Bentley Continental Review
Bentley Motors, the British Multinational needs no introduction. Its a royalty that only the Brits could produce, and is driven around by the most royal houses of the state. This brand introduced its Continental GT in the year 2003 and the latest incarnation of this beautiful, suave and luxury beast has been more successful than any of its earlier generations. Now produced after a collaboration with Volkswagen group, this state of the art drive has not lost its vintage character by any means, rather has added a bit more charm into its roots. A posh cabin, with an immense royal feel coupled by a V8 engine or a W12 engine for tremendous power, doesn't really take a genius to figure out just how fabulous this drive is. Available across the globe in GT, GT Speed, GT V8 and GT V8 S variants, Continental also embeds the convertible factor in one of its trims.Coming to the power aspect, Bentley Continental GT, the traditional trim level, houses a W12 engine with an immense 6.0-litre capacity. The maximum power output of Continental GT measures a huge 590 PS at 6000 rpm alongside a maximum torque of 720 Nm at 1800 rpm. These figures even go up further for different trim levels. Exploring the exterior of this coupe, which is pretty much the USP of a Bentley, it shows a perfect combination of beauty and boldness with its good looking front grille, bodylines and overall designing. The distinctive LED lights at front and rear give a jewel like impression rather than just being the 'standard' lights. The interior also shows equal elegance and justifies the brand it falls under. (You can customize from 6 cabin ambiance arrangements) The cabin looks stylish and spacious providing all the comfort to the occupants. The multimedia system, instrument panel and touchscreen is only an icing on this cake. Coming on to the safety features, active and passive, both types of safety features are employed in Bentley Continental GT trims. The Electronic Stabilization Control, Anti-Lock Braking System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution features embedded in this coupe make sure that the vehicle stay in control while running at high speeds. Also, the passengers' safety is taken care with the airbags and seat belts employed in Continental GT.
Mileage and Fuel economy
It would be an insult to talk about the economy aspect of a drive like Bentley Continental, but still these coupes despite all odds deliver decent mileage ranging between 7.5 kmpl to 9.5 kmpl which is more than enough for a drive of such stature. The most fuel efficient engine across all the variants is 4.0-litre engine of GT V8 coupe and the most fuel consuming engine is 6.0-litre gutsy engine of GT Speed Convertible.
Bentley Continental GT comes packed with 2 different engines, viz 4.0-litre and 6.0-litre capacities, across all its trims. All the vehicles have an advanced all wheel drive technology to deliver the best in class performance to the coupes. The 4.0-litre engine is capable of churning a peak power of 528 PS at 6000 rpm along with a peak torque of 680 Nm at 1700 rpm. The 6.0-litre engine (embedded with the ever powerful W12 engine) can generate a maximum power of 635 PS at 6000 rpm alongside a maximum torque measuring at 820 Nm at 1700 rpm.
Acceleration & Pickup
When it comes to acceleration and pick up, there is hardly any match of Continental GT combining immense luxury and performance. The fastest of all is GT3-R coupe. This coupe with its 8-speed quickshift type transmission can accelerate from halt to 100 kmph in just 3.8-seconds. Talking about the other trims of this coupe, the range doesn't lag behind in any aspect measuring in the range of 4.2 seconds to 5.0 seconds with a top speed taken between 301 kmph to 331 kmph. The acceleration count of all the variants are measured from a standstill position to touching 100 kmph on speedometer.
Bentley Continental is an supremely elegant vehicles, one of the most luxury piece put together. The latest facelift however compromises a bit on the elegance aspect and puts shades of raw muscle power. All the trims possess bold cris-cross grille at front to give the coupes a classy look. Also, the crisp bodylines of these vehicles make them look robust and sporty. The LED headlights are beautifully embedded is a way that they not only provide lighting facility but also add grace to the exterior. The GT, GT Speed, GT V8 and GT V8 S, all the trims are available in convertibles which increases the customer base further. The exhaust tailpipes of all these variants are available in 3 different designs such as Twin rifled, Twin oval and Twin figure of eight to complete the exterior of these coupes and give a distinguished rear. The GT3-R variant in addition to all this carries a sporty rear spoiler which gives it more liberty to speed up during acceleration.
Bentley's Continental GT variants are available in various dimensions. The GT, GT Convertible, GT V8 and GT V8 Convertible comes with appropriate dimensions to attract as well as comfort the buyers. This stylish coupe stands at 4807 mm x 1947 mm x 1401 mm (L x W x H) along with a wheelbase measuring at 2746 mm. The GT Speed convertible, GT V8 S and GT V8 S convertible trims measures 4818 mm x 1947 mm x 1391 mm (L x W x H) with a wheelbase standing at 2746 mm. The GT speed variant counts at 4806 mm x 1943 x 1394 mm (L x W x H) along with 2746 mm of wheelbase.
