Bentley wanted to express its “well-being behind the wheel” philosophy with the launch of the Azure range. The new S trim level for the Continental GT and the Continental GTC convertible variant is part of the British automaker's commitment to raising the level of driving pleasure even higher by introducing exclusive exterior details and many new interior features, as well. The aim was to accentuate the sportiness of the models to the max but there are not many changes on the technical level. At first glance, the Continental S stands out from the normal range for its glossy black radiator grille, dark front and rear lights, distinctive S logo and winged Bentley badge with shiny chrome lettering. Glossy black mudguards frame the new dedicated 22-inch wheels that complete the exterior look.
There is leather everywhere
The interiors express superior quality and sophistication. A two-tone colour scheme was chosen for the range and the focus is on top-notch onboard comfort. S-version Bentley Continental GT or GTC owners can enjoy the suede leather feel of the Dinamica fabric on the steering wheel, gear lever, seat cushion and backrest, which is a far cry from the rope wound around the steering wheels by the drivers of the first Bentleys competing in the gruelling races at Brooklands and Le Mans in a bid to reduce vibrations and achieve a more secure grip. The S badge is also proudly displayed on the head restraints. The rims come in two sizes, 22 or 21 inches.
The exhaust sound has changed
There is nothing new under the bonnet. The engine is the known 4.0-litre V8 delivering 542 hp and 770 Nm capable of going from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4 seconds. The exhaust sound has changed and is now more bombastic and incisive to emphasise the sportiness of the model. Handling is more agile and responsive thanks to the new Bentley Dynamic Ride 48V electric active anti-roll system offered for the first time on a model made by the Crewe-based automaker. By generating 1300 Nm in 0.3 seconds, the motors inside the anti-roll bars actively compensate cornering forces to minimise body roll, while improving driving comfort at cruising speed by decoupling the left and right wheels.