The Bentley Continental GT has become the poster child of the nouveau riche, with the big British coupes and convertibles finding a home in driveways of NBA players and rap stars all over the country. At the same time, the Continental GT remains a very handsome two-door with plenty of performance and luxury, so it’s easy to see why the car is so desirable amongst old-money types and the newly fortunate.
For 2011 the Continental GT model has been given a facelift, though you’ll need to look twice to notice it. Note, only the Continental GT has been given the update. The 2011 Bentley Continental GTC and Supersports models remain unchanged, for now.
While the styling remains much the same--why would you want to change such a masterpiece?--the drivetrain has been heavily revised.
The 6.0-liter W-12 engine has been tuned for more power, 567 horsepower and 516 pound-foot of torque to be exact, and a Quickshift gearbox that allows double downshifts installed. All-wheel drive is standard, with torque bias shifted for 40 percent front and 60 percent rear, a more sporting orientation than the original Conti's 50/50 split.
If you hold out, there are plans on adding a new 4.0-liter V-8 option. This means that we’re likely to see the sticker on the car possibly dip below the $200k mark.
Nevertheless, the 6.0-liter W-12 engine is a marvel and it’s also fully flex-fuel (E85) capable. Thanks to the addition of twin-turbochargers, the mighty mill will rocket the 5,000-plus pounds Bentley from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and see it reach a top speed of 198 mph.
The inside of the coupe has also been given a makeover, with more supportive seats, a redesigned console and a new touchscreen interface all included. Craftsmanship and exclusivity are the hallmarks of Bentley’s interiors and the one on the Continental GT definitely fits that description.
The 2011 Bentley Continental GTC convertible, meanwhile, sticks with the original design first introduced back in 2003. That doesn’t mean it’s outdated as the older design still feels fresh and, of course, is steeped in luxury.
For performance fans, the 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports is definitely the winner. This is Bentley’s fastest and most powerful production model ever and it's capable of reaching 60 mph from rest in just 3.9 seconds and topping out at 202 mph. Its engine is rated 612 horsepower and 590 pound-feet, the latter coming on from just 2,000 rpm.
If the Supersports is too extreme, there are also GT Speed and GTC Speed performance models that pack tamer 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque versions of the W-12 engine.
For more details, check out the overview at TheCarConnection