- The Washington Times - Friday, October 11, 2002

Finally, Bentley unveiled its new sports coupe at the Mondial de l'Automobile, the Paris motor show. It is the first Bentley to be marketed since Bentley was taken over by Volkswagen.

In Paris Bentley took the wraps off its long-awaited two-door sports coupe based on the Continental. Until then the international press referred to the car as GT Coupe, but Bentley officially baptized it Continental GT.

The new sports car is the fastest Bentley in the 83-year history of the British marque and is also the fastest four-passenger coupe in the world.

Half a century ago the Bentley R-Type Continental, one of the most famous Bentleys ever, also took that flag.

The new GT is equipped with Volkswagen's (of course) six-cylinder W-12 bi-turbo teamed to a six-speed automatic transmission. With that 500-horsepower power plant the GT has a top speed of 181 mph and sprints in less than 5 seconds to 60 mph. The new model is the first Bentley with all-wheel drive.

On Jan. 1, 2003, Bentley officially waves goodbye to its partner of 71 years, Rolls-Royce, when Rolls moves to a new assembly plant in the south of Great Britain.

Volkswagen has invested about $750 million in the new Bentley. We may expect the GT to be one-third cheaper than its existing siblings.

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