With its shortened wheelbase, lowered and firmer suspension, and a wider track, its design is anexercise in concentrated power.
The 6.75-litre turbocharged engine
is specially tuned to develop a staggering 420 bhp
and the maximum torque figure rises to no less than 875 Nm, or 650 lbft,
the greatest peak torque output of any production car in the world and more
than twice that of a Ferrari 550 Maranello.
Such immense, but perfectly controlled power can catapult
Continental T from standstill to 60 mph (90 kph) in 5.7 seconds.
Top speed is an effortless 170mph (273 km/h).
Even at three-figure speeds, the deep throb of the engine is barely audible
above the soft swish of the wind and automatic changes of gear are almost
impossible to detect.
As a road-tester from Car magazine put it:
"Huge performance, tireless brakes, formidable roadholding,
staggering handling, rumbustious sound-effects and drop-jaw presence."
The Continental T's intensity of character is matched
by an engine-turned aluminium fascia
and trim with single-colour dark hide - a style that recalls the purist nature
of early racing Bentleys.
Bentley owners have firm views on style and many relish the opportunity
to specify a Bentley precisely to their personal tastes and requirements.
Through a special commission, owners can create a unique specification of their dreams.
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