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?
Cliff Hannam, November 13th 2007