Downside: The Bentley Continental GT inspires envy, lust and covetousness. Some people doubtless will regard you as shallow, self-centered and greedy.
Ride, acceleration and handling: Triple aces. It's superior in all three categories. Most of the 479 foot-pounds of torque is available immediately. This car moves out fast!
Head-turning quotient: Refer to "Downside" and then meditate on Reverend Ike's words: "The first person you need to make a favorable impression on is yourself."
Body style/layout: The Bentley Continental GT is a front-engine, all-wheel-drive, two-door coupe without center pillars. It has seating for four people.
Engine/transmission: The car's 6-liter, 48-valve, twin-turbocharged W-12 engine develops 552 horsepower at 6,100 revolutions per minute and 479 foot-pounds of torque at 1,600 rpm. The engine is linked to an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission that can also be operated manually via paddle shifters on either side of the steering wheel.
Cargo and fuel capacities: Cargo capacity is 13.1 cubic feet. The fuel tank holds 23.8 gallons of required premium unleaded gasoline.
Mileage: Barely 11 miles per gallon in city driving. It gets about 14 miles per gallon on the highway.
Safety: Super-rigid body construction for optimum handling; standard four-wheel-disc and anti-lock brakes; traction control; side and head air bags.
Price: Bentley plans to sell up to 4,000 Continental GT models annually. Pricing starts at $150,000. Estimated dealer invoice pricing on the base model is $140,000. But the bottom line is that this baby will be priced according to demand, and demand is high -- and higher still with options. Expect premium pricing at some sales locations.
Purse-strings note: Another great toy for the wealthy girl or boy. Is it worth it? Reverend Ike has a quote: "Everything is a condition of the mind." I've always said "Amen" to that, which is why I never sent the reverend any money for his ministry. His advice came free over the radio. I saw no need to send him a check. Thanks, Rev.