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2004 Bentley Continental

  • 2004 Bentley Continental GT Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      18
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      560/479
    • ENGINE
      6.0L W12
    • MSRP
      $149,990
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2004 Bentley Continental Review

Perhaps the most luxurious car to perform at this level.

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Overview

The Continental name has been used by Bentley since 1952. Models from 1952 through 1965 were known for their powerful engines and light build. It had a very distinct body style easily recognized. This automobile has a long cylindrical hood between dramatically flared sides and a narrow and artistically elegant grille in the front between two large round headlights. It was built not so much for comfort, setting them drastically apart from modern models, but for speed, which is closer inline with modern models. Continental got its name because, while built for high cruising speeds over long straight distances, roads in its home country simply could not accommodate this; it had to go ""continental.""

The 2004 Continental GT is a combination of exotic sport design, performance, and impressive luxury. Changes from 2003 to 2004 were drastic.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 6.0-liter W12
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Bentley Continental GT

What's New

Nearly everything about the 2004 model is new. It has a sportier, less ""old-luxury"" and more futuristic exterior, over 100 more horsepower, and a much lower price tag than the previous year’s model. It has a range of new or improved technology features as well.

Exterior

The 2004 Bentley Continental has a super sleek exterior with flawless aerodynamic curves. The hood is still long, but the hood-to-cockpit angle is less pronounced to cut through wind resistance. The front end has a split mesh-type grille and round headlights reminiscent of past models. It is still large, but the overhang has been decreased; with 19-inch wheels closer to the edges, it has a more aggressive stance. The rear spoiler rises automatically at high speeds. It uses air springs instead of coils, and these each have an electronic damper.

Interior

The 2004 Bentley Continental GT coup can seat four comfortably and has 13.1 cubic feet of trunk space. All models get high-quality leather upholstery and buyers can choose from eight different colors. Trim options include Burr Oak, Burr Walnut, Dark Stained Walnut, Madrona, and Plano Black. The center control comes up then curves to either side, meant to resemble the Bentley insignia. Most controls are located on the steering wheel. This model is the first to use a Breitling timepiece in the dash with a black dial, white numbers, and ""blood orange"" hands.

Performance & Handling

The 552-hp, six-liter, W12 engine has twin turbochargers and gets 552-hp at 6100 rpm and 479 lb-ft of torque at 1600 rpm. The transmission is a six-speed ZF sequential automatic, and shifters are in the form of paddles behind the steering wheel. The 2004 Bentley Continental comes with four-wheel drive standard.

According to Bentley, the 2004 Continental GT can go from zero to 60 in 4.7 seconds with a maximum speed of 198 mph. Overall, the handling is incredible, and though it exhibits race-type performance, it remains smooth and comfortable in most situations. It is a lot of fun on the open road, but transitions nicely to more urban settings.

Safety

2004 Bentley Continental brakes are ventilated disc with a Bosch anti-lock feature. It comes equipped with Emergency Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist. Pretensioners are installed on all four seats, and airbags include four side-impact and two side curtain-type airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

Bentley Continental: 10/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Luxury features
  • Quality craftsmanship
  • Exterior and interior design
  • Handling
  • Speed

You Won't Like

  • Fuel efficiency
  • Price

Sum Up

Perhaps the most luxurious car to perform at this level.

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