Frankfurt LIVE: 2018 Bentley Continental GT

A revised W12 engine now launches the grand tourer to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.

Bentley has introduced the third-generation Continental GT, redesigning the "definitive Grand Tourer" with fresh styling and even more power.

Designers have evolved the GT's design language toward a more sculpted body with sharper definition, drawing inspiration from the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car. The complex shape required the entire aluminum body to be shaped via a hot-forming process, previously used only for smaller components such as fenders.

Bentley's W12 TSI engine has been thoroughly retuned, achieving 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. For the first time, the W12 has been paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission for faster and more efficient gear changes.

With more than 175 pounds shaved from the body alone, the lighter GT can now scoot from zero to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and top out at 207 mph.

The engine has been moved rearward and the front wheels forward for a longer wheelbase, improving weight distribution. The stiffer chassis also benefits from the next generation of Bentley's Dynamic Ride technology, using 48-volt actuators to actively counter body roll at each axle. Other suspension changes are said to make the care more plus in comfort modes and more agile in sport modes.

Interior refinement has been further elevated for the new GT, starting with new 20-way adjustable seats and acoustic glass that slashes outside noise by nine decibels. The instrument panel is now fully digital, while a 12.3-inch infotainment screen elegantly rotates from behind the dashboard veneer when the engine is started.

Pricing will presumably be announced closer to the new Continental GT's 2018 arrival.

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