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Bentley's $370,000 GT

Crewe member: The GT was designed at Bentley's headquarters in Crewe, England.

The new Bentley Continental GT is priced to go ... fast

25 Mar 2003

THE recommended retail price for the new Bentley Continental GT has been confirmed for Australia at $379,995.

Bentley has also confirmed more than 250 deposits for the car have been taken by the company's network across Asia-Pacific nine months before the first deliveries will be made, with 115 orders from Australia alone.

Strong local demand is reflected worldwide, with 3200 deposits lodged for the new four-seat supercar.

The pricing lines up closely against the $372,900 Mercedes-Benz CL 55 AMG, but is significantly more expensive than the $308,990 Porsche 911 Turbo.

Bentley also recently confirmed performance figures for the 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12-engined all-wheel drive, which pumps out 411kW and 650Nm.

That massive level of grunt pushes the GT from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds and on to a top speed in excess of 300km/h.

All-wheel drive is a first for a Bentley, as is the paddle-operated, six-speed sequential automatic gearbox.

The GT is styled in-house at Bentley's design studios in Crewe with the intention of seating a family of four in comfort.

Styling cues include a pillarless cabin, minimal front overhang, pronounced haunches, a distinctive "face" featuring large inner headlights and a flush-mounted rear spoiler that rises at speed.

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