Somewhere over the rainbow, and across the seas, is an island of some size. It has hardly ever been invaded. Napoleon couldn’t do it. The Germans in two world wars couldn’t either. And when the Spanish Armada tried, they sailed into a sea of storms.
But this plucky island’s inhabitants have certainly done numerous invasions. And the latest will be in South Africa, sometime this year. What they’re invading with, however, is a force we’ll all be welcoming in our harbours with open arms, ready to shower flowers upon it.
“The Bentley is coming!”
Right now, in England’s Bentley factory, a car is being lovingly hand-built… perhaps for you and your own hands to grasp the gears and the steering wheel. Because we should see it here before the end of the year.
We personally, from the previews we’ve seen, think it will be a new standard-bearer of elegance and style. It will be the epitome of the grand tourer (for those unfamiliar with the term, it simply means a car designed for comfortable long-distance touring).
Designed to be slick.
As you can see from the design, it has some trappings of the fabulous old sports car look, but this is a robust, fresh feel – it almost seems like the car is alive with panache and slick attitude. Forgive us for saying this, Aston Martin, but perhaps like the vehicle version of a young James Bond. Just don’t have a martini, neither shaken nor stirred, before climbing in. Or any other drink for that matter.
The new Bentley also allows for customisation of the interior. You can choose from a selection of fabrics that suits you best – so it has your personal touch.
Expect a stunning interior experience, what with its handcrafted veneer sweeps from the doors laden with fascia – which enwraps the driver and the front passenger.
Touch and twist.
Meanwhile, the new intelligent and intuitive digital features will really make this a vivid driving thrill ride. With a digital display visible through the steering wheel, GPSing wherever you’re going could not be easier. The Bentley will feature both physical buttons and dials as well as a touchscreen interface – which is to our liking. All-touchscreen infotainment systems are a problem in that you can end up taking your eyes off the road for a little too long.
With physical dials you have a better sense of where things should be and what you should be doing while keeping eyes locked outside the windscreen.
The power to perform.
The Bentley comes with a 6.0 litre 12-cylinder engine. Now that’s power! Raw power! Enough to be extremely exhilarating no matter whether you’re driving in town or a trip to the coast. With four full-sized seats, this isn’t just a lad’s car – but one the whole family can enjoy.
In addition, it has an all-wheel drive – which means power gets to the front tyres when they need it. You have more control over more terrains – even if the road gets a bit rough like a rowdy grouch on the streets of Johannesburg.
There’re also four modes to use when driving, with Comfort optimising the vehicle for luxury cruising. Sport, of course (as the name suggests), is more robust and allows for a more rocket-fired ride.(Useful when there’s a bit of congestion on the highway and you want to weave through traffic quickly.)
Then there’s Bentley mode, a combination of the two modes (and probably will be our favourite one). Finally, there’s Custom. Which you can… you know… custom.
It’s also an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission vehicle, with top speed attained at six gear. So, what are the other two for?
Well, they’re actually designed purely with cruising in mind – both are different cruise control setting-based gears..
This really is a luxury ride, one that will have you planning day-trips simply to enjoy getting out and about in one of the most stunning cars to be coming out this year.