Bentley is celebrating 20 years of its self-described definitive grand tourer, the Continental GT, with the unveiling of a one-of-one anniversary edition of the latest sporty S variant, complete with a host of unique features.
A four-month programme of unique models, drives and events began at the Shanghai Auto Show, with the new GT S draped in a strikingly sinister Magnetic dark grey metallic, complemented by black chrome and black 22-inch 10-spoke sports wheels.
Red brake callipers also feature, with the same them carried inside, to a duo-tone finish in Beluga and Hotspur leather with Piano Black highlights.
The upper fascia veneer is in Granite Stone, giving a unique tactile finish, while the lower veneer is in Grand Black and features a laser-etched overlay celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the Continental GT.
A red pinstripe separates the two finishes, stretching across the fascia from door to door and passing across the upper vanes of the bullseye air vents. The treadplates proudly display two silhouettes, representing the 20 years of the modern GT.
The same design can be found on the centre console, while the LED welcome lamp in the door has a unique design celebrating the anniversary of the iconic grand tourer. Developed in partnership with Mulliner, it’s sure to become an icon.
Two drive hubs will also celebrate 20 years of the Continental GT, one at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe and the other in Geneva, Switzerland. First and second-generation models from the brand’s Heritage Collection will be available to drive.
These will be offered alongside the latest Continental GT family, vividly bringing to life 20 years of constant design and engineering evolution. A Bentley ‘baton’, designed and created in house, will also begin its global journey in May.
It will travel in a variety of Continental GT models across Europe, the Middle East, China, Asia Pacific and the US before returning to Crewe. At journey’s end back in Crewe, the baton, now containing 20 mementoes of the tour, will become a time capsule.
It’s fitting too that the same celebrations mark 20 years of the mighty 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine, that has physically and metaphorically powered Bentley to success over two decades.
This milestone will be celebrated at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (13-16 July), where Bentley will feature a moving showcase of W12-powered cars from the last 20 years, up to and including the new Bentley Batur by Mulliner.
Finally, Bentley will pay homage to the very first Continental GT (VIN 20001), which was finished in Cypress Green with an interior in Saddle hide and Burr Walnut at this year’s Monterey Car Week (August 11-18), revealing a final one-of-one Continental GT.