What is it?
This is the new Bentley Continental GT, here to offer the same brazen attitude as its hugely popular predecessor, but with some of the less appealing qualities polished out.
Actually a very significant facelift, the highlights of the 2011 Conti GT include a new six-speed ZF auto gearbox that is claimed to reduce shift times by up to 50 per cent, an uprated version of the 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 that now puts out 567bhp, wider tracks, new chassis settings and a 40:60 power split rather than the previous model’s 50:50.
What’s it like?
It’s just what was needed for this most popular of Crewe’s models. The active air suspension now offers excellent bump absorption (even on the optional 21-inch wheels) when in either of the two more forgiving of the four settings, even if body control becomes a tad too loose when settled into the softest mode.
Crucially, this more pliant ride quality (and the improved and now excellent cabin refinement) has enhanced the GT’s touring ability noticeably. It isolates the driver thoroughly and generally provides every-day road manners that are exactly what you would hope of such an over-indulgent coupe.