Bentley GT

Bentley released the first technical details of its new GT in June, promising true supercar performance from the large two-door, four-seater coupe. Due to arrive in mid-2003, it will be the first new product to emerge after the Bentley officially becomes part of Volkswagen on January 1 and will utilise a 6-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 powerplant with a similar configuration to others in the Volkswagen stable - like the Passat W8 - but designed and developed by Bentley. The W12 will put out in excess of 500bhp and while the exact torque peak is still being kept under wraps, it is "fair to expect" the GT to reach 100kmh in under five seconds from a standing start and reach a maximum speed in excess of 290kmh according to Bentley. The paddle operated six speed automatic gearbox will deliver power to the road via all wheel drive - a first for Bentley - and the suspension system includes a multi-link rear axle, double wishbones at the front and electronic damping and stability control systems. Exact details of the interior fit out are also sketchy at this stage but having signed off on the design and no concentrating on evaluation and testing, further news of what to expect from one of several 500bhp plus supercars soon to be released won't be far off. Visit for updates.

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