Bentley’s grand tourer, the Continental, has picked up a sharper edge for 2023.

    The Continental GT S coupe and GTC S convertible feature active anti-roll bars as standard for sportier handling, backed by new graphics and new trim options to help separate them from the regular GT range.

    They’ll be in Australia during the first quarter of 2023.

    Power comes from the same 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 offered on the wider Continental GT range, making 404kW of power and 770Nm of torque. It breathes through a sports exhaust as standard here, and is good for a 4.0-second sprint to 100km/h.

    The W12 engine offered on the Continental GT isn’t available on the S, as Bentley leans into a “more responsive and agile character”.

    Under the skin is an active anti-roll system powered by the car’s 48V mild-hybrid system. Capable of applying up to 1300Nm, the anti-roll bars actively support the left-hand side of the car if you’re turning right (or vice versa) to keep body roll in check.

    When the car’s tracking straight or the driver flicks into Comfort Mode, they relax to loosen up the body control and relax the ride.

    Versions of the same system are common on sporty SUVs from the likes of Bentley and Lamborghini.

    Outside, the Continental GT S is differentiated from the regular GT model with lots of black. The wheels, bumpers, and and brightwork are all blacked out, and owners are able to option the car with a set of unique 22-inch wheels for a more aggressive stance.

    Inside, the steering wheel is trimmed in suede, along with the gear lever and seat centres. There are also unique readouts for the digital instruments, designed to reflect the car’s sportier focus.

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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