With all-new underpinnings, Bentley's new flagship coupe has finally gained the sleek proportions such a car requires, with the front wheels moved forward 5.3 inches and a lower hood and cowl.
Beneath that hood (or should we adopt Bentley's Brit-speak and call it a "bonnet?") is the complex 626-horsepower, 664 lb.-ft 6.0-liter W12 engine driving the rear wheels through a crisp dual-clutch paddle-shift transmission.
Lightweight superformed aluminum body panels feature sharply creased character lines with lighter weight that contributes to a curb weight that is reduced by 176 pounds compared to the previous model.
Naturally this produces better performance, so the new Continental GT launches to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and keeps going to a top speed of 207 mph.
The GT's dashboard showcases Bentley's solution to the dilemma of incorporating technology into a cabin when customers value tradition style. The Bentley Rotating Display is a three-sided section in the center of the dash that lets drivers choose to see the 12.3-inch touch screen LCD panel, a trio of analog gauges or a wood veneer panel.
There are also three choices for your accompanying soundtrack in the GT, which has a 10-speaker, 650-watt standard stereo, a 16-speaker, 1,500-watt Bang & Olufsen upgraded sound system or an ultimate 18-speaker, 2,200-watt Naim audiophile system.
You'll hear the sound from any of those stereos with unadulterated clarity thanks to the installation of laminated acoustic glass, which slashes exterior noise by an astounding 9 decibels.
That silence will make it easier to hear the sound of your heart beating with excitement in this beauty. We can't wait for a drive.