Citing "exceptional security at speed, the ultimate exhilaration of getting there and the distinction, elegance and comfort in luxury that is an absolute," the editors of Robb Report have selected the Bentley Continental GT as the magazine’s 2004 Car of the Year.
In a cover piece authored by Editor-at-Large Paul Dean, the Continental GT was praised as "an ungoverned, 190-miles-per-hour supercar and the fastest four-seat family car in the world." Attesting to the Continental GT’s prowess, Robb Report lauds its 12-cylinder, twin turbocharged engine, which "pumps out an eager 552 horsepower and a highly useful 479 lb.ft of torque."
Robb Report editors were equally impressed by the Continental GT’s opulent interior, an eight-decade trademark of the fabled British car manufacturer. "No high-tech Kevlar, faux suedes, or long stretches of brushed aluminium here," Mr Dean writes. "Just those signature mirror-matched grains in the woods and veneers, peerless and unblemished hides, and carpets more expensive than most shoes, all of which creates an aura of modest indulgence."
Now in its 28th year, Robb Report is the international authority on the luxury lifestyle. Each month, the magazine, published by Curtco Robb Media in Malibu, California, reports on issues and trends affecting the affluent market, with coverage of exclusive events and features on exceptional automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft, art, jewellery, watches, fashion, travel, homes, wines, spirits and cigars.
This honour follows several other significant awards recently bestowed on the Continental GT including the award as the "Most Beautiful Car in the World 2003" awarded by a distinguished Italian jury of car journalists, designers, stylist and industry luminaries.
In addition the Continental GT also received two awards from the prestigious ‘Eyes On Design’ jury as the 'most significant production car' and a separate prize for 'most significant production car – exterior design' at the 2003 North American International Auto Show.Published 26 January 2004