Two weeks ago we brought you the first images of the next-generation Bentley Continental GT coupe, now we’ve got higher quality pictures taken during the car’s winter testing regime in the near-Arctic region of Sweden favoured by automakers of all stripes.
Like the prototype that was spotted in the Netherlands, this car has a generous helping of false body panels, with only the doors, roof, and bonnet exposed to the elements.
As such, it’s hard to get a true sense of the stylistic flourishes that will be worn by the next-generation Continental, but we can see the car’s overall shape.
The headlights seem to be directly inspired by last year’s EXP10 Speed 6 concept, and our spies report that this car is fitted with a retractable roof spoiler. Given the in-board placement of the wheels, it’s safe to assume that the production vehicle will feature front and rear fenders that aren’t quite as pumped up as this car’s.
Whereas today’s Continental and Flying Spur ranges are based on a front- and all-wheel drive platform shared with the Volkswagen Phaeton, the new car will ride on the MSB component matrix that Porsche is developing for rear- and all-wheel drive cars.
By using MSB, the new Continental will sport more traditional proportions with a longer, flatter bonnet and the base of the windscreen pushed well back. It’s expected that the first vehicle to use the MSB modular platform will be the next-gen Porsche Panamera, which should debut this year.
As is the fashion, MSB will employ a mix of high-strength steel and other lightweight materials. This will hopefully mean that the new Continental range will weigh significantly less than today’s model, which tips the scales at a portly 2350 kilograms.
In terms of drivetrains, it’s likely that the new Continental will be launched with an updated version of the current car’s W12 engine. Down the track, entry-level and sports models will be powered by a turbocharged V8, while a plug-in hybrid V8 is also rumoured to be in the works.