By Staff Writer
Find out what makes this Continental the best in its class
The founder of British car brand Bentley Walter Owen Bentley once said his goal was to build a fast car, a good car and a car that is the best in its class.
With the Continental GT V8 S, that is exactly what we think happened.
The new sports Bentley gets the mix of class and ferocity just right. Ours came in a soft Glacier Blue shade with all-black leather interior – like we said, gentle yet fierce.
On the outside, the Continental features a slightly redesigned and more aggressive front bumper. Subtle design changes include a new B-shaped fender vent that takes the place of the relocated Speed emblem – now situated underneath the vent and between the front wheel and door. Other improvements include a raised grille, which in contrast gives the Bentley a more elegant look.
As we get into the Bentley, the interior cabin feels modern, sporty, stylish and most importantly – young. It features a combination of smooth metal surfaces, matte black leather and dark lacquered wood - all lit by low LED lights that made it hard to leave the soothing yet edgy and ultra-luxurious setting.
As for the ‘monstrous heart’ that beats beneath the new Bentley’s bonnet, it subtly comes to life with an aggressive but pleasing roar. This is thanks to its 4.0 litre V8 engine generating a maximum speed of 309km/h and accelerating from 0 – 100km/h in 4.5 seconds.
At first, the Bentley moved so gracefully we did not feel the rush, but keep your eyes on the speed meter because your ride will swiftly escalate – as did ours. Moreover, it is worth mentioning that the steering wheel is light and easy to direct, especially when it comes to bumps and turns.
Our final verdict? The Bentley Continental GT V8 S is not a sports car. It is better. It is luxury, class, speed, ease and adventure.