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makes the Benz look even more like a frumpy Solara
more distinctive than that of those other more imposing, less elegant carriages
Car and Driver
Although the 2009 Bentley GT coupe and GTC convertible share quite a bit with the Continental Flying Spur sedan, the pillarless coupe version appears more modern.
Compared to some of its rivals, such as Rolls-Royce and Maybach, Automotive.com says the styling of Bentley Continentals “is more distinctive than that of those other more imposing, less elegant carriages that probe the limits of how large a car should be.”
“The Bentley's dramatic exterior shape, makes the Benz look even more like a frumpy Solara than usual,” Edmunds remarks, adding, “check out the quad circular headlamps, fastback profile and imposing 19-inch wheels—now that's attitude.”
The Continental GT coupe and GTC convertible also share the same elegant, massive lines but are visually disparate from one another. For 2009 the Continental GTC lineup gets a new front grille.
“The GTC looks much like the GT in front of the windshield, but the GTC's rear deck has a chrome strip around the passenger compartment,” says Cars.com. “The GTC has pronounced rear fenders, as well as four round headlamps with chrome bezel surrounds. The GTC's wire-mesh grille has been revised and is now more upright, with a larger lower air intake.” Edmunds determines the convertible top closes in approximately 25 seconds and adds, “Thanks to a modified version of the coupe's rear suspension, the top folds completely flat and maintains a sleek profile.”
The interior of the Bentley has a traditional feel with Bentley logos, chrome, and wood trim on 24-hour watch across the Continental GT’s wide twin-binnacle dash. The convertible top is available in different colors, as are the styles of wood trim.
“The Bentley Continental GT's cabin is a standout, even in this rarefied segment. The metal accents, rich wood trim and soft leather will make buyers feel as if they got their money's worth and then some,” says Edmunds. “There's a charming old-world feel to the whole affair, highlighted by push-pull vent controls, a Breitling timepiece, and switches and levers constructed of real metal.” Cars.com reports “luxury features include six natural, unbleached, laser-cut wood veneers and 17 different colors and styles for the leather-wrapped upholstered interior.”
The 2009 Bentley Continental GT and GTC look great, with a more modern and less imposing look than other ultra-luxury coupes.