5 Reasons why you should love the Bentley Continental
This new model seems to be the most attractive, luxurious and tech-filled model yet. Here's five reasons why you should love it:
1. The beautiful styling
The car looks very similar to its predecessor, however, it looks ten times as nice. The Grille looks big and over the top yet refined and tasteful at the same time. The back looks almost concave and holds those two, massive pill-shaped brake lights that match the style and size of the exhausts. Even just the subtle ridge that runs across the bonnet makes the car look better. The whole car links back to its heritage, for example, there is a subtle number 12 (it represents the number of cylinders in the engine) behind the front wheel on an air outtake and the air outtake itself is in the shape of the stand up badge on the flying spur. The new continental still has the typical Bentley headlights, but they have been made bigger and brighter in order to fit into the front of the car. All this creates a masterpiece that just looks stunning.
2. The luxurious Interior
This is where Bentley stands apart from other Grand Touring cars. From the hand-stitched leather to the rotating dashboard, this car is the height of luxury. In a Bentley, you would expect an old-fashioned interior however, in order to cope with their new set of buyers, (the younger generation), Bentley has had to re-imagine its interior and adapt it for the modern day. Bentley has done this incredibly well but they have also managed to capture the traditional Bentley items. For example, a new infotainment system has been installed however, if you prefer the original style of the three dials, all you have to do is press a button and the whole screen rotates to reveal the three dials embedded in the same wood that is on the rest of the dash. press the button again, and the dials will rotate and reveal just a plain slab of matching wood. This stunning combination of new and old creates, in my opinion, one of the nicest interiors available - and it has four seats!
3. The performance
Don't let all this luxury fool you though, this car can go from 0-60 in just 3.6 seconds thanks to its 6.0 litre W12 engine and it will get up to 207 mph. The new engine is 30kg lighter than the engine in the old model. The engine isn't aggressive though, instead of creating a whole drama, you will find that the engine gracefully glides you up to 60 mph and before you know it, you will be braking the speed limit. The car weighs 2.5 tons, this is a lot for a grand touring car - most cut down on the interior spec in order to maximise speed and acceleration however this isn't something Bentley has done. The interior remains filled with wood and leather - all of which are expensive and heavy. This car wasn't built for speed, but it still has plenty of oomph.
4. The car is handmade in the UK
Every Bentley continental takes 100 hours to complete and it needs 1000 people to do so. Inside, you may notice that the stitching is slightly wobbly, however it is just because it is hand made and it would be almost impossible to get it in an exact straight line. The wood on the dashboard has been crafted to just 1 mm thick and it takes 9 hours to do this! When most manufacturers seem to be moving towards machines and fake materials, its nice to see that Bentley are doing the opposite. To complete the interior, 9 European bull hides are needed - I'm not so sure that's a good thing considering that Bentley sold 6,654 cars in just 9 months last year - meaning that 59,886 cows hides have been used in total!
5. It can hold your family
Most super cars today only have seats for two people however in the Bentley continental, there are 4. Yes, there isn't that much room in the back but I think I would manage in that 22nd century cabin. The seats are a smaller version of the front seats, containing the same, hand stitching that the front seats have - unlike many car brands that cut down on the back seat's interior.
Those were 5 reasons why you should love the new Bentley Continental GT. Follow me for more and comment below telling us what your opinion is on the new Continental. Thanks for reading!