Bentley has been spotted testing its upcoming update for the Continental GT in recent spy shots and video. The changes appear to be minimal, with the most noticeable updates being new internals for the lights, particularly at the rear. These lights feature more intricate details, reminiscent of Bentley’s EXP 100 GT concept revealed in 2019, which gave a glimpse of the automaker’s next-generation design.
The current Continental GT was released in 2018 as a 2019 model, and since then, several variants have been launched, including coach-built specials sharing the same platform. Examples include the Bacalar convertible in 2020 and the Batur coupe in 2022, with the latter being confirmed by Bentley as the final model to house the venerable W-12 engine.
The refreshed Continental GT is expected to go on sale in 2024, likely as a 2025 model. It is anticipated to come with hybrid technology, possibly as a standard feature. A similar timeline is expected for the updated Continental GT Convertible.
The hybrid system is likely to adopt the plug-in hybrid powertrain found in the Bentayga Hybrid and Flying Spur Hybrid. This setup combines a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 engine with a single electric motor, delivering a combined output of 536 hp. There might also be a more powerful variant with a V-8 engine to serve as a range-topping option, given that Bentley’s current most powerful choice, the twin-turbo 6.0-liter W-12, will cease production in April 2024.
Looking ahead, Bentley plans to gradually introduce electrification to its entire lineup before fully transitioning to an all-electric lineup by 2030. The company’s first electric vehicle is scheduled to be revealed in 2025, with sales commencing the following year. It is rumored to be a four-door grand tourer of some kind.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Continental GT update
What updates are being made to the 2025 Bentley Continental GT?
The updates to the 2025 Bentley Continental GT appear to be minimal. The most noticeable changes are in the lights, both front and rear, featuring more intricate details inspired by Bentley’s EXP 100 GT concept.
When will the updated Bentley Continental GT be available for purchase?
The refreshed Continental GT is expected to start sales in 2024, most likely as a 2025 model.
Will the updated Continental GT come with hybrid technology?
Yes, it is anticipated that the updated Continental GT will introduce hybrid technology, possibly as a standard feature. The hybrid system is likely to be similar to the plug-in hybrid powertrain used in the Bentayga Hybrid and Flying Spur Hybrid, featuring a twin-turbo V-6 engine combined with an electric motor.
What is Bentley’s plan for electrification?
Bentley aims to gradually add electrification to its full lineup before transitioning to a fully electric lineup by 2030. The first electric Bentley is scheduled to be revealed in 2025, likely a four-door grand tourer of some sort.
Will there be a more powerful option for the updated Continental GT?
There might be a more powerful variant of the updated Continental GT, possibly featuring a V-8 engine as a range-topping option. Bentley’s current most powerful choice, the twin-turbo W-12 engine, will cease production in April 2024.
More about Continental GT update
- Spy shots and video of 2025 Bentley Continental GT: Car and Driver
- Bentley’s EXP 100 GT concept: Motor1
- Bentley’s current lineup: Bentley Motors
- Bentley’s plans for electrification: Autocar
- Plug-in hybrid powertrain in Bentayga Hybrid and Flying Spur Hybrid: Car and Driver
- Bentley’s announcement on W-12 engine discontinuation: Roadshow
- Bentley’s electric vehicle plans: CarBuzz