2016 Bentley Continental GT Gets Facelift

Bentley is giving two of its models updates in time for the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Scheduled to make their debut in Switzerland early next month, the British automaker has revealed photos of the 2016 Bentley Continental range, which includes the Continental GT V8 S, Continental GT Speed and Continental GT Convertible, while its Flying Spur sedan will receive upgrades in the interior and minor enhancements to its powertrain. The Flying Spur’s W12 engine will receive a new variable displacement system that is also included on the Continental GT W12 that helps improve fuel economy. New 20-inch six-tri-spoke wheels will be available on the sedan while the 21-inch seven-twin-spoke design will be offered on the Flying Spur W12 Mulliner. Inside, the driver instruments have been updated with contemporary graphics while a new steering wheel carries a sportier design.

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But the big news is the update to the Continental range with both the Continental GT coupe and convertible getting a revised front end that features a smaller grille and more pronounced fenders that also feature a new vent, complete with the iconic “B.” On the V8 S and W12 models, new bright chrome fender badges have been applied to match the GT Speed. In the rear, the trunk is more sculpted while the rear bumper has been reshaped and widened. In addition, the V8 S and GT Speed models get a new rear diffuser design.

Powertrains will carry over on the models with the W12 getting a bit of a performance boost to 582 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque, up from 567 hp and 516 lb-ft. Along with better performance, Bentley claims that the W12 also improves its fuel economy by five percent.

The updated models will arrive in the U.S. as 2016 model years.

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