Bentley Continental GT
By Andy Webbed
The high powered Bentley Continental GT was introduced in two thousand and three, equipped with a six litre W12 engine. The Continental GT is capable of reaching speeds close to two hundred miles per hour (around three hundred and twenty kilometres per hour), and the car has in fact beat the previously held world record speed on ice (previous ice speed record was held by the Bugatti EB110 SS). The car which successfully achieved the record was for the most part a standard Continental GT model, although some performance changes were made, such as aerodynamic alterations. The Bentley Continental GT replaced the Continental R, a car which was produced for eleven years.
The car has a D1 Volkswagen platform, a platform shared with the Volkswagen Phaeton and the Bentley Continental Flying Spur (produced from two thousand and five). The car was designed by Dirk van Braeckal, a Belgian. The Continental has a front engine and four wheel drive, with a six speed transmission.
The Bentley Continental Flying Spur was released in two thousand and five, a variation of the GT. The six litre Flying Spur is the fastest four door Bentley car, with a top speed just shy of two hundred miles per hour. Just as with the original GT model, the Flying Spur is built in the Crewe manufacturing plant, in England. An upgraded Flying Spur is set to be introduced some time in two thousand and nine, with increased power (six hundred break horse power) and a top speed of two hundred miles per hour.
The convertible variation of the Continental GT is called the GTC, and is sold around the world. Later released was the GT speed, an upgraded GT variation, a step also taken with the Flying Spur as previously mentioned. The car could reach speeds in excess of two hundred miles per hour, and cost the same as a inner city flat at the time (one hundred and thirty seven thousand pounds sterling)! A speed variation of the GTC is set to be released two thousand and nine.