IPB

X   Site Message
(Message will auto close in 2 seconds)


Welcome Guest ( Log In | Register )

2 Pages V   1 2 >  
Reply to this topicStart new topic
> Test-drove a Bentley GTC Super Sport
VCR
post Jul 25 2010, 08:45 AM
Post #1





Group Icon

Group: LPower VIP
Posts: 6,833
Joined: 20-June 05
Member No.: 3,591





Very nice car but...


Exterior: It is, without a doubt, a Bentley Continental. But to be honest and with due respect to all the owners here, I never really liked the styling of the car. IMO, it has too strong of the VAG DNA: to exaggerate a bit, the shape reminds me of an overgrown Audi TT! The 2nd thing I dislike is the lack of distinct identity from the rest of the CGT/GTC series. Sure, there are additional intakes on the front bumper and hood, dark surrounds on the headlights rather than chrome ones and dark wheels; but thatís as obvious as they can get; other changes are very subtle. One might argue that it makes it a perfect sleeper but I still think it needs more. Why not change the wire-mesh pattern on the grill altogether (rather than just darkens it) and make it a SS-only pattern? But overall, itís still a Bentley Continental and that, of course, is not a bad thing. But there are quite a bit of CGT/GTCís on the road and having a SS version would prefer it to be better identified. The top is powered and can be activated while the car is in low speed (needs not a complete stop). The top is totally concealed so the trunk looks perfectly tidy and there is actually quite a bit of usable trunk space in there. And thereís one (positive) irony on this car. The rear window may be smaller than the coupe but the canvas top is more upright at the rear; the coupe has a much more raked rear window; so while one might has a smaller opening, the rear vision is actually marginally better.

Interior: Again, nothing new that would excite; one would have a tough time telling the difference between it and the CGT/GTC Speed. The seats opinions are a bit convoluted: lightweight CF front seats in front only; lightweight CF seats front & back (these seats only have fully manual back & forth + recline adjustment, no height adjustment); regular powered multi-adjustable front seats only; and powered multi-adjustable front & rear seats. The weight saving between the CF & powered seats are rather substantial but the manual seats have limited adjustment only. (The height can be adjusted by moving the bolts to a different height position.) Personally, I like the CF seats and that are comfortable enough for me (substantially less padded than the power seats but still good.) Keep in mind that I also swapped the SL seats to the Euro-SL seats; so, Iím a bit biased and my physique allows me to fit in the SSí well-contoured seats. I dislike the carbon fibre trim in this car! The only element that can relate are the back of the CF seats which are in CF shell. Other than that, the CF trim seems completely pointless. IMO, despite German-owned, a Bentley should have yards and yards of fine leather & exquisite wood trim. Ok, this is a SS and it should be different of even ďbadassĒ. But it just does not go well with all the chrome switches and organ push/pull levers in the car. The CF is bad looking too; itís neither clear/wet-look enough (to prevent glare?) nor opaque/dry-look enough; itís like a murky haze over the CF. What I really dislike is the lack of depth in the CF, in fact, thereís hardly any; one just canít see the CF layers; itís rather one-dimensional. The rest, again, more German than British.

Drive: Ok, so far, it seems that I dislike the car; but it more than makes it up in the drive. This car is sensational to drive! Massive hp & torque and absence of turbo lag. Drive it around town and it feels smaller than it really is; very nimble and easily maneuverable. The steering may be a tad too light and the steering wheel diameter perhaps the ever-slightest bit too small for my liking. The CCB work flawlessly and do not grab. Press the gas pedal and the car comes to life and simply whisks you away without any signs of substantial effort. Ok, the exhaust roars to life but thatís about it. In fact, perhaps its lack of drama may deter some but thatís fine with me. The adjustable suspensions deliver what they intended to do. Soft & cushy in town but dial them up and they firm up for the run & cornering, again, without drama. There is little body roll or dive or squat, which is surprising considering the heft of the car. The paddle shifts is not exactly sports-car-like fast but this isnít really a sports car either so I call it acceptable. At high speed, in between shifts, thereís a short odd thunder-like ďboomĒ. But no rpm change and the car feels just like usual. No idea what that is but it doesnít seem to be causing any harm. Another thing that this car is exemplary is how tight it feels. Everything is so well-bolted together that it feels no different from the CGT SS (coupe). I drove the two back to back so I know. No squeaks, no rattle and, again, no drama. It delivers what one expected it to do and perhaps a bit more --- everything is well-planted and sure-footed. Acceleration is blindingly fast for such a heavy car and stopping is just as competent. The top is well insulated from wind noise at high speed and even with the top down; the noise at speed is acceptable. About the only thing I can criticize about the drive of this car is its insatiable thirst. But thatís not new to any of the Continental series and in fact, the SS is suppose to be able to run on ethanol so it is, technically, less expensive to run.

