Friday, August 21, 2015


It's Bentley Motors' top of the line Continental GT family, overhauled for 2016. The autos were first demonstrated at the Geneva Motor Show and go at a bargain at some point amid July 2015. 

"Improved" is the means by which Continental overlord Paul Jones depicts the '16 GT line. The huge news is in the engine, where the Volkswagen Group's compelling 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 gets both a 15-hp and 15-lb-ft torque help (to 582 and 531, individually) furthermore shows signs of improvement mileage, to 20 mpg consolidated. The W12 now incorporates variable relocation - amid part throttle, six chambers are stopped. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8's energy continues through to the end: 500 hp and 487 lb-ft, 521 hp and 502 lb-ft for the S. At 626 hp, the GT Speed's W12 is still the Continental lineup's  top dog.

Outside updates are unobtrusive, something worth being thankful for considering we're on record about the amount we adore the Continental's shape. The progressions incorporate a littler grille/new guard mix and more keen wrinkled front bumpers that are presently vented. The thought is to further stress Bentley's electrical cable streaming rearward from the front-bumper curves. There are additionally new chrome bumper identifications on both the V8 S and W12 models to coordinate those on the GT Speed.
Out back, the trunk lid is more sculpted and has a tiny lip on the trailing edge; the rear bumper is reshaped and wider and has full-width chrome. The V8 S has a new rear-diffuser design -- Bentley says it wants to further differentiate those more performance-focused models from the Continental family’s "lesser members."

GT V8 and W12 models come standard with 20-inch tri-spoke wheels (painted on the V8 and bright machined for the W12). Step up to the Mulliner Driving Specification and you get new 21-inch seven-spoke wheels finished in graphite gray with bright machined spokes. V8 S and GT Speed sport a new 21-inch five-spoke sport wheel.

There are three new colors available: Marlin (a rich metallic blue), Camel (self explanatory) and Jetstream (a light metallic blue). We normally wouldn’t bother mentioning new colors, but Jetstream is so gorgeous we couldn’t help ourselves.

The revised interior is gorgeous too and yes, every surface that looks like leather is leather -- what looks like metal is metal. Driver controls are new with an optional sport steering wheel and bigger gear-shift paddles. The instrument panel has new dials and graphics for a more contemporary look, and LEDs light up the refreshed cockpit. Onboard Wi-Fi is available.

Incidentally, if you want your GT personalized, look into the Mulliner program -- you can specify pretty much anything you want, from custom colors to upholstery to … whatever.

Sheesh. Must you ask? The Continental GT comes in eight varieties, and we drove them all on some absolutely fabulous roads along Norway’s West Coast. No matter the model, they’re all as you’d guess: big, comfortable and fast, fast, fast. Both V8 and W12 power and torque is delivered in a smooth, no-hiccup rush.

At 5,059 pounds, the V8 coupe is 55 pounds lighter than the W12. Sixty mph arrives in 4.6 seconds compared to the W12’s four flat. Both engines are coupled to ZF’s eight-speed automatic transmission. The V8’s speed builds smoothly and right now, and has a sexy, bellowing exhaust note -- “makes us giggle like idiots,” we’ve written. For you number crunchers out there, the S’ 21 additional hp shaves three-tenths to 60 mph, and top speed is 4 mph faster (192 mph vs. 188).

At that point there's the W12. The V8's increasing speed and top rate numbers are beyond impressive however the V8 doesn't have an incredible private-plane feel its W12-fueled stablemates have - the 12 simply has that minimal additional … something. Despite the fact that the 12 has under 100 hp more than either V8, now and again it can feel like more than that, leaving corners, for instance - the 12 equitable feels a touch quicker and smoother. That variable uprooting we specified? Never felt it 

Try not to misunderstand us: both motors make for easy, go-straightforwardly to-prison quick machines, yet what the heck - in case you're burning through $200K-besides, without a doubt you need the W12-controlled Bentleys' turbine-like wooosh we've expounded on so regularly, do you not? 

In the interim, both V8-and W12-controlled convertible forms surrender little if anything to the cars as far as structure and strength. We felt no cowl shake and hopping from car to convertible and back again uncovered couple of discernable contrasts. In all forms the air suspension functioned admirably over Norway's fluctuated  varied road surfaces, particularly in the solace setting. The guiding felt appropriately weighted (once up to speed) and direct, while the brakes were solid, however the pedal feel was more extravagance luxury car than sports car. Still, it's pleasant to know the amount of halting force is accessible considering the pace of which of which these cars are capable.Of course! Why wouldn’t you? Few cars offer a Bentley Continental’s speed/comfort/luxury combo; few cars whisk you down the road as one should expect to be whisked in a car costing this kind of jingle. What model you choose is up to you. Coupe, convertible, V8, W12, whatever. You can’t go wrong -- they’re all terrific.Meanwhile, both V8- and W12-powered convertible versions give up little if anything to the coupes in terms of structure and solidity. We felt almost no cowl shake and jumping from coupe to convertible and back again revealed few discernable differences. In all versions the air suspension worked well over Norway’s varied road surfaces, especially in the comfort setting. The steering felt properly weighted (once up to speed) and direct, while the brakes were strong, though the pedal feel was more luxury car than sports car. Still, it’s nice to know how much stopping power is available considering the pace of which these cars are capable.

To be sure these are GT car constructed for eating mile after mile (after mile after mile) in one sitting, and rapidly. They're not brandishes auto car. They feel too enormous and substantial, and truth be told, they are. That is not a feedback - both V8 and W12, roadster and convertible, feel like they can be hustled more than a 5,000 or more pound car ought to.

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