2009 Bentley Continental GT Speed
There are automobiles, and then there are motorcars. An automobile is a piece of transportation that may, or may not inspire some emotions for its occupants. But a motorcar represents a different experience. Nobody needs a $227,205 Moroccan Blue 2009 Bentley Continental GT Speed, but a long weekend spent with this precision piece of artistic machinery can inspire one’s soul. The Bentley encounter is a unique combination of elegance, luxury and barely-imaginable performance. When you are viewing a fine British motorcar, one might expect to see artisan crafted interiors that surpass any expectation of “comfort.” I was not disappointed. My tester sported linen and navy leather that contrasted so perfectly, it was as if the interior engineers had consulted with the Car Design Division of the Almighty’s shop. The W-12 cylinder engine under the hood displaces 6.0-liters, has twin turbochargers, and is upgraded from the 552-hp output of the normal GT. Horsepower is now rated at an even 600 and the torque is increased from 479 lb-ft to 553 (750 Newton Meters) of torque. This results in a decrease in 0-60-mph time from 4.6 to 4.3 seconds, and an increase in top speed from 198 up to 202 mph. Sadly, I can not verify the last figure, but I can tell you that the monumental urge you feel when you step hard on the throttle pedal pushes you back in your seat from right off the line. I was not able to reach a speed where that inexorable shove seemed even mildly abated: translation, this car acquires velocity in an incredible fashion. The starting price for this model is a head-spinning $203,600. The array of standard equipment would be enough to boggle most folk’s minds. The six-speed automatic transmission flows power to all four wheels, and yes, the Continental line does just fine in the winter when fitted with the appropriate 20-inch snow tires. In addition to the luxurious interior and the boldly-striking exterior you’ll also fine a sterling array of creature comforts. There are fours zones of climate control, a satellite navigation screen, and Bluetooth capability built right in. The doors and trunk are power closing. There is a keyless entry and ignition system and the standard audio system boasts ten speakers. My tester had numerous options, including a $6,900 Naim for Bentley premium audio system, a $1,320 rear view camera and $1,000 for contrast stitching on the seats, fascia and door panels. These and other extras managed to raise the opulent bar even higher. With an EPA rating of 10-city and 17-mpg on the highway, this Bentley is awarded a $3,700 gas guzzler tax. If you can afford the price of entry, I feel that neither the low mileage nor the tax will significantly affect you. On the other hand, the otherworldly experience of SPEED in this Continental GT will stay with you for the rest of your life.