Bentley Kuala Lumpur last night unveiled the latest addition to its line-up, the new Continental GT. The second-generation two-door 2+2 grand tourer rolls in at a starting price of RM1.74 million, excluding insurance, and depending on specification and trim levels, works its way up to about RM2.1 million or so.
The all-wheel drive car, while carrying over the 12-cylinder 6.0 litre unit from its predecessor, is of course a faster beast than the older one. With a power output of 567 hp at 6,000 rpm and 700 Nm at 1,700 rpm of torque, and mated to a ZF 6HP28 six-speed Quickshift transmission, the car does the 0-100 sprint in 4.6 seconds and gets to a 318 kph top speed.
The W12 block is FlexFuel ready, allowing it to run seamlessly on gasoline, bioethanol (E85) or any combination of the two. Later this year will see the introduction of a high-output V8 engine option.
Equipment levels available includes an 8-inch touchscreen, 30 GB infotainment system with advanced navigationrt settings at your fingertips. The standard audio system gets you eight speakers, while the Naim for Bentley Premium audio system, created exclusively for the Continental GT by British audio specialists Naim, takes the number of Balanced Mode Radiator speakers to 11, and Dirac Dimensions digital signal processing gets thrown in as well.
As is to be expected, there’s plenty of refinement to be found, especially inside the cabin. There’s a host of beautiful main and secondary leather hide options, veneers, engine-spun metal fascias and exterior paint colours (including new Extreme Silver and Liquid Mercury finishes), so there’s a world of choice when it comes to dressing up the car, of which the local order book lists four thus far.