The used Bentley Continental GT Coupe is the perfect grand tourer for bargain hunters who fancy driving a 200mph rocket.
The used Bentley Continental GT Coupe is the perfect grand tourer for bargain hunters who fancy driving a 200mph rocket. Brand new, prices for this magnificent machine start at £127,500, but Motoring.co.uk's used car database lists 2004 examples from a relatively modest £43.000.The Continental GT comes with a 6.0-litre W12 engine borrowed from the Volkswagen Phaeton. In Bentley guise, this effortlessly smooth unit has outputs of 552, 601, and 621bhp. The most powerful variant roars to 60mpn in only 3.7 seconds, and on to a staggering maximum of 204mph. This eye watering performance means the GT has an unquenchable appetite for fuel, so this ultimate grand tourer only averages 17mpg. Better buy shares in Shell, then. As well as sharing the VW Phaeton's engine, the Continental GT's four-wheel drive chassis is 'lifted' from the same source. However, this is not as worrying as it sounds. Bentley sprinkled magic dust over the VW components so the GT feels extremely refined, sumptuously luxurious, and totally composed. The driving sensation is one of isolation and tranquillity, which is only interrupted occasionally by the soft roar of the 6.0-litre engine. Now, Bentley owners are not the type to 'make do' with a minimalist specification, so the GT is loaded with numerous luxuries. These include the full leather interior, keyless entry system, bluetooth connectivity, SIM card reader, hi-fi audio, suspension adjustment technology, and the optional TV tuner. That is a pretty impressive list for a used car. In fact, it sounds more like the interior of a stately home.