Continental GT V8 Review
The all-new Bentley Continental GT V8 is an exhilarating sports coupe which is laced with the supreme luxury, technology, comfort and power that you can expect from a Bentley. The Bentley Continental GT V8 is packed with many advanced technological features such as practical driver aids like keyless entry and ignition system through to Electronic Tyre Pressure Monitor (TPMS) that automatically warns you if a tyre is not operating at its correct pressure. The car also takes care of those who prefer relaxing journeys with a brilliant and advanced Infotainment system. From the DVD Satellite Navigation system with route guidance, through to the electronic climate control, suspension settings, and ride height of the car, mobile phone directories and, of course, the audio entertainment. The Bentley Continental GT V8 is the first Bentley to be Flex Fuel capable as it has the ability to run on petrol and biofuel, irrespective of the proportions involved. This elegant sedan is packed with an engine of 5998cc capacity. The engine of car is endowed with a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox that helps in easy and smooth shifting of gears and offers an adrenalin spiking and joyful experience. The W-type engine is very economical on roads and offers a dynamic performance without any vibrations and noise. The performance of this engine is stunning due to lesser weight, lowered suspension and advanced all-wheel drive system.
The Bentley Continental GT V8 has created an unmatched exterior design. It is designed with a more bold, dynamic and charismatic appeal to capture the hearts and souls of car lovers. The smoked steel finish to radiator grille and the lower bumper grille in matrix style offers a very royal look to the car. The rear section of this sedan with full LED rear lamp and black finish to casings offers a clear warning to the ones trailing behind. The restyled rear fender accommodates 50mm wider rear tracks. The body colored electronically adjustable door mirrors with heating, power folding, and memory function offer a much redefined look to the exterior. The painted black crackle finish to engine cover renders the car the looks of an absolute stunner!
This amazing car has stylish interiors as well with high quality materials used in it. The roomy and spacious interior makes the driving very pleasant and makes you feel free, even in peak traffic. The lightweight front seats featuring Diamond Quilted Alcantara and the Diamond Quilted Alcantara door panel offers a very sophisticated and supreme touch of luxury to the car. The Alcantara headlining with Beluga leather hide control panel, the Beluga over mats to the front footwell, and the Beluga boot carpet with leather hide binding offers a greater style statement to the car with a touch of authenticity . The Carbon fibre finish in the fascia and center console and the Carbon fibre tread plate to both front doors featuring ‘Supersports’ offers sporty interior in the car and looks mind blowing. The 3-spoke single-tone hide trimmed multi-function sports steering wheel featuring Soft Grip leather hide with brushed silver switch surround (non-heated) and the sporting gear lever finished in knurled chrome and Soft Grip leather hide offers a very sporty and smart look to the in-cabin ambiance.
Engine and Efficiency:
Beneath the bonnet of this sedan you will find an engine of 5998cc capacity , the most powerful Bentley engine ever designed. The W-type engine is also environmentally sustainable with BU4 level 2-emissions that offers a very clear emission with higher torque and is also very Eco-friendly. This highly advanced engine is endowed with 6-Speed automatic transmission gearbox, which offers great fuel efficiency and also helps in easy and smooth shifting of gears. The advanced 6-speed Quick-shift matches the peerless engine for an adrenaline fueled experience with a quick shifting of gears in just 200 milliseconds and effortless double down-shifting. With the simple touch on the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters you can explore improved acceleration and response throughout the whole gear range. The engine is very smooth and offers a dynamic performance. This advanced engine is capable of producing immense power whether running on biofuel, petrol or any combination of the two. The highly advanced engine provides an impressive mileage both in the city roads and on the highways with 5.3 Kmpl within the city and 8.6 Kmpl on highways . The Bentley Continental GT V8 develops a maximum torque of 700Nm at 1700rpm and maximum power of 567bhp at 6000rpm, translating to an immediate sensation of power as the accelerator is touched. This engine of Bentley offers incredible acceleration and crosses the barrier of 100Kmph in just 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 318 Kmph.
The Bentley Continental GT V8 stands for outstanding ride comfort that it offers with ultimate designing by the engineers to make the car even more comfortable. The Rain-sensing windscreen wipers offer a very comfortable drive in any weather conditions, so do the power latching on all doors. The space saver spare wheel in lieu of tyre inflation/repair kit provides a tension free ride. The twin Bi-Xenon headlamps with integrated washer jets offer clear visibility on roads. The park distance control graphic on infotainment screen works in conjunction with audible warning is also very comfortable. The storage section is also taken care of with the rear compartment with four luggage rails and carbon fibre cross beam, the center armrest with stowage, etc. The B-post body mounted seat belts offers greater comfort while driving. The iPod infotainment interface offers a very pleasurable drive by belting out your favorite tunes. Some other comfort features are the Remote garage door opening, Breitling clock, Electronic park brake with move off assist, Electronic climate control, Supersports driver instrument dials, and two-seater with manual seat controls.
Safety and Handling:
The Bentley Continental GT V8 is by all means a safe car to drive in roads. The car is packed with both active and passive safety features. Bentley has always taken care of safety measures for all the passengers as well as the pedestrians. The car is packed with many highly advanced safety features that make the car more demanding. The cruise control present in the steering wheel helps to have safe and comfortable drive by setting up the speed . The keyless entry in the car ensures prevention of theft. The bi-xenon lamps offer clear visibility on roads and provide you with a very safe drive. The fog lamps offer a very safe drive in any weather condition whether it be winter with great fogs or rainy season. The tubeless tyres present in the car offer a tension and hassle free driving experience.
Pros: Impressive exteriors, luxuriant interiors, loaded with sophisticated features.
Cons: Mileage can be made better, expensive price tag.