ⓘ Bentley Continental GT


ⓘ Bentley Continental GT

The Bentley Continental GT is a grand tourer manufactured and marketed by British automaker Bentley Motors since 2003. It was the first car released by Bentley under Volkswagen AG management, after the companys acquisition in 1998, and the first Bentley to employ mass production manufacturing techniques.


1. Origin

In 1994, Rolls-Royce Motors who at that time owned the Bentley brand previewed a convertible concept car at the Geneva Motor Show – the Concept Java. The car was designed to be a highly desirable Bentley, but smaller, more affordable, yet still exclusive in order to maintain the integrity of the brand. It was to appeal to a new range of potential buyers and generate increase sales volume for Rolls Royce. The Concept Java never made it into production in the form seen in 1994 although 13 cars were made for the Sultan of Brunei. However, the Bentley Continental GT realised the concept of the Java as a more affordable Bentley, manufactured in much larger volumes. Whilst external styling is different, the dashboard design was clearly influenced by the Java.


2.1. First generation 2003–2011 Continental GT 2003–2011

The vehicle debuted in 2003 at the Geneva Motor Show, followed by Le Mans, the 2003 Goodwood Festival of Speed and the 2003 annual Bentley Drivers Club meeting at Silverstone. The car differed from the previous Continental R & T models in terms of its concept: although much of the car is hand assembled, it is a mass-produced car made in significantly larger numbers. It is not a coachbuilt car. The price at launch was less than the Continental R approximately half, giving the car a wider customer base.

The Continental GT is equipped with a 6.0 litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine, which produces a DIN-rated power output of 560 PS 412 kW; 552 bhp at 6.100 rpm, and torque of 650 N⋅m 479 lbf⋅ft at 1.600–6.100 rpm. A Torsen-based permanent four-wheel drive is standard. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h 0.0 to 62.1 mph in 4.8 seconds, and go on to reach a top speed of 318 km/h 197.6 mph.

Early models include a choice of 6 body colours, 8 hide colours, 5 veneer types and 4 carpet and seatbelt colours. The dashboard clock was made by Swiss luxury watchmaker Breitling.

American Musician Prince owned a 2006 Continental GT Coupe in Baby Blue Upon his Death, in April 2016, the car was placed on permanent display in the sound stage at his famous Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota.


2.2. First generation 2003–2011 2005 Model year update, Mulliner Driving Specification 2004–

Changes to the Bentley Continental GT for 2005 include voice activation for the in-car telephone in six languages and increased interior trim options with the addition of magnolia hide, as well as carpets and seat belts that can be matched to either the main or secondary hide colour.

The Mulliner Driving Specification includes 20-inch 2-piece 7-spoke alloy sports wheels with bespoke Yokohama Advan Sport 275/35 R20 tyres, drilled alloy sports foot pedals and footrest, a gear lever finished in knurled chrome and hide, two-tone leather and veneer combinations, diamond quilted hide to facings, doors and rear quarter panels; embroidered Bentley marque emblem to seat facings, indented hide headlining and dark-stained burr walnut or piano black veneer.

The vehicles went on sale in October 2004.


2.3. First generation 2003–2011 Continental Flying Spur 2005–

The four-door Continental Flying Spur saloon was first displayed at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. The Flying Spur utilizes most of the technical underpinnings of the Bentley Continental GT, and was introduced to European and North American markets in the summer of 2005. Together, the Bentley Continental GT and Flying Spur have boosted Bentleys annual production from around 1.000 units in 2003, to 9.200 units in 2006.

The Flying Spur has a 6-litre, 12-cylinder engine configured in a W formation. Unlike a conventional 12-cylinder engine with two banks of six V-12, the Continentals 6-litre engine is configured in two banks of VR six cylinders each 2x VR6. This shortens the W-12 engines length considerably, compared to a two-bank configuration. The W-12 produces 552 bhp 412 kW; 560 PS, accelerates from 0 to 60 mph 97 km/h in 4.9 seconds, and propels the Flying Spur top speed of 194 mph 312 km/h.

One notable aspect of the Continental Flying Spur is its grille which is made to look like traditional chromed brass mesh but is actually a metal-covered plastic-core. This was fitted as a safety feature; it is designed to break apart upon impact with a pedestrian.


2.4. First generation 2003–2011 Continental GT Diamond Series 2007–

The Continental GT Diamond Series is a limited 400 units worldwide version of the 2007 model year Continental GT Mulliner Driving Specification, commemorating the Crewe factorys 60th anniversary. It includes carbon-silicon carbide brakes 420x40mm cross-drilled front and 356x28mm rear, exclusive 9Jx20-inch 14-spoke alloy wheels, choice of 3 additional exclusive body colours Moroccan Blue bright blue, Anthracite grey black and Meteor steel blue grey), unique insignia to exterior, unique treadplates with the text Celebrating 60 years of manufacturing in Crewe, choice of upgraded veneers Dark Stained Burr Walnut or Piano Black additional veneers available at extra cost), drilled alloy sport foot pedals, gear lever finished in knurled chrome and hide, diamond quilted hide to seat facings, door and rear quarter panels; embroidered Bentley emblem to seat facings, indented hide headlining and a Mulliner alloy fuel filler cap.


