The new 2018 Bentley Continental GT has gone on display in the UK for the first time at swanky Mayfair showroom Jack Barclay, the biggest Bentley dealership in the country. 

Orders are already flowing in thick and fast for the new Crewe-built grand tourer, which is available to buy from around £154,000 – but of course no one will actually pay that when there's a vast amount of optional extras to choose from that will add 10s of thousands to final price. 

Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer describes the Continental GT as the ‘pinnacle’ of the British manufacturer’s engineering and design achievements, and who are we to argue? It certainly looks lovely, and it feels beautiful inside. There are wood trims and different-coloured leather finishes to suit all tastes. 

We've yet to drive the new car, but Bentley says that the Continental GT’s 6-litre twin-turbo W12 engine gets the car from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds. Top speed is an impressive 207mph, if you can hang on that far. 

Thanks to a new 48V mild-hybrid system from parent company Volkswagen, the Continental GT uses stop-start, coasting and cylinder shutdown to cut down on fuel consumption where possible. In conjunction with the new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the GT’s fuel consumption is 23.2mpg on the European cycle versus the 19.9mpg of the old model.

Want to save more petrol? Bentley says that a plug-in hybrid version of the Continental GT is on the way, but the tech will debut first on the upcoming Bentayga SUV PHEV.

Click through our gallery to see more pictures of the first new Continental GTs to be revealed in the UK and find out what makes the new machines tick.

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