Bentley unveiled the S range for the Continental GT and GTC, which focuses on sporty styling and driving pleasure, following the comfort-oriented Azure trim. The models are expanding the S range next to the Bentayga S and the Flying Spur S with visual upgrades, richer sound and a sporty chassis, retaining the same power output as the standard V8-powered models.
The Bentley Continental GT and GTC S are distinguished by the regular variants thanks to the black gloss exterior elements, the different wheels, and the S badging on the front fenders. More specifically, the body’s brightware is finished in black chrome including the grille, headlight and taillight trims, side inserts, rear diffuser, and quad tailpipes, with the exception of the Bentley badges that retain their shiny chrome.
More importantly, there is a new set of 22-inch wheels finished in Gloss Black or Pale Brodgar Satin, with red brake calipers sitting behind them. Alternatively, owners can choose a different set of 21-inch wheels with a tri-spoke design that is also exclusive to the S models.
The interior comes in a unique two-tone split for the S, combining Dinamica upholstery on the steering wheel, gear lever, seat cushion and backrests, with Bentley’s leather hide on the seat bolsters, doors, instrument panel, and center console. The sporty seats feature optional quilting and the S emblem or the Bentley emblem embroidered on the headrests. Other features include the illuminated treadplates, new graphics for the display, and the S badge on the dashboard.
While the letter S usually hints at something sportier than standard, the GT and GTC S models don’t offer any extra performance. They are exclusively available with the V8 engine, possibly in order to avoid confusion with the W12-powered Speed variant. The twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 produces the same 542 hp (405 kW / 550 PS) and 770 Nm (568 lb-ft) of torque, allowing a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration of 4 seconds. The only change is the beefier sound of the Sports Exhaust. Also standard in the S trim is the Bentley Dynamic Ride 48V active anti-roll system which enhances handling while improving road comfort.
Bentley didn’t announce pricing for the Continental GT and GTC S but we expect it to be slightly higher than your regular V8-powered Continental due to the aforementioned upgrades.