Bentley Motors Limited is a famous British car manufacturer that specializes in luxury cars. A large part of the appeal of this company stems from the fact that most of their models are hand-built after passing through the design and development stages. Bentley Motors Limited has been around since 1919, and all throughout its long history, it has conquered the hearts of many luxury car enthusiasts.
Nowadays, Bentley cars are sold worldwide, and some of the most popular options are definitely the Bentley Continental GT ones. Today, we’re going to share with you a brief history of the brand, and then look into some of the best Bentley Continental cars and explore their appeal to the public.
Bentley Motors: A Brief History
Bentley Motors was founded by W.O. Bentley. In 1912, he and his brother H.M. Bentley created the then called Bentley and Bentley company. The company was renamed Bentley Motors in 1919, getting its famous flying B logo a year later. The year 1919 was also the year in which the first Bentley car saw the light of day.
At the beginning, the company was intent on building cars that would be fit to race. Even so, their focus was always on both performance and luxury. Nowadays, it is this extraordinary combination that determines so many people to purchase one of their models. Even though the company was rivalled by Rolls-Royce, it managed to show its own strengths that distinguished it from the competition.
Bentley cars obtained 5 impressive victories at the Le Mans race in the 1920s. Later on, the brand once again established itself as one of the leading manufacturers of fit to race luxury cars when it won the same Le Mans race in 2003. A lot of people consider Bentley cars to be a fascinating contradiction. That is, they’re both designed with the highest performance in mind and fit to race other sportscars any day, and with a stress on luxury and opulence.
Since 1998, Bentley Motors is owned by Volkswagen AG. You can find the company in Crewe, England, where dozens of experts work together to craft some of the most exquisite and desirable grand tourers in the world. Bentley’s most recent legacy is the manufacturing of the famous Bentley Continental models. They stand as proof of the company’s vision, namely that of not sacrificing luxury for the sake of performance, and of striving for the best of both worlds.
Bentley Continental Cars
Some of Bentley’s most impressive vehicles are those in the Continental range. Out of this range, the most notable examples are the Continental GT, the Continental GT Speed, and the Continental GT V8.
Bentley Continental GT
The Continental GT has a 6-litre 12-cylinder engine, with twin turbochargers and a “W” cylinder formation. It can go up to 590PS, and it has an all-wheel-drive system. The car drives easily under any weather conditions, delivering great traction and safety. According to the available grip, the power split between the rear wheels and the front ones is easily adjusted by the system. Even though the engine is much more powerful than previous models, it actually generates less emissions than before.
When it comes to design, the exterior of the Continental GT features modern and sharp lines that combine luxury with a sportscar feel. The interior focuses on the same idea, with an unbelievable attention to detail. The cabin is meant to feel both stylish and luxurious, and intimate and comfortable. It is made of leather and analogue dials. The dials shine “blood orange” at night, complementing the entire design of the car. As a tribute to the brand logo, the cockpit takes the shape of two wings.
No Bentley car would be complete without incredible technology, and the Bentley Continental GT is no exception. It comes with a touchscreen technology plus rotary switches, which make sure the driver will be provided with the best feedback. The infotainment system keeps track of your phone contacts, maps, and tire pressure. You get 15 GB for your music, but you can also connect your MP3 player, SD card, or iPod and listen to the tunes you like.
Bentley Continental GT Speed
This two-door coupé is the ultimate luxury sportscar. It has a W12 twin-turbo engine that goes up to 642 PS, and that reduces emissions and increases the amount of money you save. This model has an eight-speed transmission that improves fuel efficiency and makes the car accelerate faster. Unlike other Continental models, the GT Speed is 10mm lower, for greater agility and speed.
In terms of exterior design, the air intakes, matrix grille, and lamps are dark-tinted. You also have the option of choosing from more than 100 finishes, including pearlescent or metallic. The interior is covered in leather which has been produced manually through a specific tanning process. GT Speed’s infotainment system comes with a 30 GB hard drive, tire pressure monitoring, access to phone contacts, Bluetooth connectivity, and a WiFi option.
Bentley Continental GT V8
Another one of Bentley’s most popular Continental models, the Continental GT V8, with its direct injection 8-cylinders engine, operates at high efficiency and with reduced losses. The engine runs smooth, yet it’s incredibly fast. It has a power of 500 bhp and a torque of 660 Nm. The GT V8 has an 8-speed transmission and an all-wheel drive. This means that no matter whether you’re a professional driver or not, you’ll be able to enjoy reassuring traction and grip.
This type of Bentley has a muscular form, yet lines that run elegantly across it. At the back of the car, people who are familiar with Bentley models will be able to recognize their signature “floating” LED lights. The interior is a combination of leather, wood, and knurled metal, which points to the manufacturer’s desire to come up with a more youthful model. The back is quite spacious, due to the shorter console in the center.
In terms of technology, the navigation system (which is still touch-screen based) offers life traffic data and access to searches which are considered points of interest. Other than that, most features are similar to the ones found in other Continental models.