Car fanatics gathered recently at the Bentley Atlanta dealership to get a sneak peek at the new Continental GT.

A preproduction version of the sleek hand-built coupe is currently traveling the country and giving select audiences a rare opportunity to check out the car before it officially hits the market next spring. At a red carpet event complete with a photo booth and over-the-top light show set to music, Bentley Atlanta GM Sid Barron unveiled the snazzy two-door GT. “Our average customer owns six to nine cars,” says Barron, adding that many of them couldn’t wait to get their hands on the new model, which, like all Bentleys, is hand-built in Crewe, England, and is 100 percent customizable. Among the crowd admiring the brand’s most advanced vehicle to date, which can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, were Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys, and his wife, Leighanne.

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