Why we’re working it: To see if the third-generation Continental GT guidelines the roost as the final word grand tourer
Month 1 – Specs
Life with a Continental GT: Month 1
Direct competitor makes its presence felt – 12th June 2019
Our Bentley met its most direct rival: one other hand-finished British grand tourer with 12 cylinders and greater than 600bhp. The Continental GT and the Aston Martin DB11 AMR additionally value not dissimilar cash. The Bentley feels extra luxurious, extra refined, though it’s heavier and fewer agile. The decision? Watch the video on our web site to search out out.
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Welcoming the Continental GT to the fleet – fifth June 2019
When Bentley revealed its third-generation Continental GT in late 2017, it promised “a paradigm shift in driving efficiency”. In layman’s phrases: the Crewe-based maker wished to get the eye of these patrons sometimes dedicated to a sure Stuttgart marque not named Mercedes…
The goal, past fascinating Porsche patrons, was to enchantment to each loyal and new clients and be “much more agile with out compromising luxurious”, helped by a brand new chassis, suspension, W12 engine and dual-clutch eight-speed gearbox. Provided that the Continental stays Bentley’s second greatest vendor – outranked solely by the profitable Bentayga SUV (simply) – it’s not a method to mess with. Bentley is ready to promote 12,000 vehicles in 2019, a rise of 2000 over final 12 months, and 5000 of these can be Continentals, of which 500 can be within the UK.
And for all of Bentley’s need to draw youthful, extra sports activities car-orientated house owners, let’s be trustworthy: a big proportion of those vehicles can be purchased by these already acquainted with the Continental method. There’s no official Continental buyer profile however, anecdotally, UK patrons are typically of their 50s and male.
Bentley’s intentions for the most recent Conti have succeeded – to an extent – in keeping with our street check. We gave it four.5 stars and mentioned it retained all of the “lavishness, top-level luxurious and first-order touring refinement” of its predecessor whereas halving the hole between that second-gen automobile and the perfect dealing with vehicles within the super-GT area of interest. The Aston Martin DB11 V12 nudged simply forward in our rankings.
In addition to the introduction of the spectacular DB11 because the previous-gen Conti, the (a lot pricier) Rolls-Royce Wraith and Ferrari 812 Superfast have arrived. The brand new McLaren GT can even enter the combination. We’ve racked up some miles on the Continent in a Continental, when Andrew Frankel accomplished a mammoth 24-hour drive via 15 nations. In his sign-off, he famous: “I sat in that Bentley for a whole day and emerged with out the smallest ache, and there will be no higher measure of a automobile known as Continental.” All of which bodes effectively for our subsequent journey in Bentley’s grand tourer…
I’m working a W12 Continental for 3 months to see what it’s prefer to dwell with day after day. I can’t fake I’ve the home or storage of a typical Continental purchaser – provided that these I’ve met have upwards of three vehicles – however I can be doing a little critical mile-munching and seeing if what seems an extremely luxurious inside interprets to usability, ease and luxury day in and day trip. It is a likelihood for the Continental to show its standing as the final word grand tourer within the consolation stakes, with an additional dose of dynamic driveability thrown in.
Now, the mind-blowing numbers. The 6.Zero-litre W12 engine produces 626bhp at 6000rpm and delivers 664lb ft of torque between 1350rpm and 4500rpm. Our acceleration checks achieved a Zero-60mph time of three.5sec and Zero-100mph in eight.1sec. If you happen to care, claimed mixed financial system is 20.3mpg. On the upside, it has a beneficiant 90-litre tank so that you’ll get upwards of 400 miles on a fill except you’re a complete hooligan (which, I’d prefer to suppose, Bentley drivers aren’t).
The Continental is priced from £159,100, however our automobile involves a pricey sum of £208,765 considering £49,665 of choices. We’ve a handful of so-called ‘specs’. Touring (£6195) provides you options comparable to lane help, adaptive cruise management and heads-up show; Metropolis (£3960) features a top-view digital camera, reverse site visitors warning and handsfree boot opening; and Temper Lighting (£1490) does what it says on the tin.
Our most expensive additional is the Mulliner Driving Specification, at £8095. That doesn’t delay patrons: 80% of Continental GTs have this feature and you’ll see why. It provides the inside an additional dose of the posh you need in a Bentley. It consists of quilted seats, embroidered Bentley emblems, sports activities pedals and diamond embroidery. Mulliner spec has 22in wheels as commonplace however you may go for 21s, as we’ve got, for higher journey consolation.
By far my favorite inside gimmick is Bentley’s rotating show within the central dashboard, in which you’ll be able to alternate between a 12.3in display screen or three conventional round dials. When the engine is turned off, a 3rd face sits flush to the remainder of the sprint design. It’s a £4700 possibility and two-thirds of patrons go for it. The opposite notably costly possibility on our automobile is the ‘Naim for Bentley’ audio system, at £6500. Apparently, 40% of patrons go for this set-up. All in all, we’ve got 19 choices. The discount? A £250 air ioniser.
The very first thing that strikes you in regards to the Continental is its sheer presence in and out. Whereas it nonetheless seems like a Continental, its extra mature, modern traces are a sizeable improve to my eyes. Inside, it’s opulence epitomised. However will these formidable first impressions final? Let’s discover out.
I’ve but to fulfill anybody who hasn’t cherished being in a Bentley. However I additionally meet only a few individuals who aspire to it. A part of the issue, I imagine, is that few totally know what Bentley stands for. It’s arguably not as posh as a Rolls, nor as sporty as an Aston and thereby not as outlined as both.
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Bentley Continental GT W12 specification
Specs: Value New £159,100 Value as examined £208,765 Choices Prolonged paint vary £4500, Mulliner Driving Specification £8095, Touring Specification £6195, Entrance Seat Consolation Specification £3945, heated windscreen £480, heated steering wheel £750, deep pile overcast £350, Naim for Bentley audio system £6500, rotating show £4700, digital TV and radio tuner £965, inductive cellphone charger £280, parking heater with distant activation £1840, welcome dwelling lighting £450, distinction stitching £1720, Côtes de Genève end to centre console £1395, air ioniser £250, liquid amber over black veneer £1800, Metropolis Specification £3960, Temper Lighting Specification £1490
Check Knowledge: Engine 5950cc, W12, twin-turbocharged petrol Energy 616bhp at 6000rpm Torque 664lb ft at 1350-4500rpm Kerb weight 2244kg Prime velocity 207mph Zero-62mph three.7sec Gas financial system 23.2mpg CO2 278g/km Faults None Bills None
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