contrast of smooth hide and the soft napped finish of Dinamica.
Driver instrumentation continues the sporting theme with the same performance-focused graphics as the Continental GT Speed.
The S design seats are fluted, with quilting available as an option, and the ‘S’ emblem is embroidered on the headrest of each seat; embroidered Bentley wings are a no-cost alternative.
Finishing touches include a metal S signature badge on the fascia and illuminated Bentley treadplates with the ‘S’ device replacing the Bentley Motors Ltd plaque.
The combination of striking design, performance and agility gives the Continental GT S and Continental GTC S strong appeal for all those who love powerful, extrovert performance cars.
With the recent launch of the wellness-focused Azure range alongside these S models, Bentley is providing customers with easier ways to choose the emphasis of their Bentley. For further information, contact your nearest dealership.