Inside, Bentley’s design team has taken automotive craftsmanship to an exquisite new level. Like that of every Bentley, the shape of the fascia is inspired by the wings of the Bentley badge. It sweeps up from an elegant centre console and reaches out towards the doors, where the surface continues, surrounding the front occupants in a seemingly unending ring of handcrafted leather and wood.
In addition to a wide range of veneered surfaces, both the new Continental GT and Continental GT Convertible can be commissioned with a choice of innovative dual veneers, which see the natural grain of handcrafted wood separated from a contrasting finish by a narrow strip of polished chrome. In each case, a mirror-like Piano Black finish is paired with your choice of Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus, Dark Stained Madrona, Liquid Amber or Tamo Ash. For those who prefer a single veneer, there are eight choices, including Koa, our new, mid-tone, straight-grained veneer. Koa is a wood species used in its native Hawaii in the creation of handmade surfboards and guitars.
The finish selected for the lower section of the fascia continues into the centre console. As an alternative, however, the console can be commissioned with our new stunning, rippled 0.6mm aluminium finish Côtes de Genève, which is inspired by the milled internal casings of fine wristwatches. A hand-finished first for the automotive world, its textured bands literally shimmer in the light.
Decorative features such as the clock bezels and bulls-eye air vents can be commissioned with a new and intricate diamond knurling – a jewellery-inspired texture composed of myriad diamond-shaped flat surfaces. This complements the feature that is standard on control surfaces in the new Continental GT and Continental GT Convertible, it is easy to grip and even easier on the eye, reflecting the light like a cut precious stone while improving the ergonomic performance of important controls.
Early in the 21st century, a stunning, two-door Bentley was unveiled, one that refined and redefined the language of grand tourer design. The revolutionary Continental GT has combined phenomenal performance and exquisite craftsmanship for more than a decade, with continual enhancements pushing the boundaries of technology, from sheer power to the choice of finishes.
This modern classic has been giving rise to countless Continental stories since the day it was launched. From four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen breaking the world ice speed record in a Continental GT Convertible to pop art legend Peter Blake creating a unique exterior for a Continental GT V8 S, this is a car that continues to inspire. Read more about Continental stories here.
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The car that created a category The Continental GT, in both coupé and convertible form, has created a new category of car entirely: the powerful, stylish and luxurious grand tourer. When it was launched in 2003, a single, W12 model was available, one that set the benchmark for everything that was to come. A convertible variant followed, then the more performance-focused Continental GT Speed, providing even more power and sporting luxury. And in 2009, the first Continental Supersports was engineered to deliver a more thrilling drive than ever.
A stunning second act In 2010, the Continental was redesigned, with this second generation soon to feature a 4.0 litre V8 engine alongside the now-famous W12 version. The engines became more efficient, thanks to innovative technology such as variable displacement, allowing the car to deactivate half of its cylinders automatically, seamlessly re-engaging them when required. Further models were added in the years that followed, to cater for the differing needs of a growing customer base around the world. They included the racetrack-inspired Continental GT3-R in 2014 and, in 2017, the second iteration of the Continental Supersports, delivering an astonishing 700 bhp (710 PS) making this the fastest road-going Bentley ever built.
Unmatched, the world overThe Continental GT and GT Convertible were designed for those who embrace the luxury of spontaneity. The Continental's fusion of everyday practicality, exquisite craftsmanship and exceptional performance remains unrivalled. Today, the Continental’s sleek silhouette can be seen in cities the world over, from San Francisco to Shanghai. Yet for many, it remains best appreciated on the open road – the spiritual home of Bentley and the world’s most exhilarating grand tourer.
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It may not be a new car, but the 2017 Bentley Continental GT line of Coupes and Convertibles carries timeless appeal. These cars—offered in V-8, V-8 S, W-12, and Speed editions—amount to far more than just the 500-plus horsepower under their long, sleek hoods. Sure the performance from the twin-turbo V-8 or W-12 is amazing, and buyers also get a handcrafted cabin and hulking, all-wheel-driven grip, but those things are nearly demoted to finishing touches—like a 17-year-old Scotch whiskey and cigar, for example.
We give the Bentley Continental GT a 7.0 out of 10 for its blend of stunning looks, tremendous power, and interior refinement. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Regardless of body style or what's under the hood, the Continental is a pure grand touring car. Subtle changes to the exterior sheet metal since 2012 have left the Continental a sharper, sleeker coupe on the road. Coupes carry much of their visual weight in their front shoulders and look more tense and coiled. Convertibles are a little more relaxed with broad haunches.