Conclusion: Performance and engineering-wise, I really like this car. It is truly a multi-purpose car! As long as you donít mind its thirst, itís the perfect DD! Class, comfort, seats 4 (the rear in relative comfort), open top with usable trunk space, this car can cruise. In addition, press the gas pedal and dial up the suspension and it turns to a performance car that can probably out-run the majority of cars on the road and perhaps might even fit for track --- all that while retaining its class & comfort. This car delivers on all the driving aspect in a surprisingly enjoyable manner! But I am not thrilled about its exterior and interior styling. The other negative is its price. Here in Canada, the open top version is about 9% more than the coupe SS. But if I were to buy one, I would still pick the open-top version as itís much more versatile and itís performance is nearly as good. The coupe cocoons you too much and you donít hear any noise from the exhaust and the engine. But the price of a well-equipped GTC SS open top is actually only a hair away from the new Mulsanne. And that complicates things a bit. Yes, itís two very different cars with their own distinctive purposes. But for me, Iím not sure if Iíll need a GTC SS. If a Lambo were not part of the stable, yes, then the GTC SS would deserve serious consideration. But if a sports car exists already, it would make more sense to pick a ďclassierĒ car with classic Bentley lines and more ďBritishĒ styling both inside & out. To some, that may be too old school but while the CGT SS is a great drive, itís a bit of an oddball in determining what it really is. Those who can afford one surely would not have only one car. A GTC Speed can deliver at least 85%+ of what the SS can do but with more comfort still and with a better identity for less $$. And other ď4-door-sedans-that-mimic-a-coupeĒ or outright full-size sedans are catching up fast with more new products on the horizon. So the GTC SS may have some tough competitions and a bit of an identity crisis as itís not distinctive enough from the ďregularĒ GTC/GTC Speed. As a car that does it all, this car comes close; but while the GTC SS may be a sweet car to drive, it might be challenging to convince someone to actually buy one.

Attached File(s)
Attached File  1.JPG ( 91.43K ) Number of downloads: 9
Attached File  2.JPG ( 74.56K ) Number of downloads: 8
Attached File  3.JPG ( 84.04K ) Number of downloads: 9
Attached File  4.JPG ( 80.08K ) Number of downloads: 8
Attached File  5.JPG ( 77.7K ) Number of downloads: 8
Attached File  6.JPG ( 92.03K ) Number of downloads: 8
Attached File  7.JPG ( 97.68K ) Number of downloads: 8
Attached File  8.JPG ( 97.22K ) Number of downloads: 8
Attached File  9.JPG ( 83.27K ) Number of downloads: 8
 
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Allan-Herbie
post Jul 25 2010, 08:57 AM
Post #2





Group Icon

Group: Moderators
Posts: 46,953
Joined: 3-September 04
From: HOLLYWOOD/SCOTTSDALE
Member No.: 5





I cant wait to get one.. Absolutely love it.


--------------------

87 Countach QV
98 Diablo SV Monterey Edition
02 Murcielago
05 Carrera GT
89 928S4
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Fortis
post Jul 25 2010, 09:07 AM
Post #3





Group Icon

Group: LPower VIP
Posts: 24,109
Joined: 1-April 06
Member No.: 7,524





I love the looks of the convertible specially the interior.

