Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Bentley Continental: A Truly Ultra-Luxury Coupe





When your bank account allows you to shop in the realm of ultra-luxury the choices are few, but they are absolutely amazing.  The Bentley Continental GT is offered as either a coupe or convertible for the master of the castle to know they can be master of the road as well when this is the car they choose to drive.  With a badge that signifies awesome speed and truly exquisite luxury, the Continental GT is a fantastic choice for the ultra-rich to enjoy, especially on those days they choose to drive themselves to whatever destination lies ahead for the day.

This is one luxury car that offers a great deal of choices for owners to choose from for power and performance.  Fitting in a class with the Rolls-Royce Wraith, Maserati Gran Turismo and Aston Martin DB9 the Continental shows off a technology based driving experience that is unmatched by these other high-level namesakes.  For the 2014 model year, the Flying Spur becomes its own model and the new GT V8 trim is added to the lineup giving more sport performance to the V8 selection for the Continental.

As a large and looming coupe, the Continental needs to be filled with awesome equipment in order to perform as needed.  This is one car that certainly does not disappoint by having a fantastic all-wheel drive system and a ZF eight-speed automatic suspension which is fully-engineered to give a ride as soft as a cloud on any road as well as having a steering system that makes it very easy to take the Continental for a canyon run or to weave through traffic.  Add the super quiet interior and anyone looking for solitude along the road will find it in the Bentley Continental.  This big beast can handle some amazing acceleration as well to reach from zero to sixty mph in less than five seconds and offer a top speed of 200 mph.

Four engine choices are available to be attached to the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and help this Bentley be the height of precise acceleration.  The first engine offered on the GT V8 model is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that shows off 500 horsepower and 487 lb.-ft. of torque.  This version brings in fuel mileage of 15 city/24 hwy mpg for the coupe and 14 city/24 hwy mpg for the convertible.

The second engine is same as the first but adds a bit more from the turbochargers.  This engine is located on the GT V8 S models and shows off 521 horsepower and 502 lb.-ft. of torque.  The fuel mileage is exactly the same as the first GT, making the choice only a power decision for this car.
Third on the list is the 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine located in the GT.  This engine brings in 567 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque and shows up with fuel mileage numbers of 13 city/20 hwy mpg for the coupe as well as 12 city/20 hwy mpg for the convertible.  

Finally, the top of the engine lineup is the 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine that finds its way to the GT Speed models of the Continental.  This engine shows off with 626 horsepower and 605 lb.-ft. of torque to give the best power possible.  The fuel mileage is exactly the same as the first GT, allowing for the choice to once again revolve around just power for which model to select.
The interior of the Bentley Continental offers a fully leather upholstery to be mated to several wood and metal trimmings to give owners one of the most exquisite interiors possible.  The equipment and gauges that are present allow the Continental to be one of the most tech-laden vehicles on the market today.  Comfort is found all around the car in every seat which includes plenty of legroom and a pampering style of riding.

The outside of the Continental is a presence that cannot be ignored.  Long, low and exciting the Continental feature a large front grill, round headlights, a softly sloping hood to the roof and a hood to roof angle that is lower than many high end sports cars.  This car shows up and all will stop and stare at the obvious beauty that grabs attention without demanding it.  The wheels found under the Continental are sophisticated and dynamic, giving the car a final feeling of being one of the highest-level luxury cars on the market today.

The standard equipment offered for the Bentley Continental include a high-resolution touch screen command center with navigation, 20-inch wheels, bi-xenon projector headlights, an eight-speaker sound system and a power trunk.  The Convertibles offer a power-operated four-layer insulated roof, with Speed models being equipped with a more powerful W12 engine to gain the height of power in this awesome car.  Parking sensors are standard for the Continental with many safety features aboard to keep the driver and passengers safe even when pushing the limits of the car with speed and precise handling.

Optional features for the Continental include a rearview camera, a premium Naim audio system, an iPod interface, a heated steering wheel, radar-based adaptive cruise control, carbon-ceramic brakes, lamb’s wool rugs, 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and electronically adjustable neck warmers on the convertible models.  Other options are able to be added as dealer added equipment, giving owners the opportunity to make the Bentley Continental a car that is truly all their own to enjoy and show off to their friends and neighbors.

For a car with such a tremendous reputation the Bentley Continental offers a price that matches the features, benefits, style and nameplate of the car.  The base price for a Continental GT V8 shows up starting just under $187,500 with the convertible coming in at $207,000.  The top of the line is the GT Speed Convertible which comes into the list with a price over $246,500.  Many option packages can be added that take the price of any model up by tens of thousands of dollars.  For drivers who desire the style, speed, power and handling of an ultra-luxury coupe or convertible, the Bentley Continental makes an amazing choice and gives owners everything they crave.

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