The New Bentley Continental GT launched in the UAE

April, 2011

Al Habtoor Motors-Bentley Emirates, the official dealer of Bentley in the UAE, has launched the much awaited Bentley Continental GT on 23rd April 2011, at Joharah Ballroom, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

From Bentley Motors' earliest days, its cars have set new standards in automotive design and engineering. They were icons of motoring. These cars took the Grand Touring rulebook and rewrote it. The beautiful R-Type Continental in the 1950s and the Continental GT at the start of the 21st century ushered a revolution in Grand Touring.

The latest masterpiece, the new Continental GT is a stunning coupe that blends classic Bentley DNA with contemporary design and modern technology. It creates a revolution of its own with a perfect fusion of supercar performance and handcrafted luxury.

The soul of the new Continental GT is the latest evolution of Bentley's acclaimed 12-cylinder, 6-litre power unit, now engineered to provide greater supercar performance. With increases in power, torque and fuel efficiency; the new engine is one of the most technologically advanced of its kind. Designed in a unique 'W' configuration, it is the most compact 12-cylinder engine in the world.

The new Continental GT is capable of running on the latest environmentally sustainable bio-fuels, thanks to its advanced FlexFuel technology, that allows it to run seamlessly on gasoline, bioethanol (E85) or any combination of the two.

With its power output raised to an immense 575PS (567bhp/423kW) and 700Nm (516lb ft) of torque, the new Continental GT is even faster than its predecessor. In tandem with a new six-speed Quickshift transmission, gear change times are reduced by 50 percent; and it will launch from standstill to 60mph in just 4.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 197mph (318km/h). With a 40:60 (front:rear) split power ratio, the new Continental GT feels even more poised for action and more controllable cornering.

Its state-of-the-art suspension, including Intelligent Continuous Damping Control, constantly monitors the car's attitude and poise. It adjusts the suspension settings hundreds of times a second to deliver a supple ride at low speeds and increased control as the speed increases.

Unlike standard two-wheel-drive cars, the new Continental GT benefits from one of the world's most advanced all-wheel-drive systems, ensuring that all the power the 12-cylinder engine generates is utilised. Its ability to accelerate under a wave of torque at any speed, in all weather conditions, is unparalleled.

"The new Continental GT is a fine example of Bentley engineers' determination to create the ultimate Grand Tourer. It is a skilful blend of heritage and contemporary that will make it more than just an eye-catching evolution. Bentley Emirates foresees an immense interest in the UAE for this very special car," commented George Duncan, General Manager of Bentley Emirates.

About Bentley Motors
In 1919, an engineering genius obsessed by speed, W.O. Bentley focused on his dream, creating a car bearing his name. That October the first Bentley engine came to life. During the 1920's Bentley went from strength to strength. Racing triumphs proved reliability, speed and incredible performance. Sales soared. These were the years of the Bentley Boys. Extraordinary adventures followed by extravagant victorious celebrations. Five glorious Le Mans victories and a successful return in 2003 secured the sixth historical win. True to the unique heritage, contemporary Bentleys are capable of extraordinary speeds, exquisitely handcrafted and beautifully engineered. It is this distinguished heritage that is the essence of Bentley.

About Bentley Emirates
Over the last 26 years Bentley Emirates has been bringing the coveted luxury cars of Bentley Motors to UAE. A division of the leading business conglomerate Al Habtoor Group, Bentley Emirates has a highly prestigious clientele right from members of the Royal families of the UAE to leading business citizens. Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards of customer service, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.

About Sponsors

Commercial Bank of DubaiEstablished in the UAE in 1969, Commercial Bank of Dubai offers a wide range of commercial and consumer banking products and services through a network of 28 branches, 169 ATMs and 43 Cheque Deposit Machines spread across the UAE. The Bank is listed in DFM and fully owned by UAE Nationals, including 20% by the Government of Dubai.

As part of the bank's drive to continuously enhance privileges of its elite clients, it is offering its Al Dana Wealth Management clients a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the iconic new Bentley Continental GT. The new supercar is at the pinnacle of performance and comfort, attributes that our clients associate with our exclusive Al Dana Wealth Management offering.

The event will include an Arabic concert Amar Ya Dubai, which presents the Bank an opportunity to dedicate and honour Arabic talent, while at the same time entertaining our clients in recognition of their valued and enduring banking relationship with us. As a leader in wealth management for the elite, Commercial Bank of Dubai understands and caters to the needs and aspirations of our affluent customers, and this event is specifically crafted for our Al Dana Wealth Management clients.

AXA Gulf

AXA Gulf is a leading insurance provider in the GCC with a workforce of around 700 employees, 12 region-wide offices, more than 500,000 customers and revenues of over USD 445 million. AXA offers a wide range of insurance products and services for corporate and individual customers. A winner of many accolades in the past years, its most recent award was 'Best Insurer of the Year' at the MENA Insurance awards and 'Best Motor Insurance provider' at the Car Awards 2011.

AXA Gulf is part of AXA Group, a worldwide leader in Financial Protection. AXA Group's operations are diverse geographically, with major operations in Europe, North America and the Asia/Pacific area. In 2010, IFRS revenues amounted to Euro 91 billion and IFRS underlying earnings to Euro 3.9 billion.

Alexis de Beauregard, Chief Officer, Marketing & Retail product offering said, "As a global company committed to investing in the region and particularly in Dubai, we are proud to present Amar Ya Dubai, and patronise such well known talent. It is with great joy that we celebrate the legend that is Dubai along with our esteemed partners Al Habtoor Motors. AXA & Bentley make the perfect brand fit. AXA has a motor insurance catered to high value cars and our dedication to high standards makes a perfect union with buyers of the new Continental GT. Our international expertise, global standards and GCC coverage make our motor insurance the best choice for clients used to high quality service and commitment to excellence."

Emirates Islamic Bank

Mr. Faisal Aqil, General Manager Retail Banking at Emirates Islamic Bank commented on the launch: "Bentley has been at the forefront of the exclusive auto industry over the last century and we take great pride to be associated with such a leading and innovative brand." "We at Emirates Islamic Bank always like to bring new offerings to our valued customers and ensure being at the forefront of car financing. This partnership reinforces our commitment to associating with leading brands and we look forward to developing further partnerships over the coming months" he added.