I won’t lie; I enjoyed every minute of driving the Bentley Continental GT V8. Its price is outrageous, but I can understand why it costs $100,000 more than Audi's S8. Although the car does rely on some vestiges of mass production, there's still a lot of hand-crafted workmanship apparent in the final product. You're paying for exclusivity and excessiveness...
...and there's nothing wrong with that. We live in a world of six-figure watches and bottles of wine that'd pay my monthly mortgage. Just because I find those things excessive doesn't mean there isn't a market for them. The same is true for this Bentley. If I had the money for it, and if I wanted a daily driver with comfort, speed, and handling, the Continental GT V8 would make an excellent choice. It's a remarkable car that combines quality and class. It draws attention, but remains subtle. It's as cool and smooth as James Bond.
I've driven an A8L, and I'd love to own an S8. But something about the Continental GT V8 makes it so much more memorable. It could be the scent of high-grade leather, the melodious exhaust, the feeling of real carbon fiber trim, the obvious attention to detail, or just the attention from others in the industry that made my week with this car so enjoyable.
So yes, the Continental GT V8 is excessive, expensive, and shares its platform with a Volkswagen. At the end of the day, though, Bentley did an excellent job of transforming the Phaeton's foundation into something deserving of those trademarked wings.