Bentley is cooking up an update for its Continental GT, and prototypes have been spotted.
Judging by the camouflage gear used on the test vehicles, the changes will be minimal. The most significant of the tweaks appears to be new internals for the lights at both ends.
The lights, particularly at the rear, feature more detail, similar to what was shown on Bentley's EXP 100 GT concept unveiled in 2019 as a means to preview the automaker's next-generation design.
The current Continental GT went on sale in 2018 as a 2019 model. Since then multiple variants have been launched, including coach-built specials sharing the Continental GT's platform. These included 2020's Bacalar convertible and 2022's Batur coupe, the latter confirmed by Bentley as its last model to feature the venerable W-12 engine.
The updated Continental GT is expected to start sales in 2024, likely as a 2025 model. It should introduce hybrid technology, possibly as standard. An updated version of the Continental GT convertible should arrive about the same time.
The hybrid system will likely feature the same plug-in hybrid powertrain used in the Bentayga Hybrid and Flying Spur Hybrid. The setup consists of a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 and a single electric motor, and is good for a combined 536 hp. A more powerful setup swapping the V-6 for a V-8 is possible for a range-topping variant, since Bentley's most powerful powertrain option at present, the twin-turbo 6.0-liter W-12, is confirmed by the automaker to cease production in April 2024.
Bentley plans to slowly add electrification to its full lineup before making the plunge to a fully electric lineup by 2030. The first electric Bentley is due to be revealed in 2025 before starting sales the following year. It is thought to be a four-door grand tourer of some sort.