Bentley Continental GT – Famous Ride for All the Good Reasons

14.09.2016 г.

Bentley Continental GT V8 S

The most famous member of the family of Bentley, the Continental GT series of Convertible and Coupe models get a plethora of meaningful mechanical and cosmetic changes for this year 2016 that are meant to keep the consummate grand touring machines completely competitive with its prime rivals. Combining the British handcrafted character with the world class Teutonic technology which is made possible by Volkswagen, their parent company, the 2+2 Bentleys provide performance that goes well with their amazing great looks, thanks to the twin turbocharged W12 and V8 engines producing as much as 633 horsepower, completely adjustable and adaptive suspension systems and the standard all-wheel drive. 

What Meets the Eye

Retaining the classic character lines that serve as the hallmark of the models under Bentley Continental models since the name was initially introduced back in 1952, this year’s Continental family takes on a major rear/front refresh adding more presence to the already beautiful and bold contours. Its restyle nose also boasts of a smaller grille with redrawn soft fascia as well as edgier front fenders carrying a whole new stylized bright badge. On the back, all models have a more aerodynamic decklid design incorporating a subtle spoiler as well as the latest brightwork element spanning the reshaped bumper cap. GT Speed and V8 S get lower diffusers that are more aggressive highlighting their personalities that are focused on performance. 

A Look Inside

Similar with all the Bentley vehicles, the Continental GT family’s handcrafted cabin is a remarkably sensual environment which deftly melds the rich leather with various alloy accent and fine wood elements, whether in the Coupe form or the Convertible crowned that has a single touch and fully lined power soft top. The more user-friendly controls and the update instrument graphics add a whole new charm to the world from the standpoint of the driver and the revised patterns of model-specific upholstery bring an improved visual distinction. The very supportive full power front buckets have been matched with the individual rear seats, which, despite being comfortable in their very own right, are much suited to carry kids than the full sized adults.

Driving Impressions

In spite of the curb weights that run from 5,060 to 5,501 pounds, all members of the lineup of Continental GT merits dynamic kudos made possible by the superb balance of control, comfort and power. The potent V12 and V8 engines that pack 500 to 633 horsepower making these Bentleys amazingly quick and the well sorted all wheel drive system which has been fitted across the whole range imparts an amazingly confident feel even if you press hard through those challenging twisty bits. The standard air suspension that has continuous damper control lets four discrete levels of chassis tuning even though the lower riding GT Speed and GT V8 S set themselves apart with their included tauter Sport programming of baseline touring spec to provide a feel of more enthusiast grade. 

Whatever model you choose, spending time inside the finely finished, superbly isolated and stylish interior of any Continental GT will surely make your most ordinary errands a very memorable experience. 

Bentley Continental GT specs

Max power - 582 HP or 434 kW or 590 PS @ 6000 RPM
Max torque - 531 lb-ft or 720 Nm @ 1800 RPM
Top speed - 198 mph or 319 km/h
Acceleration 0-60 mph - 4.3 s
Acceleration 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h ) - 4.5 s
Fuel economy - City : 12 mpg US or 12.9 mpg UK or 21.9 l/100 km
Fuel economy - Highway : 21 mpg US or 28.8 mpg UK or 9.8 l/100 km
Fuel economy - Combined : 15 mpg US or 19.9 mpg UK or 14.2 l/100 km


Bentley Continental GT Speed specs

Max power - 633 HP or 472 kW or 642 PS @ 5900 RPM
Max torque - 620 lb-ft or 840 Nm @ 1800 RPM
Top speed - 206 mph or 331 km/h
Acceleration 0-60 mph - 3.9 s
Acceleration 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h ) - 4.1 s
Fuel economy - City : 12 mpg US or 13 mpg UK or 21.8 l/100 km
Fuel economy - Highway : 21 mpg US or 27.4 mpg UK or 10.3 l/100 km
Fuel economy - Combined : 15 mpg US or 19.3 mpg UK or 14.6 l/100 km


Bentley Continental GT V8 specs

Max power - 500 HP or 373 kW or 507 PS @ 5900 RPM
Max torque - 487 lb-ft or 660 Nm @ 1800 RPM
Top speed - 190 mph or 305 km/h
Acceleration 0-60 mph - 4.6 s
Acceleration 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h ) - 4.8 s
Fuel economy - City : 15 mpg US or 18.2 mpg UK or 15.5 l/100 km
Fuel economy - Highway : 25 mpg US or 36.7 mpg UK or 7.7 l/100 km
Fuel economy - Combined : 19 mpg US or 26.8 mpg UK or 10.6 l/100 km


Bentley Continental GT V8 S specs

Max power - 520 HP or 388 kW or 528 PS @ 5900 RPM
Max torque - 502 lb-ft or 680 Nm @ 1700 RPM
Top speed - 192 mph or 309 km/h
Acceleration 0-60 mph - 4.3 s
Acceleration 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h ) - 4.5 s
Fuel economy - City : 15 mpg US or 18.0 mpg UK or 15.7 l/100 km
Fuel economy - Highway : 25 mpg US or 36.2 mpg UK or 7.8 l/100 km
Fuel economy - Combined : 19 mpg US or 26.4 mpg UK or 10.7 l/100 km




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