Bentley built 80,000 Continental GTsJanuary 28, 2021
Bentley has just built the 80,000th Continental GT at its Crewe plant, 18 years and three generations since the original debut in 2003.
Buying a Bentley Continental GT or any Bentley is a unique experience. It’s not as easy as checking the boxes on an order form, it’s a more forgiving task that customers have been doing for decades. And now, one of Bentley’s most recognizable cars marks a unique milestone. The 80,000th bespoke Continental GT rolls off the assembly line in Crewe, UK.
Painted in orange and finished to the Blackline and Styling Specification, this right-hand drive unit features numerous handcrafted design elements and, like many Bentleys, is one of a kind. Many of the craftsmen who worked on the very first Continental GT nearly two decades ago took part in the handcrafting of this instance.
“When launched in 2003, Bentley redefined the modern grand tourer with the revolutionary Continental GT. Now in 2021, the GT continues to be a luxury grand tourer, combining the latest in technology, performance and style. This success is a testament to the skill of our designers, engineers and craftsmen here at Crewe, ”said Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Adrian Hallmark.
While the Bentayga SUV was the company’s best-selling SUV last year with 37 percent of sales, the Continental GT and GT Convertible combined 39 percent prove the Continental nameplate is stronger than ever. This is largely due to Continental’s many recent advances in motorsport. These include breaking the ice speed record in 2007, winning the GT3 race car on racetracks around the world, and the 2019 Pikes Peak GT, which still holds the production-class hill climb record.
Those who decide to buy the new Continental GT will have a choice of two powertrains: a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 542 horsepower or a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 with 626 horsepower. Both work in tandem with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that sends power to the all-wheel drive system.
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