Bentley Continental GT GTC Convertible (11 on) - Review

Review by Kieren Puffett on
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The new Bentley Continental GT Convertible is fresh out of the factory blocks in 2012. Compared to the previous model it is hard to see at first glance where the major changes are - visually it looks very similar but there is a host of changes going on under the metal.

4.5 out of 5

Safety

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Mighty performance it may have, but happily Bentley Continental GT Convertible safety levels are impressive too.

The car features a whole host of safety systems including Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), which varies the amount of braking power sent to each wheel to get the car stopped effectively, and Hydraulic Brake Assistance (HBA), which can boost brake pressure to shorten the car’s stopping distance in an emergency. The brakes themselves are very large and powerful vented iron discs, as they need to be to slow down nearly three tonnes of Bentley from high speeds.

The car can also detect when it hits standing water to mitigate aquaplaning, while its four-wheel drive system and electronic continuously controlled dampers offer extra security on slippery roads.

Side thorax airbags are fitted in the front, while the rear seats are ISOFIX child seat compatible if you’d like to use your Bentley for runs to the nursery.

4 out of 5

Reliability

The Continental’s V8 engine is based on that found in Audi’s S6, S7 and S8 performance saloons, none of which have damaged Audi’s cast-iron reputation for reliability.

The Bentley will have been fastidiously screwed together and while there have been minor reliability niggles with earlier Continentals, there have been few major problems reported with recent Bentley Continental GT Convertible reliability.

Likewise, the W12 engine has been around for a while and is a strong unit, so should prove reliable so long as it is serviced regularly.

Car check problem points

Body

Check for any paint damage and inspect the alloy wheels for any kerb marks as these will be extremely costly to repair. Most non-factory aftermarket wheels are best avoided as they can spoil the Bentley’s ride and handling.

Engine/Gearbox

No problems reported.

Other

No problems reported.