The Bentley Continental GT is just one of the 50,000 units that have been released as the company’s modern Continental range. The first continental came out in 1952 as the R-type coupe. The name was updated in different model variations from the 1950s and into the 60s, and was also seen to inspire convertibles and coupes in the 80s and 90s. The most recent Bentley, however, was released to salvage what was left from the loss suffered of its predecessors. The 2011 Continental GT was a newly released model but familiar elements say otherwise. Read on to know how this model fares against its recent rivals and modern driving demands.
The direction of Dirk Van Braeckel has allowed Bentley to sculpt the Continental GT panels much more freely. The result is a sharper shape with more prominent curves and creases compared to the original. The upgraded look also trades elegance for a more muscular based visual. In terms of size, the Continental GT sits on 20-inch wheels but there are also 21-inch wheels as the other option. In terms of body, the upgraded Bentley GT is 40mm wider and its chassis widths 41mm wider on the front and larger by 48mm in the rear.
The only major change to the GT’s interior is the new steering wheel. Its tiller’s diameter is much smaller. A faster steering rack enables it to act on the front wheels. The design is luxurious thanks to the use of walnut veneers, soft embroidered leathers, chrome-bezelled control dials, and handmade aluminum fascia inserts. What results is an “old English” cabin design that the Bentley manages to pull off. Fit and finish is also top notch thanks to the “master craftsmen” the manufacturer advertises among its team. Seats are also of high quality and comfort. Legroom is generous for passengers at the rear.
The GT also features an impressive engine that is at the top in terms of urge, will, and internal combusted performance. Apart from its 6000rpm and peak power, the Continental GT’s engine features big turbochargers that enable it to spool up. As a result, peak torque is at 1700rpm. The engine is also flexible in terms of revs, as throttle can be adjusted to go from 30mph and then suddenly into 70mph after just 4.2 seconds. Country roads can be easily driven throughout as a 50 to 70mph acceleration can happen just after 2.4 seconds.
When compared to other vehicles such as the Porsche 911s and Aston Martins, the Bentley takes it approach from the other end. Cornering while maintaining 1.05g of lateral grip is easy, yet the GT has yet to master such an ability. It’s not yet the model’s greatest asset despite its mild engagement. The GT, therefore, has yet to arrive at being a sports car.
Nonetheless the Continental GT does not disappoint in aspects such as the optional carbon-ceramic brakes. But you’ll have to seriously consider this invesmtnet as it does not come with an easy price. It is a worthy addition though, if you are really after a 60mph sprint that will occur after just 2.5 seconds.
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