The brand new Bentley Continental GT Pace is essentially the most succesful, performance-focused Bentley ever, however received’t compromise consolation and luxurious
23 Mar 2021
Bentley has revealed what it’s calling essentially the most dynamic street automotive within the British model’s 101-year historical past, the third-generation Bentley Continental GT Pace.
The brand new Pace mannequin sits on the high of the Continental GT vary, including extra energy and efficiency, in addition to rising the GT’s dealing with potential, separating it from the remainder of the line-up with Pace-specific styling touches.
Like the remainder of Bentley’s present and most up-to-date Pace-badged fashions, this new Continental GT Pace is powered by a tuned model of the agency’s 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine, producing 650bhp and 900Nm of torque.
That appreciable output is shipped to all 4 wheels by means of an eight-speed dual-clutch computerized gearbox with launch management, so regardless of the automotive’s little question chunky kerbweight (the usual Continental GT W12 weighs 2,244kg), it’ll dash from 0-60mph in simply 3.5 seconds and hit a high pace of 208mph.
Bentley says the gearbox’s shifts are twice as quick in Sport mode in contrast with the usual W12 Continental, whereas the powertrain has been calibrated to profit from the improved output, holding onto gears longer in Sport mode, and downshifting earlier.
An elective carbon-ceramic brake system has been launched to make sure the Pace stops in addition to it goes. The ten-piston entrance calipers are joined by four-piston rear gadgets, whereas the carbon-ceramic materials for the discs helps shave 33kg of unsprung mass in contrast with a normal metal brake set-up.
The automotive retains Bentley’s Variable Displacement system, which may shut down half of the engine’s 12 cylinders below sure situations to assist enhance effectivity. Though given the usual Continental GT’s claims of 20.8mpg and 308g/km of CO2, the much more highly effective Pace will nonetheless be removed from economical.
Bentley Continental GT Pace: upgraded chassis programs
Bentley’s engineers have geared up the Pace’s chassis with 4 new items of tech to comprise the additional energy and make the automotive extra participating to drive. This consists of an electronically managed limited-slip differential on the Pace’s rear axle for better on-throttle adjustability, based on Bentley. It’s the primary time the model has used an eLSD.
It’s joined by an Digital All-Wheel Steering system to additional enhance agility. At low and medium speeds the rear wheels flip in the wrong way to the fronts, serving to enhance agility. Its results are extra outstanding in Sport mode, based on Bentley, the place all the Pace’s new programs mix to ship “a degree of agility in contrast to every other Bentley street automotive.”
At larger speeds the rear wheels flip in the identical course because the fronts to enhance stability.
The automotive’s energetic all-wheel drive system has been recalibrated in all drive modes, which the model says contributes in direction of “a noticeable character shift relative to the usual Continental GT.”
Extra energy is shipped to the rear axle in Sport, whereas the completely different character has additionally been launched by an ESC system that enables a better diploma of freedom for the motive force earlier than intervening.
On high of this, the Pace’s three-chamber adaptive air suspension and the 48-volt energetic anti-roll tech – known as Bentley Dynamic Experience – has additionally been tuned to maximise cornering potential, however with out an impression to consolation.
Bentley Continental GT Pace: practicality and design
Regardless of being essentially the most succesful, performance-focused Bentley ever, the Pace remains to be a GT so must ship consolation and refinement, in addition to practicality.
Grand Touring functionality comes courtesy of the two+2 cabin and 235-litre boot, whereas a bunch of latest styling components and trim choices make their debut on the brand new Continental GT Pace.
Outdoors, the automotive sports activities a dark-tinted predominant radiator grille and decrease grille, there are chunkier facet sills and ‘Pace’ badging on the entrance wings.
A brand new set of 22-inch ‘Pace’ design alloy wheels with the choice of a darkish tint or a black gloss end function, too.
Inside, there’s extra distinctive trim and badging for the flagship, with loads of potential for personalisation as properly.
There are 15 predominant and 11 secondary colors for the leather-based, whereas the inside encompasses a ‘duotone’ color cut up in leather-based and Alcantara that’s additionally utilized to the steering wheel.
The centre console could be completed in a brand new ‘Darkish Tint Engined Turned’ aluminium sample, there’s ‘Diamond in Diamond’ quilted leather-based as normal inside, plus embroidered Pace badging for the headrests and a badge on the automotive’s sprint.
Piano black veneer is normal, however after all, because the vary topping Bentley Continental GT prospects can select from a spread of various wooden veneer finishes to vary the spec of the automotive inside, in addition to including loads of different personalisation choices.
Bentley hasn’t but confirmed pricing, however given the usual W12 Continental GT’s £159,900 price ticket, and the step up in value from different ‘common’ Bentley fashions to their Pace-badged equivalents, the brand new Continental GT Pace may value greater than £180,000 when it goes on sale in the summertime.
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