2009 Bentley Continental GT Speed Review |CarAdvice

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2009 Bentley Continental GT Review

2009 Bentley GT Speed Review Road

Walter Owen Bentley had a “To build a good car, a car, the best in class ” The GT Speed is every bit that car and it has no

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2009 Continental GT Speed #8211; (RRP)

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You need to go way back to the origin of the Speed in what is possibly one of Bentley’s finest ever, the Continental GT Speed.

80 years back, when as he was known (he hated the name thought that there was a for a #8216;tuned#8217; version of their Bentley 3.0-Litre.

The 1926 Speed came with an guarantee of a remarkable 90 miles per that’s 144km/h in modern straight off the showroom floor, but 507 of these special variants built, due largely to the economic of 1929.

Had the good times there is no doubt that more Speeds would been sold to those ‘chaps’ who wanted to go racing in Bentleys on the weekend.

It’s not the company didn’t have any around that time Wealthy buyers could the Alfa Romeo 1750 Aston Martin Ulster or beautiful Type 37 albeit a lighter car.

While the was heavy at around 1800kg, it some ultra modern never before seen in cars of the day such as, an overhead four valves per cylinder, pistons and dual carburettors.

Not that, many of those cars listed above temperamental at best but when you a Bentley Speed you were a tough and reliable grand which offered the world’s five-year guarantee.

Jump cut to 2000 when revived the Speed logo for a Le race program in the guise of the Speed Eight sports-racer, finished first and second in at the Le Mans 24 Hour.

Oddly Bentley did not return to Le Mans in to defend its coveted title. a brilliant marketing exercise to the introduction of the Continental GT, if that’s was intended.

So it’s fair to say Bentley Motors doesn’t around the Speed badge More like every 80 or only when they a car is rightfully deserving of such a nameplate.

You would think that the stock Bentley GT would be such a car. a colossal twin turbocharged W (instead of the usual vee set up) 12-cylinder 412kW and a massive 650Nm of on tap, the appellation Speed comes to mind.

However, the that be at the Bentley HQ in Crewe, didn’t seem to think so. of 318km/h and acceleration from in 4.8 seconds, they wanted

Enter the truly awesome Continental GT Speed, lowered, and even more menacing in rear vision mirror.

It a staggering 2350kg and can travel at an fast 326km/h (that’s the first Bentley production car to hit the through the 200mph barrier. from 0-100km/h will you just 4.5 seconds or quicker BMW’s M5. Not only that, the can match the M5 in the S-bends too.

the engine is essentially the same as in the Continental GT, its been tuned to more grunt.

Step on the alloy accelerator pedal and get for a serious g-force assault. – it feels like the Bugatti boosting up, as the torque driven for a car of these proportions, seems unnatural.

Power is up nine to 449kW and torque has jumped by 15 to a huge 750Nm. Despite the increase though, the Speed is marginally quicker than its GT Either way, life at throttle in any Bentley Continental GT, is a blur.

Straight-line speed is half the story, it’s how the Speed sits on the tarmac and corners that really

The Speed’s extra wide 26-spoke forged alloys GT gets 19-inch wheels) have to rate as the word’s looking wheels, and shod specially made Pirelli P-ZERO rubber, grip through tight bends that the laws of physics as I them, have been by the Bentley boys.

There’s a shift in body weight on in, but its fractional and that’s where it It’s quite a remarkable as this huge Bentley corners with as much as its distantly related VW Golf

How this car does what it is beyond my modest comprehension, I suspect it’s a result of factors including some intervention.

Along with wheels and specialist rubber, the GT is armed with some mechanical and electronic modifications.

For a the car’s ride height has lowered by 10mm up front and at the rear, which works in with up-rated spring and settings. Both anti-roll have also been for reduced body roll.

response is sports car sharp and weighted from … thanks to a retune of the speed-sensitive system and stiffer rear

At high speed though, through fast twisty I would suggest the call be for even less assistance.

Now I what you’re thinking, all these harder edged the GT Speed might be a sportier but ride quality must be

Not really, for while the 20-inch low Pirelli’s certainly communicate with the driver, you won’t feel any crash or thump the cabin in the Speed despite very average road on which we drove the car.

a 2350kg Bentley Continental GT at full throttle requires brake components and our Speed was with the Holy Grail in department.

Standard fitment on the GT cars, are enormous 405mm discs up front with down the back. To give you idea of how large these the Bugatti Veyron employs rotors up front!

However, you are dealing in the over $420,000 standard is never enough, and carbon ceramics are all but mandatory, the $30,000 price tag. As you get what you pay for, try 420mm x cross-drilled front discs and on the rear with eight-piston

Do they work? Let me put it this Airbus industries should employed them on their superliner; such is the intensity of the power once the massive heat up. Brake fade, that?

For the record, Bentley the rotors should last the of the car and the brake pads double of the standard stoppers. They’re not fade resistant but fade is the proper assessment.

