2007 Bentley Continental GTC Review
Flying Open Cockpit
A decade ago, there were not too many automobiles adorned with winged Bs sold. Today, customers have to be patient as the revamped Bentley line (owned by Volkswagen, like other prestigious dream brands such as Bugatti and Lamborghini) does all it can to keep up with demand. All models still have limited production runs, but apparently there are enough philanthropists out there ready to drop $200,000 or more for one of these masterpieces.
As manufacturers move away from soft tops to retractable hard tops, we appreciate all the efforts the engineers at Crewe made to keep the classic styling. The good news is that with the top up, there is absolutely no noise of any kind. Drivers can retract the multi-layered canvas, rubber and velour top even while moving at up to 20 mph, and everything tucks away nicely and seamlessly. With the top down, drivers can hear the rumbling thunder-tuned engine, and are ready for some serious flying. Alright, we’re not talking about go-kart behavior, but pretty close to it with its continuous all-wheel drive system. Who could have ever imagined something that masterful would be that nimble? The GTC, like its GT coupe predecessor, is a true performer that will not disappoint. Unlike exotic racers, you won’t need a crane to be extracted out of the cockpit. All this happens in style and effortlessly for up to four passengers, albeit they will be rather cramped in the back seat. Trunk space is relatively good, though.
All 21st-century electronics are present and fine to deal with once one gets a little training to push and twist the right buttons. However, such high-end niceties as night vision, adaptive cruise control, park assist and heads-up display are not offered. One nice touch is you can raise the car to facilitate navigation in rough terrain, angled driveways and to clear small obstacles. You may also select the level of sportiness you desire with the adaptive air suspension, as well as synchronize your Bluetooth phone and crank some tunes on the ten-speaker audio system.
Warranty/Service: 3-year/unlimited mile basic, 3-year/unlimited mile drivetrain, 3-year/unlimited mile roadside, 3-year/unlimited mile rust.