In the last couple decades, Bentley has been dominating the ultra-luxury market in a very big way, and cars like this 2006 Continental GT are the reason why. Born from the short-lived VW Phaeton, it's the ultimate in both performance and luxury. Featured in a murdered-out matte black wrap stretched tight over its original livery, it's certainly not subtle, but if you're the kind of guy who kicks in a door to announce your arrival, this is your car. And you 'll get there fast with the insanely fast 6.0L Twin-Turbo W12 engine under the hood, grinning like a fool as you cycle through the 6-speed floppy-paddle automatic. A low-mileage, gorgeous exotic with unrivaled speed and style for a fraction of the original retail price, is this even real?
With just two doors and a close-coupled body, you are nevertheless struck by its presence-this sucker is big! But there's power in every curve, from the broad front end filled by those iconic mesh Bentley grilles to the gracefully bunched rear quarters that look like a big cat ready to pounce. Professionally wrapped in a matte black wrap that was applied the right way, this GT Coupe looks a lot more sinister than it did when it was new. Sure, you'll find that typical, world-class Bentley paint underneath the wrap should you ever want to go back-to-stock (it was originally silver), but we really love this custom, bespoke look. The fit and finish of the thick, durable vinyl wrap is in great shape, stretched uniformly with an even application that only the top shops can reach. All the lights, chrome, and emblems were neatly cut-out, along with the mirrors and handles, so as far as the naked eye can see, this looks like a full matte-black paint job. The only betrayals are the covered-up parking sensors, the unwrapped door jambs, and the 'B' inside the Bentley winged badges fore and aft was covered to match to add a little mystery to the curb appeal. And of course, the bodywork is exemplary, built to the highest of British standards. Every panel is carefully fitted and if any part doesn't measure up to their demanding quality standards, it's pulled and replaced before the car even goes out the door. You'll be surprised by how easily the big doors open and seal, and how amazingly smooth the car is overall. For nearly $170K when new, that kind of extraordinary craftsmanship should be expected. Even so, you aren't prepared for how nice this car really is in person. Sure, it's had some miles on the clock and the wrap isn't the same insane quality as a genuine Bentley finish, but the custom matte look is so incredibly cool over this luxurious exotic.
That goes double for the interior, which is covered in acres of Saddle leather and lots of individually mirrored and unbleached Burr Walnut wood veneer on the dash fascia, door panels, and console. These ultra-soft premium hides are amazingly comfortable and the seats underneath are supportive enough for the dramatic sporting moves this Bentley delivers. There are a few incredibly small signs of use on the soft stuff (the leather can't be both that pillowy soft and completely impervious to wear), a mark or two on the door cards and center console that could be eliminated with a thorough detail, and the headliner is showing the early stages of sagging. Other than that, we're talking about a hyper-luxurious finish that makes anyone that sits inside instantly feel like royalty. Always meant to be a driver's car, there's a complete array of instrumentation with big, legible analog dials and lots of technology that makes life easier without being obtrusive. All the shiny bits are real metal that's been chrome plated like it was going on a Pebble Beach show car, and every switch and lever feels hefty, so the quality is literally tangible in everything you touch. That beautiful steering wheel is hand-stitched and features multi-functions at a finger-length reach, there's a Breitling branded timepiece in the center of the dash, and all that beautiful Saddle leather on the headliner, center console, and dash is as high-end as the hand-stitched hides on the seats. The back seats are just as sporty and fit two people comfortably, and the trunk was built with cross-country travel in mind, beautifully finished and very spacious.
You'll delight in the way the 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine seemingly defies the laws of physics. Nothing this big should be this fast, but with continuous all-wheel-drive and a quick-witted 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift facility behind the steering wheel and at the gear lever, this is a heavyweight that can humiliate anything this side of a ZR1 Corvette, and even then, it's fast enough to keep things interesting. It hurtles ahead like a cannonball, the power so smooth that you aren't aware of how fast you're going until you're well into felony territory, and just then the rear Aerofoil automatically deploys and practically taunts you to hit the throttle a little harder. Bentley engineers also managed to endow it with exemplary road manners and handling that's the equal of its acceleration thanks to a top-of-the-line air suspension with manual driver adjustment for ride height and damper settings, and the power disc brakes are some of the largest ever fitted to a production car. And thanks to VW engineering behind it, it turns out that these are some of the most reliable supercars ever built. Bright chrome 19-inch wheels feature matte-black center caps, and they all carry massive 275/40/19 Michelin performance rubber that plant the power.
With great care throughout the years, this well-maintained Continental GT is available for a fraction of its original price, and it's wearing a slick new black suit for any occasion. If any ultra-luxury exotic has ever been considered a screaming bargain, this is it. Call today!