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
Mind you, I have to admit something here. The launch for the new GT was held in the Sultanate of Oman, a place where it hasn't rained in any significant manner for nearly three years. That means that the perfectly smooth and modern roads have accumulated both rubber and sand in such a way that they are slipperier than freshly oiled ice. Anything other than a massively long sweeping corner came with a side order of tyre howl and fairly desperate understeer emanating not from the tortured physics of ultimate grip, but from the fact that traction is in seriously short supply in the first place. The issue being that in a rear-wheel-drive car, you'd probably be having more fun gently swaying the car sideways at slow speed - the GT just won't play. In the wet, on a bumpy UK road, it will undoubtedly be safer; out here, it feels big and heavy.