The Design of Bentley’s Grand Tourer

  1. Jeremy
  2. September 7, 2017 9:00 am

The Design of Bentley’s Grand Tourer


Two days ago, Bentley Motors released a film illustrating the inspirations behind the design of the all-new Continental GT. Bentley’s Director of Design, Stefan Sielaff, explains the traceable bloodline that has influenced the new Continental GT as he sketches in the Bentley Design studio. Sielaff then introduces the journey that he and his award-winning design team in Crewe, England, have taken to create Bentley’s latest model.

The Spartan Executive aircraft has a truly timeless design, using flowing curvature framed by sharp, powerful lines. Bentley employed the same philosophy in the all-new Continental GT, using Superforming technology – a precision technique working with aluminium heated to 500°C – which allows designers to invoke more complex, sharply defined body lines and a deeper, sculpted haunch muscle.

The Continental GT is the first production car ever to have an entire body side made from the Superforming process. This sculptured approach ensures a style that is taught and athletic, yet still graceful.

When a perfectly cut crystal glass is held up to the light, each facet is illuminated, highlighting a three-dimensional depth. This attention to detail inspired the design of the headlamps for the new Continental GT, which catch the light like diamonds. The lighting uses the latest LED matrix technology, but it is the design that truly sets them apart.

The result is similar to that of an illuminated gemstone – an effect which is magnified when the optional welcome sequence gradually illuminates the headlights as you approach the car. The taillights also feature the cut-crystal effect, highlighting the three-dimensional quality of the optics.


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