Shopping for a new Bentley Continental GT?
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The editors at TheCarConnection.com have driven various versions of the Bentley Continental lineup to bring you firsthand driving impressions of the British grand touring coupe and convertible. Editors also compared the Bentley Continental with competitive vehicles to bring you more information and have compiled a companion full review of opinions from other respected car reviews to help in your new-car research.
- Bulky swagger
- Never-ending power and torque
- All-wheel drive is standard
- Materials and quality are beyond reproach
- Hefty, hefty, hefty
- Dreadful fuel economy
- Navigation system is illogical...
- ...and so is the Naim audio system
The 2010 Bentley Continental line of coupes and convertibles continues to grow with limited editions. Already offered as a GT Speed and GTC Speed, the Continental range includes a new Supersports edition for 2010, with even more power and finery. In all, there are five Bentley Continental two-doors, each with a wide range of cosmetic and luxury touches available for personalization.
The two-door carries a base price, including gas-guzzler taxes and destination charges, of about $185,000, which zooms to more than $275,000 with the new Supersports edition. The competition? A scant handful of machines, including the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class coupe, the Ferrari California, and the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and Drophead Coupe.
Between the Continental GT coupes and GTC convertibles, there's a distinct choice offered to buyers. While both cars are spun from pieces common to the Bentley Continental Flying Spur sedan, their looks and driving appeal are more distinct than you might see at first glance. The imposing elegance of the pillarless Conti GT coupe is more modern and appears smaller than its actual length and weight confirm. The Continental GTC convertibles, with the roof arc sheared off, take on a more timeless, vintage look, with vivid creases on the body above the front and rear fenders giving it a thicker, more static appearance. It's more of a boulevardier, though it shares the coupe's circular headlamps, chromed matrix grille, and LED tail lamps. The cabin of all Continentals mixes traditional materials and shapes smartly. Bentley logos, chrome, and wood trim span the Continental GT's wide dual-binnacle dash, with a Breitling timepiece ticking away in the center of the dash, surrounded by walnut or knurled aluminum-or whatever custom trim the owner specifies. Bentley takes the homage to its zenith with the Mulliner Driving Specification; it wears diamond-quilted leather seats, a knurled shift knob, and a three-spoke steering wheel, and on the Continental GT Speed and GTC Speed, the Mulliner package adds dark-finished metal trim, a rear spoiler, and wider exhaust pipes for a slightly menacing look.