2002 Bentley Continental T review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 21 October 2006 , 10:10:22 byEmil

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Bentley Continental T

The 2002 Bentley Continental T is mainly described by a muscular bodywork that implies high levels of performance and it was designed to please even the most demanding of sporting drivers. Its concentrated power is emphasized by its lowered and firmer suspension, its shortened wheelbase, as well as its wider track. The engineers specially tuned the 6.75-liter engine which raises a maximum output of 420 bhp and 875 Nm of peak torque, one that exceeds that of a Ferrari Maranello. This power allows the Continental T to cover the 0-100 km/h sprint in only 5.7 seconds, reaching a top speed of 273 km/h. A road-tester from Car magazine stated that the car featured tireless brakes, outstanding handling, huge performance, as well as rumbustious sound-effects. The engine-turned aluminum fascia and trim featuring single-colour dark hide, successfully match the Continental T's intensity of character.

Characterised by muscular bodywork that suggests towering high-performance, the close-coupled Bentley Continental T was designed to thrill the most demanding of sporting drivers.

With its shortened wheelbase, lowered and firmer suspension, and a wider track, its design is an exercise in concentrated power.

The 6.75-litre turbocharged engine is specially tuned to develop a staggering 420 bhp (312kW) 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 the 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. And the brakes? A Continental T can be brought smoothly from 100mph to a standstill in less than five seconds. The most powerful production Bentley ever made both challenges and rewards its driver. 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 facia 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 Bentley Mulliner, owners can create a unique specification of their dreams.