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2008 Bentley Continental

  • 2008 Bentley Continental GTC Convertible

    GTC Convertible

    • MAX MPG
      17
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      552/479
    • ENGINE
      6.0L W12
    • MSRP
      $193,990
  • 2008 Bentley Continental GT Coupe

    GT Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      17
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      552/479
    • ENGINE
      6.0L W12
    • MSRP
      $175,990
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2008 Bentley Continental Review

A sporty, luxurious automobile that is attractive, comfortable, and fun to drive.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2008 Bentley Continental comes in four different models. The available models include the Continental GT, GT Speed, GTC, and Flying Spur. With a variety of benefits that comes with the Continental models the buyer might have a hard time choosing which of the luxury automobiles suits him or her best.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe, two-door convertible, sedan
Engines: 6.0-liter V-12
Transmissions: six-speed shift able automatic
Models: Bentley Continental GT Coupe, Bentley Continental GT Convertible, Bentley Continental GT Speed, Bentley Continental Flying Spur

What's New

The 2008 Bentley Continental GT Coupe has revised steering and suspension that improves the steering and the ride. The changes in the cooling system and the suspension add up to a 77-pound reduction in overall curb weight. More revisions in the 2008 model include the Bluetooth interface, a trip computer, and a Breitling clock. More optional features added to the Coupe for 2008 include a three-spoke steering wheel, a rear-view camera, and ceramic carbon brakes. The 2008 Coupe also shows minor exterior changes.

The 2008 GT Speed Coupe upgrades the standard GT Coupe with a higher performance engine, exterior and interior changes, and 20-inch wheels. The 2008 Bentley Continental GT Convertible model offers sport mode with revised stability control, and the Bluetooth system also gets some improvements. The 2008 Bentley Continental Flying Spur sedan also has a revised stability system, a rear-view camera, standard satellite radio, and additional interior and exterior options.

Exterior

The Continental Coupe comes with a chrome grille and a rear spoiler to increase the vehicle’s grip on the road at highway speeds. The painted alloy wheels use performance tires. Bentley includes an inside-mounted temporary spare tire as well. The variable intermittent wipers sense rain. Cargo tie-downs assist in the transportation of any additional gear or luggage. The 2008 Bentley Continental Speed Coupe comes with 20-inch wheels instead of the standard coupe’s 19-inch wheels. All of the other features remain the same on the GT Speed. The GT base convertible looks very similar to the other models on the outside with the exception of the exclusion of the chrome grille and the inclusion of a power convertible roof that adds extra style to this model of the GT. The 2008 Bentley Flying Spur sedan also lacks the chrome grille, but comes equipped with a power sunroof for extra air circulation and a power rear sunshade to keep light from blinding the driver.

Interior

Like most Bentleys, the GT model provides more room in its cabin than the average automobile. The driver and front-passenger seats offer multi-level heat for cold days. The two front seats also come with power-adjustable lumbar support and move 14 ways for maximum comfort and luxury. The front bucket seats are also height adjustable and use premium leather. The rear ventilation ducts provide fresh air for rear passengers and a center arm rest adds to the comfort of the premium leather seats. Three 12-volt outlets come in the GT Coupe model: one in the front, one in the rear, and one in the cargo area. The console includes front and rear parking sensors. The tilt and telescopic steering wheel includes transmission, cruise control, and audio controls. The climate control has four zones and the center console and dash feature leather, wood, and alloy trim. The convertible model only has a two-zone climate control system instead of four. The Flying Spur model offers some extra features on the interior that the other three models do not.

Performance & Handling

With the four models having a range of 552 to 600 horsepower, the 2008 Bentley Continental GT models offer plenty of power, which makes them fun to drive. With the six-speed transmission and all-wheel drive, all four models get up to speed quickly and keep a good grip on the road. The GT accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and the Flying Spur accomplishes it in 4.8 seconds. With excellent suspension, these GT models feel comfortable on almost any road.

Safety

The four-wheel anti-lock brake system comes with electronic brake force distribution and ventilated disc brakes. Front and rear head airbags as well as dual front and rear side-mounted airbags provide extra protection. The dusk-sensing auto-delay headlamps use high-intensity bulbs and self-level for maximum effectiveness.

EPA Fuel Economy

Bentley Continental GT Coupe: 10/17 mpg city/highway
Bentley Continental GT Speed Coupe: 10/17 mpg city/highway
Bentley Continental GT Convertible: 10/17 mpg city/highway
Bentley Continental GT Flying Spur: 10/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Variety of options
  • Upgrades for 2008
  • Suspension
  • Interior
  • Exterior

You Won't Like

  • Flying Spur steering feels disconnected

Sum Up

A sporty, luxurious automobile that is attractive, comfortable, and fun to drive.

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