Styling is important, but at Bentley it is trumped by performance. In Wales last month, the BBC’s Top Gear ran a 620-horsepower Continental GT Speed, straight off the factory floor and complete with doubleglazed windows and electric door latches, against racing cars half its size in the World Rally Championship. Time and speed are closely guarded secrets until the show airs, in February, but the Bentley crushed the gravel course, with its two jumps and two water crossings. And last year Bentley set the world ice-speed record with this car: 205.48 mph on the frozen Baltic Sea in Finland.
Perhaps James Bond should go back to Bentley. After all, his initial is already on the car.
Silvio Calabi is a member of the New England and International Motor Press associations.