2006 Bentley Continental GT 6.0 W12 twin turbo from UK and Ireland

Summary:

My new love... but don't tell the Lady!

Faults:

Battery went flat and the car would not start. Dealer talked me through the problem over the phone and I found out it was my fault entirely. They promptly arrived to take the warning lights off the dashboard and supplied me with a battery conditioner as a courtesy item, very nice of them too!

Otherwise no faults.

General Comments:

Decided to go for the Conti GT, as although the DB9 is a great looking car, it spent more time in the dealer's garage than it did in mine.

Love the car's performance, it accelerates rapidly right from word go and pulls like a rocket. The sound is quite unique and really hits you in the chest when motoring on down the road.

Gear changes are very smooth and I like the way the auto box holds the gears so that you reap the benefits of engine braking.

The brakes themselves are fantastic, but the parking brake is a little noisy when applied and released.

The car has variable damping and adjustable ride height, and although the ride is usually excellent, it can get a little bumpy on very rough roads.

Very easy to drive both around town slowly and along country roads quickly, although it is quite wide and oncoming motorists don't take too kindly to you hogging the road in a 'Toad of Toad Hall' manner! Fantastic on the motorways and wide sweeping roads. It has a speed warning facility that has proved invaluable to my license as three figure numbers approach all too quickly with no sense of speed when cruising.

The interior is a really nice place to be. I like the chrome detailing and the bullseye air vents, and I take my decision to go with contrasting white cross stitching on black leather as spot on, as it looks superb. The seats are very comfy and the optional massage is relaxing during a long journey.

Road noise on some surfaces can creep into the car though, unlike my brother's Arnage, which is very quiet.

Fairly surprised when I first peeped inside the luggage compartment on these cars, it really is quite large and swallows my clubs with ease.

Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and only wish I had put my name down for the convertible version earlier, as the waiting list is well over a year. Planning a tour of Europe next year, and if all goes well and I still have her, she will be my choice companion... Oh and I suppose the good Lady can come along too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2006

2nd Sep 2007, 17:48

That is a nice car - YOU LUCKY DOG!!

23rd Feb 2008, 17:53

How does someone with the money to buy this vehicle find time to write reviews!!! I love it...

23rd Jun 2008, 13:58

I love it when people with expensive cars write a review, there is always some fool questioning "how does a wealthy person have the time to write a review?". You obviously don't know many wealthy people! They are human beings like the rest of us, and don't actually work 24 hours a day you know! Also, how long does it actually take to write a review? 5 - 10 minutes, hardly a long time is it out of a persons "busy" day?!

PS. Good review, hope you aren't too busy being rich to read my comment.

28th Jul 2009, 18:10

I wanted to say that this is a great review. While the GTC is not my first choice, I am starting to think it is the ONLY choice.

F430 - incredible, but too flashy, too expensive to maintain

Gallardo - apparently it burns up clutches every 3500 miles. Nice.

All other Ferraris and Lamborghinis - getting too old to dare drive, or honestly too powerful to be practical (I'm looking at you, Murcielago).

Older Bentleys - scared they will break or be impossible to fix

Aston - design just seems uninspired, and apparently still in the shop all the time

Rolls - too bling and WAY too expensive.

The only cars that seem to be able to be fulfilling and daily-drivable other than your GTC are the Maserati Gran Turismo (I love the rear and the interior, but I worry that the front will not age well, nor the turret grilles on the side), a 911 (there are only 1000 on the road every day, and most can't tell the difference between a GT3 and a '02 Carerra), or the Audi R8 (again, just worried that the styling will be too radical - I hate the giant mismatched color stripe on the side, and I'd rather keep a car that will look good for a while).

So even though the car just looks a bit bulky to me, I see them with decent mileage selling on eBay, so the German bits must have helped the reliability quite a bit.

I am so sick of exotic car manufacturers screwing over buyers; I am hoping VW/Bentley will make the decision - just make a car that is high performance and reliable, and people will buy it.

24th Dec 2014, 12:54

Very well said... make the damn car reliable!