In 1952, the Bentley R-Type Continental made its debut; a Mulliner-bodied coupe with a top speed of just less than 120 mph. It was the fastest four-seater car in the world. In 2003, the Continental GT was launched; the first car of the modern Bentley era. Inspired by the R-Type, the first Continental GT established an entirely new market segment; the modern luxury Grand Tourer. Ever since, an average of nearly 5,000 examples a year are being delivered to customers around the world. To date, the 80,000th car has been delivered. Over this period the style, technology and engineering beneath the car has evolved significantly, seeing an increase of up to 27% in peak power, while models within the range have also achieved a reduction over the original Continental GT of 48% in CO2 emissions.

“With a choice of powertrains, one of the most extensive colour palettes in the world and with almost limitless interior options, unique configurations can run into billions of variations. Indeed, there are currently a total of 17 billion ways in which a customer can specify a Continental GT. Beyond that, through the services of Bentley Mulliner, Bentley’s in-house bespoke division, the only limitation is the imagination of the customer”, said Bentley.

Bentley employs around 3,000 people at Crewe.