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While the driver and front passenger won't complain about room and access--they have plenty of shoulder and knee room, as well as ample headroom to go with their fabulously supportive seats--the Continental GT's back seat can be difficult to enter easily, and legroom and shoulder room aren't abundant. Even so, those wedged-in passengers will marvel at the Continental's sensory rush of top-quality materials, from the plush carpets and fine wood and leather, all the way to the padded ski-sack pass-through that expands the cargo room somewhat.

Neither safety agency has crash-tested the Continental--can you just imagine?--but all versions get standard front, side, and curtain airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and all-wheel drive. Convertibles are fitted with automatic pop-up roll bars for added rollover protection, while Speed and Supersports versions have revised stability control that lets owners experience a little more wheelspin. Even in the GTC convertible, it can be difficult to gauge the Conti's far-and-away rear end, so the standard rearview camera is much appreciated.

The Continental comes as close to handcrafted as possible, by design. All have standard electronic climate control, Bluetooth and a DVD navigation system that also controls climate and audio functions--unfortunately, it's a complex system that's being reworked for the 2012 model year. Sirius and a six-CD changer also are standard. The GTC convertibles come with a power top that folds in 25 seconds; it's woven with great quality and damps out a lot of ambient road noise. As for the options list, it kicks off with a 1,000-watt Naim audio system with 14 speakers for a mere $6,000--which we don't recommend for its thin sound and dearth of equalization modes. We do heartily recommend the Mulliner package of quilted leather, knurled chrome, and turned aluminum trim, as well as the optional lambs-wool rugs and the available iPod interface.

For more on this spectacular line of coupes and convertibles, see TheCarConnection's full review of the Bentley Continental GT.

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