Bentley Continental GTC V8 S
"It’s business as usual"
Buying a Bentley is a very personal thing; quality is a given, but along with that comes history, breeding, and not least top notch workmanship.
And there’s more, for Bentleys have strong driver appeal too; you must have heard of the Bentley Boys – a group of wealthy British motorists who drove Bentleys’ to victory in the 1920s, establishing the marque’s reputation for high performance.
That reputation is no less so today and the very accomplished Bentley Continental GT, originally introduced in 2003 and the very first Bentley production model under Volkswagen AG ownership, has also proved its most popular and enduring car to date, succeeding in transforming the company into a major global brand.
World class open top motoring
This Continental GTC carries such credibility along with being amongst the world’s most luxurious convertible production cars money can buy. Whilst there is the option of purchasing this car with the sublime and extremely powerful W12 engine, the V8 S featured here is the more sporting and rewarding car behind the wheel, not least because it is lighter, making it the plumb choice for engaging cross country driving whilst the more powerful W12 suits the long motorway haul to Switzerland.
Top down, especially with the supplied wind deflector fitted, you get the best open top motoring money can buy with minimal wind intrusion, and only the glorious symphony of the twin turbo charged V8 to listen to. It’s open topped motoring heaven.
With 2500 kg of quality metal and accessories, the Bentley Continental GTC can hardly be regarded as a sports car. Have no doubt about its performance though; its twin turbo 4.0 litre V8 kicks out some 520 bhp and 680 NM of torque. 0-62 mph in 4.5 secs, and 191 mph top speed – surely enough to satisfy most.
Subtle changes to the styling on the 2016 car are a reshaped lower front bumper, a thinner grille surround, and a new flying ‘B’ badge on the wings. The back of the car now has a more pronounced lip spoiler and a rear diffuser, whilst a low mounted chrome strip provides a nice wrap around finish to the car.
Business as usual
Inside it’s business as usual, albeit with updated dials, a new Breitling clock, bigger paddle shifts, and the option of a sports steering wheel. Our steering wheel was heated which is a boon for open topped driving in cold weather. For the particular, that’s 90% of us, there are up to nine hide choices to trim the cabin, and an optional hi-fi ‘hot spot’ option allowing for the connection of up to eight mobile phones.
Whilst hardly anyone will sniff at spending £164,000 for this beautiful example of contemporary open top motoring it is, all things considered, appropriate value for the build quality and performance. Quality comes at a price.
Price: Circa £164,800 depending on spec | Engine: 4.0 litre V8 twin turbo | Power: 520 bhp | 0-62 mph: 4.5 seconds | Top speed: 191 mph | Economy: Average 25.9 mpg (official figures) | CO2: 254 g/km
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