First Drive: Bentley Continental GT

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First Drive | Muscat, | Bentley Continental GT |

Effortlessly beautifully finished and sharply the 2011 Bentley Continental GT is a proposition that mixes pace and sumptuous luxury in one desirable and capable package.

In the

Replacing the Continental GT was never to be an easy task and Bentley to have approached the problem like Porsche does it’s faced with a 911 The styling is evolutionary, being recognisable but not so similar to the old car that not obviously new.

There’s confidence to its lines: the sharper to the front wings and bolder at the rear give the GT more and add modernity.

New head- and tail-lights continue the while a more upright and reshaped rear end help a more dramatic, athletic

The revisions inside are more but then there really much wrong with the old hand-finished wood veneers, chrome and hand-stitched leather There’s a new satnav and infotainment – which is borrowed VW – and new seats, but otherwise it all very familiar – and is the worse for that.

What you get for your Money

the Ј135,780 Bentley asks for the GT and not want for anything. There’s a twin-turbocharged W12 engine under the new with 567bhp and 516lb.ft of four-wheel drive, selectable a six-speed automatic gearbox and all the and wood you could possibly for. Standard equipment satnav and electric everything, but as every Bentley there’s the to create a more bespoke car you wish.

Driving it

It’s the GT’s unique range of that make it such a proposition in the high-end luxury marketplace. Refinement is greater before thanks to an acoustic sandwiched in the glass, weight by 65kg, power increases by the gearbox shifts faster and to the chassis improve agility.

The performance on offer remains Sixty-two miles per hour in just 4.6 seconds and flat out the GT will reach 198mph. It absolutely effortless to exploit the 567bhp, the quick-shifting auto so you’ll rarely find reaching for the paddle-shifters.

The engine is flexible thanks to its prodigious figure, but it’s still wringing it out to its red-line for the shocking on offer.

Couple that power to a chassis that’s heavily revised with front and rear tracks, better weighted steering and a drive system with a front-rear bias and the Continental GT sharper than ever There’s huge grip on the GT turning in with surprising given its bulk. The initial turn-in quickly neutralises, the GT exhibiting some throttle in the bends.

That enhanced agility is but it’s not at the expense of the GT element of the character. The cabin is quiet and the supple – on its softer setting – and the drive easy. Few cars can carry massive pace with resolution.

Boasting the same breadth of talent as its predecessor, but every facet of its performance enhanced, the new Continental GT offers a driving experience quite any other car on the market with its of performance.

Worth Noting

The Continental usability has improved not just to finer driving characteristics, but to some more space. The seatbacks are now scalloped to give legroom in the back, though it isn’t exactly commodious in the cabin – just not so as to make the seats pointless.

economy improves despite the in power, but the combined consumption of 17.1mpg and CO 2 emissions of 384g/km going to win you any friends at the Green It is possible to run your Continental on E85 as well as conventional petrol, Buyers concerned with things might want to until 2012 when will offer the GT with a V8.

The word is that it’ll offer mighty performance but huge improvements in economy and


Nothing touched the old Continental GT for its amazing breadth of The revisions making up this new car further cement its position as an useable super luxurious, fast car. Quieter, sharper and just as gloriously as ever, Bentley has finessed the GT effectively indeed.

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