The Bentley Continental GT demolishes that myth of a weekend warrior. Crewe has not only built but created a whole new definition of the term "supercar." In the thousand-plus miles I put on the C-GT while in my possession, I never once doubted or worried about failure of any of its components. I simply drove and enjoyed the car without the worry that is usually standard equipment on most cars tagged with the S-label. There is one stretch of California back road that I use for the high-speed part of my evaluations, and one steady run (slow down, I see spots, the lines on the road looked just like dots) it was time for a large venti latté. I pulled in to a Starbucks in Paso Robles and parked next to a California Highway Patrol Ford. Two chippies were sitting outside with their coffee and looked over the C-GT and the ponytailed ragmuffin that deplaned from its cockpit.
Upon exiting the latt joint, one officer asked about the Bentley and its characteristics. The officers' appreciation of the C-GT's details was evident when one stated that this was, in fact, a real car. I asked if I could use that for an excuse if I get stopped for exceeding the speed limit on my way to Monterey. "No," was his answer without a hint of hesitation.
2006 Bentley Continental GT
Price as Tested: $183,585
Longitudinal front engine, all-wheel drive
6.0-liter W12, dohc, four valves per cylinder, twin turbocharged and intercooled
Peak Power: 552 bhp @ 6100 rpm
Peak Torque: 479 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
0-60 mph: 4.7 sec.
Top Speed: 198 mph
Fuel Economy: 12 city/19 hwy
From The Hip
+ All of the above
- Limited rearward visibility, I don't own one