What is it?
Bentley's best-selling model; it claimed more than 50% of the company's sales last year, and one that has found more than 52,000 homes since its introduction back in 2003.
The changes for Bentley's facelifted Continental family are, in some cases, wide-ranging and in others specific. Namely, all cars get restyled grilles, bumpers, boot lids and exterior chrome details, and more colour choices (now 117 standard ones), additional alloy wheel designs and different leathers and Alcantara interiors.
More specifically, there are no changes to the V8 engine's power and torque, but Crewe's two-fingers-to-the-establishment W12 motor has been given the 'green' treatment in its non-Speed entry-level form. It has more power and torque than before, but can now run on half its cylinders at a cruise, helping save fuel and lower CO2. It's this engine that we're testing.
The addition of optional high-speed WiFi won't get Bentley's most traditional buyers spilling cognac on their Chesterfields with excitement, but for Bentley it's another important technological step forward for what it knows is an increasingly tech-savvy marketplace.