One other automotive birthday this yr: The Bentley Continental GT is getting a cake for being 20 years in manufacturing. The superluxe GT phase was neither new nor unpopulated when a Cypress Inexperienced Continental GT with VIN 20001 got here off the manufacturing line in Crewe, England, in December 2003. It is simply that nothing else mixed as a lot pace, dealing with, and all-out luxurious because the Bentley. That coupe additionally launched the world to a 6.0-liter W12 engine making 550 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque again when the four-seat Ferrari 456M was getting 442 hp and 406 lb-ft. from its V12 and the two-seat Ferrari 575M was making “simply” 508 hp and 434 lb-ft. from the identical engine. With the twentieth anniversary being celebrated with China dishware, it is becoming that Bentley used Auto Shanghai to introduce a one-off celebration within the type of a Continental GT S.
This one is available in Magnetic Darkish Gray Metallic over 22-inch black chrome and black wheels. Purple accent strains embellish the mirror caps and type a hem across the base of the coupe. Inside, specialty division Mulliner’s made a singular association of Beluga (black) and Hotspur (pink) leather-based in opposition to piano black trim. The bi-finish fascia places Granite Stone above Grand Black veneer, separated by pink pinstriping. Particular badging and laser etching seems in locations just like the treadplates, middle console, and veneers.
The carmaker plans occasions within the Western hemisphere on the Goodwood Competition of Pace in July, a world relay of Continental GTs crossing three continents to go a customized Bentley baton. There may also be drive hubs on the HQ in Crewe and in Geneva, Switzerland the place invited visitors can drive all three Continental generations, the first- and second-generation examples coming from the Bentley Heritage Assortment. The fruits is available in one other one-off Continental GT impressed by the primary unit produced that can debut throughout Monterey Automotive Week.