Along with a raft of fuel innovations, it ensures that emission levels are among the best in its class, while also maximising range. Usually, in the Comfort and Bentley driving modes, only 38 percent of the engine torque goes to the front axle; in Sport mode, that drops to just 17 percent. The specification is complemented by diamond-in-diamond quilt pattern on seats, door panels and rear quarter panels, all featuring a unique contrast stitch only available with the First Edition. The system enables the driver to switch between three different fascia panels to suit the mood of the cabin. An active anti-roll bar and three-chamber air suspension, both developed by Porsche, allow for more variance in ride stiffness. Brake-based torque vectoring is also standard. Customers can choose from one of four unique Dual Veneers for the dashboard fascia.
Meanwhile, the City Specification adds hands-free boot opening, pedestrian warning, traffic sign recognition and city braking, while the Touring Specification throws in adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, active lane assist, a head-up display, night vision with an infrared camera and pre-sense braking. Credit the improvement in how its weight is balanced, but also a new level of technological trickery. The seats are minimalist in style, with a streamlined design that ensures they are as comfortable as they are elegant. The car also comes as standard with dual veneer trim, with four wood options — Tamo Ash, Liquid Amber, Dark Stained Madrona and Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus — paired with Grand Black that is exclusive to the First Edition. In the engine itself, high-pressure direct injection has been employed alongside port injection, allowing the engine to switch seamlessly between the two, depending on which is most efficient in any given situation.
From takeoff, especially using the new Sport Launch mode, the Conti provides astonishing propulsive capabilities, especially considering its 4950-pound weight. The much shorter front overhang gives gorgeous proportions with the wheels pushed right out away from the cabin. Bentley employs around 4,000 people at Crewe. When I leave the winding roads behind and settle onto the autostrada , I switch back to Comfort mode and relax. Bentley claims improved combined fuel economy, as a result — 12.
Most secondary controls are operated by a smattering of buttons all over the broad center console. Richard Pardon The centerpiece of the interior is an optional rotating display in the center stack. The driver can opt for a 12. These include the Bentley Rotating Display which allows the driver to switch between three different fascia panels: the default 12. Top speed is 207 mph. The views from the Grossglockner High Alpine Road are spectacular — when the low clouds recede, that is.
Four driving modes are accessible at the turn of a dial. On unlocking the car, a pre-programmed sequence of exterior lighting welcomes you. Buyers can opt for four unique Dual Veneers for the dashboard fascia, but unlike other cars, the First Edition's wood options may be paired with an exclusive Grand Black option. No doubt, this is one of the quietest and most comfortable cabins around. It wears chain-mailed and chrome-troughed jewelry not as distraction from a slightly ill-fitting suit, but as proud enhancement. It feels limitless, effortless, and easy. Even at highway speeds driver and passenger could whisper to one another and still be heard.
Smooth centre panels maximise the effectiveness of heating, cooling, ventilation and massage functions, while handcrafted quilting adds detail to the bolsters and upper areas — parts of the seats that can be seen from outside the car. The dual-clutch transmission overall feels just as smooth and supple in normal driving as the old torque-converter unit. In addition, the revised air suspension uses three-chamber air springs that give the car 60 per cent more air volume in the softest setting than the previous model. Comfort optimises the chassis and drivetrain for luxurious cruising, while Sport mode retunes the engine for a more dynamic response — with the variable exhaust valve adjusting the character of the exhaust note to match. The cabin really is stupendously quiet, with barely a flutter of wind noise or rumble from the tires making their way to my ears. Maybe the rich are different, as novelist F. Even the speaker grilles are pierced into expressive herringbones.
There are 15 interior hides to choose from covering everything from the seats and the dashboard top to the door panels and car headliner. Lovely wood veneer adorns the dashboard of my tester, too, giving a suitably old-world luxury touch amid all the new buttons and displays. To sweeten the pot, will throw in extra kit as standard, like park assist, pedestrian warning, and traffic sign recognition. No doubt, this is one of the quietest and most comfortable cabins around. The system enables the driver to switch between three different fascia panels to suit the mood of the cabin.
Sixty miles per hour will arrive in just 3. Working along with the air suspension, that means the car is far flatter through bends than before, yet can still be ultra-supple in Comfort mode. Nor does it skip a beat anywhere else on my drive, where the Bentley luxury coupe feels improved in every way: compared to its predecessor, it is lighter, more powerful, quieter inside, sportier behind the wheel, and even more comfortable. Adjustments to the various systems are constant, minuscule, and for the most part, imperceptible. The moment the throttle opens wider, the engine reverts to the power of all 12 cylinders.
The specification is complemented by diamond-in-diamond quilt pattern on seats, door panels and rear quarter panels, all featuring a unique contrast stitch only available with the First Edition. It slinks around town and away from stoplights without much trouble. This ultimate expression of the Grand Tourer represents the pinnacle of Bentley craftsmanship, handcrafted and designed in Great Britain. Additionally, the interior boasts a unique contrasting stitch pattern through the diamond-in-diamond quilt pattern on seats, door panels and rear quarter panels. For an even softer feel, semi-aniline leather is also available. Scott Fitzgerald once observed, and used to the finer things in life. The First Edition follows on from thein early February.
Richard Pardon After hundreds of miles traversing the valleys, riverside towns, and bifurcating highways of the Austrian and Italian Alps, we can attest that its beauty transcends appearances. Bentley employs around 4,000 people at Crewe. Sixty miles per hour will arrive in just 3. Another standard feature on the First Edition is the Bentley Rotating Display, which enables the driver to switch between the 12. Like the trick license plate on a Bond car, this billboard to opulence spins at the touch of a button to display a 12.