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New Bentley Continental GT to debut at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Third-generation of British carmaker’s popular grand tourer to ‘take the Bentley ownership experience to the next, unparalleled level’, says chairman and CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 September, 2017, 7:01pm
UPDATED : Friday, 01 September, 2017, 7:01pm

For the past 15 years, the Continental GT and its numerous variants have comprised the heart of Bentley’s line-up.

Even though the long-serving model got a much-needed second generation in 2011, it was more of a update of the original that debuted in 2003 than a complete overhaul.

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This week Bentley finally unleashed an all-new third-generation Continental GT super grand tourer.

“Bentley has been at the forefront of luxury grand touring for nearly 100 years,” says Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors. “The new, third-generation Continental GT is the pinnacle of our design and engineering achievements and marks the next step in Bentley’s journey.”

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He adds: “We are the world leader in luxury mobility, and our products and services define new luxury in the automotive world. The new Continental GT encapsulates our desire to innovate as well as celebrate our heritage and take the Bentley ownership experience to the next, unparalleled level.”

The new Continental will make its official world debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this month.

Bentley introduced the original Continental GT to the public at the 2003 Geneva Motor Show. The high performance car proved to be an immediate hit with the brand’s customers.

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The 2011 updated second-generation model was an evolution of the first-generation car and shared the same VW Group platform that underpinned the German group’s Phaeton sedan.