Review: Bentley Continental GT (2018)

Peerless build quality and craftmanship, upgraded W12 engine, chassis uses a new adaptive 'Dynamic Ride' system.

Expensive as ever...

Bentley Continental GT (2018): At A Glance

The 2018 Continental GT is powered by the same W12 engine used in the previous car, paired to a new eight-speed dual clutch transmission. Peak power is 635PS and peak torque a huge 900Nm.

Performance is strong to say the least - 0-62mph takes 3.7 seconds, while top speed is 207mph. Emissions - as if they matter in a car like this - are 278g/km while economy is 23.5mpg. A V8 version will follow shortly after launch.

The chassis uses a new adaptive 'Dynamic Ride' system to automatically adjust to the road, actively controlling body roll to provide precise handling, while still delivering very comfortable ride quality. Wheels are 21-inch as standard, with 22-inch options.

As before, the Continental GT is a two-door car with four seats – but rear seat space has been improved over the previous model, as has luggage space, which Bentley says gives the car "genuine real-world usability".

Inside, the Continental GT is as beautifully made as ever, with traditional handcrafted materials and the usual wealth of customisation options. One of the highlights is a rotating section in the dashboard - so the 12.3-inch touchscreen can be hidden away when not needed and replaced with simple veneer or an analogue clock.

The standard 10-speaker, 650w audio system can be replaced with a 1500w Bang and Olufson 16-speaker system or, if you’re feeling extra flush, a 2200w 18-speaker Naim system. Other options include 15 different types of carpet, 15 different choices of hide upholstery and more than 70 colours – plus bespoke options.

You can also specify handy technology, with traffic jam assist, adaptive cruise control, active lane assist, a head-up display and even a night vision camera on the huge options list. 

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