Bentley combined in the Continental GT, the latest in digital technology with old world craftsmanship. Six Kuhhäute, ten square metres of wood veneer were used in the car. Who sits in the back, can’t enjoy the luxury.
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The first impression is: Too deep into the glass looked? The inside of the headlights and taillights of the new Bentley Continental GT is reminiscent of crystalline Whiskey-swivel.
Says the manufacturer: high-tech and craftsmanship – the head of development Rolf Frech, the two Corner columns at work on the new Continental GT. The engineer, who has adopted this model, in retirement, was for the twelve-cylinder engine, the digital Cockpit or the expensive LG more Software programming than that of a Boeing Dreamliner. But in the interior for about more than ten square meters of wood veneer or the skins of six cows, come to classic materials. In the most noble of equipment, these are stitched with the exact 310.675 stitches.
The we noticed: The Continental is, in every respect, extremely: The interior of the large areas of the Leather up to the micro-fine engravings on the knobs for the air vents luxurious and lovingly designed as any other car from the VW group, and a Rolls-Royce equal. The Only thing that is not in this Lounge made of patent leather and opulent, the space in the rear, the leather sofa reduced to what may be the most expensive jacket storage in the world.
The driving behavior is much sportier, as you know it from cars in this class. Although models such as the Rolls-Royce Wraith, the coupe, the Mercedes S-class or the Eighth BMW try both sporty as well as comfortable, to be luxurious, but no other Gran Turismo creates as convincing as the new Continental GT.
And this is not just a six-litre, twelve-cylinder, two turbochargers with a maximum torque of 900 Nm presses. The 635 HP engine brings the car in 3.7 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h. The driver hears hardly anything, but he sits behind a thick, insulating glass. The top speed is 333 km/h. Strong and fast cars, Bentley has always been. However, during the last Continental was still like a high speed train and to control at full throttle on the Straight, makes the new his thing in the curves.
The engineers gave the luxury car is not only a fully variable all-wheel drive, but also an air suspension that can vary the ride comfort between the clouds soft and sporty. In addition, they also built a roll compensation with 48-Volt technology. Extremely fast electric motors to adjust the stabilizers so that the carriage tends a little more in the curves and, accordingly, faster around the corner.
It feels spooky and can obviously be dangerous. Because along with the perfect insulation and almost completely enclosed engine all sense of speed is lost.
Take a look in the interior of the Bentley – with our 360-degree photo:
The need to know: The new Continental GT will cost at least 201.467 Euro and is – like all Bentleys, largely hand-built. So at least tell the British and are proud of the fact that you have in Crewe fewer robots than in any other of the VW factory, with the exception of Bugatti. The story only works, however, because most of the machine work is elsewhere done in the group. The very well-being of robots and large presses shaped body parts, for example, come from the Porsche factory in Leipzig.
Is launched the Continental GT as a coupe with twelve cylinders. But it will not stay. The new boss Adrian Hallmark has recently learned in the case of Jaguar, as you can fan out a model plate with simple means. Except for a Continental V8 and, of course, a convertible version of Bentley’s laying on of sure also derivatives such as the GT Speed and for much more money a bit more power to offer. Further engine variants, however, are unlikely.
We will not forget: The opulence of the car. Alone the pound ashtray made of real metal are almost a reason for picking up Smoking again. But the absolute Highlight is the rotating console between the two passengers in the first row. The developers call you Toblerone something disrespectful. On the one hand, it shows a razor-sharp touch screen. At the push of a button a roll is backwards, so that mechanical watches are coming to the fore, for mere mortals at any Price break the mold.
Vehicle registration certificate
Continental GT W12
635 HP (467 kW)
From 0 to 100:
4850 / 1954/ 1405