2002 Bentley Continental Review

Pros & Cons

  • More torque than any other production model available, prestige factor, sumptuous interior.
  • Many more cars are technologically superior, you can get matching his-hers-and-baby's Mercedes-Benz CL500s for the price of one Bentley.
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The Continental coupe lacks the sleek body and technological feast of its less-expensive competitors, but these Bentleys pour out staggering amounts of power and are hand-stitched to suit. It's all a matter of priorities, we suppose.

Vehicle overview

It's just so vexing. You pay a princely sum for an Aston Martin DB7 Vantage, but the meager 400 pound-feet of torque rein you in. Darn it, it's just a plain laggard when you're trying to pass that supersonic Concorde! For those times when you just gotta have more, Bentley proudly presents the Continental Coupes. The Continental is the only Bentley that doesn't share its underpinnings with any of the Rolls-Royce hooligans. It is available in two configurations, the R and the T. The Continental R is the four-seat coupe equipped with a turbocharged 6.75-liter V8 brewing forth 400 horses and 590 lb-ft of torque.

Opt for the sport-tuned Continental T, and you'll get a shortened wheelbase, lowered and firmer suspension, a wider track and, most importantly, a specially tuned engine. Does a staggering 650 lb-ft of torque that literally bellows to life at the touch of a starter button sound appealing to you? We'll bet it does. You'll also get the pleasure of boasting the greatest peak torque output of any production car in the world. Riding on 18-inch alloy wheels, it quickly hustles this 5,401-pound leviathan from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds.

You can also get a Mulliner edition, a Bentley fresh from Gold's Gym, for both the Continental T and R, with the capacity to surge from standstill to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, thanks to a 420-horse engine and made possible by a water-cooled turbocharger. Upgraded antiroll bars (40 percent stiffer at the front, 20 percent out back) provide Velcro-like grip on the road, and the Mulliner has a quicker steering rack. Meanwhile, a Le Mans edition for the R will give you some wicked styling cues such as twin exhaust pipes and flared arches.

Handling all those horses so that the driver doesn't go hog wild are a viscous limited-slip differential to distribute power evenly, four-wheel disc brakes with four-wheel ABS, Automatic Ride Control (ARC) that provides computer control of the suspension dampers to optimize ride comfort and handling, as well as an electronic stability control and traction control system to aid the driver under adverse driving circumstances.

Inside, you'll find hand-stitched Connolly leather as lustrous as Robert Redford's hair, hand-finished wood trim and thick Wilton lamb's wool carpets covering just about every surface in any color you desire. A cellular telephone, power remote outside mirrors and a six-disc CD changer with remote control mounted in the front seat armrest are some of the standard features. Each Continental is hand-made to order (much like a BK Whopper) and fully equipped; no factory-installed options are available.

Yes, the Bentley Continental is a sight to behold (and a rare one at that) as well as a blistering performer. It possesses a heavy, bulbous presence (much like Brando during the past two decades), lacking the sleek, aerodynamic look and technological marvel of competitors like the Aston Martin Vanquish or even the "lowly" Mercedes-Benz CL600. Given the huge disparity in price, we can't come up with many reasons to recommend the Bent over others, aside from the mind-boggling torque.

2002 Highlights

This ultra-luxe sport coupe was introduced in 1991, with the high-performance Continental T joining the clan in 1996. For 2002, 50 lucky people can lay claim to the Continental R Le Mans Series with special badging and leather interior, flared wheel arches, red brake calipers and twin exhaust pipes. Only 18 are headed to the colonies, however.

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Al's Bent
Al Edmond,08/04/2002
Its been the greastest car i have ever owned, i get looks from everyone and the girls just come and run to me when im in it.
i love this car!
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Big Balla,03/31/2002
Great Car, but only for the financially stable.... Ha! Rides and handles great, awesome acceleration.

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Used 2002 Bentley Continental Overview

The Used 2002 Bentley Continental is offered in the following submodels: Continental Coupe, Continental R Mulliner, Continental T Mulliner, Continental T. Available styles include T Mulliner 2dr Coupe (6.8L 8cyl Turbo 4A), R 2dr Coupe (6.8L 8cyl Turbo 4A), R Le Mans 2dr Coupe (6.8L 8cyl Turbo 4A), R Mulliner 2dr Coupe (6.8L 8cyl Turbo 4A), and T 2dr Coupe (6.8L 8cyl Turbo 4A).

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Should I lease or buy a 2002 Bentley Continental?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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