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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:2003 - 2010
Introduced at:2002 Paris Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe first Bentley launched after the Volkswagen Group take over control of the company was the Continental GT. Under the bonnet lives a 6-litre, twin-Turbocharged W12 formation Bentley engine with a power output in excess of 500bhp. But power is nothing without the torque to back it up and while the exact torque peak of the new engine is still a secret it will be more than adequate for the job.

Despite the fact that this engine is one of the most powerful of any standard production car, it will nevertheless still be relatively understressed in this application, and while outright performance will be unlike that of any Bentley past or present, the manner in which it is delivered will be inimitably Bentley. It is fair to expect the coupe to reach 60mph from rest in under five seconds and reach a maximum speed somewhat in excess of 180mph.

Its power will be fed through a new, paddle operated six speed automatic gearbox and will be delivered to the road via all wheel drive - a first in Bentley's history. All-wheel drive for an engine of this output was considered essential not simply for its proven active safety, but also to enhance its everyday usability everywhere from a rain-washed London orbital motorway to ski resorts all over the world. Naturally an Electronic Stability Control system will also be fitted.

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