Monday, March 27, 2006
Bentley Continental GT
I have driven the Bentley GT -- and this is utterly true:
WSJ: "The $171,285 Continental GT's 12-cylinder twin-turbo engine cranks out 552 horsepower. But that's not why the car makes you feel like a master of the universe. It's the 479 foot-pounds of torque. With that much oomph going to all four wheels, it's child's play to outrun rival motorists at a stop light, or pass some slow-poking compact car on a two-lane road. I couldn't help thinking, "Out of my way, peasants," as I dawdled in traffic, hemmed in by Cadillacs and Lexuses and other representatives of the lower orders.
At 80 miles per hour on the freeway, the Bentley doesn't come close to breaking a sweat. The cabin is eerily quiet, unless of course you decide to crank up the sound system. Electronic sentries stand watch at all corners of your rolling throne room, automatically lowering the car to improve aerodynamics at high speed and maintaining traction when you choose, in your infinite wisdom, to negotiate a corner at slightly more than the recommended speed.
The Bentley also gets attention -- very respectful attention. This car costs more than the homes that many Americans live in, and people know it.
Now, why won't they pull to the side of the road, and let me by?"
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