In its bid for immortality, the Continental GT changes very little for its first full makeover in seven years, as its bodywork—a bit crisper, a bit wider, and a bit more wide-eyed—evolves at a decidedly Porsche —like crawl. And beneath that car was always a Volkswagen Phaeton. Around the screen are subtle improvements to the hide- and millwork. The biggest change inside is the more comfortable fluted- or quilted-leather seats, which are 77 pounds lighter in total than those of the old car. Does it drive differently? It is still the same werewolf in a tuxedo, the same savage and powerful brute who dotes on his thimble collection.
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Bentley Continental GT - Wikipedia
Meet the Bentley Continental GT. What do you mean, "Where is it? Yes, really, that's the new one. The craftsmen from Crewe, England, seem to believe wholeheartedly in the mantra of leaving well enough alone. There was little about the old Continental GT worth nitpicking, so rather than risk ruining a good thing, Bentley instead made small, careful changes calculated to improve where possible.
Bentley Continental GT
As with the convertible the Continental GT boasts an all-new 4-litre twin turbocharged V8 engine with bhp, which will be offered alongside the venerable bhp 6-litre W The V8 is a development of the engine Audi has fitted to the S6, S7 and S8, although the Bentley gets a unique state of tune. Weight is saved by aluminium bodywork and a plastic tailgate, and the V8 also features a clever cylinder deactivation system that turns it into a V4 at cruising speeds. That improves fuel economy over the W12 by some 40 percent to around 24mpg. The V8 feels punchier and faster to respond than the — still hugely impressive - W
A few years ago, the latter choice might easily have involved Mercedes-Benz, Range Rover, or BMW—Ferraris, Lambos, and similar exotics are second cars, of course—but Bentley is deep in the throes of its renaissance. In the first six months of alone, the VW-owned boutique brand peddled vehicles worldwide. Not bad for a marque that nearly slipped into obscurity in the late 20th century, surviving largely on rebadged models co-opted from then parent company Rolls-Royce.