Bentley and Rolls-Royce are the two pinnacle luxury automakers in the world. Both are from Britain, and they are constantly striving to outdo the other. Whilst Rolls-Royce has preferred to maintain its air of being stately and relaxing, Bentley’s DNA incorporates a bit of sportiness and driving entertainment as well. This is particularly reflected in models such as the Continental GT. Introduced in 2003, it was the first Bentley to embrace mass production manufacturing techniques. The second generation was produced from 2011 to 2018, before the third generation took over. This is a second-generation 2016 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible with 15,360 miles on the clock. If you’re looking for a luxurious cruiser that can also be a bit of a bruiser, here’s your ticket.
The second-generation Continental was shown off to the world at the 2010 Paris Auto Show and entered production a year later. It continued the overall silhouette and many of the styling cues from the first generation, whilst tweaking and smoothening the shape. This 2016 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible wears a suave Glacier White paintwork and rolls effortlessly on its 21-inch aluminum painted wheels that are wrapped in Pirelli PZero tires. Red brake calipers lurk behind and offer a splash of color, along with the red ‘B’ wheel centers. The contrasting brown convertible top is electrically operated from the cabin. Venture aboard and you are greeted by the two-tone saddle and brown cross-stitched interior. Bentley interiors feature many unique characteristics including the chunky aluminum gear lever, organ-stop style air vent adjusters, the circular air vents themselves and the Bentley crest on the head rests. Of course, you get a plethora of creature comforts and conveniences including dual-zone climate control, touchscreen infotainment system and premium sound system.
The second-generation Bentley Continental GT could be had with a V8 or W12 engine, and this 2016 Bentley Continental GT V8 S packs a 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 with cylinder deactivation technology that allows the engine to deactivate four cylinders when not needed, thus improving fuel consumption when cruising. However, when you put your foot down, all eight cylinders and two turbos kick into action, putting out 521hp and 502lb.ft to all four wheels via an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The result is a zero-to-sixty sprint of under five seconds and a top speed of 191mph.