If any car was unquestionably befitting of the term ‘Grand Tourer’ it would be the Bentley Continental GT. A car that defines the very ethos of the Bentley brand from when ‘Gentleman Racers’ first took to historic racing circuits such as Brooklands to show what their powerful luxurious motors could do. Bentley’s have always had two main core identities running throughout every car they make; the upmost in luxury and refinement combined with huge power and performance. For over a century this has been their mantra, and thankfully it continues to this very day with the Continental GT.
Bentley’s super grand tourer has been nothing short of a sales phenomenon for the company, the best-selling model in their history by some margin and a model that saved the fortunes of the brand. In the previous 5 years before the Continental GT was introduced, Bentley’s sales figures went from 400 cars to 1000 cars globally, post-Continental GT they had 3 successive years of selling more than 10,000 cars and have sold more than 70,000 examples to date.
The latest Continental GT was introduced in 2018 and represented a complete overhaul of the model, bringing an abundance of technology to the luxury and power blend. A lighter body, thanks in part to an industry first Super Formed aluminium body panel processing, all new TSI engines, 48v roll control system and sophisticated rotating dashboard display ensure that the latest GT uses the very latest technology to keep ahead of its competition in so many areas. Bentley have, however, ensured that most of the technology remains hidden and non-intrusive to the driving experience, quietly going about its business to improve every aspect of the car without clashing with the opulence and grandeur of the whole occasion.
The luxury and refinement are of course ever present and even more opulent than previous generations with a seemingly endless choice of materials, finishes and colours. Thanks to the new engines it is of course also more powerful, more efficient and more impressive than before with the reduced weight and body-roll control ensuring that it also feels nimbler and more dynamic behind the wheel. The rotating dashboard display is an impressive feature that may sound like a bit of a gimmick at first, yet is the perfect solution to combine the ability for full HD screen customisation with traditional gauges and the ability to display the refined veneers and materials to adorn the cabin. In a similar vein the Mood Lighting Specification, which displays a colourful ring of light around the cabin, sounds like something very un-Bentley-like, yet manages to illuminate the cabin subtly and at the same time gives a contemporary and stylish design feature amongst the diamond quilted leathers and hand stitches.
Bentley have always been about creating the best Grand Tourers and have embraced modern technologies to ensure that dynamically and functionally they can remain amongst the very best. Our 2020 ‘70’ plate Bentley Continental GT 4.0 V8 Convertible has one of the most extensive specifications we have seen with over £40k of additional features. Available in Onyx Black metallic with a Black convertible roof and comes with full Beluga hide interior with Cricket Ball contrast stitching. The optional features include Mulliner Driving Specification, Blackline Specification, Front Seat Comfort Specification, Mood Lighting Specification, Touring Specification, City Specification, High Gloss Carbon fibre interior veneer, Bentley Dynamic Ride, Bentley Rotating Display, Mulliner LED Welcome Lamps and so much more. This exceptional one owner car has covered just 900 miles and comes with the remainder of a Bentley manufacturer warranty until September 2023.
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