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Continental GT V8 S cars feature red brake calipers, a rear diffuser and more aggressive front splitter, different rocker panels on the side, and big 20-inch wheels to fill out the wells. The V-8 cars are distinguishable by their blacked-out grill, red badging, and unique exhaust pipes. GT Speed editions don a different rear diffuser.
The Continental lineup covers a range of 8- and 12-cylinder engines. Both the GT Coupe and Convertible can be ordered with the 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W-12 engine, which produces 582 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque in its standard configuration. This year the GT Speed editions add 7 hp and 13 lb-ft of torque for totals of 633 and 620, respectively. Sprinting up to 60 mph in the W-12 coupes takes roughly 4.3 seconds, and its top speed is pegged at 198 mph. Convertible versions make the same dash in 4.5 seconds, and Speed coupes manage the run in 3.9 seconds all the way up to 206 mph. Nothing to sneeze at for a car that weighs nearly 6,000 pounds.
GT V8 models have a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that makes 500 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque, producing sub-5-second 0-60 mph times. The GT V8 S, which was new in 2014, sports 521 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque; it's essentially a higher-output version of the same V-8. Both of these are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that includes an S mode with sharper throttle response and a more aggressive shift logic. GT V8 S models can get to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds, and to a top speed of 192 mph.
Bentley boasts that the V-8 models can manage more than 500 miles on a single tank—albeit with some self control—thanks to a cylinder shutdown system that turns off half of the V-8's cylinders to run during light load conditions. The W-12 has a similar system to shut down six of its cylinders in light-load situations.
In all versions, the GT comes with an all-wheel-drive system that uses a Torsen differential and 40/60, front/rear torque split that puts all that engine torque to the road with finesse—and allows a composed, refined, and capable driving experience even when the roads aren’t dry.
The GT defies physics with its capable, eager road demeanor; a car this heavy and this big shouldn't handle this well. A standard computer-controlled shock system can be set for three different modes, ranging from relaxed to ready to pounce. It excels in long sweepers and endless roadtrips.
Both coupes and convertibles are opulently shod with high-quality interiors with the look and feel of hand-built materials. Convertible models come with a power folding top that drops in 25 seconds to become the world's most powerful blow dryer. When it's up, the top supremely damps road noise, thanks to thick woven materials. The top can be ordered in one of three different exterior shades, with four different hide color combinations available for the interior—assuming you don't spring for the custom shades. V-8 models get exclusive Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus wood veneer inside, as well as an Aliade cloth headliner and a short center console instead of the full-length console in W-12 models.
The interior of the Continental GT and GTC is a wonderful place to be, but not exactly spacious. The front seats are all-day comfortable, but there's less elbow room than you might expect. Rear seat passengers are treated to two beautifully crafted bucket seats, but the leg room is nearly punishing—worrying for a car with mid-size proportions.
The Continental GT lineup gets a laundry list of standard equipment that includes Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, and navigation. The system supports Google Maps on its big 8.0-inch LCD touchscreen, and in-car connectivity can turn the Continental into the world's most expensive wi-fi router—subscription required. A $7,000 Naim audio system can faithfully reproduce Hall & Oates like we never expected.
The optional Mulliner package that includes wool rugs, knurled chrome, quilted leather, and aluminum trim. Semi-aniline leather, which has less treatment than other grades of hides, is available on W-12 models and helps the 3-ton warship feels a little more natural—if that's possible.
For 2017, Bentley adds the GT Speed Black Edition. It comes with special 21-inch black-finish alloy wheels and a high-gloss black finish on what would otherwise be the exterior chrome trim. A contrast color—in a choice of Hallmark, Beluga, St. James’ Red, and a new color, Cyber Yellow—is applied to the Black Edition's front splitter, side skirts, and rear diffuser. Inside, the blacked-out look continues with copious use of carbon fiber trim. The model's exclusive Mulliner GT Design leather and center console are offered with a choice of contrasting accent colors to match the exterior details. These colors consist of Porpoise, Beluga, Pillar Box Red, or the new Cyber Yellow. Contrast stitching in the same color is found on the diamond quilting of the doors and seats.
