14 odd years ago, the emission cheating brand: Volkswagen, had unveiled the birth child of the people’s car, and one end of a broken marriage.
Rolls Royce had a special relationship with Bentley since the early 1930s, and for nearly 20 years, the two have had their separate ways.
During the break up, the craftsman at Crewe managed to churn out one of the most spectacular luxury GT cars the world had ever seen!
The Continental GT was an engineer’s wet dream. A 4WD, 200mph, 552bhp, uber luxurious yacht! And overtime, Bentley have tried to perfect this incredible machine. But it’s fair to say, that the ageing rocker is……ageing.
Since it’s time to replace the old girl, here’s what Bentley NEEDS to do in order for the new Continental GT to be a success.
A Modern, Scrumptious Interior
I’m stating the obvious here, really. Bentleys have always had the nicest interiors that money can buy.
But you can’t help but think that the current Continental GT’s cabin is DYING for an update!
For instance, you can’t even get a USB port in the damn thing, for a £140,000+ bruiser!! Never mind sophisticated digital dials, or an upscale version of Audi’s virtual cockpit.
If Aston managed to keep up to date with the DB11, how hard can it be for Bentley to do the same?
Of course the interior will be as effortlessly luxurious as a Cheshire mansion, but it HAS to keep up with the times! They’re owned by VW, it can be done!
(Sort Of) Sporty
I know this may seem controversial, but let me explain.
Bentley made their name an iconic one by dominating the fearsome Brooklands races in the 1920s and ’30s, they even went on to winning the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race 5 TIMES!! Between 1924 and 1930!
And with that record of sporting smugness, Bentley’s heritage has always been reminiscent of success and racing.
So to impress names like Woolf Barnato and Sir Henry Birkin, the new Continental GT needs to have a sporty flavour sprinkled on it.
Despite how quick the current Continental is, because of it’s woollen suspension and boat steering rack- compared to Aston’s cars, you had the sense that each car came out of Crewe a bit drunk.
If Barnato was going to race the blue train again, he would need something agile to cope with the French twisty passes, yet fast and comfortable enough to blast through the speed camera-infected motorways.
The old Continental could only do one of those things, whereas a DB9 could do both.
Overall, It Needs To Blitz The Competition
Competition- it’s a word that’s been emphasised many times during the dawn of time.
Sometimes it can level out to a draw. Much like the Soviet MIG-15 fighters practically flying circles around the U.S Banshees and B-45 Tornadoes.
Heck, even during the Korean war, the Americans were still diddling about in some incredibly dated C-47s and DC3s! (No wonder resident Truman’s containment policy proved difficult…)
The only reason why the Russian MIGs were so damn good, was because Rolls Royce secretly supplied their jet engines to Mr Stalin’s air force! Which is probably why nobody won the Korean war…
And that brings me on to the Bentley Continental GT’s rivalry, because Mercedes has supplied their technological witchcraft into the DB11, hence why all the electrics and entertainment systems now….work! (And it’s a fantastic car)
And Merc’s S63 and S65 AMG coupes and convertibles are as impressive and wonderful, as most of Germany itself. Not to mention just how gorgeous it looks!
If the new car is accurate to all of these things with flying colours.
Then I can happily say goodbye to my Aston Martin loyalty card, and my AMG club membership.
So here’s what upcoming Bentley Continental GT needs to be in order to be a success-
- Wilfully luxurious
- A fine-tuned chassis (which will be taken from a Porsche Panamera, so thumbs up!)
- Needs to blitz the competition, so Bentley doesn’t lose it’s winning spirit!