Carbon Ceramic Brakes ($16,500); Naim for Bentley Premium Audio System ($6,900); Adaptive Cruise Control ($3,040); Convenience Specification ($2,820 -- includes rearview camera, power trunk lid, lumbar massage and iPod interface ); Contrast Stitching in Magnolia ($1,000); Veneer Door and Rear Quarter Panels ($900); Dark Brown Roof ($800); Boot Carpet to Match Interior Color ($600); Deep Pile Overmats Front and Rear ($450); Embossed "Bentley" Seat Facings ($400); Alloy Fuel Filler Cap ($290).
5,998cc (366 cu-in)
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
600 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
553 @ 1,750
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Doesn't like pedal overlap, so there's a fine line with brake-torquing for a launch. First gear is very short, then it gets into a logical rhythm. Upshifts (even in Sport) take longer than I would've expected. Deceptively fast with a nice engine/exhaust note.
Monster brakes with monster capability. Needed some heat to work, though. First few runs in medium suspension setting and last with firm seemed to help. Even so, there's some dive, with highly controlled rebound.
Skid pad: There are a lot of variables at work here: AWD (obviously rear-biased), very awkward weight distribution and a ton of turbo power. Can be steered with throttle. Very subtle trimming of orbit with ESP on. Slalom: WAY better in slalom than anticipated. NOT nose-heavy, NOT reluctant to turn in. Quick/precise steering, ample rotation on/off throttle and enough front-tire bite from AWD to save the day at the final cone. Very, very good and better than it needed to be.