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2014 Bentley Continental

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2014 Bentley Continental Review

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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.

Driving the Continental
Driving Impressions

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 AUDIO
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.

2014 Bentley Continental Details
Interior

If you've ever wondered what sets a $200,000 vehicle apart from a $20,000 vehicle, step inside a 2014 Bentley Continental GT. The fit and finish are nearly without peer. The interior is leather, of course. But it's not just any leather. Only the finest, most premium and most blemish-free hides are selected. Metal and wood abound. Everything breathes quality, from the Breitling analog clock in the center stack to the diamond-pattern hide on the interior door panels. The two rear seats in the coupe and convertible are tight for adults.

Exterior

Some cars are described as having "presence," an essence that exceeds mere physical size. Bentley’s Continental GT for 2014 abounds in it. The Bentley Continental GT coupe and convertible are actually no longer than the average Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, yet their wide bodies, huge tires and low slung stance give them the appearance of being much more substantial. These two are the real lookers of the Bentley lineup with their muscular curves that run front to back, defined best in their exaggerated rear haunches where the sloping roof and sides intersect.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Needless to say, every Bentley is exceedingly well equipped. Some of the more prominent features include a high-resolution touchscreen command center with navigation, massive 20-inch wheels, bi-xenon projector headlights, an 8-speaker sound system, and a power trunk (or "boot," as it's called across the Pond). GT Convertibles have a power-operated 4-layer insulated roof. Speed models have a more powerful version of Bentley's already-potent 12-cylinder engine. Though parking sensors are standard, surprisingly, a rear-view camera is not. That’s a shame on a car costing as much as a house, and is a feature highly advised.

Optional Equipment

Aside from the much-advised rearview camera, other options of note include the premium Naim audio system, an iPod interface, heated steering wheel, radar-based adaptive cruise control, carbon-ceramic brakes, and lamb's wool rugs. GT and GT Convertible models can be equipped with 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. We're quite fond of the electronically adjustable neck warmer in the convertible models, perfect for those cool nights when you want to cruise top down under starry skies.

Under the Hood

Power for all 2014 Bentley Continental GTs, save the GT V8 and V8 S, comes from a twin-turbocharged W12 engine mated to 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The twin-turbocharged V8 is a powerhouse in its own right, making 500 (521 in the S) horsepower and offering improved fuel economy compared with the 12-cylinder engines. All Bentley Continental GTs feature all-wheel drive, which enhances traction. The 8-speed transmission helps fuel economy, but every model except the V8 Continental GT coupe is still subject to a gas guzzler tax. The Continental is also E85-compatible.

2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 and GT V8 Convertible
4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8
500 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
487 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700 rpm
EPA city/high fuel economy: 15/24 mpg (coupe), 14/24 mpg (convertible)

2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S and GT V8 S Convertible
521 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
502 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/24 mpg (coupe), 14/24 mpg (convertible)

2014 Bentley Continental GT and GT Convertible
6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12
567 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
516 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/20 mpg (coupe), 12/20 mpg (convertible)

2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed and GT Speed Convertible
6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12
626 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
605 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/20 mpg (coupe) 12/20 mpg (convertible)

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2014 Bentley Continental Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.5
Out of 10

Based on 11 Ratings for the 2005 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    10.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.7/10
    Performance
    9.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.8/10
    Styling
    10.0/10

A solid 10 except for price.

By on Sunday, May 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Biggest front brakes in the industry"

Cons: "The car has a target on it. More road rage incide"

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

Over priced

"A lot of people say I bought the car for prestige, but the truth is I bought it for the styling. When I first saw a Bentley Continental GTC V8, I saw the rear first with the big butt end and then the flowing lines to the top and the sides. It is something else! As far as performance it is a ten, in fact everything is a 10 except the price. I purchased the car for $50,000 below MSRP, a lot of markup and it was the end of the year. I have had the car for 5 months and not a problem in 2,200 miles. Everyone thinks it is a hardtop, but the four layers of roofing makes it so quiet. My suggestion is to buy a used one with low miles. The rich seem to drive less, myself it is to be driven. If you ever thought of owning one, a used late model year is the way to go. Let them pay the depreciation. It is a great fun car to drive."

61 people out of 89 found this review helpful

Over priced

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!!"

26 people out of 36 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."

21 people out of 33 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
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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!"

37 people out of 54 found this review helpful

Delivery of my Bentley

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."

89 people out of 103 found this review helpful

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