Development has recently kicked off for the next-generation Bentley Continental GT with the new model pinned to reach the market sometime in 2017.
Underpinning the brand new Continental GT will be the same MSB platform as the next-generation Porsche Panamera. However the platform is tipped to be slightly shortened for use with the Continental GT. Porsche is currently at the forefront of developing this platform meaning it’ll launch it with the new Panamera just before the next-gen Bentley Continental is released.
From a visual standpoint, Auto Express reports that the new Continental GT will feature a similar overall profile to the outgoing model but could draw on the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 for design inspiration. If that happens, then slimmer headlights are expected alongside an extensively modified front grille and new front air intakes.
As for engines, an improved version of the existing 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 will be offered. Additionally, it is likely that the Volkswagen Group’s recently revealed new twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12 will be offered. Elsewhere, the Continental GT will be offered as a plug-in hybrid for the very first time.
Bentley chief executive Wolfgang Durheimer recently confirmed this by saying “There will be hybrids in the next-generation GT and Flying Spur – it’s a must-have. Plug-in hybrids are the solution for us [to reduce CO2 emissions] in the future. It’s a tech that will follow the motor industry for a long time.”
[Via Auto Express]