The next generation Bentley Continental GT was recently caught on camera wearing less camo. The new generation is expected to launch next year and will be based on VW Group’s MSB platform, which has been co-developed by Porsche.
In terms of design the most drastic changes are expected at the front end of the new generation Continental GT. The new front apron draws its inspiration from the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept vehicle first seen at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The GT will feature both a lower front and rear end, as well as shorter overhangs and a shorter wheelbase.
A big change will be the large headlights that are also drawn from the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car. After years of the characteristic ‘dual’ headlight design, Bentley decided it was time for a change. Except for the shorter overhangs, the smaller proportions of the GT are barely noticeable.
However, the new model will be significantly lighter than the outgoing model, said Bentley boss Wolfgang Dürheimer. Like the brand’s Bentayga SUV, the car’s body will be constructed from mainly aluminum and assorted high-strength steel. The bodyshell of the current generation is completely steel-bodied and makes a significant contribution to the car’s 2375 kg curb weight.
The new Bentley Continental GT will be significantly lighter but won’t fall below 2,000 kg according to CEO Dürheimer. Engine options include the new 600 hp W12 that was first introduced in the Bentayga and an updated 4.0-liter V8 petrol engine. A V8 diesel option seems highly unlikely.