2009 Bentley Continental GT
The Winner: 2009 Bentley Continental GT
It's close, but the Bentley Continental GT simply carries more character with its $200,000 pricetag than the amply endowed, and often less expensive, Mercedes-Benz CL-Class. The Benz CL might offer "recession-priced" base versions, but it doesn't have a convertible companion--and in all cases, it's more staid, more reserved. With a truce called in performance, the Bentley GT trumps the CL with affable British charm inside, a multitude of custom trim options, and like it or not, a plot of cultural mindspace that's caused everyone from Paris to Britney to sign the dotted line. Conservatives might unite behind the Mercedes, but the Bentley Continental GT wins a flashy match with uncommon British style.