2.5. First generation 2003–2011 Continental GTC 2006–

The convertible version of the Continental GT, the Continental GTC, was first presented in September 2005, and was introduced to several world markets in the autumn of 2006. The roof is produced by Karmann in Osnabruck, Germany.

The GTC uses identical powertrain detail as the GT, and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h 0.0 to 62.1 mph in 5.1 seconds. With the roof up, it can reach a top speed of 314 km/h 195.1 mph, though with the roof down top speed drops to 305 km/h 189.5 mph.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2006 New York International Auto Show, followed by the C. de Salamanca in Seville. The vehicle went on sale in late 2006.


2.6. First generation 2003–2011 2008 Model year update, Continental GT Speed, Mulliner Driving Specification 2007–2011

Changes to the Continental GT for 2008 include a 35 kg 77 lb reduction in kerb weight due primarily to optimisation of suspension and cooling system components and an increased use of aluminium parts in the suspension. Other changes include a revised Servotronic power steering for improved feel and feedback, optional fade-resistant carbon ceramic brakes provide improved brake feel only available on 20-inch wheels, new, more upright front grille and larger lower air intakes give improved airflow to aid engine cooling; chromed headlamp bezels, two new exterior paint colours Cumbrian Green and Granite, two new leather hide colours Newmarket Tan and Cumbrian Green, new low-friction dampers, new Sport Traction mode for the Bosch 8.1 ESP system and a Bentley B brake pedal.

The Mulliner Driving Specification includes drilled alloy sport foot-pedals, knurled chrome/hide gear lever, diamond quilted hide to seat facings, doors and rear quarter panels.

The Continental GT Speed is a version of the Continental GT with increased engine power to 610 PS 449 kW; 602 bhp and 750 N⋅m 553 lb⋅ft of torque. It also includes a lowered ride height, uprated spring/damper settings and uprated anti-roll bars for improved agility and body control; unique 9.5Jx20-inch wheels with bespoke Pirelli P-Zero performance tyres, retuned speed-sensitive Servotronic system, solid-mounted front subframe and stiffer rear bushings; Dynamic mode for the Bosch 8.1 ESP system, front grille and lower air intakes in dark-tinted chrome matrix and wider rifled sports exhaust tail pipes.

2008 model year vehicles also include a price increase over previous models.

The new Continental GT and GT Speed were available to order from August 2007.

The Continental GT Speed was unveiled at Laguna Village Polo in 2007, followed by the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show.


2.7. First generation 2003–2011 Continental GTZ 2008

The Continental GTZ is a version of the Bentley Continental GT Speed with a custom body produced in association with Italian coachbuilder Zagato, with technical partners Coventry Prototype Panels, DELVIS GmbH and PPG. The project was conceived during a discussion between Bentley Motors Limited CEO Dr. Ing. Franz Josef Paefgen and Dr. Andrea Zagato, President of Zagato at the Pebble Beach Concours dElegance in 2006. According to Autoblog, the GTZ was limited to just nine examples.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.


2.8. First generation 2003–2011 2009 Continental GTC update, Continental GTC Speed, Mulliner Driving Specification 2009–2011

Changes to the Continental GTC for 2009 include a new more upright front grille, larger lower air intake, chrome headlamp bezels, retuned Servotronic power steering for improved feedback and feel, new optional Follow-to-stop, radar–based Adaptive Cruise Control, optional carbon ceramic brakes with 420 mm front and 356 mm rear discs and eight-piston callipers only available with 20 – inch wheels, two new exterior colours Aquamarine, Blue Crystal and a new interior colour Aquamarine.

The Mulliner Driving Specification includes a choice of three standard veneers or 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels in Dark Tint painted finish GTC Speed only

The Continental GTC Speed is based on the Continental GTC with Mulliner Driving Specification. It is equipped with the engine from the Continental GT Speed as well as radiator and lower air intake grilles with a dark tinted matrix, 9.5Jx20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, Bentley-bespoke Pirelli PZero tyres, lowered suspension by 10 mm at the front and 15 mm, wider twin-rifled exhaust tail pipes and a new boot-mounted lip spoiler.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2009 North American International Auto Show.


2.9. First generation 2003–2011 Continental GT Series 51 2009

The Series 51 models include additional vehicle customisation options for the Continental GT and GTC, such as use of non-indented hide for diamond quilting and contrast piping for the seats and doors as well as bespoke Series 51 treadplates. Other options include Dark and Bright Engine Spin aluminium dashboard and centre console options, Amboyna veneer, colour matched overmats and boot carpets, 20-inch 14-spoke polished Diamond wheel with a dark centre cap, a signature 51 badge on the front wings and an optional two-tone paint job with one colour running over the bonnet, roof and flowing down to the boot.

