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2007 Bentley Continental

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2007 Bentley Continental Review

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Although separated from Rolls-Royce in 1998 as the result of being acquired by the Volkswagen Group, Bentley remains a quintessentially British prestige marque. However, its definitive mix of style and substance now comes with a decidedly modern spin, nowhere more evident than in the new Continental GTC. Based on the GT Coupe, this 2+2 all-wheel drive (AWD) convertible seamlessly blends stunning lines and elegant luxury with a brilliant powertrain and outstanding dynamics. Potential alternatives are the Aston Martin DB9 Volante and BMW 650i convertible, but the flair of the Continental GTC may be irresistible.

You'll Like This Car If...

Want a 552-horsepower adrenaline rush to complement your luxury sun running? Count on the Continental GTC to deliver that and more every time out.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Well-heeled buyers who need a usable rear seat might find the Azure Convertible, the slightly less sporty but larger and even more luxurious flagship of Bentley's premium fleet, a more suitable choice.

What's New for 2007

The latest addition to the Continental lineup offers the same kind of aggressive appearance and ultra performance as the GT Coupe, but for those who prefer that their motoring experiences deliver an al fresco twist.

Driving the Continental

Driving Impressions Numerous understructure reinforcements and a revised rear suspension help the open-top GTC retain near-GT levels of poise and solidity on the road. While the convertible weighs about 200 pounds more...

than the coupe, the powerful and torque-rich W12 has the strength to send it to 60 mph in less than five seconds. With all-wheel drive assisted by driver-selectable stability and traction controls, the GTC can be hustled through corners with a lot more intensity and a lot less body motion that you'd expect from a car of this size and weight, and those big anti-lock disc brakes also operate with reassuring certainty when called upon to bring the car to a halt. Even at freeway speeds, top-down touring produces only minimal wind buffeting up front, although there's a bit more draft in the rear.

Effortless performance
The twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine has the power and torque to make the Continental GTC a superb tourer — and electrifyingly quick despite its significant weight.

One-touch power top
Raising or lowering in about 25 seconds at the touch-and-hold of a button, the triple-layer soft top does a superb job of isolating the passenger cabin from wind and road noise and stows in a way that preserves the GTC's sleek lines and all of its 8.3 cubic feet of trunk space.

2007 Bentley Continental Details
2007 Bentley Continental photo Interior

The GTC's cabin tastefully integrates supple leather, plush carpet, polished wood, brushed aluminum and classic chrome. Slightly firm front buckets are both comfortable and supportive, while dual-pane side glass and the triple-layer power top do a first-class job of minimizing wind and road noise intrusions. With even less rear legroom than the GT, the GTC's plushly padded bench is a small-kids-only proposition. Hearkening back to a prior design era, activation procedures for several lesser control functions remain a trifle fussy, but it's a minor shortcoming. While interior storage space is modest, the trunk features a handy rear-seat pass-through and maintains its full 8.3 cubic-foot cargo capacity whether the top is up or down.

Exterior
2007 Bentley Continental photo

An impressive mix of classical cues and contemporary flair, the Continental GTC makes a memorable visual statement, top up or top down. Below the beltline, it shares most key GT visuals, from the bold chrome grill and bi-xenon headlamps to LED taillamps and chrome-tipped oval exhaust ports. The GTC's meticulously-crafted soft top does create a slightly more formal roofline and a modestly longer rear deck, but well-proportioned side windows and a large back glass provide surprisingly good sightlines, even with the top raised. With the top down, a delicate strip of stainless steel encircles the entire passenger compartment, from the windshield header to the integrated leather tonneau cover. Like the GT, the GTC rides on 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The GTC features a 552-horsepower twin-turbocharged W12 engine, six-speed paddle-shifted automatic transmission, four-position adjustable air suspension, all-wheel drive, selectable stability and traction controls, large anti-lock disc brakes and five-spoke alloy wheels. Its opulent interior appointments are set off by a full range of power assists, including 14-way front seats with three-position memory, cruise control, keyless remote entry and starting, premium audio system, an interior courtesy lamp built into the folding headliner and normal and raised suspension positions to help it cope with irregular surfaces or nasty speed bumps. Pop-up rollover bars beneath the rear headrests supplement the standard front and front-side airbags.

Optional Equipment

While loaded with all of the equipment you'd expect, the GTC still offers buyers a wide range of personalization choices. Topping the list are accents of aluminum or Light or Dark Burl Walnut, Bird's-Eye Maple, Maradona or Piano Black wood veneers, heated and hide-trimmed or two-tone multifunction steering wheels, front seats with lumbar massage, embossed "BENTLEY" facings and/or custom stitch patterns, lamb's-wool or deep-pile floor mats, SIRIUS(tm) Satellite Radio, a valet key, integrated cell phone, Homelink universal garage door opener, rear-seat wind blocker, Mulliner alloy fuel-filler cap and no-charge choices of 17 interior and 15 exterior trim colors. Several styles of 19-inch and 20-inch alloy wheels also are available.

