Bentley is a relatively well known luxury car brand in close competition with Mercedes and Rolls-Royce. But, unlike Rolls-Royce, Bentley is known for building cars that are just as sporty as they are luxurious, which brings us to the long line-up of Continentals that Bentley has produced, that fit the above description. But the 2018 Bentley Continental GT trumps them all.
As you can see the 2018 Continental GT has a straight-forward design feel to it, with its lines perfectly matching up with the intended function of the car, which is to look simple yet elegant. It doesn’t have any crazy intakes or aggressive styling usually seen in a sports car because; its performance doesn’t lie in its styling, but in the engine under its hood.
Even the rear end of this car is simple yet elegant; the dual rear exhaust is pretty much the sportiest styling element you will see on this car. Its backup camera is located in the Bentley logo unlike other cars.
The interior of this car is loaded with everything a driver could possibly require while driving and then some. It has a beautiful “3 spoke” steering wheel which has 2 other options i.e. heated and contrast stitched. On the steering wheel are the basic buttons that change the radio station, the horn, chrome rollers that help the driver scroll through the various options in the infotainment system and gauge cluster. On the door pads are located the window controls and the seat controls, with seats that have 12 different adjustment settings. The Bentley logo on top of the gear lever isn’t just the logo, but also the engine Start/Stop button.
As mentioned before the Continental GT’s performance doesn’t lie in its styling, but in the engine under its hood. It runs a completely new 6.0-liter W12 engine which is mated to a 8-speed dual clutch transmission for smooth, quick and efficient shifts, because of which it can do 0-100 km/h in 3.7 secs (0-60 mph in 3.6 secs) and tops out at 333 km/h (207 mph). The Continental GT has four driving modes those being:
Bentley has always produced cars that are engaging and comfortable to drive, but always seem to be a step behind Mercedes and Rolls-Royce. Now with the new Mercedes Maybach S560 and the 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom, will Bentley finally be able to beat the competition with the 2018 Continental GT? We’ll just have to wait and see.
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