As you open the door, you notice the thick double-layer glass and you are instantly given a taste of just how pleasant the Bentley Continental GT is in terms of accommodation. Oh and don’t worry about the way in which you close the door - this coupe comes with a soft-closing mechanism, as well as power folding for the boot.
The seating position comes to confirm the aforementioned conclusion. There’s plenty of room in all areas and you’ll feel that you perfectly fit regardless of your stature. The new Cobra seats may be slimmer than before, but they provide an experience that’s worthy of the “lounge” title.
In addition to that, you can be treated with heating and ventilation. There’s also a massage function, with the hardware consisting of ten individual cells. Each member of this stress relief team shows skill and dedication when it comes to taking care of your body.
This is one of the few cars in the world where the seat adjustment controls are feel as natural as possible. You don’t have to reach out to the door or too far to the side of the seat - they are placed on the side, but at an angle of 45 degrees, which makes them perfectly ergonomic.
The level of attention to detail is stunning and while you may not end up touching every part of the cabin, the respect this shows conquers you on the spot. For example, you constantly interact with the cow hides spread across the cabin or with the plush carpets, but it’s enough to see the veneers in order to acknowledge that you’re in a select world.
However, it would be a pity to resume to simply beholding the wood trim, since the cabin of the Continental GT places a strong focus on tactile exaltation. Bentley emphasizes the fact that the veneers are now UV-treated, so that “they can be enjoyed as new for decades to come.” We have to explain that their refined texture brought out our spoiled side - they’re such a joy to touch that this is all we can focus on, we don’t even care about the future.
As you can imagine, the wood is still no match for the sea of leather that floods the cabin. Regardless of what you choose from the impressive number of materials and combinations available, the feel of the leather comes extremely close to that unique sensation offered by touching human skin.
Once you’re on the move, the first thing you notice is the ride. The suspension has four settings and doesn’t sacrifice the comfort in any of them. The Continental GT’s suspension deserves a medal for the way in which it filters out the road’s imperfections while also being able to keep this mammoth on the road at triple-digit speeds.
Each of the elements described above may bring serious bonus points for this chapter, but they also add weight.
The aforementioned windows work together with the impressive soundproofing, which, among others, uses anti-vibration panels placed throughout the car and floor shields. The combination manages to repel any kind of exterior noise, so the only thing that meets the ear are a few traces of elegant, deep engine voice. Driving this grand tourer, you get the impression that you are inside you own mobile palace and nothing on the road is allowed to disturb you.
The Continental GT is not stranger to the notion of compromise though and this can be felt when one is offered the role of a rear passenger. The backrests of the front seats are now sculpted in a way that offers you more room, but the four-seater definition still doesn’t fit the car. Fortunately, nobody actually uses the rear seats past the “children” level and this is a job that it can handle with grace.
The Bentley Continental GT is one of the best cars you can choose for trips that involve triple-digit mileage. It doesn’t just come with maternal-like comfort, but it also offers you a slight taste of its brute force, so you never loose interest in driving.Continue reading