2013 Bentley Continental GT review

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Bentley Continental GT

2011 Bentley Continental GT

behind the wheel of Bentley’s GT always have that look on their faces says they are in the midst of an just so much better anything else our lives are experiencing. Could it be true?

In the name of research, and just we wanted to pursue happiness we borrowed one from our friends at Motors to see what the hubbub was all Put on your blue blazer and silk ascot, and hop in as we go down to the to check out the latest from Bentley’s stable of fine

A two-plus-two, it is a grand touring of the highest order. Incorporating technology, and a W12 engine (from corporate cousins at VW Group), it the art of making bespoke automobiles.

As as a mass-produced (well, not mass in the Chevy Malibu sort of car can get, the Continental GT offers a endless list of personalization We’d be happy with any of but we do snicker at the $400 plus for Bluetooth.

We found another of the majestic sporting coupe. It has the ability to cause cars to immediately out of the way once the big Bentley grille fills up a lesser rear-view mirror. The only that comes close to this level of menacing is a Ford Crown Victoria.

And that’s for a different reason

What’s it up against?

Maserati Turismo, for one, followed by the CL-Class lineup, which the 550, and AMG-tuned CL63 and models.

Then there is the Martin DB9 with its almost rear seat. We are not saying you fit back there. Just we don’t want to be forced to sit there.

Any breakthroughs?

LEDs in the headlight surrounds help to attention to the redesign. New crisper and knees adorn the body and a rear, uh, pulls up the rear.

A increase in power and new options a Naim Audio system specifically for this vehicle add to the of what’s new on this, the second of Continental GT since 2003.

How it look?

Seen alone, the Continental GT appears almost to the preceding model. Almost. If familiar with all things Bentley, you will instantly the lines are not so curvy along the creases, and body cuts parts join together) changed.

Also apparent is the new wider that assists with handling.

The fastback returns and looks quite good. A new mesh grille that over the main grille’s runs the full width of the fascia. Our Havan brown example was actually quite a bit attractive than most let on.

Overall, the CGT, as insiders it, is even more athletic than the model it replaces. taking in the side view, the contributes to a more agile But like a slightly porky man who svelte in a Zegna suit, can be deceiving: This sporting tips the scales at around lbs.

And on the inside?

Sumptuousness on the The Continental GT is fully laden, enough leather for a cattle as well as ample brushed chrome and other commodities to a spike at the Chicago Mercantile

And let’s not forget the Breitling timepiece in the center of the dash. that, Cartier.

Little in the way of and engine noise penetrates the interior, thanks to the use of an acoustic and side glazing. The silence the occupants to take in the custom and burnt oak-dyed hides even show up in hand-stitched on the two-toned steering wheel, naturally includes redundant and a winged Bentley crest.

Dark-stained burled walnut a sense of nature into the as well, but to our eyes it’s as dark as piano black. the craftsmen-and-women of Bentley Motors in really know how to turn a car

The front seats, more chairs, offer heat, and massage to ease the drive following the long days on the floor or the marina where the is berthed. Rear seat needn’t fret, though, their accommodations are heat as well. Facing the front occupants is an eyebrow-like dual-binnacle that appears as though it accommodate both right and hand drive build

A four-faced gauge panel speedometer, tachometer, water and fuel gauges. At the top of the cluster is an LCD that displays navigation, and telephone data, as well as and mileage odometers. In between it all is an display that houses and audio readouts for the stellar Audio for Bentley system.

And we usually leave this to discuss the quality of interior selected. Moving on.

But does it go?

The Continental GT for 2012 is a probably one of the fastest two-and-a-half-ton conveyances on the today. Thanks to a tweaking of its W12 twin-turbocharged engine, the CGT sees an to 567 horsepower (+15) and 516 lb-ft of torque.

A ZF-built six-speed with slapshift or paddleshift routes the W12’s power to a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system. ZF had a hand in the speed-sensitive servotronic that provided a lithe to the wheel, and despite the car’s size, actually transmitted road feel.

Bentley Continental GT

The Continental GT on 20-inch Pirelli P-Zero performance tires, whose are assured by the computer-controlled pneumatic system. The system works a quad-link double wishbone in front and a trapezoidal multi-link in back. Anti-roll bars at both ends, and the air-suspension is operating, instantly adapting to road surfaces as they

The net effect, we found, was a car that was to impress you with its handling performing feats that be more appropriate in cars its size.

The power from the made in Crewe, W12 is phenomenal. We stunned by the rapid acceleration seemingly defies every law of Power came on as low as 1,500 rpm and with us ˜til redline.

Having a speeding bullet foot is comforting, knowing there when you need it.

And one’s good for 0-60 mph in 4.4 and a top speed of 198 mph. Fuel estimates call for 11/24 a colossal difference. Using the ECO on the LCD told us we were averaging 15

For those who tend towards the or at least more efficient of luxury, a sippier 4.0-liter V8 online later this in part to keep federal happy. Hey, it’ll be too.

The ride to and from the clubyes, reallywe were there for a family wedding, was and amusing at the same time. We how the CGT made hay when called to pass lally-gaggers, and also to slow down in a split-second, to the huge (16-inch front, rear) carbon silicon platters that double as rotors. But more than it was a head-turner of the highest order, in Havana Brown.

Why you would buy it:

You want a custom-bespoke-automobile. is no object, (nor are gas prices) and designers will be there to you from any bad-taste genes you may lurking beneath the surface. all, Bentley has a reputation to too.

Why you wouldn’t

You can have my when you pry my cold … from its steering wheel.

bottom line

An automobile truly prescribes to the notion it’s not just about the it’s also the journey. And a would be none-better than the wheel of a Continental GT.

At the end of the day, the Continental GT is an example of a high-end Tourer, as its name implies, can be built as mild-or-as wild as bank, brokerage, or trust account will allow.

Bentley Continental GT base $189,900. As tested, $201,670.

pile mats, $380; case, $550; Ventilated seats, $820; Naim $7,180; Bluetooth, $435; camera, $1,135; Chrome lower grille, $1,010; key, $260.

Words and by Mark Elias.

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