Car vs train across the United States
A modern, decidedly Top Gear homage to the great Blue Train races: a head-to-head between Amtrak and a Bentley Continental...
Posted: 19 Dec 2012
Soon enough, track and road diverge again, and we're forced to consult timetables and maps to figure out where we're due next, and when. Both forms of transport are now stuffed tight in the eastern shadow of the Rockies, so we head up, through Denver, and on up a mountain to a place called Winter Park, where there may be another vantage.
We're slow through here, the views suddenly hugely scenic, thrown up from the plains like pop-up. The roads have corners, and for a few delicious minutes I actually get to properly test this car. The Bentley is imperious. Not exactly lithe, but well-controlled and gushingly fast, thundering up the mountain on a wave of V8 thunder and turbocharged mid-range. The steering's great - better than in the W12 - the ride controlled, the refinement from a convertible second to none.