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5th November 2015 |

I’m A Bentley Get me Outta Here!

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here is due to return to our screens shortly, providing a mass strike of airport staff around Australia doesn’t throw too much of a spanner in the works. But until another bunch of Z listers don the caci shorts and shirt and munch down on a dinner of various animal testicles, there’s something else that has been making a right bloody racket in the old outback.

No it isn’t Ant and Dec’s long lost triplet, it is in fact the new Continental GT. When it came to testing out the top speed, Bentley weren’t content with the usual stab in the dark, backed by scientific figures of what the car could do if fully unleashed on the road. But with only a few roads in the world providing a suitable outlet to max out the new GT, they were a tad limited on where to take it.

Que a nice PR opportunity and of course, a conveniently nice location for those involved to get away to – the Australian outback.

The road in question is impressive to say the least. Named the Stuart Highway, Stuart himself must have been in no rush to get anywhere as it stretches over 1,760 miles from Darwin down south to Augusta. To put it into perspective that’s the equivalent of driving from Penzance in the most southern point of Cornwall to Halkirk at the very top of Scotland and back again. The difference with the Stuart Highway however, is the 120 miles of derestricted road between Alice Springs and Barrow Creek, where the speed limit is no obstacle.

Bentley’s latest GT weighs in at a heavyweight total of 5,000 pounds, for the large part due to a 6 lite, twin turbo pumping out 626 horsepower! To boot it kicks out 607 pound-feet of torque at the drivers command resulting in some serious shift!

Having travelled all the way to ‘Stralia it was only fitting an Aussie get behind the wheel to open the new Bentley up and who better than Australian race legend John Bowe.

“This isn’t a modified racecar; it’s a luxurious grand touring road car fresh off the production line. It took us a little over a minute to go from a standstill to 206 mph. That’s extraordinary. Even when you break through the 200 mph barrier, the GT Speed just keeps accelerating.”

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