Elevating high performance and luxury to otherworldly proportions, cars wearing the flying ‘B” logo have the distinction of being the most powerful luxury automobiles on the market today. Autobytel’s Bentley reviews delve into the history of these amazing automobiles, reveal why they are so coveted and evaluate them against their peers.
Since being taken over by the Volkswagen Group, Bentley has fielded some truly extraordinary automobiles. The first all-new car to emerge under VW’s stewardship was the 2003 Bentley Continental GT. And while this Bentley was conscribed to share its platform with a VW model (Phaeton—the most powerful and luxurious Volkswagen ever) this all-wheel driven wonder boasted a six-liter twin-turbocharged 12-cylinder engine producing 552 horsepower and 479 ft-lbs of torque. A six-speed transmission routed the engine’s output to all four wheels.
The 2003 Continental GT’s interior was lavish beyond belief, fitted as it was with supple leather hides, genuine hand-matched burled wood veneers, chrome switchgear and plush wool carpeting. Proving the car to be every bit as robust as the Bentley models of yore, VW’s Bentley engineering team ran a Continental GT at 175 miles per hour for 18,500 miles on the Nardo test track in Italy. Top speed was 198 miles per hour.
Today’s lineup of Bentley models includes the magnificent flagship Mulsanne modles, a brace of Continental GT sporting coupes and convertibles, and a family of Flying Spur sedans based on the GT line.
Here, you’ll find detailed analysis of the performance, interior treatments, safety equipment, and honest evaluations of how new Bentley cars perform.