Bentley released the first technical details of its new GT in June, promising true supercar performance from the large two-door, four-seater coupe. Due to arrive in mid-2003, it will be the first new product to emerge after the Bentley officially becomes part of Volkswagen on January 1 and will utilise a 6-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 powerplant with a similar configuration to others in the Volkswagen stable - like the Passat W8 - but designed and developed by Bentley. The W12 will put out in excess of 500bhp and while the exact torque peak is still being kept under wraps, it is "fair to expect" the GT to reach 100kmh in under five seconds from a standing start and reach a maximum speed in excess of 290kmh according to Bentley. The paddle operated six speed automatic gearbox will deliver power to the road via all wheel drive - a first for Bentley - and the suspension system includes a multi-link rear axle, double wishbones at the front and electronic damping and stability control systems. Exact details of the interior fit out are also sketchy at this stage but having signed off on the design and no concentrating on evaluation and testing, further news of what to expect from one of several 500bhp plus supercars soon to be released won't be far off. Visit Gizmo.com for updates.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon