2018 Bentley Continental Range

by Mike Hunter

This exquisite vehicle from Bentley is simply the envy of all who wish to travel in style with the wind blowing through their hair. Its 6.0-litre, W12 twin-turbo engine includes a variable displacement system that combines low emissions with incredible output, which results in 582 horsepower. For a full-sized vehicle with so much to offer in space and comfort, that is, simply, fast.

With satin-chrome dials and curved dash, the sweeping design throughout the interior of the Continental is like a glamourous Parisian night club. Inspired by the form of the Bentley wings, the lines throughout combines the classic Bentley design of a bygone era with the contemporary technologies and conveniences of tomorrow. The coachbuilders of Mulliner, who have been working on Bentleys since 1924, now are working to individualize each vehicle to the owners needs with options that include quilted leather seats, knurled sports gear lever and drilled alloy sports foot pedals and more — making for a personalized interior that will only add to the luxuries of this masterpiece.

The cooling system and front seat ventilation system is designed to keep the summer days with the top down as cool as possible. There is a seat massage system as well, meant to provide great comfort and lumbar support with ten massage cells designed to keep the driver alert and awake for those long drives.

The eight-inch touch screen in the center console provides easy access to navigation maps, trip data, comfort controls and entertainment system at all times. A 30-gigabyte hard drive provides quick access to mapping data and the option of landscape imagery, alongside live traffic data and online access for point-of-interest searches. An optional Wi-Fi hotspot supports the use of digital devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops. All it requires for operation is a SIM card; this can be the card normally used in one’s phone or a separate card supplied by one’s mobile network.

2018 Bentley Continental Range

MSRP: $236,100
City: 20 mpg
Hwy: 12 mpg
Trans: 8-speed automatic
0-60 mph: 4.4 sec

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