Thank you VCR for the write up, you are making car magazine buying redundant icon_thumleft.gif
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
VBUGKING
post Jul 25 2010, 09:45 AM
Post #4







Group: Bugatti Boys
Posts: 6,019
Joined: 17-January 06
Member No.: 6,539





Great write up, thanks for sharing. Decisions, decisions.....


--------------------

Instagram: Vbugking
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
donnie
post Jul 25 2010, 10:57 AM
Post #5




Lambo Owner
Group Icon

Group: LPower VIP
Posts: 1,472
Joined: 14-December 05
From: Toronto
Member No.: 6,049





QUOTE (VCR @ Jul 25 2010, 04:16 PM) *
Very nice car but...
The CF is bad looking too; itís neither clear/wet-look enough (to prevent glare?) nor opaque/dry-look enough; itís like a murky haze over the CF. What I really dislike is the lack of depth in the CF, in fact, thereís hardly any; one just canít see the CF layers; itís rather one-dimensional. The rest, again, more German than British.


iamwithstupid.gif

I`m a big CF fan but this is not lively CF. As you say it TOTALLY contradicts the other dash furniture.



--------------------


Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Nath4N
post Jul 25 2010, 07:20 PM
Post #6







Group: Official LP Member
Posts: 6,915
Joined: 3-July 07
From: Poland
Member No.: 11,539





Great write-up, as usual icon_thumleft.gif I'm a big fan of that car.
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Guest_Singulari_*
post Nov 10 2010, 02:03 PM
Post #7






Guests








I've actually sat in the Supersports (yes, it's actually called SuperSports not SuperSport) and to me, it feels very cramped in there (6 foot 3 inches).
It's funny that you mentioned the darkened grille. I actually HAD to pay extra $$ to chrome my grille instead of the bland black one. Hmm
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
donnie
post Nov 10 2010, 02:40 PM
Post #8




Lambo Owner
Group Icon

Group: LPower VIP
Posts: 1,472
Joined: 14-December 05
From: Toronto
Member No.: 6,049





QUOTE (Singulari @ Nov 10 2010, 04:09 PM) *
I actually HAD to pay extra $$ to chrome my grille instead of the bland black one. Hmm


I actually HAD to pay extra $$ to black my grille instead of the bling chrome one. Hmm


--------------------


Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Guest_Singulari_*
post Nov 11 2010, 06:32 PM
Post #9






Guests








QUOTE (donnie @ Nov 10 2010, 04:46 PM) *
I actually HAD to pay extra $$ to black my grille instead of the bling chrome one. Hmm


Sorry, let me clarify

Not the centre grille. The lower bumper ones
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Guest_Singulari_*
post Nov 12 2010, 07:21 PM
Post #10






Guests








Let me take out my pricing guide from the safe.

Exterior Styling ---> Exterior Fittings ---> (STF2JC) Bright Chromed Lower Bumper Matrix - $1,166.00
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Smash Boy
post Nov 13 2010, 03:45 PM
Post #11




PE


Group: Official LP Member
Posts: 8,468
Joined: 23-December 04
From: The Sand
Member No.: 1,098





Al, nice review as always.

If you had to choose one, price no object, would you pick the SS?

Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Guest_UnderScore instead of Singulari?_*
post Nov 13 2010, 08:06 PM
Post #12






Guests








QUOTE (Fellippe @ Nov 13 2010, 05:51 PM) *
Al, nice review as always.

If you had to choose one, price no object, would you pick the SS?


Being a current Bentley Owner, No. the SuperSports (IT CALLED SUPERSPORTS WITH AN S!!!) is way to uncomfortable. The Continental GT in the first place is uncomfortable in the first place. You can barely see out the windshield. The SuperSports has uncomfortable seats and I don't think it's worth paying the extra money for a more uncomfortable car.

