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2001 Bentley Continental Review
Fast and unflashy.
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The 2001 Bentley Continental easily represents one of the most beautiful and expensive vehicles available. For those who can afford it, the Continental comes loaded with luxury and performance features.
Of course, when paying the enormous price for the 2001 Bentley Continental, one can rest assured that the styling looks absolutely timeless and extravagant. Overall, it provides a beautiful and functional vehicle.
Engines: 6.8-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Bentley Continental T, Bentley Continental R, Bentley Continental R Mulliner, Bentley Continental T Mulliner
The latest change to the Bentley Continental came once in 1996 with the high-performance T model. Since its induction in 1991, the Bentley Continental has not seen any changes besides the aforementioned 1996 addition of the T model.
The exteriors of each of the different 2001 Bentley Continental models differ primarily in measurements. The R coupe comes in at 210.8 inches by 81.1 inches by 57.6 inches. The T coupe measures in at 205.6 inches by 81 inches by 57.6 inches, slightly smaller than the dimensions of the R coupe. Both the R Mulliner and the T Mulliner correspond with the measurements set forth with their standard counterparts. All versions of the 2001 Bentley Continental offer a number of different exterior features including power mirrors, a chrome grille, 18-inch alloy wheels, a full-size spare tire, and variable intermittent wipers.
The inside of the 2001 Bentley Continental provides a complimentary style to the outside of the vehicle which remains unrivaled. The entire interior of the 2001 Bentley Continental uses alloy with leather trim, including a leather steering wheel and leather bucket seats. Also on the inside of the 2001 Bentley Continental sits many usable features such as power steering, dual-zone climate controls, a clock, a tachometer, and memory settings for four different drivers which includes the steering wheel. The stereo system in the Continental also provides a means of comfort by way of a 140-watt stereo output and AM/FM/CD capability.
Performance & Handling
The performance and power available from the Continental easily marks one of its biggest selling points. The 6.8-liter, eight-cylinder engine puts out 650 lb-ft of torque and 420 horsepower, some sizable measurements that allow any driver to reach high speeds on the road. Of course, part of the power comes from the turbo installed in the 6.8-liter six-cylinder for forced induction to the engine. To control the massive amount of power put out by the 2001 Bentley Continental’s 6.8-liter, eight-cylinder engine, a number of different handling features also come with the powerful piece of machinery.
It includes two major handling features (barring the aforementioned safety handling features) which make the 2001 Bentley Continental much easier to handle than expected. The rear limited-slip differential spins both wheels when most effective, providing more advanced handling capabilities when necessary. The other major handling feature present on the 2001 Bentley Continental concerns the four-wheel independent suspension, which allows all four wheels to move and adjust as necessary.
The safety features in use on the 2001 Bentley Continental protect anyone in the case of a serious wreck. Some of the safety features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), ventilated brakes, seat belt pretensioners, and electronic brake force distribution.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Very comfortable
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- Lacks flashy exterior and interior features
Fast and unflashy.
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