Hold on Tight, Bentley All Wheel Drive on the Piste

In Bentley by Jonathan Humphrey

A 576 bhp Bentley Continental GT carved a trail through Switzerland’s Alpine passes maximising the use of its four wheel drive.

The action took place deep in the Saanenland region around Gstaad. Bentleys guests – (please invite me next time) had the chance to test their winter driving skills in a Bentley Continental GT, GTC and Flying Spur. The cars are renowned for their all-wheel drive performance, safe, sports car handling, style and practicality even in the harshest alpine conditions of Gstaad.


The cars were joined by Ski joring expert Franco Moro, a 16 x world champion. Normally this alpine sport involves being strapped behind a horse, not 567 of them, and being towed behind the Bentley Continetal GT, his advice was : ‘Hold on tight!’

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Bentley’s Continental GTC carves a trail along Switzerland’s Alpine passes, four-wheel driving in the extreme conditions around Gstaad. Meanwhile, Bentley’s ski partner zai offers more exhilaration on the piste including a spectacular jump. Who will finish first?

Ski joring expert Franco Moro, world champion 16 times with 27 years experience, demonstrates this Alpine sport, which usually involves strapping on skis and being pulled behind a horse. He notches up another first, this time around a track below the Videmanette lift in Rougemont, on a pair of zai for Bentley skis attached to the back of a 567bhp (575PS) Continental GT with a 6-litre W12 engine and four-wheel drive. His advice to first-timers: ‘Hold on tight!’

Bentley’s ski partner zai offered even more exhilaration on the piste.  With innovative technology, durability and high performance at minimal weight the skis used by Franco Moro offered outstanding manoeuvrability to complement the sheer responsiveness and handling abilities of Bentley’s spirited Continental range.