2023 Bentley Continental GT S adds black trim and sport exhaust

  • For 2023, the Bentley Continental GT and GTC convertibles add a new S trim for the V-8 models.
  • While the engine remains unchanged, the S gains a sports exhaust and new 22-inch and 21-inch wheel designs.
  • The exterior is adorned with black trim while the interior is two-tone and S badging abounds.

    Bentley is refining its luxury cruiser with the new 2023 Continental GT S and convertible GTC S, with Bentley saying the new sub-models are aimed at improving “driving performance and visual presence”. The S trim will only be available with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8; the 6.0-litre twin-turbo W-12 was excluded due to its heavy weight. The mechanics remain largely the same, but the GT S and GTC S receive bolder visual accents to help the opulent coupe stand out.

    The horsepower and torque numbers are unchanged, but that still means a healthy 542 ponies and 568 pound-feet. In Car and driver tests, a 2020 model with the V-8 ran to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, very impressive for a car weighing around 5,000 pounds. Although the engine is the same, the S has a standard sport exhaust that should help remind viewers of the 542 horsepower the V-8 beast produces.

    Visually, the grille and all other exterior trim is blacked out, including the S badge on the front fender, with only the Bentley logo and lettering remaining chrome. The headlights and taillights are also tinted, as are the four tailpipes. The S is offered with two unique wheel choices: a 22-inch wheel available in black or pale Brodgar satin, or a 21-inch design that features both black and gloss finishes. Red painted brake calipers stand out behind the new wheel designs. The interior gains a two-tone look, lots of sumptuous materials, and embroidered S badging on the headrest, and adorning the dashboard and door sills. Bentley didn’t reveal pricing, but we imagine it will cost somewhere between the $220,525 starting price of the standard V-8 model and the $280,225 base cost of the Speed, with the convertible adding about $20,000 at the price.

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    Abdul J. Gaspar