2014 Bentley Continental GT Owners Manual – Soon after a substantial renew in 2012 and powertrain updates in 2013 (twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, strength hit for the Speed models’ 6.0-liter W-12, and 8-10-speed automatic transmission), the Bentley Continental GT coupe and GTC convertible see handful of changes for 2014. The eight-speed auto is now regular on base W12 models. With 500 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque, the new 4.0-liter offers up very little performance to the normal 6.0-liter W-12 (567 hp, 516 lb-ft) – at least at legitimate speeds. GT and GTC models with the 4.0-liter engine are EPA-scored 14-15/24 mpg city/freeway, when models with the 6.0-liter engine are scored 12/20-21 mpg – such as the Speed model with 616 hp and 590 lb-ft that is professed to attain 205 mph.
We had been surprised following our initially examination of the 2013 Bentley Continental GT V8: “Factory estimates have the V-8 trailing the range-topping W-12 (6-speed automatic) by two-tenths to 60 miles per hour, but we identified the opposing to be real. The eco-Bentley unveiled like a 5059-pound boulder from a catapult, hurtling earlier 60 mph in 4.2 moments (.2 ahead of time of our very best Conti-12), and coordinating its 12.7-second quarter mile, although the huge canine is tugging away when this occurs, with a better capture speed of 111.2 versus 110.8 mph.” Much of the credit was presented to the 8-speed automatic. The Continental GT Speed is predicted to attain 60 mph in 4.0 moments flat and we would not be very impressed: “That potential, although, is intoxicating, as a lot for the enormity of it as how smooth it is,” we stated in our Very first Push. “The torque is outstanding. The car just surges forward as if propelled by electric engines. Speed just will keep building at an extraordinary speed. For a car so hefty, it accelerates like a sports car. The paddle shifters are awkwardly substantial as well as simple to confuse with the change indicate stalk, but when you decide to use them, the transmission is very receptive. As soon as you’re transferring, it is flawlessly delighted cruising at 120 mph and does not learn to really feel speedy until you crest 130 mph or so. Upon an available stretch out of autobahn, we found 170 mph and yes it was properly secure.
“The Bentley customers aren’t determining which $200,000 car to get – they are figuring out which mansion becomes the new car,” we discussed in our 2012 Bentley Continental GTC W12 Initial Test. “Some go with their car’s colour to the colour system of the yacht that carries it to exotic plug-ins all around the entire world. In short, Bentley proprietors do not attend that you believe they need to have purchased a GT-R or perhaps an Aston Martin or perhaps a fully supplied frozen goodies pickup truck, due to the fact, odds are, they previously personal 1 of these and any other car you believe is far better and less expensive. This is why Bentley doesn’t definitely think about almost every other company a contender. For the coachbuilders from Crewe, it is not about going head-to-brain with yet another company; it’s about constructing one thing so incredible, it gets the attention of a particular person with endless money and not enough time to spend them.”
The 2014 Bentley Continental GT coupe and GTC convertible range have not been tested by the NHTSA or evaluated by the IIHS.