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
But it did underline one huge thing about the Continental GT - that the clue is in the name... for all the speed, this isn't supposed to be an acutely aggressive sports car, but a cruiser. At 80 per cent effort, it is still deeply impressive. The gearbox underlines the character trait: fabulous at cruising - less instant than you might expect from the manual paddleshift. In fact, it feels like it could manage more than a merely credible shift-time of 200 milliseconds - something underlined by Bentley's product plans: there will be Speed and Supersports versions of this GT, so room needs to be left for the harder variants. There will also be a less powerful V8 later in the year that promises a 40 per cent increase in efficiency.