Let's hope so.

The all-new Bentley Continental GT has been a long time in the making. To ease the wait, our colleagues from OmniAuto (aka Motor1 Italy) have scoured multiple spy shots and future styling cues signalled by the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept to imagine the final design.

See spy shots of the new Continental GT:

While those partially disguised test vehicles have shown the design will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, Britain’s luxury grand tourer is still set to impress. The aforementioned concept and its recent droptop counterpart called EXP12 Speed 6e have demonstrated how Crewe’s design language is evolving. The two showcars also had a lovely retro-modern interior, which hopefully won’t be watered down too much for the road-going cars.

2018 Bentley Continental GT render
2015 Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

Beneath the surface, it’s switching to the MSB platform, as used in the latest Porsche Panamera. This will bring a massive weight loss, although even the lightest version may still weigh at least two tonnes.

The Conti’s gym membership will not only bring a healthy weight loss, but also more muscle thanks to a beefier biturbo 4.0-litre V8 engine and the VW Group’s new biturbo 6.0-litre W12 motor. For the first time ever, Bentley will electrify its high-end GT for a hybrid version equipped with a V6 engine and an electric motor, but this thrifty derivative won’t be available right away.

The wraps should come off at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, although Bentley might decide to reveal images of the coupe a few weeks sooner. The convertible is expected to follow several months later, possibly at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018.

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Gallery: 2018 Bentley Continental GT render