Things move at a different pace in Coventry, the headquarters for Bentley Motors. Change comes slowly and deliberately, but come it must, as the maker has lately been demonstrating.
Soon after the introduction of the all-new Bentley flagship, the big Mulsanne saloon car, the Volkswagen AG subsidiary is pulling the wraps off an updated version of its best-selling Continental GT. But any sense of déjà vu is understandable. Despite what the maker claims are some significant technical enhancements – the use of advanced body production systems, a new FlexFuel W12 powertrain and an updated infotainment system – the overall look is very much in line with the outgoing version of the luxury coupe.
The launch of the next-generation Bentley Continental GT couldn’t come at a more crucial time. The British maker scored an impressive hit with the original coupe and the numerous Continental variants that followed – such as the GTC convertible and Flying Spur sedan – the brand’s overall volume soaring to more than 10,000 cars a year.