2010 TG Awards: GT of the Year
The new Bentley Continental GT: not a revolutionary car, but still an absolutely class act
Posted: 07 Jan 2011
With the sunshine levering open every shadowy nook, second impressions are that new Conti is actually quite a lot different from how it appeared in the initial pictures and, once you've had a bit of time to stare, much more detailed than you first think. Bentley has used the same aluminium ‘Super Forming' technique it used on the Mulsanne (where single sheets of ally are heated to 500° centigrade and then formed using air pressure) for the GT's complex front wings and boot, and paid more attention to the sharpness of the creases throughout the rest of the body. Curves are more pronounced, creases are knife-edged, especially over the double-curvature of those front wings and the hip over the rear wheels. The result is a much tauter, more sculpted look, even though the profile of the car is almost exactly the same as before.