Now really, you just expect me to drive a around suburbia for those four days we owned it, did

When the guys at Bentley to ask, what we could do if made a GT Speed available to for a few days, I wasn’t going to say I might take it up to Palm and shoot it in front of some beach house”, as complimentary to the as that might have

Better still, the Hunter in New South Wales is one of the premier growing regions in Australia, and is with some superb roads, and even better delights and accommodation. This was my Bentley, and I were headed for the

You know, it’s not such a task selecting lodgings, offer the best synergy the luxurious qualities of the Bentley and someone has to do it.

There’s the Sebel and both fine resorts and far my personal affordability. Nevertheless, run a distant second to the true experience at Tower Lodge, in

It didn’t take much to me either, when I heard the combined wealth of the owners of establishment exceeds $2-billion done.

You can get to Pokolbin via the Sydney Freeway or you can go the back way through the towns of Wollombi and Broke, by far the drive route and less three hours all up.

In the end, I to stretch the Speed’s legs on the and then make the return though the rolling hills I could throw the big Bentley some.

With over $450,000 of car sitting in your driveway its not to feel better than the next door with his diesel powered VW Polo, but at he owns his!

Settling to the cockpit of the GT Speed for the first is what I envisaged walking a Hermes shop would be Layer upon layer of the leather and polished timber can buy.

The bolstered sports (front and rear) are upholstered in hide, which is far more than any Moran lounge ever sat on.

It’s the same the burgundy coloured carpet and rugs, superior to that in the Emirates Palace hotel and no right to be on the floor of any car, of course a Bentley!

Oh, and on this example, you can get a professional shiatsu while you are driving! I’m not kidding.

there’s the exquisite dark burr walnut veneer the fascia and door panels, have been hand and aluminium backed. There’s a Breitling analogue clock (I of one day owning one of their watches).

The chrome and hide sports looks like a Faberge which should be sitting in a cabinet in the Louvre. Even the is indented hide, abject it is.

Time to fire up the monstrous W12 and get moving before we get caught in horrendous Friday afternoon exodus.

There’s a traditional key fob inserted into an ignition which activates all systems, by a quick push of the small button.

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It barks to life a slightly manic growl the wider and specially rifled tips, encore. That’s 750 waiting to be unleashed and I’m the guest it’s absolutely intoxicating.

My is a little tricky but that be a problem, the Bentley’s self-levelling air has an adjustable ride height which allows me to dial up a setting, avoiding any possibility of to the front splitter.

For the cruise suburbia to the freeway, I’m happy to the normal Drive mode and sit and enjoy some smooth opulence.

Before merging the fast moving F3 towards I move the shifter into mode for more immediate response and longer held ratios.

Within moments, I#8217;m into the throttle and again, thinking Bugatti Veyron, as my torso is pinned hard the seat back and my retinas are recalibrating. Acceleration borders on the and is utterly relentless, but always

Once through the rather town of Cessnock, it’s a short drive to Pokolbin, some nice undulating Dampers have been set to which means we can throw the into a few fast corners supreme confidence.

The harder you it, the more grip you get. Put down in most part, to the drive system, which a central Torsen differential in to separate front and rear What that means is, the can apportion torque to either in measurements of less than one

Tower Lodge up ahead, but you never know it. Very low with just a small on a simple rendered stone

I’ve spotted a Maserati a few Audi’s and a brand new Mercedes-Benz S AMG in the parking area, but it’s the that commands all the attention.

aren’t any parking spots that I’m comfortable with, so the instructs me to leave the Speed at the to this establishment. I’m happy to

Bentley privileges have begun and I could seriously get to this kind of treatment.

are only 12 rooms on site, and is larger than your two-bedroom unit, and infinitely decadent.

Unfortunately for me, sunset is and with just one night in the pre dinner drinks take a seat to a photography session.

the Bentley is shown the royal as I am directed onto the well-manicured for a few choice photos.

It’s late, but the manager says if we (did I hear “we”?) there’s a nice drive to the town of Broke, some 20 down the road. I wouldn’t some company, and given he drives a silver Volkswagen R32, I see no reason to leave him

He also tells me he’s an and has some track time so I feel like I can get serious the Bentley. Within a few seconds, the is doing what it was bred to do, go Idle chatter has ceased as I using the rather ordinary paddles.

He is fairly certain going to be back at Tower earlier than expected and in of time for a superb treat at its restaurant, Roberts, a short away but on the same property.

To who’s not a Bentley owner or an enthusiast of the brand, the Speed look pretty much to the standard, but still hugely Continental GT.

However, there are a few differences, apart from magnificent 20-inch forged wheels.

The Speed’s matrix has a dark tint to the chrome, is continued throughout the lower air (the stock Continental GT is air and no grille)

At the rear of the car, see a black lower bumper and those rifled exhaust I mentioned earlier, which are to the Speed.

Open up either the or passenger doors and you’ll the Speed logos on the kick of the car. It’s the only on the car where you can do so.

It#8217;s all a little to for my liking; as I would want the next door to know I paid more than him and my Bentley was quicker than his GT.

There’s also a smaller three-spoke sports steering which although a joy to hold, I’m not a fan of the two-tone look, which overdone to me.

I’m not going to itemise the safety systems or fuel numbers suffice to say, are considerable.

“With unparalleled of luxury, performance and ride in the GT class, the Bentley Continental GT could easily be considered a at $428,300”

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