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Monday, May 30, 2016

MUSIC: Iyanyan buys himself a Bentley

Since breaking into Nigeria’s music scene a few years ago after emerging overall winner of the maiden edition of MTN Project Fame, Iyanya Mbuk simply known as Iyanya, has wormed his way into the hearts of many across and beyond the country.
With hits such as ‘Kukere’ and ‘Your Waist’, the Akwa Ibom State-born artist has never been short of quality mentions in the media especially for his eye-catching performances.
The 29-year-old who is popular with ladies for his well chiselled body, remains one of Nigeria’s biggest music assets today despite ditching his traditional Rhythm and Blues style for the more profitable ‘commercial’ sound predominant in the industry.
For his hard work and perseverance, the singer gifted himself a sleek and classy
Bentley. This is on top of several other expensive vehicles in his garage.
Performance
The Bentley Continental GT is a big car, and it shows in every corner. Four-wheel drive means there’s lots of grip, but the W12 Continental GT rolls a bit in bends – and always feels more at home as a long-distance cruiser than anywhere near a racetrack.
In terms of real world performance, the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 in S trim is as fast as the more expensive W12, offering huge acceleration and fantastic mid-range overtaking pace. However, the GT Speed is the fastest Bentley yet, boasting a top speed of 206mph (or 203mph for the convertible), along with suspension that’s lowered by 10mm and around 45 per cent stiffer. As a result, the handling is remarkably precise for a 2.3-tonne car.
The V8 got cylinder deactivation as standard as part of the 2011 facelift, but in 2015 the W12 was also given the ability to run on six cylinders when power demands are low. Power was also boosted from 567bhp to 582bhp, while torque increased by 20Nm to 720Nm. The slight power jump might not be noticed, but the efficiency tweaks are useful.
In 2015 cylinder deactivation technology was brought in on the W12, meaning the car can run as a six-cylinder when power demands are relatively low. It improves fuel economy by 4-5 per cent on the combined cycle, lowering the total to 20.9mpg, but Bentley claims it can be as much as 20 per cent better in the real world. The GT Speed has a combined consumption figure of 19.3mpg – or 13mpg around town.
Features
The V8 S and Speed models get subtle but sporty bodykits that don’t detract from the classy style. Mulliner Driving Spec (which is standard on the Speed) also gives you a few more bits and pieces, bigger 21-inch alloys for example and a plusher, sportier cabin with quilted hand-stitched leather on the seats.
The 2015 facelift brought along lightly restyled looks, with revised bumpers and altered badging.
Inside, Bentley’s usual high standards have been maintained, with luxurious leather trim, deep pile carpets and a distinctive dashboard finished with leather and turned aluminium. Bentley also encourages buyers to create their own style with a limitless variety of bespoke colour and trim options available – on top of the array of ‘standard’ colours and finishes for leather, stitching and wood veneers.
2015 saw extra chrome and gloss black trim added, as well as new leather choices, LED ambient lighting and tech such as a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The Continental GT features a large touchscreen navigation system with live traffic data and online searching for point of interest info. The 30GB hard drive system also features full European mapping and satellite landscape imaging. Bluetooth connectivity is standard, but you can upgrade to a Wi-Fi hotspot too.
There’s an eight speaker, eight channel music system as standard, but you can upgrade to the 15 channel system with eleven custom-built speakers developed by British audio firm NAIM.
Safety
Safety is well-covered too, not least because the car features standard four-wheel drive, giving terrific grip even in adverse conditions. It’s also worth specifying the carbon-ceramic brakes if you are an enthusiastic driver. They provide awesome stopping power for such a heavy machine.
In spite of substantial updating over the years, the Continental GT is quite long in the tooth. This in-itself means many potential problems will have been ironed out, but the Continental also uses many tried and tested parts from the VW Group, which should also help to ensure reliability.
The Bentley factory warranty runs for three years, and there’s no mileage cap. This level of cover is pretty standard fare in the luxury car sector, but the unlimited mileage will reassure users who use their cars extensively for the sort of long-haul continental touring implicit in the model’s name.
The good: There’s plenty of room for two up front in the Continental GT.
The bad: Those in the back seats will find there’s not much legroom while the low roofline and small rear windows don’t help rear passengers feel at home, either.
Source: autoexpress.co.uk
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