The brand new Bentley Continental GT Velocity 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 automobile within the British model’s 101-year historical past, the third-generation Bentley Continental GT Velocity.

The brand new Velocity mannequin sits on the prime 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 Velocity-specific styling touches.

Like the remainder of Bentley’s present and most up-to-date Velocity-badged fashions, this new Continental GT Velocity 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 an eight-speed dual-clutch computerized gearbox with launch management, so regardless of the automobile’s little doubt chunky kerbweight (the usual Continental GT W12 weighs 2,244kg), it’ll dash from 0-60mph in simply 3.5 seconds and hit a prime velocity 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 take advantage of 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 Velocity stops in addition to it goes. The ten-piston entrance calipers are joined by four-piston rear objects, whereas the carbon-ceramic materials for the discs helps shave 33kg of unsprung mass in contrast with a regular metal brake set-up.

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The automobile retains Bentley’s Variable Displacement system, which might shut down half of the engine’s 12 cylinders underneath 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 Velocity will nonetheless be removed from economical.

Bentley Continental GT Velocity: upgraded chassis methods

Bentley’s engineers have geared up the Velocity’s chassis with 4 new items of tech to include the additional energy and make the automobile extra partaking to drive. This consists of an electronically managed limited-slip differential on the Velocity’s rear axle for higher on-throttle adjustability, in line with 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 other way to the fronts, serving to increase agility. Its results are extra distinguished in Sport mode, in line with Bentley, the place all the Velocity’s new methods mix to ship “a degree of agility not like some other Bentley street automobile.”

At larger speeds the rear wheels flip in the identical route because the fronts to enhance stability.

The automobile’s lively 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 persona has additionally been launched by an ESC system that enables a higher diploma of freedom for the motive force earlier than intervening.

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On prime of this, the Velocity’s three-chamber adaptive air suspension and the 48-volt lively anti-roll tech – referred to as Bentley Dynamic Trip – has additionally been tuned to maximise cornering potential, however with out an affect to consolation.

Bentley Continental GT Velocity: practicality and design

Regardless of being essentially the most succesful, performance-focused Bentley ever, the Velocity continues 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 number of latest styling components and trim choices make their debut on the brand new Continental GT Velocity.

Exterior, the automobile sports activities a dark-tinted foremost radiator grille and decrease grille, there are chunkier facet sills and ‘Velocity’ badging on the entrance wings.

A brand new set of 22-inch ‘Velocity’ design alloy wheels with the choice of a darkish tint or a black gloss end characteristic, too.

Inside, there may be extra distinctive trim and badging for the flagship, with loads of potential for personalisation as nicely.

There are 15 foremost and 11 secondary colors for the leather-based, whereas the inside contains a ‘duotone’ color break up in leather-based and Alcantara that’s additionally utilized to the steering wheel.

The centre console may be completed in a brand new ‘Darkish Tint Engined Turned’ aluminium sample, there’s ‘Diamond in Diamond’ quilted leather-based as customary inside, plus embroidered Velocity badging for the headrests and a badge on the automobile’s sprint.

Piano black veneer is customary, however after all, because the vary topping Bentley Continental GT prospects can select from a spread of various wooden veneer finishes to alter the spec of the automobile inside, in addition to including loads of different personalisation choices.

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Bentley hasn’t but confirmed pricing, however given the usual W12 Continental GT’s £159,900 price ticket, and the step up in worth from different ‘common’ Bentley fashions to their Velocity-badged equivalents, the brand new Continental GT Velocity might price greater than £180,000 when it goes on sale in the summertime.

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