2010 TG Awards: GT of the Year
The new Bentley Continental GT: not a revolutionary car, but still an absolutely class act
Posted: 07 Jan 2011
The basic lay-out remains the same: the GT is a steel monocoque with a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 up front and driving all four wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox from ZF. The motor now produces 567bhp and 516lb ft of torque, enough to barge the car to 62mph in 4.6 seconds and onto the aforementioned fingertip-width of the double tonne. It feels very fast, though not fist-bitingly aggressive, dispatching all that power and torque to the floor without any kind of significant exertion.
In a straight line, the new GT will happily charge towards the red line with barely a woofly whisper, relying on four-wheel drive and considerable weight to prevent any kind of wheel-spinning hysteria. For the record, the car is much louder from the outside, and sounds really rather brilliantly bellowy in the best Bentley tradition - imagine a distant, very localised earthquake coming from the spade-like exhaust tips, heavy on the reverb.