More power and torque from W12 engine, plus interior and exterior styling changes

Bentley Continental GT and Bentley Flying Spur facelifts have been revealed at the Geneva motor show.

The changes, which are said to have been made in response to customer requests, centre on powertrain, technology and interior comfort developments.

Bentley Continental GT changes

Most significantly, the twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12 has more torque and power, delivering 582bhp (up by 15bhp) and 531lb ft (up by 15lb ft). At the same time, fuel economy is improved by 5% through the introduction of a variable displacement system. Emissions are rated at 329g/km (from 338g/km) and combined fuel economy at 20.0mpg (from 19.5mpg).

Exterior changes to the Continental GT are said by its maker to "sharpen its on-road presence". Highlights at the front include a new bumper design, smaller radiator shell and bright chrome badges denoting the engine type. At the rear, the bootlid is more sculpted and the rear bumper has been reshaped and widened. New 20in and 21in wheel designs are also available, as well as three new paint colours.

In addition, V8 S and GT Speed models get a new rear diffuser design, to differentiate them from less performance-focused Continentals.

Inside, Bentley says all the Continental GT’s driver controls are new, and buyers can opt to have what is described as a "more ergonomic and sports-oriented steering wheel" and larger gearshift paddles fitted. The interior also features more chrome detailing, plus new dials and graphics, and a revised surround for the centre console.

Further options include onboard wi-fi and new cushion, backrest and leather detailing.

Bentley Flying Spur changes

The Bentley Continental Flying Spur’s W12 delivers 612bhp and 590lb ft or torque. The addition of a variable displacement system also lowers CO2 emissions to 333g/km (from 343g/km).

The Flying Spur also gets new 20in and 21in wheel designs, new interior finish options, an updated cabin with more modern graphics and an updated steering wheel design, and a wi-fi hotspot system as standard.

Deliveries of the facelifted Bentley Continental GT and Bentley Flying Spur will begin this summer. When contacted by Autocar, Bentley was unable to reveal whether prices would be affected as a result of the changes.

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Bentley Continental GT

Full of character and still able to impress, particularly as a V8

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17 February 2015
Is former BMW Chris Bangle (?) doing boot lids . . again :(

17 February 2015
I thought the Flying Spur was the 4-door version? Can't see any pictures of it

17 February 2015
I do quite like the green Continental at the end. I've never been a fan of the car, but it has got better with age.

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