Since its inception, the Bentley Continental has gained a rather desirable reputation. And rightfully so, as there simply is nothing out there that can match the duality and sheer character that the Conti offers.
The latest of which is the 2021 GT Speed in coupe and convertible guise. Now, of course, the changes might not seem drastic, but Bentley is adamant that they have made significant improvements. So what exactly has changed?
The new Continental is oozing with style and flamboyance and the amount of bling on here can put the brashest rapper to shame. Then is the tech, which is Bentley’s party piece. Thanks to four chassis technology, the Conti Speed is the most agile and nimble it has ever been. Complementing the handling further is the Bentley Dynamic Ride and three-chamber active air suspension and adaptive damping. This makes sure you are soothed in comfort even when you are belting the Conti around the hills. And if even that isn’t enough, there are optional accessories available. Electronic stability control, which is variable, all-wheel steering, an electronic limited differential and the biggest brakes ever fitted to a car. The carbon-ceramic stoppers measure at a staggering 440mm with 10 piston callipers.
The power delivery too is clever and it will only allow you to get naughty in Sport mode where the torque is biased towards the rear. But c’mon! It’s a Bentley! Bentley also uses copper-free brake frictional material that allows Mama Earth to breathe better. Then there is the ‘Variable Electronic Stability Control’ which can be tuned according to your preference and as I mentioned, if you want to get naughty, this is the button to play with. Next, we have the All-wheel steering which again, is a boon to have given the size of the Continental. It also helps give Bentley an edge over the rest when it comes to performance and dynamics.
Torque distribution can vary across the powertrain according to the selected Drive Mode. In COMFORT and BENTLEY, the system can send up to 36% of torque to the front axle to keep the car sure-footed and effortless. It will also counter oversteer by applying up to 400 Nm to the front wheels. Such complex, yet gorgeous machines are to be treasured, so when this does actually make it to our shores, we need to embrace it with both arms.