The vehicles including a Continental GTC with Imperial Blue as a main and secondary hide, Linen seat and door inserts and Newmarket Tan as the accent colour were unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, followed by the Continental GTC model in 2010 at the North American International Auto Show.

Ordering of Series 51 models began from 1 September 2009.


2.10. First generation 2003–2011 Continental Supersports 2009–2011

In February 2009, Bentley announced a limited production of the Bentley Continental Supersports. The car was unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, announced by Jay Leno, to be available in autumn 2009 worldwide, followed by FlexFuel-compatible models in North America by summer 2010.

The first Bentley capable of running on both petrol gasoline and biofuel E85 ethanol, its 6.0 litre W12 engine is rated at 630 PS 463 kW; 621 bhp at 6.000 rpm and 800 N⋅m 590 lbf⋅ft at 1.700–5.600 rpm – using either fuel. The car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h 0.0 to 62.1 mph in 3.7 seconds and 0 to 160 km/h 0.0 to 99.4 mph in 8.9 seconds, with a top speed of 329 km/h 204.4 mph. This makes it the fastest and the most powerful production Bentley ever at the time of production. The Supersports is already known as the best handling Bentley. Bentley says the Supersports can deliver 1.29 g forces on a 300-foot 91 m skid pad, as compared to its sibling the Continental GT speed, which can perform up to 0.98 g forces on a 300-foot 91 m skidpad.

It includes a revised ZF 6HP26A tiptronic automatic with a "Quickshift" system that reduces shift times by 50%, and enables double downshifts. The car uses a Torsen T-3 centre differential for the 40:60 rear-biased torque split for the four-wheel drive system. Other changes include revised Continuous Damping Control CDC, 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels with increased 25 mm 1.0 in offset on rear wheels) with 275/35 ZR20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance tires, advanced Bosch Electronic Stability Programme ESP with switchable Dynamic Mode, Carbon fibre-reinforced Silicon Carbide C/SiC ceramic disc brakes claimed to be the largest brakes ever fitted to a production car at the time of production, 110 kilograms 243 lb weight saving over Continental GT Speed and an automatic retractable spoiler deploys at 80 km/h 50 mph).

The US model has an MSRP of approximately US$270.000, with early vehicles not having E85 capability, which would be available in summer of 2010 for the US market.


2.11. First generation 2003–2011 Continental Supersports Convertible 2010–2011

The Continental Supersports Convertible is a convertible version of the Continental Supersports coupe. It features a revised version of the ZF 6HP26 transmission with "Quickshift," cutting shift times by 50% and enabling double downshifts. The convertible also gets new, lightweight 20-inch alloy wheels that are 22 lb 10.0 kg lighter than the standard wheel.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.

The US model went on sale in Summer of 2010 for $280.400.


2.12. First generation 2003–2011 Continental GTC, GTC Speed 80-11 Editions 2010

The 80-11 models are limited 80 units per model versions of the Continental GTC and GTC Speed for the North American market. They feature 20-inch 14-spoke alloy diamond wheels polished with unique black center caps featuring Bentley B emblem GTC or 20-inch wheels from Supersports finished in dark tint with red brake calipers GTC Speed as well as Union Jack brightware badges on the front fenders, exclusive Midnight body colour option, Dark Grey Metallic soft top and the Mulliner fuel-filler cap as standard, Beluga main leather hide with white GTC or Pillar Box Red GTC Speed contrast stitching and piping and Bentley emblems, Piano Black veneers, engine-turned aluminum with bright GTC or dark GTC Speed finish, drilled alloy sport foot pedals, treadplates and a badge on the console with the 80-11 Edition signature.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours dElegance, and arrived at Bentley dealers in the Autumn of 2010 as 2011 model year vehicles.


2.13. First generation 2003–2011 Continental GT Design Series China 2010

The Continental GT Design Series China is a version of the Continental GT for the Chinese market. It features a three-tone interior that blends a main leather hide colour with accent and insert colours as well as a choice of Orange and Magenta accent colours, choice of Orange Flame and Magenta Metallic body colours, Piano Black and dark-stained Burr Walnut veneer or optional Amboyna, exterior wing badge and a treadplate and name badge positioned on the centre console that says Design Series China.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2010 Auto China Motor Show in Beijing.


2.14. First generation 2003–2011 Continental Supersports Convertible ISR 2011

The Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible ISR Ice Speed Record is a limited 100 units version of the Bentley Continental Supersports convertible, commemorating Bentleys world ice speed record set by Finlands four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen. It includes a W12 engine rated at 640 PS 471 kW; 631 bhp, Quickshift six-speed automatic transmission, 420 mm front and 356 mm rear diameter carbon ceramic brake discs with eight-piston front calipers, three body colours with Dark Grey Metallic soft top in three-ply composite construction, 20-inch 10-spoke Supersports wheels in dark tint. The interior has leather upholstery, diamond-quilted Alcantara to doors and quarter panels and seat facings, soft-grip leather on the steering wheel and gear lever, high-gloss carbon fibre on the dashboard and console and roof panel with unique red weave, Pillar Box red piping to seats and doors, Pillar Box Red contrast stitching to seats, door casings, steering wheel and gearshift paddles; front seats and floor mats with embroidered Supersports legends, and a Breitling dashboard clock with red accent.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.


