Bentley has set out to reshape the way that carmakers create and design ultra-luxury vehicles. The 521-horsepower Continental GT V8, which comes in a coupe or a convertible, is the sheer definition of fast-lane luxury. Everything about the curvilinear design, 21” wheels with spoked rims, gorgeous leather interior with wood trim, master control console with GPS and Wi-Fi, roomy front seats (the back seats are just like any other coupe you’d find, and are not very roomy or accommodating, unsurprisingly), and its raw speed make you think that this car would be a rock star’s first choice. However, the gentleman appeal and black-tie status of this car tells us that more often than not it will be an executive who’s behind the wheel. A robust twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 powers this beautiful cruiser, feeding over 500 horses to the all-wheel drive system with air suspension, with 487 lb-ft torque and a zero-to-60 time of about 4 seconds flat (the convertible is about .2 seconds slower off the line). Coupes don’t come finer-looking and as nicely equipped as this flagship auto does. Then again, Bentley’s are handmade for the affluent few who can actually afford to indulge in such engineering perfection.Read more Read less
For 2015, Bentley have upgraded the GT Speed version of the Continental, giving the car a slight bump in power as well as several aesthetic tweaks. The front of the car gets a slightly reworked bumper, while wheels and headlight surrounds are a little darker. The interior also includes more two tone options, further setting the GT Speed apart from its less powerful siblings. New to the lineup in 2015 is the GT3 R version of the Continental. It is much racier than any of the other Continentals in the lineup, with a unique green and white color scheme. Based on the GT3 race car, the GT3 R is also the most powerful V8 Continental sold. Only the 12-cylinder GT Speed is faster and more powerful.
Supercar-quick; no compromises to comfort; reasonable gas mileage (V8 models); all-weather traction; pleasant top-down in optional convertible; hand-crafted look of interior trims
The Bentley Continental is part personal luxury coupe, part performance-oriented grand-tourer--and the specific combination of those traits depends largely on whether one opts for GT models or the edgier GT Speed. Bentleys are built to specification, with a long list of factory options, upgrades and trims, in addition to a bespoke program that lets buyers entirely customize the look, the only limit, is imagination, taste and budget. Regardless of materials or trims, the level of detail and craftsmanship is well above that of most other luxury cars.