is bringing contrast and depth to its Continental GT family with the launch of
a new S range, focused on driving performance and visual presence. Through a
multitude of enhancements to the exterior design, interior specification and
dynamic system, the new S range adjusts the Bentley grand touring recipe to
centre on the pleasure of driving – an opposing yet complementary emphasis to
the “Wellbeing behind the Wheel” concept of the recent, comfort-centric Azure
of Bentley’s two-door models have long appreciated the breadth of choice
available to them, from the towering performance of the 6.0-litre W12 Continental
GT Speed to the characterful beat of the 4.0-litre Continental GT V8. Now, with
the arrival of the Continental GT and GTC S, owners can choose to emphasise the
sporting character of the 4.0-litre V8-powered Bentley Continental GT, thanks
to a package of performance-focused design and engineering features.
new S range retains the 542 bhp (550 PS) and 770 Nm 4.0-litre V8 engine that’s
proved incredibly popular with customers around the world, delivering a time of
just 4.0 seconds for 0-100 km/h (62 mph). For the GT and GTC S, the engine is
enhanced by the fitment as standard of a Sports Exhaust to amplify the
crossplane V8 beat.
eager, free-revving and lighter 4.0-litre V8 engine gives the Continental GT S
models a responsive and agile character, and this is amplified by Bentley Dynamic
Ride - the advanced 48V electric active anti-roll control system first pioneered
by Bentley. By generating up 1300 Nm in 0.3 seconds, motors within the
anti-roll bars actively compensate for cornering forces to minimise body roll under
hard cornering, while also improving ride comfort at cruising speeds by decoupling
the left- and right-hand wheels from each other.
the black gloss radiator grille and black brightware to distinctive S badging on
the front fenders, the new S models make an instant and dramatic impact. Headlamps
and rear lights are dark tinted, while all exterior brightware is specified in
gloss black – with only the winged Bentley badge and lettering being finished
in bright chrome. Gloss black wing build on the darker exterior look.
effect of these features is dramatic, giving the GT and GT S a more assertive
stance regardless of the limitless choice of exterior colours they’re paired
with. The S range is offered with an all-new 22” wheel option, with five
Y-shaped spokes finished in gloss black and also available in a new Pale
Brodgar Satin finish. Red-painted brake calipers sit behind the wheels to
provide a perfect sporting contrast.
second wheel option for the S models is a 21” tri-spoke wheel design that combines
gloss black and bright machined finishes – also unique to S. Finishing touches
for the exterior include S badging on the front fenders, quad exhaust tailpipes
(in black, naturally) and sill extenders in black as featured on the
Continental GT Speed.
the dynamic and purposeful exterior design is an interior that’s striking and
performance-focused, with a two-tone colour split that’s unique to the S
models. In the early days of Bentley, competitors at Brooklands and Le Mans
would wrap steering wheels in cord for extra cushioning and a more secure grip.
Today’s sporting Bentley drivers are rather better served, with the suede-like properties
of Dinamica proving ideal for the steering wheel, gear lever, seat cushion and
seat backrest of the Continental GT and GTC S range. Leather hide is employed
on the seat bolsters, door pads, along the instrument panel and around the
pairing of Dinamica with Bentley’s incomparable leather brings an interior that
offers the tactile contrast of smooth hide and the soft napped finish of
Dinamica. Driver instrumentation continues the sporting theme with the same performance-focused
graphics as the Continental GT Speed. The S design seats are fluted, with
quilting available as an option, and the ‘S’ emblem is embroidered on the
headrest of each seat; embroidered Bentley wings are a no cost alternative.
Finishing touches include a metal S signature badge on the fascia and
illuminated Bentley tread plates with the ‘S’ device replacing the Bentley
Motors Ltd plaque.
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