KBB Editors' Overview
By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor - Updated Date: 4/8/2014
Among the handful of the world's true ultra-luxury vehicles, the 2014 Bentley Continental GT is master of its domain. Offered only as a coupe or convertible (the Flying Spur sedan becomes its own model line this year), the Continental GT offers excesses in the areas of luxury and speed. Speed variants offer scorching performance without sacrificing the luxury heritage that draws so many of the mega-rich to the brand. The handmade coupe and convertible are meticulously crafted with skills belonging to a grander generation, while the 8-cylinder and 12-cylinder engines infuse the Continental with 21st-century technology, creating a driving experience even a Rolls-Royce Wraith, Maserati GranTurismo or Aston Martin DB9 cannot duplicate.
You'll Like This Car If...
If the quality and elegance of a bygone era holds strong appeal, the 2014 Bentley Continental GT stands as your best choice. Sumptuous interiors, regal exteriors and cutting-edge technology marry the best of the old and new in a car that is the envy of all.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If the word "budget" is any part of your financial vocabulary, there are better ways to attain the kind of performance offered by the $200,000-plus Bentley Continental GT and still feel welcome in the world of the one percent. A Mercedes-Benz CL, BMW 6 Series or Audi S5 all make excellent choices.
What's New for 2014
For 2014, the Bentley Flying Spur departs the Continental family to become its own model. A new GT V8 S trim is added, bringing a more sporting attitude to the V8 powered cars.
The 2014 Bentley Continental GT isn't petite, so it needs the robust power of its V8 and W12 engines to propel it from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds and reach its 200-mph top speed (Speed models go even faster). While these speeds do rival some of the best sports cars in the world, the Continental is not necessarily about the pure pursuit of speed. Quiet as a mouse on the road, the Continental GT prefers to pamper its occupants rather than punish them with an overly firm ride, the lamentable hallmark of so many sports-oriented cars. The handling is adept but not razor sharp, the all-wheel drive provides excellent grip useful on both dry pavement and wet, and the ZF 8-speed automatic transmission is seamless and precise, especially in sport mode. From driveway to highway and back, the Continental GT for 2014 is a joy to drive.
NAIM is to British Audio what names like Macintosh and Bose are to the American market. Custom tailored just for the Bentley Continental GT, the sound is simply jaw-dropping and may be the one sound sweeter than that coming from beneath the Continental GT's hood.
INTERIOR FIT AND FINISH
If you want to see what's so great about a hand-built coach, take one look inside the 2014 Bentley Continental GT. Every surface, knob and switch has a tactile feel to it you won't find in lesser cars with plentiful plastic pieces, an attribute we wish more premium luxury models possessed.
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