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Next-gen Bentley Continental GT launch likely in 2017

May 12, 2015

A new report from Auto Express indicates that the next generation Bentley Continental GT is likely to be launched in 2017. The company has started working on the all-new grand tourer and is testing it underneath a hacked Porsche body. The prototype being tested is tellingly fitted with a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine.

The third generation Continental GT will be based on a shortened version of the MSB platform which will also underpin the second generation Porsche Panamera that will come out in the second half of 2016. The all-new grand tourer will take some design and styling inspiration from the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Apart from the twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine, the 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine that was unveiled last week at the Vienna Motor Symposium could also be offered. It produces 600 hp and 899 Nm of torque. A plug-in hybrid powertrain will also be offered later as it helps increasing the fuel economy and reducing the CO2 emissions. The report suggests that a pure-electric Continental GT is not on the cards, not at least for the near future. This is because the heavy weight and limited driving range of the batteries isn’t compelling enough currently for the British luxury automaker.

[Source: Auto Express]

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