Bentley Continental is probably a strong contender for the best interiors price. Each and every aspect of the cabin seems designed with immense panache. Also, the luxury factor is kept in mind while designing the interior. The hand-stiched Nappa leather seats of this coupe are crafted with immense precision. The Bentley insignia printed on the headrest of seats make an addition in the look. The dashboard isn't really the conventional one, rather an off-beat two tone detailing adds to the aesthetic factor. A big touchscreen is employed on the middle covered by wooden finish which houses navigation controls. Other than these standard features, this Bentley product allows the buyers to choose from optional accessories like quilted hide seats, rear three quarter panels, drilled alloy sporty foot pedals and door infill to customize the interior look as per their choice.
The comfort factor is given appropriate attention while designing this Bentley, and obviously you wouldn't expect anything less. This 3-Door 2+2-seater comes with comfortable headroom and legroom for all its occupants, thanks to its wheelbase and height. The front seats of this vehicle can be reclined and slided for the best seating comfort of the occupants. These seats are also employed with ventilation and massage system so that the passengers may not feel tired during long drives. Ample of cabin space is provided in the cabin in form of cupholders, glove box and cabin compartments. A 12V power socket is also provided so that the occupants may recharge their gadgets easily.
Coming on to the boot space provided in the variants of Bentley Continental GT, this coupe comes with 260 litres of it in GT Speed Convertible, GT Convertible, GT V8 S Convertible and GT V8 Convertible. Coming to the other variants of this coupe, GT, GT Speed, GT V8 and GT V8 S, these vehicles have a boot capacity worth 358 litres. Some petty storages are also provided in this coupe for convenient of the occupants.
Engine and Performance
Bentley Continental GT trims come with 2 engines with different capacity measuring at 4.0-litre (W12 configuration) and 6.0-litre(V8 and W12 configuration). Both the engines are coupled with different technologies to deliver the required power and performance to the coupes they are employed within. The power generated by both the engines in individual trims are -
GT Speed & Convertible trims house a humongous 6.0-litre W12 twin turbo powerhouse churns out a peak power of 635 PS at 6000 rpm alongside a peak torque of 820 Nm at 1700 rpm.GT & Convertible trims are powered by a massive 6.0-litre W12 twin turbo engine which generate a maximum power of 590 PS at 6100 rpm and a maximum torque of 720 Nm at 1700 rpm.GT V8 S & Convertible have gutsy 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 engine which delivers a peak power of 528 PS at 6000 rpm alongside a peak torque of 680 Nm at 1700 rpm.GT V8 & Convertible house a 4.0-litre V8 twin turbo powerhouse which churns out a maximum power of 507 PS at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 660 Nm at 1700 rpm.
Stereo and Accessories
Bentley Continental GT is loaded with entertainment system which gives a feel of concert venue. This coupe has digital radio, MP3 player, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity along with a music space of 15 GB in the vehicle itself. Also, 6-disc CD changer and SD card slot are available for the music lovers. For navigation and enhanced entertainment on board, this Bentley coupe has a touchscreen also. Naim Bentley system available in this vehicle offers eight DSP modes and custom-built speakers for full on entertainment.
Continental Bentley GT, GT Convertible, GT V8 and GT V8 Convertible come packed with standard 20-inch wheels with 6 tri-spoked design. These alloy wheels match well with the dynamics of these sporty GT coupes allowing it to deliver performance. The buyers are provided with an option to have even bigger 21-inch alloy wheels as per their choice. GT Speed and GT Speed Convertible are employed with 21-inch alloy wheels with dark tint finish to add grace to the exterior of these trims. The GT V8 S and GT V8 S Convertible variants have 20-inch alloy wheels with open-spokes to complement the trims.
Braking and Handling
The GT, GT Convertible, GT V8 and GT V8 Convertible trims of Bentley have Iron brakes with black painted brake callipers which work effectively during high speed as well. The air spring along with continuous damping control and touring set up along with electronic height adjustment type suspension system allows good handling of this coupe. The GT Speed, GT Speed Convertible, GT V8 S and GT V8 S Convertible trims have iron brakes along with red painted brake callipers. These trims have air springs along with continuous damping control and sports suspension set-up and electronic height adjustment to handle these trims in a better way even at high speeds.
Safety and Security
Talking about the safety features embedded in Bentley Continental GT variants, basic safety features like airbags and seat belts are provided in this vehicle for all the passengers. Apart from this, vehicle safety has also been ensured in form of providing features like Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) which keeps the vehicle stabilize and in control on slippery terrains and on high speed. This luxurious coupe also has Park Distance Control for safe parking of this vehicle.
- Amazing Design
- Interior Craftsmanship
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