The Continental GT from British automaker Bentley Motors is an excellent grand tourer edition having the DNA of Bentley along with contemporary design and latest technology. This car first debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 2003, when the parent company, Bentley came under the Volkswagen AG management after it was taken over in 1998. It was also the first automobile to undergo mass production manufacturing process under Bentley. The British car makers have a long heritage of crafting cars with outstanding performance and intricate detail work. They have a mesmerising charm and design aesthetics which no car lover can ignore.
The outer look of Continental GT is an undisputed visual treat and suggests it is an output of science fiction fantasy. The exterior surface creates an impression of unibody carving with an elegant front fascia and perfectly shaped side profile. Even the sleek window sections generate a feeling of being embedded on the main body frame. It bears the classic honeycombed matrix radiator grille with a subtle vertical line enhancing its view. You also get the four-lamp formatting headlamps which do not protrude from the surface but perfectly aligned to the body design. At the rear end, there are wraparound tail lamps with the signature floating LEDs.
The premium interiors of Continental GT with an upmarket touch in all the components make the car all the more irresistible. The dashboard has a smart combination of rotary switches and a touchscreen making it easy to use for the riders. The 8-inch display unit takes care of the infotainment of the car. The British audio specialists Naim offers in-car entertainment which got exclusively designed for this coupe. You get the latest radiator speakers with Dirac dimensions-digital-processing which customise the speakers transforming the car into a mini-opera.
Under the hood of Continental GT, you get a 6.0-Litre Twin Turbo-charged W12 Engine generating a maximum power of 582 bhp@6000 rpm and a peak torque of 720 Nm@1800 rpm. A ZF 8-speed automatic transmission gearbox supplies power to all the wheels through column mounted gearshift paddles. The engine is also efficient enough of not burning the fuel like a wildfire, and you get a decent mileage of 12.8 Kmpl. The acceleration is fast yet smooth, and it takes merely 4.5 seconds to reach 100 Kmph. The maximum recorded speed is 309 Kmph. The Continuous Damping Control (CDC) adjusts the suspension settings numerous times in a second so that you can enjoy a pleasurable journey both a low and high speed.
The ex-showroom price range of Bentley Continental GT V8 S is INR 3.56 crore. Bentley enjoys a loyal group of fans, and there is hardly any scope of competition. However, Aston Martin DB11 and Rolls-Royce Wraith come close to this iconic coupe regarding specification and pricing.
The advantages of riding the Continental GT include the following.
• The coupe has a premium design which embraces on all the sides like a smooth curve. • The 6.0-Litre W12 Engine and the seamless gear shift offer stellar performance in all speed condition. • There are bespoke options regarding exterior body colour and interior upholstery. There are a few drawbacks in Continental GT as well • The rear seating is not as spacious as the front ones; It has options for only two persons to sit. • The price tag of this coup is exorbitantly high, making it out of the reach of most of the Bentley fans. Finally, we can say Continental GT is one of the most aesthetically designed cars seen on the road. Riding this iconic beauty offers immense pleasure and pride to the owner.