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The Bentley Continental GT is a two-door ‘two plus two ‘ grand touring coupé released in 2003. The Continental GT is a totally new car, the first released under VW management and the first ever Bentley to employ mass production manufacturing techniques sharing a platform with the Volkswagen Phaeton resulting in a much more affordable car, priced at half that of the Bentley Continental R and a car made in much larger numbers.

The Continental GT has transformed the company into a major global brand.

It is equipped with a 6.0#160;litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine. which produces a DIN -rated motive power output of 560 metric horsepower (412#160;kW ; 552#160;bhp ) at 6,100#160;rpm. and torque of 650 newton metres (479#160;lbf·ft ) at 1,600-6,100#160;rpm. [ 1 ] Torsen -based permanent four-wheel drive is standard. [ 1 ] It will accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour (0.0#160;to#160;62.1#160;mph) in 4.8#160;seconds, and go on to reach a top speed of 318 kilometres per hour (197.6#160;mph). [ 1 ]

First generation (2003–2011) [ edit ]

Continental GT (2003-) [ edit ]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2003 Geneva Motor Show, followed by Le Mans, [ 4 ] 2003 Goodwood Festival of Speed, [ 5 ] 2003 annual Bentley Drivers Club meeting at Silverstone. [ 6 ] Very importantly, the car differed significantly 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. As a result the price at launch was significantly less than the Continental R (approximately half) and this immediately exposed the car to a much wider and new customer base as a more affordable car.

Early models include a choice of 6 body colours (Diamond Black, Burnt Oak, Cypress, Neptune, Spruce, and Umbrian Red), 8 hide colours (Beluga, Burnt Oak, Laurel, Nautic, Portland, Saffron, Savannah, Saddle), 5 veneer types (Burr Oak, Burr Walnut, Dark Stained Walnut, Madrona, Piano Black), 4 carpet and seatbelt colours (Beluga, Burnt Oak, Laurel, Nautic). [ 7 ]

2005 model year update, Mulliner Driving Specification (2004-) [ edit ]

Changes to Bentley Continental GT includes voice activation for in-car telephone in six languages, increased interior trim option with addition of Magnolia hide, carpets and seatbelts that can be matched to either the main or secondary hide colour.

Mulliner Driving Specification includes 20-inch 2-piece 7-spoke alloy sports wheels with bespoke Advan Sport 275/35 R20 tyres, drilled alloy sports foot pedals and footrest, 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, dark-stained Burr Walnut or Piano black veneer.

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The vehicles went on sale in October 2004. [ 8 ] [ 9 ] [ 10 ]

Flying Spur [ edit ]

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 Bentley’s annual production from around 1,000 units in 2003, to 9,200 units in 2006. [ citation needed ]

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 Continental’s 6-litre engine is configured in two banks of VR six cylinders each (2x VR6). This shortens the W-12 engine’s length considerably, compared to a two-bank configuration.

The W-12 produces 552#160;bhp (412#160;kW; 560#160;PS), accelerates from 0 to 60#160;mph in 4.9 seconds, and propels the Flying Spur top speed of 194#160;mph (312#160;km/h).

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

Continental GT Diamond Series (2006-) [ edit ]

It is a limited (400 units) version of 2007 model year Continental GT Mulliner Driving Specification, commemorating Crewe factory’s 60th anniversary. It included 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 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, Mulliner alloy fuel filler cap. [ 11 ]

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