2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S: Around The Block

Patrick M Hoey

You might not have much sympathy for anyone fortunate enough to be debating whether to buy the 2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S coupe or the convertible. You might be even less sympathetic to hear we assigned ourselves the odious task of driving the cars back-to-back to help those lucky souls pick between the two body styles. Hey, this is important consumer advice.

Aside from the part above your head, the two versions don't differ much mechanically. With a twin-turbo V-8 engine tuned to deliver 521 hp, and an eight-speed automatic transmission divvying up 502 pound-feet of torque, acceleration is stupendous. The Bentley's immense weight creates a moment of lethargy pulling away from a stop before the wall of torque presses shoulder blades into leather seats. The Continental GT has more power than our Four Seasons 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and the GTs are only negligibly slower than it to 60 mph—0.5 second slower for the coupe and 0.7 slower for the convertible.

Plenty of cars provide rocket-ship acceleration, but few match the way the 2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S glides down the road. First, though, we set the four-mode adaptive suspension to the softest setting to erase the battle scars of southeast Michigan's well-worn I-94. Bumps over expansion joints are notable simply because they're the first road imperfection transmitted to the occupants in miles. The composed ride isn't the only awe-inspiring part of the experience. Windows closed, the cabin is so quiet you can hear the whirring of the motors for the seat massagers. Touch the flawless hand-stitched leather, and silently thank the ladies in Crewe for their hard work. Crank up the 1100-watt Naim sound system to hear entirely new chords in "Layla."

So, the 2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S is wonderful. As to our original question, we pick the convertible. If you're going to flaunt your wealth and beauty in an opulent two-door car, it may as well have an open roof. All the better for others to see who's behind the wheel, all the better for you to revel in the joy of six-figure motoring, all the easier to hear the baritone exhaust when you open the taps.

It's a tough choice, but somebody has to make it.

2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Specifications

Base price $199,225 (coupe), $219,925 (convertible)
Price as tested $231,470 (coupe), $246,385 (convertible)
Engine 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8
Power 521 hp
Torque 502 lb-ft
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Drive All-wheel
Fuel economy 15/24 mpg (city/highway, coupe), 14/24 mpg (convertible)
Cargo capacity 12.6 cu-ft (coupe), 9.18 cu-ft (convertible)
John Engelman
A 2015 ZO6 and a 2016 CTS-V!
Zka Foolek
Convertible. DREAM
Ravikanth Sagaram
Black colour convertible with white and red colour upholstery
Stefan Theuma
George Nallathamby
James Brooks
Steve Hermeyer
Droptop. So long as it's not black.
Dean Whikehart
Abdulkarem Manaf
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Keith Harding
Nice one Jake. You will have to drive a Mulsanne and give us your comments on the "flagship" of the Bentley range!
Joe Lussier
I used to think that too, but in recent years I look at the Cayman/ Boxter and think the Cayman is much better looking...although it's a toss-up for me on the Bentley...as if it matters :)
Mazi Mort
Jeetendra Kushwah
Hunter Gray
Freddie Redding II get bent bitch
Freddie Redding II
like you????
Renauldo Caldwell
Coupe grey exterior and red leather interior.
Kyree S. Williams
My pick is the Mulsanne, but failing that, I'd go with the Continental GT coupe.
Susan Cowan
As long as it's red, I don't care!
Ron Cuellar
Neither. A bloat of an automobile.
Boris Klacar Raski
Convertible, looks more sexy :-)
Rick Mente
Never cared for convertibles.
Hunter Gray
What a waste of money resources and fuel.
Aryan Raj

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