Faced with a cross-country jaunt, the super-rich – those for whom the 2019 Bentley Continental GT’s six-figure price tag would not be a deal-breaker – have an enviable choice. There’s technology woven throughout, however. They sound, you’ll be unsurprised to discover, incredible. The old car was never a slowpoke: bury the accelerator, and it would pause for a moment as if in consideration, then hurtle forward like a steam engine.
It's the sort of road that immediately comes to mind when you close your eyes and imagine a luxurious day of European grand touring in an exquisite machine like the new Bentley Continental GT. The fat contact patches of the GT's 275/35-series front and 315/30-series Z-rated Pirelli tires deserve a nod here, too. A sense of occasion All of this grandeur is befitting of a car that will cost $214,600 when it arrives Stateside in spring 2019.
Only the “faster“ bit would’ve presented much challenge. When you’re merely in a hurry, however, the front wheels tip into corners eagerly, faithfully leading the charge up to the 2,504-metre peak of the Grossglockner. Whether it’s the best grand tourer in the world, though, depends on you. The steering isn’t as communicative as in the Aston DB11, but the Bentley floats better over bad roads. I'm a print subscriber, link to my account Subscribe to comment Why do I need to subscribe?
Event of your 21st birthday or thereabouts, you would pack your things and head out to a conventional Grand Tour. Bentley Mode is your personal recommendation of the chassis engineers and is ideal for grand touring,” Teale said. Montreal’s Maluuba’s AI Beats Ms. Flying privately is, of course, the go-to for the 1-percent. Inside, I’d argue that Bentley’s ground-up redesign has been even more effective.
With the new Continental GT, that hurtle is even more aggressive, but the preliminary pause is much shorter, too. Available diamond-knurled dials serve as both a tactile treat for the fingers and a link to Bentley's past. That this road was used for testing during the new Continental GT's development is no mere coincidence. A big boon for handling comes via Bentley's 48-volt active antiroll bars -- first seen on the Bentayga SUV -- that adapt body motions based on road conditions and the selected driving mode.