Bentley’s newest head-turner


The latest two-door stunner from plush car-maker Bentley is making its Australasian debut in Queenstown this week. 

The silver 2011 Continental GT Coupe, transported from England to New Zealand by plane, has a 12-strong group of Australian and Kiwi journalists taking it for a spin during launch week, which ends tomorrow. 

Bentley’s regional coordinator Ian Churchill says Wakatipu routes are perfect for test drives. 

“This car is about timing, it’s about beautiful roads, beautiful scenery and uncompromised driving – and what I have just described is synonymous with Queenstown.” 

The car’s hand-crafted interior, mind-boggling sound system and a 12-cylinder, six litre twin-turbo engine would leave most petrolheads drooling – but not the $395,000 price tag. And the 1927 vintage version parked alongside – one of three classic Bentleys touring with the coupe and owned by Ashburton’s Bruce McIlroy – is worth twice as much, Churchill says. 

Since the original coupe came out in 2003, 23,000 Bentley coupes have been bought worldwide.