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 four-wheel-drive system has also been adjusted to add a bit more sparkle to the proceedings, the torque split having been recalibrated to deliver 40/60 front to rear rather than the previous car's 50/50. That might sound like a fairly conservative change, but it makes a difference in tight corners; where the old car would be waiting for the understeer to peter out before it could apply power, the new Conti catapults out with a touch of tightening line and the ghost of oversteer. It's not really oversteering, and if you get stupidly aggressive, you simply understeer anyway, but coax the new GT into a corner and lean on the gas, and you can get the car firing out on a wave of release. It's like the first nanosecond before a car goes sideways, just as you rocket out the other side. It's not a drifter, but it is more fun than the old one.