The Bentley Continental GT is a car that needs no introduction. Made popular as the choice of ride for professional athletes, musicians and other nouveau riche, the Conti GT offers crisp styling, plenty of power under the hood, and ultimate luxury. It's little wonder then that Bentley sold more than 7,000 cars in 2011, most of them Continental GTs no doubt.
Price of entry is a cool $189,900, which nets you the coupe model complete with a 6.0-liter W-12 engine dishing out 567 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque thanks to a pair of turbochargers. Move up the ladder and you get to the drop-dead gorgeous Continental GTC convertible, which gets the same engine as the coupe but an automated folding soft-top to go with it.
Both the coupe and convertible models have been updated recently, gaining slightly sharper styling, a revised interior, and a host of other upgrades under its skin.
The flagships of the range, the hard-hitting Continental Supersports and its drop-top sibling, are unchanged since their introduction in 2009 and include an output of 621 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Understandably, these are the fastest in the range and promise 0-60 acceleration in less than 4.5 seconds and a top speed in excess of 195 mph. Remember, the big Bentley two-doors weighs close to three tons, which is comparable to some seven-seat utility vehicles.
Bentley used to offer a mid-level “Speed” variant of both the Continental GT and Continental GTC in previous model years but isn’t for the 2012 model year. Expect them to arrive next year with the same fresh new styling seen on the 2012 lineup and some modest power gains. Also next year comes a new V-8 option, once again featuring in both the Continental GT and Continental GTC. They recently made their debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
Of course, it’s not all about engines and performance. Like with most Bentleys, luxury is the name of the game and the Continental range is no different. The cars come as close to handcrafted as possible, by design. All are thoroughly modern as well, coming standard with electronic climate control, Bluetooth and a DVD navigation system that also controls climate and audio functions. The navigation system sports Google maps and a vibrant 8-inch LCD touch-screen. A Naim-engineered audio system has pure, flat sound, for an additional $7,015 and is well worth the option is money is no object.
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