Like most ultra-expensive and low-number supercars, neither U.S. safety agency has tested a Continental—and we don't expect that to change any time soon. The GT has a standard complement of airbags, if things do go wrong, and pop-up roll bars on the GTC models for added protection. A rearview camera is standard and helpful because the high and far reach of the rear end can be a challenge to see over.
The 2017 Bentley Continental GT starts at more than $200,000, but it's not hard to find GT Speed Convertible models north of $300,000.
Fuel economy ranges from 12 mpg city, 21 highway, 15 mpg combined for W-12 cars, to 15/25/19 mpg combined for V-8-powered Continental GTs.
New for 2017
Five new exterior paint colors are available across the range. Power and torque has been increased on GT Speed models to 633 hp and 620 lb-ft. A new Black Edition model offers a more extrovert styling choice on the exterior, with high gloss black finishes to the exterior brightware, all-black 21in wheels and a contrast styling specification available in four different colors. The Black Edition interior includes carbon fiber trim, Mulliner Design seats and a sports steering wheel.
A late addition to the 2017 Bentley Continental lineup is the Continental Supersports, which is the most potent version of the British brand’s large grand tourer. Available as a coupe or convertible, the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 has been tweaked to produce 700 hp and 750 lb-ft of torque. The car also features a trunk-mounted wing, 21-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, gloss black headlight surrounds, grille, and side vents, checker-patterned carbon fiber trim in the interior and available tri-tone interior upholstery. In total, only 710 units of the Continental Supersports will be produced.
The Continental is Bentley’s highly successful entry-level model, and is available as a Coupe or Convertible.
Originally launched in 2003, the Bentley Continental GT re-energized a market segment long dominated by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe. A major redesign in 2011 freshened the exterior styling, but the basic vehicle has remained little changed. And all-new Continental GT, built on an all-new platform, will debut in 2017.
The Continental GT range now comprises coupe and convertible models, each available with a 4.0-liter V-8 or 6.0-liter W-12 engine. The Continental GT V8 has 500 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque and the GT V8 S 520 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. Of the W12-powered models, the Continental GT has 582 hp and 531 lb-ft and the GT Speed 633 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque. All Continental GTs are all-wheel drive, and are fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The least expensive of the Continental models is the V8 Coupe, which will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, and has a claimed stop speed of 190 mph. The top of the range Continental GT Speed Coupe will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 206 mph. Convertible versions, which feature a fully lined cloth top with heated glass window, weigh about 386 lb more, and so are slightly slower. Gas mileage EPA estimates range from 15 mpg city and 25 mpg highway for the base V8 Coupe to 12 mpg city and 20 mpg highway for the W12 Speed Convertible.
The Bentley Continental GT has yet to be rated by NHTSA or IIHS. Standard equipment includes anti-lock brakes, stability control, and front and side airbags. Adaptive cruise control and a rear-view camera are also available. Blind spot warning, forward collision warning, and lane keeping assistance are not available, however.
What We Think
Though big and heavy for a two-door, and despite the fact the basic platform is now into its second decade, the Bentley Continental GT continues to surprise and delight our road testers with the way it drives. “Piloting the Continental GT Speed Convertible through the canyons is definitely entertaining,” we noted in our First Test review. “We expected a clumsy mess, but instead got cool and composed.”
The 12-cylinder Continental GTs are the headline grabbers when it comes to performance, but the V-8 powered cars look virtually identical, and deliver better fuel efficiency, at a lower price. And, with less weight over the front axle, they’re slightly more nimble to drive. With more power and torque than the base car, the Continental GT V8 S is the pick of the bunch, and the best overall value in the range.
One area where the Continental GT is showing its age is its infotainment interface, which is woefully stuck in the early 2000s. The voice command system is hit-and-miss, Bluetooth connection is a clumsy process, and there are no USB ports. The optional Naim sound system sounds spectacular with CDs, but loses clarity when playing back compressed music files. And the ageing electrical architecture means a lack of advanced driver aids.
Despite the increased power, we said in a 2017 First Drive that the Bentley Continental Supersports is a luxury car first, feeling refined despite its carbon fiber aero bits and exhaust that crackles. The car’s performance, however, is still impressive offering consistent braking, strong acceleration, and great handling despite its size and over 5,000-pound curb weight.
With a top speed of 206 mph, the Continental GT Speed coupe is the fastest production Bentley in history.
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