The V8 Turbo version arrives with 542 horsepower. A plug-in hybrid version is on the way. It will charge fully in two-and-a-half hours and then drive for 31 miles on electricity alone. Afterwards a twin-turbocharged V6 will take over. Some markets will get a diesel version, VW Group's first new diesel since the scandal; the U.S. will probably not get it.
A seven passenger version is now offered with a rear 2-passenger seat in the V8 model.
The Continental GT is all-new, the replacement for the Continental. The Coupe was introduced last year and the Convertible was introduced at the LA Auto Show.
Both models ride on an all-new chassis, where the motor is moved rearwards to improve handling. A 626-horsepower W12 twinturbocharged engine, all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic are standard. The eight-speed is not a conventional automatic, but a dual-clutch automated gearbox. The suspension uses air springs at all four corners and active sway bars activated via a 48-volt electrical system. The sway bars can loosen for a more supple ride or they can actively counteract roll.
A trick dashboard is available. It rotates to reveal three analog gauges, a 12.3-inch color monitor or a matching dash veneer.
A special Mulsanne W.O, Edition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the brand's founding. A display in the rear center console includes a piece of a crankshaft from a 8-liter Bentley.