2011 Bentley Continental GT – full of middle-eastern promise

The Bentley Motors team travelled over to Oman in the Middle East last week, to top up their tans and capture some pictures of their newest model, the 2011 Continental GT coupe together with members of the international press.

The more we see of the new Continental GT the more we like, what at first had seemed no more than a subtle facelift, now seems sleeker and ever so slightly more dynamic. Yes, it’s subtle but that’s one of the Conti’s most endearing qualities – its very British modesty.

[blockquote type=”blockquote_quotes” align=”center”]The new GT coupe has an even stronger sporting character than ever before. It is an exceptionally refined and comfortable 2+2 Grand Tourer but with the heart, soul and looks of a supercar.

– Dirk van Braeckel, Director of Design

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The new Continental GT is lighter than its predecessor (by 75kg), more powerful (up by 15bhp to 567bhp) and will also be available with new high-efficiency 4.0-litre V8 FlexFuel engines later in 2011 – giving a 40 percent reduction in emissions compared with the W12 engined models. It still drives through a ZF six-speed automatic gearbox to all four 20-inch wheels, coupled to an all-wheel drive system with a sporty 40:60 rear-torque bias .

Oman is an ideal place to host the international press launch, it’s one of the fastest growing of Middle East’s oil countries and its road building programme has provided some of the smoothest stretches of tarmac on the planet, with some great scenery to boot.

It’s residents are also a prime target for the marketing team from Crewe who’ve seen the previous generation Continental become the marque’s most successful selling model – ever.

The new £135,760 Bentley Continental GT will go on sale late next year, with that all-important V8 power-plant drawing the most attention.