Following the sighting of the new Bentley Continental GTC drop-top earlier this month, our spy shots have emerged of the hard-top testing at the Nürburgring, Germany.
Expected to be unveiled early next year, the new Continental will take inspiration from the British carmaker’s EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept showcased at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Despite the heavy disguises on these test cars, we can see that they will both have a wider front end than the current model, more defined tail lights and a wider, more aggressive front grille.
The folding soft top of the GTC is not expected to see any significant changes – spy shots suggest that it will use a similar fabric setup to that on the current car. While we haven’t seen it yet with the roof lowered, it will most likely tuck neatly into the boot with only a limited impact on bootspace. Engine-wise, significant changes should not be expected either. Running a registration check, both cars were confirmed to be powered by the existing 6.0-litre W12 engine, which is likely to only be tuned rather than overhauled to increase power and improve performance.
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As confirmed by Bentley boss Wolfgang Dürheimer, other engines will also be made available. We know that these will include a updated version of the current 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 offered across the Bentley range, while more interestingly a plug-in hybrid powertrain could also be on the cards.
The new powertrains are down to the all-new Continental being based on the new multi-material MSB platform shared across the VW Group – used on models such as the Audi A8 and the upcoming Porsche Panamera. This chassis, which provides improvements in weight distribution and thus efficiency, handling and performance, will be shortened and modified by Bentley for the Continental GT, however.
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