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2003 Bentley Continental

  • 2003 Bentley Continental R Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      16
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      420/650
    • ENGINE
      6.8L V8
    • MSRP
      $318,990
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2003 Bentley Continental Review

Quality comes at a price, and it sure is pricey.

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Overview

The 2003 Bentley Continental is one of those vehicles that has Hollywood look to it. However, it's nowhere close to being a forgotten prop off a 1970s movie scene; power beneath the hood should be testimony enough for that with a staggering six-liter W-12, spewing 552-horsepower at 6100 rpm. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, it will continue to stand tall on the list of most-coveted cars.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 6.0-liter W-12
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Bentley Continental

What's New

The 2003 Bentley Continental is conservative in manufacturing plants of ultra-luxury models. Whether the possibilities of new technology and innovation are shunned for sentimental reasons by the potential owners or because of a natural fear of the unknown, the word ""new"" is not present. Cosmetic changes on the fender and the front grille surely cannot make up for the slew of changes being made by the competition.

Exterior

The 2003 Bentley Continental now has a chrome finish and its windshield utilizes variable intermittent wipers in the rain with a defogger in the rear window. It runs on 18-inch alloy wheels with 255/50R Y performance tires and comes with an alloy spare wheel with a full-size matching spare tire. The exterior dimensions are 81 inches width, 57.6 inches height, 210.8 inches length, and sits on 120.5 inch wheelbase.

Interior

The 2003 Bentley Continental cannot be complete without leather and wood trim–leather and wood are on the dashboard and the doors, and alloy and leather trim are on the shift knob. There is more leather on the steering wheel. For convenience there are reading lights in the front and the rear. The front seats have memorized settings for four drivers including the position of the steering wheel. The dashboard comes with a clock, and safety monitors such as a low fuel-level warning and low tire pressure warning. The dashboard has audio system including an AM/FM radio mounted on the center console with a CD-changer. The sound system has eight speakers. The audio has separate controls in the front and in the rear.

The 2003 Bentley Continental come with adjustable lumbar support settings, and the front passenger and the driver have height-adjustable heated seats. All the seats are leather-covered and have height adjustable headrests. The power fittings include power door locks and power mirrors. There is storage in the front console and in the front seatback pocket, and on the door pockets. The power steering runs on the leather and tilt-adjustable steering wheel. The interior dimensions are 36.8 inches headroom, 41.5 inches legroom, and 57 inches shoulder room in the front, while the rear has 35.7 inches headroom, 33.9 inches legroom, and 56 inches shoulder room.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 Bentley Continental is a rear drive four-speed automatic transmission with rear limited slip differential. The base engine is 6.8-liter V-8, producing 420 hp at 4000 rpm, 645 lb-ft torque at 2100 rpm, and is equipped with 16 valves and overhead valves (OHV). The fuel recommended for the 2003 Bentley Continental is premium unleaded, and the vehicle comes with a fuel tank of 26.4 gallons.

The 2003 Bentley Continental's suspension system includes short and long arm front suspension, semi-trailing arm rear suspension, and independent four-wheel suspension. The pre-impact safety fittings in the 2003 Bentley Continental include four-wheel Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS), ventilated disc brakes for the front wheels, and solid disc brakes in the rear wheels. Traction control and an electronic brake-force distribution system are also included.

Safety

The 2003 Bentley Continental comes with remote anti-theft alarm system and an engine immobilizer. The front and rear headrests are height-adjustable to protect occupants from whiplash in an impact.

EPA Fuel Economy

Bentley Continental: 10/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • An uncommon vehicle
  • Engine power
  • Luxurious interior

You Won't Like

  • Pricey

Sum Up

Quality comes at a price, and it sure is pricey.

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