Bentley Continental GT 2019 – Elegant and Stylish
The Bentley Continental GT is an elegant, stylish and luxurious Coupe, built to cruise long distances with ease. Bentley has a long and prestigious history. It was a direct competitor to the Rolls Royce, with both offering superior comfort, luxury and opulence for its owners.
The Bentley Continental GT first came into production in 2003 under the ownership of the Volkswagen Group, who purchased Bentley in 1998. The GT instantly increased Bentley's sales and is easily their best selling car since its conception. The new 3rd generation Continental GT has been built based on a new platform developed alongside Porsche and is currently shared with the Porsche Panamera. There are four choices when selecting a Bentley Continental. There's the most powerful GT and GT convertible model, and then there's the GT V8 and GT V8 convertible.
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Engines, Power and Performance
The new Bentley Continental is available with a choice of two all-wheel-drive engines, both of which offer supercar power and performance. The GT model comes with a new 6-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine, developing 626hp and a staggering 900Nm of torque. All this power will race the Continental GT from 0-60mph in just 3.6secs and on to a top speed of 207mph. For a car, which weighs well in excess of 2-tonnes, these performance figures are nothing short of miraculous and will beat most smaller and lighter supercars.
The smaller 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8, fitted to the GT V8 models create 542hp and an impressive 770Nm of torque. The GT V8 will hit 0-60mph in just 3.9secs and climb to a top speed of 198mph. This means it can still match most supercars of today. Both engines are mated to a new, modified version of the Porsche developed eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (PDK). To help transfer all power to the wheels, all Continental models have a new, active all-wheel-drive system which can adjust the torque distribution based on the traction levels.
Every engine features the latest cylinder deactivation system from Bentley, to improve fuel economy, emissions and efficiency. The larger of the two engines (6-litre W12) has a claimed range of 414 miles and the 4-litre V8 up to 500 miles. The Continental GT has a WLTP combined fuel economy of around 23mpg. The GT V8 figures are not out but, it should be slightly higher with suggestions of up to 27mpg.
Interior Quality and Technology
The Bentley name prides itself in creating some of the finest and most luxurious cars on the market using only the best materials. The interior build quality is second to none. The craftsmanship inside the Continental GT can only be described as a work of art. As soon as you climb inside the Continental GT, you feel like royalty; such is the high-class feel and luxuriousness of the cabin.
The new Continental features a fully digital instrument display panel, instead of the traditional analogue dials found in the previous model. It has the speedometer and rev counter either side of a customizable central screen, which displays information such as; sat-nav map and directions or music/multimedia.
The infotainment system is controlled through a new 12.3-inch high definition colour touchscreen which is bright, crisp and super responsive. It is the largest touchscreen fitted to a Bentley so far. The touchscreen is located in the middle of the dashboard and rotates into view when the ignition is turned on. There is a continuation of the dash, featuring analogue dials for the clock, a compass and temperature so that it all looks natural and elegant.
The infotainment systems include features such as; sat-nav, smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay, DAB radio, Bluetooth and many more. Each Continental comes with a standard 650W, 10 speaker sound system which can be optionally upgraded to a Bang & Olufsen for Bentley system (1500W and 15 speakers) or the top of the range Naim for Bentley system (2200W and 18 speakers). I would opt for the Naim system if you like your music, as the sound quality is just amazing.
The front seats are 20-way adjustable and can be heated or cooled. There is even a massage feature, as standard. No matter what shape and size you are, finding a comfortable and relaxing seating position will not take long.
Space, Practicality and Safety
Space inside the Bentley Continental GT is great, with ample legroom and headroom in the front for nearly any shape and size occupant. In the rear, again space is good, and passengers get generous legroom and headroom for what is a Coupe. The Continental is a 2+2 Coupe, so meant for only four occupants, which means extra shoulder room in the back for passengers. There is also a larger central armrest, to add to the luxury and make you feel like a celebrity being chauffeured around.
There are countless storage cubbies throughout the cabin, including a spacious glove box, cupholders front and back and door pockets. The boot is a decent size, at a capacity of 358 litres. This is more than the rival Aston Martin DB11 but not as much as the cavernous Rolls Royce Wraith, with an impressive 470-litre.
The Bentley Continental GT has not yet been safety tested by the guys at Euro NCAP, but it is expected to achieve great results given the amount of safety assist and features either as standard or as optional extras. Some of the standard safety features include; matrix LED headlights and multiple airbags. There are two safety packs available, both of which would be worth considering. They are the City Specification Pack and the Touring Specification Pack, each offering different safety features and assists including; a head-up display (HUD), Lane Assist, City Assist, Night Vision and Traffic Sign Recognition.
The new Bentley Continental GT is a wonderful car and a real step into a life of luxury and pleasure. Although the cost to buy is rather expensive, what you get for that money and the prestige and the feeling of satisfaction it the GT gives you is certainly worth the expense.