2011 Bentley Continental GT Preview

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As the rest of the world slowly amps up for the 2010 Paris auto show, the hyperluxurious designers in Crewe have been hard at work preparing the launch of the 2011 Bentley Continental GT, unveiled today. The Web reveal offers us the full details on the car's specs as well as high-res photos, but unfortunately the smell of fine leather and English walnut doesn't make the digital translation.

A more powerful and flex-fuel (E85) capable 6.0-liter, 567-horsepower/516 pound-foot W-12 engine will be the standard powerplant at launch, while a more efficient V-8 engine will be up for order from late 2011. 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. Gearshifts are handled by a Quickshift unit that now allows double downshifts. The bigger of the two engines rockets the huge coupe to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 198 mph.

The exterior of the new Continental GT has also received some freshening, though we've known what it would look like since early this summer thanks to completely naked spy shots. Bentley calls the new look "crisper, more defined," and we have to agree. Otherwise it's exactly what you'd expect of a Bentley.

Inside, the 2011 Continental GT gets more supportive seats and rear leg room, a new console design, a new touchscreen information center with Google Maps, and a stereo system with a new Blanaced Mode Radiator speaker setup and Dirac Dimensions digital sound processing.

Hit page two for the full Bentley spiel on the 2011 Continental GT.


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