Originally intended as the entry point to Bentley ownership, the Continental GT coupe launched in 2003 and signalled the first model built under the direction of Bentley's owner Volkswagen. A second-generation Continental launched in 2011 and ran through to 2017.
Launched at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show the new, third-generation Bentley Continental is built on Volkswagen's MSB platform shared with the Porsche Panamera. This gives the huge two-door a 135m-longer wheelbase than the second-generation model while advancements in production mean the new model is 80kg lighter than the outgoing Continental GT, thanks in part to the advanced Super Formed body building process.
Bentley offered buyers the GT (coupe) and GTC (convertible) body styles, with the performance GT Speed and even faster Supersports Continental trim levels available above the base models. As their client like bespoke service Bentley has previously built a dizzying number of limited-edition models sold around the world, though few if any came to Australia. These included the lighter, super-high-performance GT3R, Continental GTZ, GT Le Mans Edition, GT V8 S, and Black Edition.
Bentley offered buyers the GT (coupe) and GTC (convertible) body styles, with the performance GT Speed and even faster Supersports Continental trim levels available above the base models.
A staple of the Continental GT and GTC since its introduction has been the twin-turbo six-litre W12 engine, though Bentley did offer an Audi-developed turbo V8 in the previous generation. The Continental GT and GTC are all-wheel-drive and known as heavyweight behemoths, but they're also brutally fast with the new model capable of reaching over 330km/h.
Even though the Continental GT launched in Australia at $379,995 in 2003 this was less than half the cost of the larger existing Continental Mulliner T and R models. A new third-generation Continental GT starts at $412,000 and peaks at $626,474 (plus on-road and delivery costs) for the Supersports.
Today, an early model Continental GT will set you back approximately $75,000, while the cheapest GTCs will be not far off double that figure. The limited-edition Supersports are still incredibly sought-after and will set you back around $200,000 for an early car or up to $700,000 for a 2017 model.