2.15. First generation 2003–2011 Production

Continental GT was designed, engineered and built in Crewe.

As of 24 March 2003 6 months before delivery, Bentley Motors had already accrued over 3200 deposits for its new Continental GT.

The first Bentley Continental GT for the North American market was sold at the 12th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Fundraiser for $400.000 to Alabama native Joe Blount.

Production of the Continental GTC began at the Crewe, Cheshire plant in September 2006, before the ending production of Bentley vehicles in Volkswagen Group manufacturing facility in Dresden, Germany at December 2006.

As of 14 May 2009, Continental models were certified to have 85% recyclability or 95% recoverability of materials.


2.16. First generation 2003–2011 Marketing

The Continental GT was marketed to new customers with an average age of just under 50 years old, with 75% upper luxury coupe buyer not from existing customer base.

Breitling SA produced a limited edition 1000 units per colour Breitling for Bentley Supersports chronograph wrist watches based on Breitling Calibre 26B inspired by the Bentley Continental Supersports car.

Breitling SA produced a series of 1000-unit Bentley Supersports Light Body wrist watches based on the Breitling Calibre 27B to commemorate the Bentley Continental Supersports Convertibles ice speed record. The watch was unveiled at Baselworld in 2011.


2.17. First generation 2003–2011 Motorsports

In early 2007, a Bentley Continental GT Speed equipped with Nokian Hakkapeliitta Sport Utility 5 studded winter tyres and driven by four-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen, broke the World Speed Record on Ice – on the frozen Baltic Sea near Oulu, Finland. It averaged 321.6 km/h 199.83 mph in both directions on the "flying kilometre", reaching a maximum speed of 331 km/h 205.67 mph. The previous record was 296 km/h 183.9 mph, achieved with a Bugatti EB110 Supersport. The record-breaking Bentley was largely standard except for a roll-cage, aerodynamic improvements, low-temperature fuel and calibration.

In February 2011, Bentley succeeded in breaking their own land-ice speed record previously set by the Continental GT. They managed to bring a slightly modified Supersports Convertible to 205.48 MPH in Finland, verified by Guinness World Records.

On 15 February 2011 Kankkunen broke the record again, reaching an average speed of 331 km/h 205.67 mph in a convertible Bentley Continental Supersports. Bentley announced that a limited edition of the car would be released to celebrate the achievement. It seems that Bentley provoked the former tyre supplier by attempting a new record with a different brand using Pirelli Sotto Zero IIs because, on 6 March 2011, Nokian Tyres test driver, piloting an Audi RS6 with Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 studded tyres, took the ice speed record in Finland, clocking a top speed of 206.05 mph 331.61 km/h in freezing conditions.


3. Second generation 2011–2018


Beginning with the 2011 model year, all Bentley Continental range vehicles support the use of petrol and E85 bioethanol fuel types in all markets, including North America.


The Continental GT3s steering wheel, door pulls and seat were built in the Crewe plant.

The first Continental GT3 car was built by the Bentley motorsport team in conjunction with M-Sport.


The interior of the Continental GT Speed was built in Bentleys Leather and Trim workshop.


3.1. Second generation 2011–2018 Continental GT W12 2011–2018

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

Ordering of the Continental GT began in October 2010, with deliveries of 2011 Continental GT beginning in the first quarter of 2011.


3.2. Second generation 2011–2018 Continental GT V8 2012–2018

The GT V8 version of the Continental GT has a twin-turbo 4-litre 3.993cc V8 engine developed jointly with Audi that produces 500 hp 373 kW and 487 lb⋅ft 660 N⋅m of torque. The car is capable of reaching a top speed of 192 mph 309 km/h. It also features Cylinder deactivation technology that can deactivate half of the cylinders when theyre not needed to improve fuel economy by up to 8%. Other changes, including on-demand steering assistance, weight reduction, better engine heat management, overrun alternator charging and eco-tyres, improve overall fuel consumption by 40% from the W12s 17.1 mpg to the V8s 26.1 mpg.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, followed by the SkyLounge in Munich, the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition and the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed.


3.3. Second generation 2011–2018 Continental GT Speed Coupe 2012–2018

The Continental GT Speed Coupe is a version of the Continental GT W12 with increased engine power to 616 hp 459 kW; 625 PS and 590 lb⋅ft 800 N⋅m of torque. It also features a lowered ride height and chassis and uprated suspension. It has a top speed of 330 km/h 205 mph and can accelerate from 0–60 mph 0–97 km/h in 4.0 seconds.

