Bentley’s swooping Continental GT coupe will enter its third generation in 2017, according to a new report out of the UK.
The new coupe is expected to represent a more significant step forward than the current model, which first appeared in 2010 with a sleeker version of the look introduced by the first Continental GT in 2003.
On the styling front, we can likely expect the new GT to take its cues from the recent EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, with a larger grille, a more pronounced headlight design and sharper character lines through the profile.
It is also believed that the EXP 10 will evolve into a production model alongside the Continental GT, as a smaller and lighter two-seat sports offering.
Pictured top of page: the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept. Below: the updated 2015 Continental GT.
The EXP wouldn’t be the only new Bentley focused on lightweight design, however, with the next GT also expected to shave more than a few kilograms.
Technical details are thin on the ground, but with the new Continental GT to be built on a shortened version of the Volkswagen group’s MSB platform, replacing the long-servicing D1 architecture of the first- and second-generation models.
With that new platform, which will also underpin the next Porsche Panamera, the new GT will undoubtedly be noteably lighter and more capable than its predecessor.
The Volkswagen group’s recently unveiled new 447kW twin-turbo 6.0 litre W12 engine will likely power at least one version of the continental GT.
Although it did not specify which model would boast such figures, Volkswagen says the new W12 will offer 0-100km/h times below four seconds.
Another new twin-turbo 4.0 litre V8 model would also be a shoo-in, and a plug-in hybrid model is also known to be in the works.
“There will be hybrids in the next-generation GT and Flying Spur, it’s a must-have,” Bentley boss Wolfgang Duerheimer told the UK’s Auto Express in April.
“Plug-in hybrids are the solution for us [ for reduced CO2 emissions] in the future. It’s a tech that will follow the motor industry for a long time.”