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£156,700 when new
It’s a Bentley Continental GT… but not as we know it. It wears the badge, it’s got the doe-eyed headlights and a W12… but that’s about it. This is Conti V2.0 and it is pretty much all-new. Based on the same platform as the Panamera (Porsche’s ‘MSB’), new Continental gets a mixed-materials skeleton (mainly aluminium and steel) clothed in big sheets of more aluminium. In fact, it’s all aluminium, apart from the bootlid, which is only composite because that’s where all the aerials and receiverware sits, and most things like that don’t like to be sheathed in metal. It looks svelte this time around… The previous-gen Continental was a handsome enough bus, but it was a bit of a brick: the new one is lower, more muscular, neater and less bulky. More fitness model than weightlifter. The panels are ‘superformed’ - a process where aluminium sheets are heated to 500-degrees and then formed over a buck using pressurised gas rather than a stamp - and the results are spectacular.