The vehicle was first unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2012, followed by the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours dElegance, the 2012 Moscow International Auto Salon, the 2012 Paris Motor Show, 2012 AUTO ZURICH, and the 2012 LA Auto Show.


3.4. Second generation 2011–2018 Continental GTC V8 2012–2018

The vehicle was first unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, followed by the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, 2012 New York International Auto Show, 2012 Paris International Auto Salon and the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.


3.5. Second generation 2011–2018 Continental GTZ 2012

The 2012 Continental GTZ is the second Continental GTZ by Zagato and was built on the 2nd generation Continental platform with body panels covering the top of rear wheels.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2012 Concorso dEleganza.


3.6. Second generation 2011–2018 Continental GT Speed Convertible 2013–2018

The Continental GT Speed Convertible includes an ME17 engine management system, self-levelling system set 10 mm lower than the 575 PS Continental GT convertible, Electronic Stability Control with Dynamic Mode, matrix radiator grille and bumper air intakes in dark-tint chrome finish, 21" Speed alloy wheels in silver or an optional dark tint, diamond-quilted hide upholstery, Dark Tint Aluminium engine spin finish optional fine wood veneers, satin-finish carbon fibre option for fascia and centre console, top speed of 325 km/h 202 mph.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.


3.7. Second generation 2011–2018 Continental GT Le Mans Edition 2013–

The Continental GT Le Mans Editions are limited 48 units per model versions of the Continental GT V8 coupe and convertible, GT W12 coupe and convertible, and GT Speed coupe. They are built for the North American market to commemorate Bentleys six victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Each car includes a unique Le Mans Edition numbered badge, Le Mans Edition clock face, embroidered Le Mans badge to each headrest, tread plates with the limited edition name, unique Le Mans Edition wheels and specific interior veneers and exterior colours. The vehicles were made in 6 models, named after the winning drivers:

The vehicles went on sale in the second quarter of 2013.


3.8. Second generation 2011–2018 Continental GT V8 S 2014–2018

Available in a coupe and convertible body, The Continental GT V8 is a version of the Continental GT V8 with increased engine power to 528 PS 388 kW; 521 hp at 6.000 rpm and 680 N⋅m 502 lb⋅ft of torque at 1.700 rpm. It also features increased agility and body control to match the engines higher output, lowered suspension through an aerodynamic front splitter, discrete side sills and rear diffuser in Beluga gloss black, new exclusive 20-inch wheels with open-spoke design, red-painted brake calipers, optional new sports exhaust, optional duo-tone interiors, choice of interior trim in seventeen hide colours, unique contrast centre stripe for the hide-trimmed roof lining matching the colour of the main hide, knurled chrome detailing to the gearshift lever and ventilation controls, Piano Black veneers and V8 S on each sill tread plate.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, followed by the 2014 North American International Auto Show, 2014 Beijing International Automotive Show and the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The vehicles were set to arrive in Bentley dealerships from early 2014.


3.9. Second generation 2011–2018 Engines

Beginning with the 2011 model year, all Bentley Continental range vehicles support the use of petrol and E85 bioethanol fuel types in all markets, including North America.


3.10. Second generation 2011–2018 Production

The Continental GT3s steering wheel, door pulls and seat were built in the Crewe plant.

The first Continental GT3 car was built by the Bentley motorsport team in conjunction with M-Sport.


3.11. Second generation 2011–2018 Marketing

As part of the Continental GT Convertible launch, Ettinger of London produced leather goods under the Bentley Collection label to complement the new colour Breeze created for Continental GT Convertible, which included iPhone case and the Blackberry case, leather loop keyring and key case. Model Assemblies produced 50 1:43 Continental GT Convertible model cars in Breeze. A series of 2012 Bentley Collection items were also produced, including The Flying B range a desk paperweight, letter opener and wine bottle stopper; Inspired by Our Heritage four-piece Espresso coffee cup set featuring original racing scenes from the Brooklands and Le Mans racetracks; jackets, polo shirts and soft shell fleeces, Anthony Holt Silversmiths made-to-order Valet boxes, silver 1:12 replica of the Bentley Blower, Bentley Eyewear Collection sunglasses. The sunglasses were produced by Estede, with lenses produced by Zeiss.

As part of the Continental GT V8 launch, Breitling SA created a 250-piece limited edition of its Bentley GMT chronograph based on the Breitling Calibre 47B featuring a second time-zone display.

To demonstrate Bentley Continental GTs cold climate capabilities, Bentley Power on Ice programme returned in February 2013, allowing existing owners, enthusiasts and aspiring drivers the chance to explore the extreme limits of the Continental GT on the frozen lakes of northern Finland.


3.12. Second generation 2011–2018 2014 Model year update

Changes to the 2014 Continental GT include the debut of seven distinctive equipment packages. Premier Specification includes additional technology and comfort whilst the Interior Style Specification uses the very best of Bentley hand-craftsmanship for the ultimate tailored cabin.


