Bentley has unveiled what it’s calling the most dynamic road motor vehicle in the British brand’s 101-yr record, the 3rd-technology Bentley Continental GT Velocity.
The new Velocity product sits at the prime of the Continental GT vary, adding much more electrical power and efficiency, as properly as increasing the GT’s handling opportunity, separating it from the relaxation of the line-up with Velocity-particular styling touches.
Like the relaxation of Bentley’s recent and most the latest Velocity-badged types, this new Continental GT Velocity is run by a tuned edition of the firm’s six.-litre twin-turbocharged W12 motor, manufacturing 650bhp and 900Nm of torque.
That appreciable output is sent to all 4 wheels by an eight-speed twin-clutch computerized gearbox with start control, so even with the car’s no doubt chunky kerbweight (the common Continental GT W12 weighs two,244kg), it’ll dash from -60mph in just three.5 seconds and hit a prime speed of 208mph.
Bentley suggests the gearbox’s shifts are two times as fast in Sport manner in contrast with the common W12 Continental, though the powertrain has been calibrated to make the most of the improved output, keeping onto gears for a longer period in Sport manner, and downshifting before.
An optional carbon-ceramic brake technique has been released to make sure the Velocity stops as properly as it goes. The ten-piston entrance calipers are joined by 4-piston rear merchandise, though the carbon-ceramic material for the discs aids shave 33kg of unsprung mass in contrast with a common steel brake established-up.
The motor vehicle retains Bentley’s Variable Displacement technique, which can shut down fifty percent of the engine’s 12 cylinders beneath selected disorders to help strengthen effectiveness. Though offered the common Continental GT’s statements of twenty.8mpg and 308g/km of CO2, the even much more strong Velocity will nonetheless be significantly from affordable.
Bentley Continental GT Velocity: upgraded chassis programs
Bentley’s engineers have equipped the Speed’s chassis with 4 new pieces of tech to contain the further electrical power and make the motor vehicle much more partaking to drive. This features an electronically managed limited-slip differential on the Speed’s rear axle for greater on-throttle adjustability, in accordance to Bentley. It’s the first time the model has applied an eLSD.
It’s joined by an Electronic All-Wheel Steering technique to even further strengthen agility. At very low and medium speeds the rear wheels switch in the opposite path to the fronts, helping improve agility. Its effects are much more distinguished in Sport manner, in accordance to Bentley, exactly where all of the Speed’s new programs merge to produce “a level of agility compared with any other Bentley road motor vehicle.”
At higher speeds the rear wheels switch in the very same path as the fronts to strengthen balance.
The car’s energetic all-wheel drive technique has been recalibrated in all drive modes, which the model suggests contributes in direction of “a noticeable character shift relative to the common Continental GT.”
Extra electrical power is sent to the rear axle in Sport, though the distinct temperament has also been unveiled by an ESC technique that will allow a greater diploma of independence for the driver before intervening.
On prime of this, the Speed’s a few-chamber adaptive air suspension and the 48-volt energetic anti-roll tech – called Bentley Dynamic Journey – has also been tuned to maximise cornering opportunity, but with no an effect to comfort and ease.
Bentley Continental GT Velocity: practicality and structure
Inspite of remaining the most capable, efficiency-centered Bentley ever, the Velocity is nonetheless a GT so wants to produce comfort and ease and refinement, as properly as practicality.
Grand Touring ability will come courtesy of the two+two cabin and 235-litre boot, though a host of new styling sections and trim selections make their debut on the new Continental GT Velocity.
Outside, the motor vehicle sports activities a dim-tinted primary radiator grille and reduced grille, there are chunkier side sills and ‘Speed’ badging on the entrance wings.
A new established of 22-inch ‘Speed’ structure alloy wheels with the alternative of a dim tint or a black gloss complete element, way too.
Within, there is much more exclusive trim and badging for the flagship, with a lot of opportunity for personalisation as properly.
There are 15 primary and eleven secondary colors for the leather, though the inside options a ‘duotone’ colour break up in leather and Alcantara that is also applied to the steering wheel.
The centre console can be completed in a new ‘Dark Tint Engined Turned’ aluminium sample, there is ‘Diamond in Diamond’ quilted leather as common within, as well as embroidered Velocity badging for the headrests and a badge on the car’s dash.
Piano black veneer is common, but of class, as the vary topping Bentley Continental GT prospects can select from a vary of distinct wooden veneer finishes to improve the spec of the motor vehicle within, as properly as adding a lot of other personalisation selections.
Bentley hasn’t however verified pricing, but offered the common W12 Continental GT’s £159,900 cost tag, and the move up in cost from other ‘regular’ Bentley types to their Velocity-badged equivalents, the new Continental GT Velocity could value much more than £180,000 when it goes on sale in the summer season.
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