June date set for next-gen Continental GT launch

The fourth generation Bentley Continental GT is set to be unveiled in June, and will be the first car built around the brand’s new ultra performance hybrid powertrain. Offering 575kW of power and 1000Nm of torque, it will have an 80km EV-only range.

The new Continental GT marks a significant step forward for Bentley, with the new model becoming the most powerful, dynamically capable and sustainable road car in the company’s 105-year history.

The latest generation of chassis technology, including active all wheel drive with torque vectoring, four-wheel steering, an electronic limited slip diff, 48V electric active anti-roll control and new, advanced dual-valve dampers, all features.

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A fresh design and a raft of new technology further enhance a vehicle that made its debut in 2002. The car was to transform the business, catalysing a ten-fold increase in sales and redefining Bentley for the modern era.

Both the design inspiration, and the performance ethos of the Continental GT, came from the R Type Continental of 1952 – the fastest four-seat car in the world at the time, which defined the concept of a luxury grand tourer.

It was a long-distance cruiser for crossing the continent – hence the name. The Continental GT adopted the same three key design lines – the power line, the haunch, and the sloping roofline.

The impact of the Continental GT was dramatic – within four years, Bentley’s annual sales climbed from circa 1000 cars to over 10,000. A second-generation Continental GT was unveiled in Paris in 2010.

The second generation launched with the W12, but was followed by a new 4.0-litre V8 option that was introduced in 2012. A third generation followed in 2018, based on a new and purpose-built platform, with a new engine, suspension, electrical architecture and tech.

Over the last 20 years, Continental GT’s have broken speed records, and won championships and endurance races around the world, and it sits as the brand’s second most popular model (behind the Bentayga).

One in three vehicles sold is a Continental GT. Early next year, the 100,000th example of this now iconic grand tourer will be handcrafted at the car maker’s Dream Factory in Crewe, England. You can find out more about the new model from your local Bentley dealership.

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