The Bentley Continental GT was the brand’s first model to be introduced under Volkswagen’s ownership in 2003. It has since proven to be Bentley’s most popular model to date, selling over 90,000 units since it’s debut.
The “entry-level” Bentley is celebrated for it’s combination of exquisite luxury and sporting intentions. There have been 3 generations of Continentals since 2003. The evolutionary second generation arrived in 2011, with a completely revised revolutionary Continental debuting in 2018. The Bentley Continental GT Service Guide serves a guideline on maintaining your Bentley Continental GT in the best way possible.
Engine, Oil, Transmission, Clutch
Up until recently, the only engine choice was different versions of the same 6.0L twin-turbo W12 engine. A 4.0L twin-turbo V8 model came in 2012 during the Continental’s second-generation. They were only offered with an automatic transmission, with a 6-speed in the first generation, an 8-speed in the in second generation, and currently they come equipped with an 8-speed dual clutch transmission.
The Bentley Continental GT requires transmission, clutch & drivetrain inspection and servicing as outlined below.
The Bentley Continental GT Service Guide recommends these maintenance intervals:
Minor Service: Every 10,000 miles or Annually
- Oil Change & Filter Replacement
- Check TPMS & Batteries
- Scan On-Board Diagnostics
- Full inspection of fluid levels, leaks, suspension play, brake wear, filters, battery
Major Service: Every 20,000 miles or Bi-Annually
- Everything in Minor Service
- Air Filter & Pollen Filter Change
- Replace Brake Pads, Rotors & Fluid
- Transmission Fluid Flush
- Drive & Accessory belt inspection
Spark plugs should be changed every 30,000 miles, or every 3 years.
PRO TIP: Most people ignore spark plugs thinking that “if it ain’t broke, don’t go digging in my engine to fix it”. Changing your spark plugs is absolutely essential to do every 30,000 miles because if 1 spark plug misfires it could result in engine knock or other components failing which will lead to a significant amount of damage and repair bill.
Another benefit of changing your spark plugs at 30,000 miles is that your engines fuel efficiency and performance will be improved.
Spark plugs wear out over time and when they do they lose their ability to produce powerful and consistent sparks. When spark plugs start to degrade their spark does too which means left over fuel in the piston (that hasn’t burned) during the combustion cycle. This unburnt fuel will make its way into your catalytic converter and start to clog and erode the precious metals which will eat away at your expensive catalytic converter. DON’T BE CHEAP WITH YOUR PLUGS OR IT WILL COST YOU!
Brakes, Rotors, Pads, Fluid
The Bentley Continental series are not light vehicles by any means. The combination of their speed capabilities and their weight mean that the vehicles are equipped with some of the biggest brakes to come stock from a manufacturer.
The conventional steel brakes that came on the first two generation vehicles were a staggering 405 mm up front and 335 mm in the rear. The optional carbon-ceramics were even larger, with a diameter of 420 mm in the front and 335 mm in the rear.
The Bentley Continental GT Service Guide recommends that the brake pads, rotors & fluids be checked for wear during every minor service and only use DOT-4 rated brake fluid.
Brake wear will vary significantly due to various driving conditions. There will be indication of low brakes when they start to make an audible noise, or when the pedal feel becomes long and spongy.
Tires, Suspension & Alignment
The sheer dynamic capabilities of the 2+ tonne Bentley Continental GT come down to both the suspension and tires that the vehicle sits on. It is imperative that wear and tear is inspected of these components at every service interval, regardless if minor or major.
Original tire size specification are as follow:
2003 – 2004 275/40/19 Front & Rear
2005 – 2011 275/40/19 Front / 275/35/20 Rear
2012 – 2017 275/40/20 Front / 275/25/21 Rear
GI Automotive carries a wide selection of road and track Bentley Continental tires on stock and available to order. A consultation is available to determine which tire is best for your individual driving needs.
Proper care and maintenance is particularly important for suspension systems, as they take the brunt of the abuse on the road. Pot holes, speed bumps, uneven surfaces, and debris will deteriorate the suspension systems over time and can take your tires out of alignment.
The Bentley Continental GT Service Guide recommends inspecting the condition of the suspension system during each minor service, and replacing it when there is leakage from the shocks or play in the joints. Alignments should be done every time the wheels or tires are changed, or once a year.