Just when you thought Bentley's luxury grand tourer couldn’t get any more quintessentially British.
Cars don’t get much more quintessentially British than the Bentley Continental GT. While orders for the all-new luxury grand-tourer have yet to be delivered to customers, Bentley has launched a special First Edition of the new Continental GT that commemorates the brand’s British roots and adds additional standard equipment. Bentley describes the Continental GT First Edition as the “ultimate expression of the Grand Tourer” that “represents the pinnacle of Bentley craftsmanship, handcrafted and designed in Great Britain.”
Admittedly, the cosmetic changes aren’t immediately obvious. Squint, and you may notice the unique 22-inch wheels in bright paint, black and hand polished or fully polished finishes, and the oil and filler caps now have a swanky jewel-finish as part of the Mulliner Driving Specification included as standard. Elsewhere, a discreet Union Flag has been added to the front fender and interior dashboard. Inside, the Bentley Continental GT First Edition is appointed with a diamond-in-diamond quilt pattern on the seats, door panels and rear quarter panels, all featuring unique contrast stitching exclusive to the Continental GT First Edition.
Customers can also choose between one of four unique veneers for the dashboard fascia: Tamo Ash, Liquid Amber, Dark Stained Madrona, and Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus, combined with Grand Black which is also exclusive to the First Edition. Bentley says these premium finishes help make the sumptuous cabin appear even more spacious. Further enhancing the plush cabin is mood lighting and illuminated sills emblazoned with ‘Bentley’ which is visible when opening the doors. Also included is the brand's Rotating Display allowing the driver to switch between three different fascia panels ranging from a 12.3-inch touchscreen, three analogue dials, or veneer-only.
The latter is only available when the engine is off. The Continental GT First Edition is also generously equipped: as standard you now get parking assistance, pedestrian warning and traffic sign recognition. Bentley’s 650 watt audio system can also be upgraded with either a Bang & Olufsen system with 1500 watts, or the top-of-the-range Naim audio system with 2200 watts designed for true audiophiles. The specification of the Continental GT First Edition was curated by the award-winning Bentley design team, but the automaker isn’t saying how many examples will be produced of the limited edition grand tourer.