On paper, the Bentley Continental sounds amazing. It has all of the necessary ingredients to make it that dream car on the face of the proverbial teenage boy’s supercar poster. It is also utterly, fantastically ridiculous. For starters, prices for a Continental begin at an astronomical $180,000 for a base car that’s about as barren and boring as Ashley Herbert’s chest. Options can take you upwards of $230k and fast.
Of course, the overall purpose of the car can’t be overlooked. It’s about as track focused as a three legged dog, and, despite it’s size, it will only fit two and a half people comfortably. But capacity doesn’t matter much as the Continental’s forte is an abundance of luxury. Drivers are surrounded with a beautiful cabin put together using the finest materials and seats that are made out of Angelina Jolie’s lips (or so we hear). So what we have here is a $200k super commuter for rich bankers who like to get from point A to B in the most unpractical way possible while single-handedly causing global warming with an astounding 11 mpg fuel rating.
Then there’s the power. All four wheels help put down over 550-horsepower from a 6.0L W12 engine. Yes, that’s a W, as in we’ve just bolted two V6 engines together and gave it life. At some point some engineer at Bentley must have gotten sick of the standard process of putting additional cylinders in front of each other and proposed the idea of just making the engine wider and fatter.
The problem is, the styling department also got that memo because honestly, is this not a hideous looking vehicle? If a rich banker parked their Bentley Continental next to a beached Beluga Whale, you would be very hard-pressed to tell the difference. There’s no sense of clean lines or sharp features. Instead, the Continental is bulgy, rounded, and bloated from about every angle, pretty much the antithesis of what we look for in the design of a car (see: Lamborghini Gallardo Superlegerra).
But that’s just our opinion. What do you think of the Bentley Continental? A beached whale or thing of beauty?