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2002 Bentley Continental

  • 2002 Bentley Continental R Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      16
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      400/616
    • ENGINE
      6.8L V8
    • MSRP
      $288,990
  • 2002 Bentley Continental T Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      16
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      420/650
    • ENGINE
      6.8L V8
    • MSRP
      $308,990
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2002 Bentley Continental Review

Hand-built, one-of-a-kind luxury coupe with unprecedented torque and power.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2002 Bentley Continental provides a luxury two-door coupe that comes in two different versions, the base 2002 Bentley Continental R and the sport-tuned 2002 Bentley Continental T. Both models also come in a higher-performance Mulliner trim line, and new for 2002, a special edition R Le Mans joins the lineup. The Bentley Continental marks the only model produced by Bentley that doesn’t share any of its bodywork or underpinnings with a Rolls-Royce model. All versions seat four passengers in complete luxury and style while providing drivers with mind-blowing amounts of power.

The Range

Body styles: two-door coupe
Engines: 6.75-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Bentley Continental R, Bentley Continental R Mulliner, Bentley Continental R Le Mans, Bentley Continental T, Bentley Continental T Mulliner

What's New

Since the Bentley Continental R debuted in 1991 and the Bentley Continental T joined it in 1996, little has changed. With the introduction of the new 2002 Bentley Continental, a new limited edition of the R joins the lineup. Only 50 of these special edition coupes have been built, which includes unique style changes when compared to the base 2002 Bentley Continental R. As well as having its own distinct badging, the 2002 Continental R Le Mans features flared wheel arches, twin exhaust pipes, red brake calipers, and an all-leather interior.

Exterior

The 2002 Bentley Continental classifies as a full-size luxury coupe that not only has a distinct shape and style, but a powerful presence. With the typical shape of a Bentley, the 2002 Bentley Continental looks boxier and does not have the same aerodynamic lines as its competitors. Instead, the exterior design of the 2002 Bentley Continental recalls days gone by. The 2002 Bentley Continental T has a shorter wheelbase than the R and also has a wider track and comes equipped with standard 18-inch alloy wheels.

Interior

The interior of the 2002 Continental makes a study in opulence. Four passengers sit in bolstered sport seats that truly hug the body and keep everyone in place as this powerful car moves through its paces. Two-tone, hand-stitched Connolly leather upholsters the seats and hand-finished wood trim and Wilton lamb’s wool carpets complement it. Several different types of wood can be used for the trim, and almost any color can be used for the carpeting and leather to truly customize the interior of the 2002 Bentley Continental.

Every Bentley Continental remains fully customizable and hand-made to order. It offers no factory options, but each coupe comes fully equipped with technology to provide the utmost in comfort. An in-dash, six-disc CD changer with a remote; a cell phone; power heated front seats; and a three-zone climate control system comprise just some of the features included with the 2002 Continental.

Performance & Handling

All models of the 2002 Bentley Continental draw power from the same engine, although it has undergone tuning for the T and Mulliner. In the Continental R, the 6.75-liter V-8 provides 400 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. The engine in the sporty Continental T has been tuned to produce 650 lb-ft of torque, which marks the highest amount of torque output in a production car in the world. The Mulliner includes a water-cooled turbocharger, and the horsepower increases to 420. A four-speed automatic remains the sole transmission option.

Even in the base Bentley Continental, steering and handling feel precise with help from a limited-slip differential that provides power evenly to all wheels, as well as an automatic ride control system. This system uses computer-controlled suspension dampers to make modifications so that ride comfort and handling are optimized. The T has a lower and firmer suspension to provide a sportier ride, while the Mulliner includes upgraded anti-roll bars to provide greater traction, as well as an improved steering column.

Safety

Standard safety equipment in the 2002 Bentley Continental includes four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic traction and stability controls, active front and rear headrests, and front seat belt pretensioners.

EPA Fuel Economy

Bentley Continental: 11/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Luxurious interior
  • Hand-built to order
  • Highest torque of any production car
  • Powerful engine

You Won't Like

  • High price tag
  • Dated exterior style
  • Technologically inferior to competitors

Sum Up

Hand-built, one-of-a-kind luxury coupe with unprecedented torque and power.

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