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Vehicle Overview
The great British motorcar maker Bentley unveiled a striking Continental GT coupe at the Paris Motor Show in September 2002. Serving as a successor to legendary Continentals of the distant past, the Continental GT won’t go on sale for a while.

Awaiting a major change in corporate structure during the 2003 model year, Bentley has dropped the standard Continental R coupe and its Azure convertible companion. Final Series special editions of the two-door Continental R Mulliner and Azure Mulliner have been introduced instead, and they will serve as the last examples of the company’s original presence. The Sport Touring package highlights Bentley’s performance heritage, while the Luxury Touring edition spotlights the company’s craftsmanship heritage. The Azure Mulliner sells for $369,990.

On Jan. 1, 2003, Volkswagen will take control of Bentley Motor Cars. At the same time, BMW will take the helm of Rolls-Royce. For many decades, Bentley has been the companion brand to Rolls-Royce. Bentley’s cars sell for slightly lower prices than those by Rolls-Royce. Both marques have ranked among the most costly and coveted motorcars in the world. Until the Volkswagen/BMW takeovers, the current organization continues to produce, sell and service both ultra-luxury makes.

Under Volkswagen’s stewardship, a new and smaller Bentley is expected to emerge and be priced significantly lower than today’s models. Many existing styling features, such a...
Vehicle Overview
The great British motorcar maker Bentley unveiled a striking Continental GT coupe at the Paris Motor Show in September 2002. Serving as a successor to legendary Continentals of the distant past, the Continental GT won’t go on sale for a while.

Awaiting a major change in corporate structure during the 2003 model year, Bentley has dropped the standard Continental R coupe and its Azure convertible companion. Final Series special editions of the two-door Continental R Mulliner and Azure Mulliner have been introduced instead, and they will serve as the last examples of the company’s original presence. The Sport Touring package highlights Bentley’s performance heritage, while the Luxury Touring edition spotlights the company’s craftsmanship heritage. The Azure Mulliner sells for $369,990.

On Jan. 1, 2003, Volkswagen will take control of Bentley Motor Cars. At the same time, BMW will take the helm of Rolls-Royce. For many decades, Bentley has been the companion brand to Rolls-Royce. Bentley’s cars sell for slightly lower prices than those by Rolls-Royce. Both marques have ranked among the most costly and coveted motorcars in the world. Until the Volkswagen/BMW takeovers, the current organization continues to produce, sell and service both ultra-luxury makes.

Under Volkswagen’s stewardship, a new and smaller Bentley is expected to emerge and be priced significantly lower than today’s models. Many existing styling features, such as large round headlights and a mesh grille, are likely to remain on the new model. It could reach the United States as early as 2003.

Like Rolls-Royce, Bentley has long been known for producing sumptuous sedans, in which the owner rides in back while a chauffeur does the driving. But the top-end British company also builds cars that are intended to be driven by those who are more sport-minded.

Exterior
Both the coupe and convertible are 210.8 inches long overall and share the same design as the Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible. Each is a few inches longer than the Cadillac DeVille and 5 inches shorter than the Lincoln Town Car.

The stately, stainless-steel Bentley grille sits up front on both models. Mulliner versions feature 18-inch wheels, wheel-arch flares, front air dams and a wire-mesh grille. Convertible versions have a power top that stows beneath a flush-fitting hard cover behind the seats. Each car weighs more than 5,400 pounds.

Interior
Two-door Bentley models seat four occupants in a truly posh environment. Body-hugging sport seats are upholstered in two-tone leather. Buyers can choose from several types of interior wood trim. The power front seats move forward automatically when the backrest is tilted, which allows easier entry and exit to and from the rear seats. The seats have four memory positions.

Under the Hood
A 420-horsepower, turbocharged 6.75-liter Bentley V-8 engine powers each two-door Mulliner, and it teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
All two-door Bentleys have antilock brakes, traction control and automatic ride control. The front seat belts include pretensioners.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2003 Buying Guide
Posted on 11/20/02

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Continental received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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