There’s a new Bentley Continental GT in town.

Designed, engineered and of course handcrafted in Britain, the new third-generation Continental GT combines the best of all worlds — hi-end performance with handcrafted luxury and cutting-edge technology.

Bentley reckons it’s their best GT yet and the finest Grand Tourer ever produced — well they would.

At the heart of things sits an all-new, enhanced version of the renowned 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine, paired for the first time with a dual-clutch eight-speed auto.

A new, technically advanced, adaptive chassis uses Bentley’s intelligent 48-volt Dynamic Ride System to ensure a responsive ride and exceptional handling, with refinement in all road conditions.

The new system controls ride comfort and lateral roll, cushioning passengers from excessive movement as well as making the car feel effortlessly precise.

The muscular exterior design, created using revolutionary technology, results in a lightweight, yet stiff body.

The engine has been pushed further back to improve weight distribution, resulting in driver-focused, dynamic performance.

Offering four seats and improved luggage capacity for genuine real-world usability, the new GT’s luxurious cabin is packed with exquisite details such as a new ‘diamond in diamond’ leather design.

In addition, significant work has gone into harmonising the extensive portfolio of 15 colours across hides and carpets.

The new Continental GT also showcases major evolutions in Bentley’s unique application of technology.

An advanced, fully digital, driver-focused instrument panel and Bentley Rotating Display for the driver are among the suite of innovations.

The latter features an impressive 12.3-inch touchscreen housed in a three-sided unit, which revolves the veneer to reveal the touchscreen as well as three elegant analogue dials.

No word on pricing yet (as if). The current model starts from $402,600.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.