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The Bentley Continental GT is a two-door 'two plus two' grand touring coupé released in 2003, replacing the previous Rolls-Royce-based Continental R and T.

It is equipped with a (6.0 litre) twin-turbocharged W12 engine, which produces a DIN-rated motive power output of at 6,100 rpm, and torque of at 1,600-6,100 rpm. Torsen-based permanent four-wheel drive is standard. It will accelerate from in 4.8 seconds, and go on to reach a top speed of .

Models

Flying Spur

The four door Continental Flying Spur saloon was first displayed at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. The Flying Spur utilises the most of the technical underpinnings of the Bentley Continental GT, and was introduced to European and North American markets in the summer of 2005. Together, the Bentley Continental GT and Flying Spur have boosted Bentley's annual production from around 1,000 units in 2003, to 9,200 units in 2006.

One notable aspect of the Continental Flying Spur is its grille. Made to look like traditional chromed brass mesh, it is a metal-covered plastic-core. This was fitted as a safety feature; it is designed to break apart upon impact with a pedestrian.

GTC

Bentley Continental GTC (US)
The convertible version of the Continental GT, the Continental GTC, was first presented in September 2005, and was introduced to several world markets in the autumn of 2006. With the second generation Azure, it is the second Bentley convertible released in 2005. The roof is produced by Karmannmarker in Osnabrückmarker, Germanymarker.

It uses identical powertrain detail as the GT, and completes the acceration discipline of in 5.1 seconds. With the roof up, it will reach a top speed of , and with the roof down .

GT Speed

On 1 August 2007, Bentley released details of a more powerful GT. Power is increased to , with a top speed of and a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds. The Continental's weight is also reduced by . Minor exterior changes include a tinted front grille and larger exhaust tailpipes. The price for this model is £137,000. The Continental GT Speed is the first production Bentley officially capable of reaching , and the world's fastest four-seater, despite the fact the car weighs over .

GTZ

Unveiled in the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, the Continental GTZ is a rebody option by coachbuilder Zagato.

GTC Speed

Released in 2009, it incorporates the same engine as the GT Speed and the Flying Spur Speed.

Supersports

In February 2009, Bentley announced the production of Bentley Continental Supersports. The car was unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, announced to be available in autumn 2009 worldwide, while North American cars would be available by summer 2010.

The first Bentley capable of running on both petrol (gasoline) and biofuel (E85 ethanol). The car's 6.0 litre W12 engine was rated at 6,000 rpm and @ 1,700-5,600 rpm - using either fuel. The car has acceleration of 3.9 seconds, acceleration of 8.9 seconds, top speed of , making it the fastest and the most powerful production Bentley ever. The Supersports is already known as the best handling Bentley. It delivers 1.29 g forces on a 300 foot skid pad, as compared to its sibling the Continental GT speed which can perform up to .98 g forces on a 300 foot skidpad.

It includes a revised ZF 6HP26A tiptronic automatic with "Quickshift" system that reduces shift times by 50%, and enables double downshifts. The car uses a Torsen T-3 centre differential for the 40:60 rear-biased torque split for the four-wheel drive system. Other changes include revised Continuous Damping Control (CDC), 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels (with increased 25 mm offset on rear wheels) with 275/35 ZR20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance tyres, advanced Bosch Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with switchable Dynamic Mode, Carbon fibre-reinforced Silicon Carbide (C/SiC) ceramic disc brakes (the largest and most powerful brakes ever fitted to a production car), weight saving over Continental GT Speed, automatic retractable spoiler (deploys at ).

US model has MSRP of $267,000, with early vehicles not having E85 capability, which would be available in summer of 2010 for US market.

World Speed Record on Ice

In early 2007, a Bentley Continental GT Speed, driven by four-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen, broke the World Speed Record on Ice - on the frozen Baltic Seamarker near Oulumarker, Finlandmarker. It averaged in both directions on the "flying kilometre", reaching a maximum speed of . The previous record was , achieved with a Bugattimarker EB110 Supersport.

The record-breaking Bentley was largely standard except for a roll-cage, aerodynamic improvements, and low-temperature fuel and calibration.

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