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Bentley Continental GT review – interior and tech

A highlight of the Continental GT. Defined by superb build quality, sumptuous materials and a slick integration of tech

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  • Astonishing ability for such a big car; raw performance; refinement; cabin quality
  • W12 GT not as accomplished as the V8 to drive; chassis feels like it could take more power and focus

If the Continental GT’s regality and statesmanship doesn’t already reinforce its placement in the upper echelons of motoring, the interior will certainly drive that notion home. The cabin is extremely plush, with a combination of superb build quality, materials, and technology that’s at once contemporary and sumptuous in a balance that’s been finely trodden by Bentley’s designers.

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A real highlight is the optional rotating display, something that some might call a novelty, but the ability to retract the screen when not in use and instead enjoy finely wrought analogue dials and the finely detailed accompanying physical switches is one of modern motoring’s great pleasures.

Owners would be wise to specify carefully, though, as it’s not difficult to tread down a path towards tacky.

Peer underneath all of the perfectly finished veneer and waxy leather and you will find an architecture similar to that of the Panamera, but, and it must be stressed, it remains one of the most, if not the most, impressive cabins in any car at any price point.

That aforementioned connection to the Panamera also shows itself in the infotainment, which is also no bad thing. The system isn’t quite the most intuitive available, but with exposure it’s never irritating to use. There are also enough physical controls within the cabin to only need to enter the screen’s lower menus for very specific tasks such as connecting phones or changing the interior ambient lighting.

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