Under the Hood

The new GTC shares its all-aluminum 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 with the Continental Flying Spur Sedan and GT Coupe. This variation on the VW-designed engine, also used in the Audi A8, makes an exhilarating 552 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. of torque, which it produces at only 1600 rpm. Matched with a six-speed automatic transmission that offers both a Sport mode and sequential-style shifting using either the conventional lever or steering-wheel mounted paddles, it takes the GTC to 60 mph in a claimed 4.8 seconds and can carry it to a claimed top speed of 190 mph with the top down or 195 with it up.


6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12
552 horsepower @ 6100 rpm
479 lb-ft of torque @ 1600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy 11/18 (automatic)

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2007 Bentley Continental Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.7
Out of 10

Based on 10 Ratings for the 2005 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    10.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.7/10
    Performance
    9.8/10
  • Comfort
    10.0/10
    Styling
    10.0/10

Fantastic vehicle

By on Thursday, June 27, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent quality throughout, great to drive,"

Cons: "Cup holders are. Small, should be deeper"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have only had my GT V8 a little while, but I love it, every time I get in the car I cannot do anything but smile. fit and finish are excellent, V8 is awesome. I have had a number of high end specialty cars, this car is hands down the best car I have ever had. It was expensive, but worth the money!!"

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Flying Spur is high quality & unique design fusion

By on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great combination of VW's mechanical and electrical engineering with Bentley's traditional attention to details and excellent quality materials. The car is understated in appearance. The price is high and it was a very self-indulgent purchase. Overall I am pleased with the car."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Wow! Wow! Wow! Worth every penny,,,

By on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,161

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Bentley has left no stone unturned"

Cons: "Having to wash it every week!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Delivery of my Bentley

"This car delivers on so many levels , the v12 twin turbo engine is amazing and blows my last car an Aston Martin Vantage Roadster out of the water. I bought this car without even test driving one over the phone,,and by far best phone order I've ever placed, make sure if you love your music as I do ,, get the up grade on the sound system you'll be glad you did!"

20 people out of 25 found this review helpful

Delivery of my Bentley

OUTSTANDING VEHICLE FOR COMPORT AND POWER

By on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "4 seater with console in rear. Excellent leg room."

Cons: "There are really no negatives to this car."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This vehicle is one of three in the family and is seldom driven by one owner. All options and specifications were selected by owner and the time of purchase. It was made to order. Very unusual interior and exterior combination."

11 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Classy luxury supercruiser and a muscle car's soul

By on Monday, September 19, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "design, interior, quality, power, smoothness"

Cons: "navigation not so great"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have been fortunate to have owned many cars, and many high end offerings from Germany, the UK and Italy at that. When I bought my Bentley GT Continental, I considered (and drove) an Aston Martin DB9 and Mercedes CL63 AMG. I had owned both an Aston and AMG car before so expected to favor one of those over a car which was being described as a tuned up VW. Fortunately I drove all 3 the same day. The decision was an easy one at that point, the Bentley was the clear winner in performance, driving dynamics, and overall impression. The Aston was gorgeous and Benz solid, but the Bentley got my nod, from the moment I sat in it, and it sealed the deal within 5 minutes of driving it. Now years later, the Bentley remains as one of the most amazing cars I have ever driven. My current stable includes an Aston, Ferrari, R8, and a few others. If I could only keep one car, it would be the Bentley. In a straight line, particularly from 50-150, it's 12 cylinder 552 horses can keep pace with just about any supercar. Yet it can seat 4 adults and haul a lot of luggage and it would do so in a classy style only Rolls Royce can match. There is something special about Bentley design and fit and finish. It oozes classy luxury. Driving it is an occasion, the smells and feel evoke a feeling of being spoiled and pampered. Some expensive cars don't feel expensive, this one does. Usually this GT takes you from A to B in style, comfort, and quiet. But when your sporty gene flares up, just pop it into sport mode, tighten the suspension settings, watch the spoiler go up and you are in a rocket ship. Its AWD also makes it even better in the wet compared to its competition. Lookswise, only Aston' DB9 is prettier among GT coupes. To boot, Bentley has outstanding customer service, unlike any other maker I have ever seen (save perhaps Aston's). Overall, this is a car that has no competition in its class in my view and when it comes time for me to replace it, it will be with the exact same model."

59 people out of 63 found this review helpful

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