In the world of high-performance grand touring cars, the Bentley Continental GT is, by far, one of the most exquisite vehicles to see and be seen in, but it is worth noting that the overall design for this car hasn’t really changed much since it was first introduced in 2003. Sure, there have been plenty of enhancements over the years such as the addition of new models and even a 2011 refresh, but even so, it still requires a keen eye to spot these subtle year-to-year changes.
Inside, the most noticeable change made to the 2016 Bentley Continental GT models is the new seat design, which features a straight fluting on most cars and diamond-pattern quilting for the GT Speed. The standard seats have a retro look that you might find in a ‘60s muscle car, but done with the same high-quality fit, finish and materials for which Bentley is known. The V8 and V8 S models have a nifty storage compartment with mobile-device charging ports between the two rear seats, LED cabin lighting and a refreshed instrument gauge cluster. There is an assortment of new leather options, not to mention the availability of an Alcantara headliner and an optional Wi-Fi hotspot.
The biggest change that Bentley made to the 2016 Continental GT lineup is to the already powerful engine that sits under the hood. Although there is no mention of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, Bentley did confirm that the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 will see improvements in both power output and fuel economy. Engine output has increased from 576 horsepower to 582 horsepower, while torque goes from 516 pound-feet on the current car to 531 pound-feet. Bentley also added cylinder deactivation, which is said to cut fuel consumption by five percent – no mean feat with a hefty car laying down close to 600 horsepower.