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2019 Bentley Continental GT – Power, Luxury, and Comfort

2019 Bentley Continental GT

Bentley has done it again. They have made the impossible possible. A vehicle as luxurious, and as heavy as the Continental GT should not be able to accelerate as fast as it should. And it definitely should not hit the top speed that it does. But it does. How did Bentley do it? With superb engineering.

Engineering great vehicles have always been at the core of Bentley’s history. Its founder W.O. Bentley loved to race and had the motto, “To Build a good car, a fast car, the best in class.” And so he began engineering and building fast cars, and that heritage continues until today.

Bentley’s luxury heritage comes from its close relationship with Rolls-Royce starting in the 1930s until the 1970s when the company was bought and sold a couple of times. It eventually became part of the Volkswagen Group in 1998 and continued to be until today.

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The Exterior

The exterior of the Continental GT is stunning. Its long and low body is full of sharp curves and lines that seem to be shaped by the elements. The grill is impressive with headlights reminiscent of cat eyes. But it is the wheels that complete the look and make it a fantastic grand tourer. No other “GT” looks like this, and other “GT” acts like it either.

The Interior

As you can imagine, the interior of the Bentley Continental GT is lavish. True to its heritage, the Bentley team has created a new standard in interior car design. The options available or the interior can run you up to $100K with a wide range of handcrafted veneered or double veneered surfaces. The hides that are available are hand cut, and hand stitched, including diamond-in-diamond quilting, so that you can be surrounded by absolute luxury. All buttons, handles, and switches are made with chrome-dipped solid metal, which just screams quality. Surprisingly, the back is not too bad and can accommodate two average-sized adults.

 

The Engine

It is the engine that makes this masterpiece of a vehicle what it is. The Continental GT is equipped with a 626 horsepower 6.0L Twin-Turbo W12 engine. Transferring that immense power to the wheels is an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, sending the vehicle to 60 Mph in just 3.6 seconds, and topping it out at 207 Mph. There are also four different driving modes, including Bentley Mode, which is the best combination of sport and comfort.

As W.O. Bentley put it so well, they built a good car, a fast car, and the best in its class. A company that stays true to its founding is a company that will endure the test of time. We at the European Service Center understand Bentley like nobody else. We have been servicing European cars, including Bentleys for 35 years.

Our highly trained and ASE certified service mechanics have the skills and tools to inspect, diagnose, and repair any issue your Bentley may be having. Furthermore, we offer a 3-year / 36,000-mile warranty on all of our work for that extra peace of mind. Schedule your visit today.

Brake Repair Services

Brake Repair

The use for brakes naturally arose when humans began traveling using transportation techniques other than their legs. Whether it is by land, air or sea, the need for brakes mitigates the risk of accidents which cause injuries and even death. With the popular rise of the automobile in the United States, accidents became a daily occurrence. However, two things occurred which increased fatalities: 1.) High-speed highways became the norm, and 2.) Vehicles became cheaper but more powerful.
Since fatalities from car accidents were on the rise, society realized that safety standards need to be developed and enforced to protect consumers. So, by 1970, the National Highway Traffic Administration was formed to combat the rise in fatalities and instill a culture of “safety first” in automobile design.
Recently, the NHTA is now adding the need for an Automatic Emergency Braking feature to qualify for a 5-star rating. So, having a well-designed braking system is a big part of an overall process of avoiding injury from car accidents. But how do car brakes work?

How Brakes Work

Understanding how brakes work will help you look out or any irregularities in your braking system, therefore increasing safety on the road for everyone. The braking systems of today use multiple sensors and electronics to stop a car as quickly as possible. Nonetheless, the primary braking system is still used.
When you press the braking pedal, that pressure moves a piston in the master cylinder, forcing braking fluid to enter the brake lines to the calipers and wheel cylinders. The force applied to the brake pedal is therefore proportional to the force applied to the pistons.
The calipers in disk brakes and wheel cylinders in drum brakes are connected to disk pads and braking shoes respectively. The pistons push the disk pads or braking shoes onto the rotor or wall, causing friction and resulting in the decreased rotation of the wheel.

Components of the Braking System

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Braking systems include either disk brakes or drum brakes. Disk Brakes are comprised of a disc/rotor, calipers, disk pads and hardware necessary to mount the components to the car. The caliper is connected to the hoses and wires that send the braking fluid when the brake pedal is depressed.
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Drum brakes are comprised of a drum/braking plate, brake shoes, a wheel cylinder, and hardware to mount the components. The wheel cylinder is connected to the hoses and wires send the braking fluid when the brake pedal is depressed.

Braking Fluid

Water used to be used as a braking fluid in the past. However, the braking process causes temperatures to rise past the boiling point of water. This causes water to vapor resulting in brake failure.
Braking fluid is a hydraulic fluid with a high boiling point. Hydraulic fluids are used to transfer power, in this case, from the pedal to the calipers and cylinders while surviving high temperatures caused by braking. Braking fluid also protects against corrosion of systems it comes in contact with.

When to Schedule your Car for Brake Services

This is what to look for to bring your car in for brake services:
  • Noise or grinding coming from the brakes
  • Brake pedal feels spongy or soft when pressed
  • Car veers a certain way when the brakes are pressed
  • Brake fluid level in the master cylinder is low
  • Brake system Warning Lamp is on

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Brake Services by European Service Center

Alpharetta Motor Sports has 35 years of experience in maintaining vehicles. Our ASE certified service mechanics are highly trained and have the tools to inspect, diagnose, and repair any braking issue you may be having. Schedule your appointment today.