Bentley Continental GTC

Spotted out testing in public, the Bentley Continental GTC test mule seen here appears to wear the frontal exterior design and headlights of the EXP Speed 10 Concept, which was first unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Overall it appears to have taken on a more production-rationalised shape which still retains the concept car’s lower, wider stance, and while the concept car is a two-seater, the Continental GTC mule here should remain a four-seater in production form, just as its predecessor has been.

Built upon the Volkswagen Group’s new MSB platform which will underpin the group’s larger models such as the upcoming Porsche Panamera, the new Bentley expected in 2018 is set to receive weight saving materials and construction to give a weight reduction of over 100 kg.

The Continental GTC too can be expected to feature the group’s 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine, though the venerable 6.0 litre W12 engine is less of a certainty. Emissions compliance is an increasingly stringent requirement in Europe and in the United States, both of which have been key markets for the ragtop Bentley.

GALLERY: Bentley EXP Speed 10 Concept