Just me
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Fortis
post Nov 14 2010, 12:00 AM
Post #13





Group Icon

Group: LPower VIP
Posts: 24,109
Joined: 1-April 06
Member No.: 7,524





Underscore let's see some photos of your Bentley, what color did you go for?
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
porter
post Nov 14 2010, 10:05 AM
Post #14




LP Resident Ninja
Group Icon

Group: Moderators
Posts: 6,278
Joined: 9-January 05
From: Ninjatown
Member No.: 1,428





QUOTE (UnderScore instead of Singulari? @ Nov 13 2010, 11:12 PM) *
Being a current Bentley Owner, No. the SuperSports (IT CALLED SUPERSPORTS WITH AN S!!!) is way to uncomfortable. The Continental GT in the first place is uncomfortable in the first place. You can barely see out the windshield. The SuperSports has uncomfortable seats and I don't think it's worth paying the extra money for a more uncomfortable car.

Just me



You've got it wrong too. Bentley website states it's Supersports not SuperSports.
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Chipster
post Nov 14 2010, 10:14 AM
Post #15







Group: Official LP Member
Posts: 9,204
Joined: 10-July 05
From: Fairfax, VA
Member No.: 3,902





Lol, i'm guessing he meant Supersports rather than Supersport? I think they look pretty awesome. Never driven one but I'd like to someday


--------------------

15 Toyota Tundra Platinum -7" BDS, FUEL wheels and 37s, Total Chaos UCAs, MBRP
16 Prius C Persona Edition
74 Jaguar XJ6 British Racing Green over tan
66 Ford Mustang Coupe - Restomod PROJECT
SOLD: 91 Diablo - 19/19" Work VS - SP Eng Intakes - Fabspeed, 05 Gallardo - 6 speed, Arancio Borealis, Tubi exhaust, SL wing, 560 bumper, Bagged 67 Cadillac DeVille Coupe, 13 Harley Road Glide Custom - 30" wheel, air ride, 07 Suzuki Hayabusa - 330mm rear, lowered, Eclipse wheels
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
TRANSAMERA
post Nov 14 2010, 10:30 AM
Post #16







Group: Official LP Member
Posts: 12,691
Joined: 31-January 07
From: Gotham
Member No.: 9,294





QUOTE (porter @ Nov 14 2010, 12:11 PM) *
You've got it wrong too. Bentley website states it's Supersports not SuperSports.


LOL

Great writeup, thank youv ery much, what an awesome looking car! icon_thumleft.gif


--------------------

#lookatthatdude
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Guest_UnderScore instead of Singulari?_*
post Nov 15 2010, 12:07 AM
Post #17






Guests








Okay, I'll post pics of my vehicle next week. This forum thing is really confusing the heck out of me.
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Guest_UnderScore instead of Singulari?_*
post Nov 15 2010, 12:24 AM
Post #18






Guests








QUOTE (UnderScore instead of Singulari? @ Nov 15 2010, 02:13 AM) *
Okay, I'll post pics of my vehicle next week. This forum thing is really confusing the heck out of me.


Didn't know I couldn't edit my own posts.

Anyways, the forum confusing me part was that My Control panel is really confusing to use and I have to search for threads that I've posted before and sometimes lose track
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
kane00
post Nov 15 2010, 07:57 AM
Post #19




Lambo Owner
Group Icon

Group: LPower VIP
Posts: 2,203
Joined: 14-June 05
Member No.: 3,504





We just got this black/black one in over the weekend. Have some great lease programs for this car right now as well.


http://www.deserteuropean.com/inventory/82...ver_Beluga_2011

Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
VBUGKING
post Nov 15 2010, 08:19 AM
Post #20







Group: Bugatti Boys
Posts: 6,019
Joined: 17-January 06
Member No.: 6,539





QUOTE (kane00 @ Nov 15 2010, 12:03 PM) *
We just got this black/black one in over the weekend. Have some great lease programs for this car right now as well.


http://www.deserteuropean.com/inventory/82...ver_Beluga_2011


Nice car Keith, can you PM me the lease details for that one and your black/saddle GTC speed?

Aaron


--------------------

Instagram: Vbugking
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post

2 Pages V   1 2 >
Reply to this topicStart new topic
1 User(s) are reading this topic (1 Guests and 0 Anonymous Users)
0 Members:

 

Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 14th August 2018 - 06:02 AM

> Our Sponsors

your alt tag your alt tag' your alt tag' your alt tag