Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible | CARkeys

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Bentley Continental

Bentley Continental

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What’s the thing you can say when someone as you’re asking me now . what’s it to drive a car that’s worth Well my first line to be that it certainly focuses the when you’re reversing.

On occasion, it also kind of if you concentrate when you’re forward too, because is not only a costly car, also very quick.

the Bentley Continental GT Speed W12 and it’s the fastest four-seat in the world. It has enough go to get you from to trouble faster than anything else on the road.

enough explosive power that long, rounded to take this 2.5-tonne from a standstill to 62mph in 4.4 to 100mph in 9.7 seconds, and on to an incredible top of 202mph. Try and not scratch it while doing that, though. The Blue paint alone £9030.

Although Bentley has been by Volkswagen for 15 years, and it brings in from 32 countries to build its of high-end vehicles, this car exemplifies the power and the glory of motoring.

It’s been and hand-built in Crewe, and its story is a of heritage and numbers – a big heritage with numerous race wins and world for cars carrying the flying B, and big numbers to do with price, and privilege.

The Continental GT Speed is the spiritual torch-bearer of the original Bentley Speed, built by the of the company, W O Bentley, to be, a good a fast car, the best in its

Its engine has three banks of cylinders arranged in W formation. Its petrol engine is breathed on by two so it hammers out an Olympian 616bhp and of torque.

Drive is fed through an eight-speed ZF gearbox to all four wheels a torque split of 60/40, towards the tail end. it’s just a glorified

It’s a rare thing to see one of these cars, so you can imagine the of privilege when I was handed the and let loose on the highways of Yorkshire. been mine for an hour, and at no during that hour I stopped grinning.

It’s me telling you this car has good the W12 engine is smooth, it has a lot of pick up or the is well weighted. Of course all things are true.

But what I can do is you the three main things this car that make the on the back of my neck stand up and those don’t include the hot air over my shoulder.

First is the way it Let’s be honest, just it’s a Bentley doesn’t mean it’s a looker. The is dog ugly. It looks like it on a diet of pies and ….

The Continental, however, is perfectly with the roof up or down.

The is long, low and sleek, giving a nicer line than its coupé when it’s up, and a bullet-like speeder when folded away. Oh and the dance of and glass it goes through the process of vanishing under the has the complexity of Bach counterpoint.

headlamps, a dark mesh a wind-sculpted flank with a crease up over the front and running back to the muscles around the back wheels. Big 21 alloy wheels, two oval ports, a tidy and square The whole thing just built for purpose and crafted for

Second is the way it goes, especially the gearshift is slotted into mode. There’s an instant in throttle response and the gears on for longer to keep the engine in the maximum power band.

It also block-shifts if necessary to you maximum acceleration when you down. The throttle becomes a A car this big shouldn’t be able to out this quickly.

Bentley Continental GT

And that us onto the third thing: the way it particularly in Sport mode. something dark goes on in the of this machine when the in the gearbox is unleashed. Suddenly, you step on the go pedal, all the trumpets of and hell join chorus to your charge for the horizon.

heard many big engines in my but nothing short of the Merlin in a has yet come close to the stirring of this Bentley.

Interiors in cars so often turn back on natural taste and but this convertible Bentley has very nice touches the dark tinted aluminium with air blowers that like aircraft parts, and the leather seats, made the hides of north European that are less chomped by than those from south.

You may feel that charging for that aluminium insert is a bit and similarly the contrast stitching in the that adds £1425 to the (and apparently 25 hours to the time), but if you’re even about prices, this the car for you.

The Continental GT Speed W12 is designed and hand-built for people who get whatever they want. No one who contrast stitching in a car costing amount will think about the price of it. It’s an option to indulge in.

As for that the basic cost of the CGTSW12C tired of writing it all out) is £167,900. This test car more because of all the extras the carbon-ceramic brakes (£10,400), the audio kit (£5475), and of course £9030 paint job.

Incidentally, my brother, who’s a signwriter, reckons he could gild the entire car with leaf for less than so I’ve yet to learn why this costs so much.

Carpet for the boot sir? Certainly. be £405.

I feel I could a dissertation on this car; not the research, design and technology gone into it, but also its its value, its price, its social its cultural baggage and the psychology of who buy such things.

But for now, end by saying that the world of the GT Speed W12 Convertible has been a place to visit and a tremendous but I wouldn’t want to live I couldn’t, with a clear justify any of it.

Bentley Continental GT
Bentley Continental GT

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