The Bentley factory is unique among car manufacturing facilities in that it combines modern technology with handcrafted practices from the brand's coach-building past. The process is unbelievably painstaking.
For generations, Bentley had operated under the philosophy that bigger is always better. But in today's environmentally conscious world, economy has become as important as speed and luxury. The time is now for the iconic British car manufacturer to reinvent itself, as well as its signature machine, the Continental GT. Take a grand tour through time as we examine the history of Bentley and see how its designers and engineers have evolved its flagship into a faster, lighter, more fuel-efficient machine.
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