3.13. Second generation 2011–2018 Continental GT Speed 2014–2018

The Continental GT Speed Coupe was unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, followed by the 2014 New York International Auto Show coupe and the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Show.

Changes to the Continental GT Speed include increased engine power to 635 PS 467 kW; 626 hp and 820 N⋅m 605 lb⋅ft of torque, as well as red-painted brake calipers, a chrome Speed badge at front fenders and a new exclusive colour split. Mulliner Styling Specification for the GT Speed includes a front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser in body colour, 21-inch Speed wheel design and dark tinted headlamps and tail lamps.

Delivery was set to begin in summer of 2014.


3.14. Second generation 2011–2018 Continental GT3-R 2014–2015

The Continental GT3-R is a limited version of the Continental GT V8 S coupe inspired by the Continental GT3 race car. It features 100 kg 220 lb weight reduction, increased engine power to 580 PS 427 kW; 572 hp at 6.000 rpm and 700 N⋅m 516 lb⋅ft of torque at 1.700 rpm. Other changes include torque vectoring for each of the rear wheels, shorter gearing, recalibrated control software, all-new titanium exhaust with 7 kg weight saving and retuned acoustics, forged 21-inch alloy wheels in gloss black, Pirelli tyres, sport-focused Electronic Stability Control programme, Carbon Silicon Carbide CSiC braking system 420 mm front and 356 mm rear brake discs, 8-piston front calipers in green, two-seat cabin with carbon fibre, Alcantara and leather interior upholstery; bespoke sport seats with additional side support through deeper bolsters upholstered in Beluga black leather and diamond-quilted Alcantara, upholstered steering wheel and gear shifter, centre console and fascia panels in carbon fibre, carbon fibre door casings with diamond-quilted Alcantara inner panels, rear cabin with a carbon fibre surround and upholstered in leather and Alcantara, green hide colour on the seats, instrument panel, door panels, contrast stitching throughout the seats and diamond-quilted areas; GT3-R badging on the centre console, passenger-side fascia panel, sill treadplates; GT3-R stitching at seat headrests in with contrast-green stitching, carbon fibre fixed rear wing and boot lid, bonnet with two vents, Glacier White body colour with gloss carbon fibre contrasts, two-tone green graphics tracing two power lines to the side profile of the car one leading backwards from the front wheel, the other tracing the shape of the Continental GTs rear haunch, headlamp bezels, matrix grille, window surrounds and bumper strips in gloss black. US models also included sequentially numbered GT3-R sill treadplates.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours dElegance.

Delivery was set to begin late in 2014. Purchase of the car also included free standard servicing for four years at the 10.000, 20.000 and 30.000-mile marks. In 2015, journalists made a GT3-R go 0–60 mph in 3.3 seconds.

The US model went on sale for US$337.000, with deliveries to the Americas Region starting at the first quarter of 2015.


3.15. Second generation 2011–2018 Production

The Continental GT3-R was built in the Crewe plant and finished in Bentleys Motorsport division.

The production of the Volkswagen Group W12 engines used in Continental GT W12 engine models were relocated to the Crewe plant from the end of 2014 onwards.

Some of the panels on the GT Speed are made with superplastic forming.


3.16. Second generation 2011–2018 2015 Model year update

Changes to the Continental GT for 2015 include a new front bumper with a smaller radiator shell, redesigned fenders with a new vent with a metallic B adornment, new bright chrome fender badges for the V8 S and W12 models, redesigned boot lid, reshaped and widened rear bumper with full-width brightware, a new rear diffuser design for V8 S and GT Speed, new 20 and 21-inch wheels, three new body colours choices Marlin a rich metallic blue, Camel a soft golden tone and Jetstream a light, bright metallic blue, new straight-fluting pattern for 4 seats with Mulliner Driving Specification standard on GT Speed includes a tightened small-diamond pattern on seat upholstery, redesigned driver controls, optional sports-orientated steering wheel, larger gear-shift paddles incorporating tactile knurled metal embellishers, new dials and graphics at drivers instrument panel, interior illuminated by LEDs, centre console with a new black gear lever surround, a new hidden storage compartment between rear seats capable of accommodating and charging electronic devices including iPads, optional semi-aniline hide for the seat cushions and backrests in the GT W12 and GT Speed, 2 new leather colours choices Shortbread, Camel, new Alcantara headlining option colour matched to all 17 of the available interior hide colours for the GT V8 S, GT W12 and Speed coupe; optional on-board WiFi, increased engine power to 590 PS 434 kW; 582 hp and 720 N⋅m 531 lb⋅ft for the GT W12, 6-cylinder deactivation for the GT W12.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, followed by the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show Continental GT Speed Convertible, GT3. Delivery began in summer of 2015.


