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.
Throughout it’s lifetime, not only has the Bentley Continental GT undergone generational changes, it has also sprouted many variations of the platform. The original Continental GT is a 2-door grand-touring coupe, with a subsequent Continental Flying Spur 4-door model following. A 2-door convertible version, dubbed GTC, arrived shortly afterwards. These first variations were the luxury-focused models. Then came the more sport-focused models. The coupe & convertible versions of the Continental Speed and Continental Supersports were the last to appear. Although they all have their differences, they all largely use the same powertrain set-up maintenance schedules. Unless stated, The Bentley Continental GT Service Guide’s maintenance schedule and recommendations will cover the whole range.
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 Service Guide recommends these maintenance intervals:
Minor Service: Every 10,000 miles or Annually
- Oil & Filter Change
- 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
- Brake fluid flush
- Transmission Fluid Flush
- Drive & Accessory belt inspection
Spark plugs should be changed every 30,000 miles, or every 3 years. This is something that must be done as 1 misfire developed because of bad spark plugs could result in engine knock or other components failing.
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 brakes 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 Porsche 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.