Published on June 7th, 2022 | by Subhash Nair0
Bentley Continental GT S And GT Convertible S Debut
Bentley Continental GT S and GTC S brings some enhancements to the V8 models.
The Bentley Continental GT Coupé S (a.k.a. GT C) and its drop-top variant, the Continental GT Convertible S (a.k.a. GTC S) have been revealed. These are essentially slightly upgraded versions of the 4.0L V8 powered 2-door Continental GT car. Here’s a short history to understand where these cars place in the grand scheme of things.
In 2017, Bentley unveiled an all-new, third generation Continental GT Coupé with a 6.0L W12. This was followed shortly by a Continental GT Convertible with the same engine. In 2019, Bentley updated both the Coupé and Convertible models with a 4.0L V8 engine option for the more frugal in the 1%. Then in 2021, they showed off the performance-enhanced variants of the W12-equipped variants which they named the ‘Continental GT Speed’ Coupé and Convertible.
So these are basically the same Continental GT V8 models but with a few enhancements. Performance numbers remain the same, with the 4.0L V8 twin turbo engines producing 550PS and 770Nm of torque. 0-100km/h takes 4 seconds as before. What’s new?
There’s a new sports exhaust, new wheels, black chrome finishing, dark-tinted lamps, black gloss grille and exterior trim, a unique interior colour split with Fluted S design sports seats in Dinamica and leather, new ‘S’ embroidery, and performance-focused graphics for the driver. In addition, the 48V Bentley Dynamic Ride system is standard on this model.
Bentley Dynamic Ride uses a 48V electric active anti-roll control system to keep the car’s body stable through hard corners. It generated up to 1300Nm in 0.3 seconds through its internal motors to achieve this task, while also improving ride comfort at cruising speed by decoupling the left and right hand wheels from each other.
Outside, the black gloss radiator grille is joined by other black appointments such as the S badging on the front fenders, the wing build on the darker exterior look, the sill extenders and on the quad exhaust tailpipes. The only trim pieces left in bright chrome are the winged Bentley badge and the ‘Bentley’ lettering.
All-new 22″ rims are offered with five Y-shaped spokes in gloss black or in new ‘Pale Brodgar’ Stain. There’s also a new 21″ tri-spoke wheel in gloss black with bright machined finishes. Red-painted brake callipers have been introduced as well.
Inside, the Bentley Continental GT S and GTC S have a unique two-tone colour split. Dinamica microfibre covers the steering wheel, gear lever, seat cushion and backrest while leather is found on the seat bolsters, door pads, instrument panel and around the console. The driver’s instruments feature a performance-focused graphic.