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Bentley Reveals Design Inspiration For New Continental GT

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The work that has gone into this car is truly breathtaking.

Bentley is keen to let the world know just how special the new Continental GT is. And who can blame them. Illustrating the inspiration behind the design of the third-generation Grand Tourer, the short film features Stefan Sielaff, the carmaker's design director, talking us through the many varied influences of the car. As he sketches the car on a piece of paper, the design chief explains that the Conti GT is designed from a "traceable bloodline," which began with the R-Type Continental sex decades ago, back in 1952.

Instantly recognizable as a Bentley while incorporating a new design language, the car combines curvaceous surfaces with sharp edges,i nspired by aircraft fuselage specifically that found on the Spartan Executive, made possible by an aerospace technique known as Superforming that uses aluminum heated to 500 degrees Celsius.

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Other forms of inspiration include cut crystal glass for the new headlamps and mechanical timepieces for the interior finish, while the latest technology, such as the 12.3-inch touchscreen that revolves to reveal three different faces, combine with the finest materials, painstakingly handcrafted by its team of artisans in Crewe, England. While the car looks stunning from every angle and the interior appears to be a true tour de force, don't forget what's powering this beauty. A 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 delivering 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a fast-shifting dual-clutch eight-speed transmission and using a dedicated Sport Launch mode, the Continental GT can sprint from 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds en route to a top speed of 207 mph.