D-day arrived and I picked the Bentayga for the drive up the mountain, filed into the convoy and drove like you would if you were taking mum to the garden centre to pick out something for a table centrepiece.
But this story isn’t about a relaxed drive up the mountain in the Bentayga. Nor is it about chrysanthemums that pop against your wooden table.
It’s about the speedy, breathless, hairpin-munching, swirl down the mountain in the Continental GT.
Keeping in mind that the last vehicle to endure my madness (and responded with its own) was the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. While my trusty Veloster served as a suitable palate-cleanser, I was a bit nervous about the GT.
The Continental GT is, without a doubt, one of the most recognisable cars on the road today – if not the most recognisable.
While the Grand Tourer has been around since 2003, we’ve just begun to experience the third generation of the Continental GT. Making its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new version has been significantly improved.
The new edition has stayed true to its iconic styling, with its almost doe-eyed dual circular headlamps. However it’s also dropped about 80kgs and features a new 6.0 litre W12 engine paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. We’ll get to its speed shortly.
At first glance:
You don’t simply jump into the Continental GT. Even long-time owners of this splendid hunk of metal, sculpted like a Rodin masterpiece, would spend a few seconds (or minutes) appreciating the car before they get in. The car is beyond beautiful: everything the iconic Continental GT is and more. The Bentley design team sure had a fun time designing this vehicle.
While it does scream Continental GT – the redesign is extensive yet subtle. The famous front grill is now slightly larger and wider, while the secondary pair of lights is moulded into the curves of the car.
The major changes can be seen on the rear. The new taillights are a lot slimmer, mimicking the shape of the exhausts. And the exhausts themselves are wider than previous models.
Spend a few minutes looking at the pictures below – notice the clean lines, the artistic brushstrokes, and the lower wider body. Bentley has effectively relaunched an iconic car with a new attitude, while somehow finding a way to keep it the same as its classy former self.