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The Bentley Continental GT name conjures up rose-tinted images of what driving used to be like, when roads were empty and the super-rich would blast through Europe to the Riviera. Yet it was actually the first truly modern Bentley.
When it was introduced in the early Noughties, shortly after Volkswagen bought the brand, its technology was cutting edge and it single-handedly increased Bentley sales five-fold. Given that success, it’s perhaps not surprising that the designers were happy to just fettle what they had for a while.
It might look similar to its predecessor, but the latest Continental GT is based on an all-new platform that was developed with Porsche (it's also used for the Porsche Panamera). That means it's lighter than ever before, has better weight distribution and comes packed with all the latest tech.
For example, like the Bentley Bentayga it now has the 48v anti-roll bar system that operates by firing actuators on the front and rear bars to keep the body upright in corners. It’s clever stuff and should, in theory, make this two-tonne-plus coupé feel more nimble than it has any right to.
Under the bonnet you can have either a 542bhp twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine or a 626bhp 6.0-litre W12. There have also been strong rumours that a plug-in hybrid engine will follow.
So, does the Bentley Continental GT still have what it takes to stand out in an increasingly competitive class? That's what we'll be exploring over the next few pages of this review, where we'll tell you what it's like to drive, how plush the interior is and much more.
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At a glance
|Number of trims||3 see more|
|Number of engines||1 see more|
|Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you?||petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||23.3 - 23.3|
|Avaliable doors options||2|
|Warranty||3 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£12,299 / £15,953|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£24,598 / £31,906|
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