3.17. Second generation 2011–2018 "Monster by Mulliner" Continental GT V8 S 2016

The "Monster by Mulliner" Continental GT V8 is a version of the Continental GT V8 S coupe built by the Mulliner bespoke coach-building division. It features 16 3400-watt Monster speakers tuned by Head Monster Noel Lee, red and black interior colour scheme, Hotspur Continental GT V8 S Beluga hide, 3D laser-etched fascia panel in Piano Black, "Always Lead, Never Follow™" and "Monster by Mulliner" headrest embroidery, Onyx body colour, Hotspur accents including a unique body kit and radiator shell bezel, red brake calipers, a gloss black polished wheel, black bonnet vents, GT Design Seats by Mulliner and 24K gold wireless headphones in a special compartment.

The vehicle was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2016.


3.18. Second generation 2011–2018 Continental GT Speed Coupe, Convertible and Black Edition 2016–2018

Changes to the Continental GT Speed include an increased top speed to 331 km/h 206 mph, increased engine power to 642 PS 472 kW; 633 hp and 840 N⋅m 620 lb⋅ft of torque at 2.000–5.000 rpm as well as carbon fibre on the fascia, centre and roof consoles.

The GT Speed Black Edition also includes a high gloss black finish to the exterior brightware including window openings and lamp bezels, all-black 21-inch five-spoke directional wheels, brake calipers in red or black, contrast colours to the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser in four different shades, optional door mirrors colour-matching, seats and centre console bordered by contrasting leather in Porpoise, Beluga, Pillar Box Red or Cyber Yellow; contrast stitching at seats and centre console matching diamond quilting of the doors and Mulliner GT Design seats.

The vehicles were unveiled in New York City, followed by the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed GT Speed and the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours dElegance GT Speed Black Edition.

Delivery began in summer 2016.

US models went on sale as 2017 model year vehicles, with deliveries began at summer 2016.


3.19. Second generation 2011–2018 Pop art Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible 2016

The Pop art Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible is a one-off version of the Continental GT V8 S Convertible designed by Sir Peter Blake and Mulliner. It features St Lukes Blue body colour on the rear haunches, doors and boot lid; British Racing Green lower body, Fuchsia pink-coloured radiator shell, black exterior brightware and a black hood, each seat trimmed in a different hide colour, steering wheel with a Hotspur outer rim, Newmarket Tan inner rim and Cumbrian Green centre, Imperial Blue stitching; pink leather gear lever, centre console, dashboard and interior door panels veneered in Piano Black; Sir Peters signature at fascia panel and embroidered on all four seat headrests, unique storage cases with Piano Black veneer outer lining and Continental Yellow and St James Red internal linings, treadplate with text No. 1 of 1.

The vehicle was sold in 2016 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed auction by Bonhams on 2016-06-24, with funds raised to be donated to Care2Save Charitable Trust.


3.20. Second generation 2011–2018 Continental Supersports 2017–2018

Available in coupe and convertible bodies, the Continental Supersports also available with X Specification is a version of the Continental GT W12 with increased engine power to 710 PS 522 kW; 700 hp at 6.000 rpm and 1.017 N⋅m 750 lb⋅ft of torque at 2.050–4.500 rpm. It also includes a ZF 8-speed automatic with Quickshift, Block Shifting and wheel-mounted paddleshift, carbon ceramic brakes with enhanced cooling, 420 mm 17 in front and 356 mm 14 in rear carbon silicon carbide brake discs, 21-inch forged alloy wheels, optional titanium exhaust system, updated version of the torque vectoring system from Continental GT3-R, dynamic system brakes, lowered and stiffened dynamic suspension set-up, front and rear bumper designs incorporating a carbon-fibre splitter and diffuser respectively, new side sill extensions and bonnet vents in carbon-fibre, gloss-black front wing vents, rifled exhaust tailpipe in gloss-black, dark-tint headlamps and tail-lamps, black-finished brightware at front grilles, lights, rear bumper, door handles and window surrounds; optional aerodynamically balanced rear spoiler and front splitter combination for coupe, new Supersports badging, 21-inch forged alloy wheels in black and bright-machined finish, optional side decals optional carbon-fibre engine cover in gloss-finish with Supersports branding, multi-layer hood for convertible, neck warmer for convertible, tri-tone interior option, new diamond-quilted design at seats and door side panels with Alcantara upholstery, a choice of 11 veneers and technical finishes including chequered Supersports carbon-fibre fascia panels, new Supersports emblem stitching, bespoke Supersports steering wheel and unique gearlever with Alcantara accents. 710 Supersports in total will be built.

The X Specification includes eight unique duo-tone paint treatments and carbon-fibre door mirrors and heel plates, titanium exhaust, carbon-fibre finish to the interior side panels and carbon-fibre engine cover, a gloss black finish to the 21-inch forged wheels.


3.21. Second generation 2011–2018 Production

The interior of the Continental GT Speed was built in Bentleys Leather and Trim workshop.


3.22. Second generation 2011–2018 Marketing

The Continental GT3s Motorsport Collection, including race clothing, race duffle bag, ear plugs, GT3 Lanyard, GT3 Espresso, beach towel, were unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

To commemorate the Continental Supersports launch, Breitling SA produced a limited 500 units Breitling for Bentley Supersports B55 chronograph.


