The history of Bentley Motorcars is a long and interesting one that reaches back to 1919 when the company was first formed. Today, it is owned by Volkswagen AG who, it is said, has invested some $2 billion in modernizing facilities and rebuilding the brand. Its still mainly hand-built motorcars are produced in extremely limited editions, including the 2014 Bentley Continental GTC. In 2014, only four models were produced by the automaker totaling only 10,000 vehicles. Thankfully, the Continental GTC convertible was one of them. By 2014, demand was consistently exceeding production. If there’s anything to be said about the 2014 Bentley Continental GTC, it would be first, that in today’s automotive world, it is relatively rare. But rarity is not enough. Not nearly enough for this revived brand. Sure, it offers the expected amenities of a Bentley, but it also provides improved handling and contemporary style. The 2014 Bentley Continental GTC says you have arrived, even before you get there.
Sometimes Less is More
The 2014 Bentley Continental comes in a choice of power plants including the sometimes infamous W12 configurations. But in 2014, the brand introduced a new, lighter V-8, that decreased the weight of the 5,000+ lb. vehicle and substantially improved its handling. Change does sometimes ruffle feathers, but many soon discovered the benefits of a lighter, more agile Bentley and the 2014 Bentley Continental GTC was it. This has helped continue Bentley’s march away from a sometimes perceived image as a stodgy brand. It is once again relevant and on the path to stylish, classic looks along with performance on the road, and in life.
The downside of the Bentley’s limited production is the choices that are also a bit restrained. Your only transmission option is an 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive is similarly limited. This is not necessarily a negative, however, as Bentley is becoming extremely good at what it offers, rather than simply offering more. With a zero to 60 range of just over 4 seconds, this Bentley is impressive for its size and weight, but don’t kid yourself about getting the pink slips of a Lambo or Maserati. Just smile and nod. You have chosen substance over raw power.
An Impeccable Interior
Bentley has never lost sight of the importance of well-crafted interiors in welcoming driver and passengers, but to be honest, rear passengers of the 2014 Bentley Continental GTC may be a bit cozy. Bentley has decided to leave most of the space for its forward passengers. In that it has done a magnificent job, not only in space but in styling, leathers are rich and woods are world class. The Bentley successfully combines old-world analog gauges with an intuitive touchscreen for its infotainment system. It is quite remarkable, really, how they merge technology with tradition. There’s a richness here that some others brand have tried decades to imitate. Sitting in the 2014 Bentley Continental GTC is a bit like watching a sporting event from the owner’s suite. You’ve got the best view.
Not Your Father’s Bentley
If Dad had the means to own a Bentley, even he would be impressed. This is a brand that is no longer interested in simply piling on amenities. It smartly chooses what’s important and exterior style has become an increasing priority. It maintains its stately appearance while embracing a more aerodynamic look. The bold grille becomes a tad bit more understated and the lines a little more sleek. The rear wheel haunches remain but in a less prominent fashion. This is one attractive convertible that will make you embrace your youth no matter what your age. There’s something to be said about being proud yet being discreet. The 2014 Bentley Continental GTC is both. It knows from where it came, but more importantly, it knows where it’s going. Perhaps it can take you along for the ride.