For the first time, the internet has produced images of the third generation Bentley Continental GTC. We’ve already seen images of the coupé version of Bentley’s most popular model, but this is the first time the convertible has been captured on a test run.
Unfortunately, the car pictured has so much camouflaged screwed to it that it’s difficult to see much of what it will look like. The only thing we think is not covered is the new convertible’s top, which is important and because it gives you a sense of what the car’s roof line will look like.
There has been no official discussion of the next Continental from Bentley Motors, but it is widely expected that the third generation grand tourer will debut sometime next year as a 2018 model.
As critics of the Continental love to point out, the first two generations were built from a VW platform that was originally developed for the VW Pheaton, VW’s large luxury car. For the third Bentley Continental, the company has co-developed a platform with their sister company, Porsche. The new platform will underpin the Continental GT, GTC, the Flying Spur and the Porsche Panamera.
Earlier, a 2018 Continental GT was photographed cold weather testing and it had much less camouflage than this car. It was even traveling with a current generation car, making it easy to see how it compares in size and shape. That car also clearly had taken on many styling cues from the Bentley Speed 6 concept car.
When it debuts sometime in the next nine months, we’re expecting the car to be powered by the Bentley’s new 6.0l twin-turbo W12 and a new V8, the later of which could possibly shared with the Porsche. It will remain all-wheel drive and will possibly have a hybrid option. Subscribe to The Pursuit for more Bentley news and join the Bentley Forums to be part of the discussion.