3.23. Second generation 2011–2018 Motorsports

A Continental GTC W12 and Continental GT V8 were used in Nurburgring 24 Hour Race as official parade cars.

A Continental GT V8 was entered in the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb.

The Continental GTC W12, Continental Supersports and Continental GT V8 became the official parade cars for the 2012 Nurburgring 24 Hour Race.

A 2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed driven by John Bowe reached a top speed of 331 km/h 206 mph at Stuart Highway, Australia.


3.24. Second generation 2011–2018 Continental GT3 Concept Racer 2012

The Continental GT3 Concept Racer is a race car concept based on the Continental GT V8. It was unveiled at the 2012 Paris International Auto Salon, followed by the 2012 LA Auto Show.


3.25. Second generation 2011–2018 Continental GT3 2013–2018

The Continental GT3 is a rear-wheel-drive race car version of Continental GT V8 coupe, based on the Continental GT3 Concept Racer. It was unveiled at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, followed by the 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

It includes a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine rated at 608 PS 447 kW; 600 hp, as well as a Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox with a limited-slip differential in transaxle, racing clutch, steering wheel mounted paddle operated pneumatic gear shift, Drivetrain Carbon fibre propshaft, double wishbone suspension front and rear, four-way adjustable racing dampers; hydraulic power-assisted steering, ventilated iron disc brakes front and rear, Brembo 6/4-piston front/rear calipers, driver-adjustable brake bias, FIA-specification steel roll cage, Sparco six-point FIA safety harness, onboard fire extinguisher, onboard pneumatic jack system, FIA-specification racing fuel cell, race-specification ABS and traction control, lightweight race battery, OZ Racing 18x13-inch rims with 310/710R18 tyres and the removal of the leather and wood interior trim.

The design was completed by a specialist team of engineers from Bentley Motors supported by the Continental GT3 Technical Partner, M-Sport Ltd.

Bentley Motorsport first entered development races with the Continental GT3 before starting full competition in the Blancpain GT Series in 2014 after completing FIA homologation. The first race began at Gulf 12 Hours, held at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. The Team M-Sport Wald International car completed the Gulf 12 Hours race in fourth place. In May 2014, the factory team won the Silverstone round of the Blancpain Endurance Series.

The Bentley Continental GT3 won the 2015 Blancpain GT Sprint Series championship with drivers Vincent Abril and Maximilian Buhk. In the 2015 Blancpain GT Endurance Series the Continental GT3 came just 3 points shy of winning the championship, earning second place.

At the 2016 Bathurst 12 Hour, two Bentley Team M-Sport GT3s completed the race in third and seventh place.

In 2016, Bentley Motorsport planned to enter 90 top-level GT races around the world in 2016, including the Blancpain GT Series, SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge, Blancpain Endurance Series, Pirelli World Challenge, GT Asia, ADAC GT Masters, The British GT Championship and the Nurburgring 24 Hours.

The race car was entered in the 2016 Goodwood hill climb, driven by David Brabham.


4.1. Third generation 2018–present Continental GT W12 2018–

The press release announcing a third-generation Continental GT was made on 29 August 2017. The model made its physical debut when it was unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show where it drew a "huge crowd." Production began in 2018 with a base price of GB£156.700. In January 2019, Bentley announced it would celebrate its 100th birthday with a limited-edition car, likely based on the Continental GT, to debut at the Geneva auto show. November 2018 saw the debut of a 2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible, to go on sale in 2019.

The model shares the Volkswagen-developed MSB platform with the second-generation Porsche Panamera. Compared to previous models, the car features a lighter body > 80 kg 176.4 lb), an extended wheelbase 135 mm 5.3 in), a 48-volt roll-control system and a new 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine, as well as a significant interior overhaul including an industry first rotating display. The Continental GT is the first production car ever to have an entire body side made from the Super Formed process; a precision technique with aluminium which allows more complex, sharply defined body lines. Unlike prior models, the panels are "superformed" with heated aluminum sheets molded by gas instead of a stamp. Manufacturers figures indicate 0–60 mph takes 3.6 seconds 3.7 seconds 0–100 km/h and it is capable of reaching a top speed of 333 km/h 207 mph. The W12 engine – designed, developed, and handbuilt in Crewe – is a further enhanced version of the TSI engine launched in the Bentayga in 2016. Featuring high- and low- pressure direct fuel injection, a variable displacement system, stop-start technology and launch mode, the powertrain produces 635 PS 626 hp and 900 N⋅m 664 lb⋅ft of torque.


4.2. Third generation 2018–present Continental GT3 2018–

Bentley Motorsport unveiled the new Continental GT3 based on the third generation Continental GT in November 2017. The rear-wheel drive race car utilises a > 550 bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. It made its race debut at the opening round of the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.

The Bentley Continental GT3 won the 2020 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour with drivers Jules Gounon, Jordan Pepper and Maxime Soulet.