There is a thin slice of Australia in Bentley’s new Continental GT.
Australian-grown Eucalyptus timber is one of eight wood veneer options available to Bentley customers when personalising the $422,600 coupe.
Romulus Rost, Bentley’s head of interior design, says Aussie timber ranks among the “endless possibilities” making “every single car a one-off”.
“Our Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus is sourced in Australia,” Rost says.
“We tinted it a little bit darker – it’s an amazing grain, so warm and deep.
“We know every single tree in the cars. We have wood from Spain, from America and of course the UK – it’s always a sustainable way of sourcing materials... it comes from a plantation that is being controlled only for sourcing the wood. It’s not harming the environment and it won’t ruin the landscape.
“It’s very important for us to know where the woods are coming from.”
Rost says authenticity is key to Bentley’s appeal – anything that looks like wood, metal or leather is the genuine article.
Shaved to just 0.6mm thickness and perfectly matched around the cabin, the Eucalyptus veneers feature in an extraordinary list of numbers surrounding the new coupe:
40 moving parts comprise the new Bentley Rotating Display, centrepiece of the Continental’s cabin. The display can show a high-tech 12.3-inch screen, or emerge forward from the dash and spin to reveal three simple analogue gauges, or a third panel featuring simple wood trim and a three millimetre-thick chrome strip.
500 degrees: The searing temperature flat aluminium sheets must reach before being superformed by hot air over a mould. The resulting rear quarter panel and roofline is the largest panel of its kind on any car today.
712 stitches: New “diamond in diamond” quilted elements on the car’s seats and door cards developed over the course of 18 months require incredible detail, contributing to 310,675 stitches and a total of 2.8 kilometres of thread throughout the car.
420mm: The Conti’s iron front brake discs are the largest you will find on the road, clamped by enormous 10-piston calipers capable of reigning in the 2244kg machine.
92 computers and 2300 electrical circuits control 100,000,000 lines of software code throughout the Continental – 15 times more than a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
1350rpm: The Conti’s twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine makes a remarkable 900Nm of torque from 1350rpm to 4500rpm, along with a whopping 467kW of power that help the coupe reach a top speed of 333km/h.
82 LEDs reside in main headlamps cut into a crystalline design inspired by high-end whiskey glasses. Capable of selective illumination of the road ahead, the Continental’s headlights can paint out oncoming traffic in high beam mode.
Stay tuned to Drive.com.au on Friday for our full review of the third-generation Bentley Continental GT.