Bentley's place in the luxury-car ionosphere leaves most shoppers a little breathless, but a few coupes should be on the short what-if list before you sign up for the $200,000 Continental GT or GTC.
Maserati's GranTurismo is significantly less expensive and far more sensually styled, but there's no all-wheel drive, and it doesn't quite have the snob appeal, though its sonorous V-8 and exceptional interior make up much of that difference.
The other big hustler from England is Aston Martin's Virage, and it's an extremely powerful rear-driver with coupe and convertible body styles, and an impeccably styled and finished interior.
For all-wheel drive and better four-seat capacity, there's the Ferrari FF, with its bulbous styling a polarizing factor that undercuts the added value of its prancing-horse badge.
|2012 Bentley Continental GTBrowse Used Listings||2012 Aston Martin VirageBrowse Used Listings||2012 Ferrari FFBrowse Used Listings||2012 Maserati GranTurismoBrowse Used Listings|
|12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Ethanol W12||Gas V12||Gas V12||Gas V8|
|Compact Cars||Minicompact Cars||Small station wagon||Subcompact Cars|
|2-Door Coupe||2-Door Coupe||2-Door HB||2-Door Coupe GranTurismo S|
|All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All-wheel drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift|