This Bentley Continental GT looks as if it were in a time capsule
for the last 15 years and we just opened it up for you. Sitting in
the drivers seat is like taking it back to 2005 and remembering
what a great car they designed for the most luxurious feel that you
could ever imagine. with only 14k miles it is barely broken in yet
serviced up to the gills. Come and see for yourself just what a
beautiful car Bentley made but only spend a fraction of what the
1st owner did. Large and sturdy? The Bentley's platform is shared
with the all-steel VW Phaeton sedan. The GT's bodywork is shortened
9.9 inches, lowered 2.4 inches, widened 0.6 inch, and perched on a
5.3-inch-shorter wheelbase. The body shell is so rigid that if you
clamped the rear of the GT in a giant vise and hung a second GT
(weighing 5250 pounds ) from one of the front wheels, the structure
would twist only one degree. The cowl is sedan high, and the seats
are well off the floor-for easy entry, exceptional visibility, and
ample space for four adults and their luggage. And the engine?
Would six liters divvied up among 12 cylinders force-fed by two
turbos and two intercoolers good for 552 horsepower and 479
pound-feet of torque qualify as huge and powerful in your book? We
can't comment on reliability except to say that in pursuit of same,
a Continental GT was run for 18,500 miles at 175 mph at the Nardo
test track in Italy. The W-12 engine (picture two VR6s on a common
crank) is based on the powerplant used in the Audi A8 , but it gets
unique low-compression pistons to handle boost levels of between
4.4 and 10.2 psi huffed up by twin 3K Warner turbochargers. That
pressure arrives instantly and imperceptibly, providing peak torque
at just 1600 rpm. The engine is hand-assembled at the Bentley
factory in Crewe.
2005 Bentley Continental
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