The Bentley Continental GT manages to solve one of the greatest issues with living in a modern city: the overwhelming stir of everyday traffic. This coupe isolates you from all the agitation on the road. Thus, on your journey to the office, you achieve a piece of mind that would otherwise require a short trip to the mountains.
And the Continental GT does this without removing the details that keep you connected to the driving part of the experience. When you’re driving it on urban roads, you’re still in touch the world around you, but you’re using a pleasant filter.
It’s a pity then that the car needs so much mass to build this security for its occupants. Out on the open road, the effortless performance of the W12 engine makes up for this, but inside the city you can truly feel the weight penalty. You may be relaxed, but you still need to move around and when you’re switching direction or braking you notice that this car doesn’t perfectly feel at home inside the city.
When traffic requires repeated sudden movements, the six-speed gearbox doesn’t manage to be perfectly up to the job. If you use the “drive” model, everything is a bit too soft and when you switch to “Sport” you won’t be able to stay away from occasional jolts that disturb your passenger. The newer eight-speed transmission of the V8 engine does a much better job here.
The same difference between the two powertrains is also showed in terms of efficiency. The W12 engine is not just bigger than the V8, but it also lacks the latter’s economy assets, such as cylinder deactivation and the city is the best area to make use of such developments.
From this point on, there aren’t too many aspects of the car that you couldn’t live an urban life with. It’s dimensions, for example, are fair considering what it has to offer.
The visibility is excellent in the coupe and the vehicle doesn’t come with overly complicated shapes, so maneuvering it doesn’t require too much effort. When you want to park it, you can add the array of sensors and rear-view camera to the aforementioned asset and the experience will be rather simple.
Then there’s the ride height, which allows you to tackle all the areas of the city. You’re never going to climb past urban obstacles in such a vehicle, but the ground clearance does away with the feeling of fragility many Grand Tourers offer in certain situations.
Bentley’s grand tourer even provides a decent turning circle for its size, with a value of 11.3 meters (37.1 feet). For example, the value is better than that of a BMW 6-Series Coupe
(without the integral active steering).
The Bentley Continental GT knows how to make the most out of its assets even when you drive it between the borders of a city, but it also comes with important drawbacks for this driving environment. If you choose to go past the latter, you will be able to enjoy the car.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
I can give you a million reasons for which I wouldn’t buy this Conti VW12, but I’ll start with the most important one: it’s not a Rolls Royce. Since BMW took over, Rolls makes the best cars in the world and if I wanted something this fancy, I could never settle for a Bentley.
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