I moved from a Porsche 911 (996) Turbo to this car with some concerns but do not miss the Porsche at all (it is a second car). German technology and reliability matched with true English hand made craftmanship.... Emmense capability and you have the ability to easily change the cars set up to suit your mood - unlike the M5 with it's complicated settings.. As per the various write ups this car is actually worth more than the list price.... I've had a lot of prestigious and performance cars but nothing has the presence or respect of this car - people will openly look and talk about the car. Performance is effortless and equipment spec is second to none - what more do you need ???? Need to factor in the size of the car (will it fit in the garage..) and more frequent visits to the pumps... Build quality is impeaccable and it is a very well thought out car. Can you say that about any of it's direct compeitors ? Aston Martin - lovely sound but what an awful interior - and they are slower...
This is my second Continental GT and I do find the refinements over the earlier model wothwhile.
In the last five years we have had two new Aston Martins (a DB7 and a Vantage), a new Range Rover with Overfinch modifications, a Jaguar XJ220S, several Mercedes and Jaguars, and acess to a selection of BMWs and Porsches.
The GT is the only car that has blended huge performance with true refinement - all the others are, frankly, quite crude.
Ride quality can be set close to Phantom standards (for which I have the greatest respect) or dialled up to be as harsh as most sports cars - although goodness knows why you would want that on our rubbishy road surfaces.
Performance is mega and with permanent four-wheel drive, you can always put power down on the road without boy-racer wheel spin. It is superb in wet or damp conditions (which seems to be most days in the UK!).
Quality is exemplary. The leather and wood trims are only bettered by Rolls Royce and bear no resemblance to the plastic drones found in German and Japanese boxes. The cabin ambience is splendid.
Reliability on both cars has been excellent. We are still waiting for our first fault!
Costs are clearly not going to be cheap so, if you cannot afford it, don't buy it. Having said that, try the XJ220 - now that costs a lot to run!
Sadly with the sick envy culture in Britain, the car cannot be safely parked without some forethought.
So, what will I buy next to replace the GT?
I have found the GT to be an excellent drive, fantastically well-equipped and Bentley dealers extremely helpful. II have previously owned several Mercs incl. an S500 and, most recently, an Audi A8 which I loved and the GT is for me a far superior drive.
Sure it's expensive to run but noone who buys this car following even minimal research will fail to be aware of this fact.
As for servicing costs, they are, thanks to the VW/Audi underpinnings, surprisingly reasonable for a car of this class; it is, after all, not the £500 bangers which the previous reviewer appears to favour.
The Bentley Continental GT is the worst built car I have ever driven, with faults appearing literally on a day-to-day basis.
Everything breaks, rattles, leaks and it is generally built to a very poor standard.
The dealers are useless and take weeks to do anything and I have only owned the car for two months.
Servicing costs are absolutely extortionate along with parts prices and some of the faults are simply ridiculous.
I have owned £500 bangers that have been more reliable...
Buy something else.
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