Bentley Continental GT Coupe 2003-2011

Bentley Continental GT Coupe 2003-2011

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Detailed interior and exterior
  • Superb engine
  • Surprisingly practical

Cons:

  • Feels heavy
  • May be a tight squeeze in some car parks
  • Extremely expensive to buy, run and maintain

Overview

The Bentley Continental GT (03- ) Coupe performs exactly as one would expect with perfect handling and superb performance. This is combined with the luxury, practicality and comfort that Bentley provides makes it an exceptional vehicle.

Exterior and Interior

The exterior has been given a crisp design by Bentley, with cleaner lines than the previous model. The front wheel arches have also been made bolder. The headlights are located in newly designed recessed openings with washers fitted to reduce the buildup of dirt. The interior of the Continental GT has undoubtedly been given the most luxurious interior of any sports coupe. All the materials used are of the finest quality, with most of its parts being hand-crafted by the Bentley workforce in Crewe. Each of the leather steering wheels takes between 4 to 6 hours to be hand-stitched, with the wooden veneer being hand-selected for the finest quality, and it takes nearly 13 days to be crafted into the finished pieces that get implemented into the car. A major improvement on the previous models was the sat-nav. However, this has been replaced by a new system that has improved graphics and superior connectivity for mobile phones. The front seat-belts of the Continental GT come out from the side of the car and not from a unit that is mounted on the side of the front seats of the car. The back of the front seats have been redesigned to improve the rear leg-room. The boot has sufficient space with 358-liters and coming with a powered tail-gate as standard.

Performance and Economy

The 6-litre W12 engine gives an increased 37lb/ft in torque and 15bhp. 0-62mph takes just 4.4 seconds, and has a top speed of 198mph. The Bentley Continental GT also has an excellent four-wheel drive system. The car delivers the power in a way which suits the vehicle, with a touch of torque as soon as the throttle is pressed. The new model is 65kg lighter than the previous model, but it still gives eye-wateringly high running costs. The average fuel consumption is 17.1mpg and emits 384g/km of CO2. Bentley's Continental GT comes with side air-bag protection for each passenger and a knee airbag for the driver. The big front brakes discs offer immense stopping power as well.

Like to Drive

Although being such a big and powerful car, the Continental GT is exceptionally easy to drive. The only thing that needs to be kept in mind is its considerable width, which is more suited for A-roads than hedgerow lined rat runs. You may also want to think before going into a multi-storey car park as most would end up being a very tight squeeze. The car gives excellent ride quality with the cabin being wind and road noise free apart from when driving on incredibly rough roads, where the huge tyres might produce some noise. The steering is perfectly weighted and provides the driver with plenty of feedback. Despite its weight being almost equal to that of a serious 4x4, the Continental GT is exceptionally enjoyable to drive.

Faults and Repairs

The care offered by Bentley after you have purchased your vehicle is well known and one should feel confident that if anything goes wrong then you and your car will be well looked after. In 2008, previous models of Continental GT were recalled to get the fuel filter replaced as the fuel filter could possibly corrode and could leak in extreme situations, but that has been the common problem experienced. The build quality and craftsmanship of Bentley has enabled it to stay on the road until it's a classic.