The 2011 Bentley Continental GTwas created by the design team inspired by the combination of the most advanced technology with iconic continental model from the past. This luxurious owns 567 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet hitting. The car, which is all-new model and not just a refresh, is more tempting as it is completed with 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine.
The enormous power given to the car is transferred to four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission with economical fuel which is estimated by the EPA to be 17 mpg when used on the highway and 10 mpg when used in the city. It is also found in the playbook that the engine has aflex-fuel capacity, which can be combined with gasoline and E85. Its rear deck, which functions to stow the top, is longer. It opens and closes not more than 25 seconds.
Bently Continental GT drivers may bring this nearly three ton car to a stop by stepping the brakes, which is claimed as the world’s biggest brakes found on a production of passenger cars. The car isequipped, but optionally, with carbon ceramic braking power.
Even more interesting, the car has adjustable dampers, computer controlled air springs, and a re-tuned suspension which bring a both luxurious and sporty ride.
On the outside, this Continental comes up with a choice of five colors for the fabric top and 16 colors for the body. It has a standard equipment including 19-inch wheels and tires, a tire pressure monitoring system, twin HID headlights with washer jets, keyless entry and ignition, and cruise control.
Meanwhile, Bentley offers a choice of 17 colors for the leather interior including carpets and seatbelts. And for the top’s headliner, this car gives eight color choices. There are also a DVD navigation system, a six-CD changer, a chrome wind deflector, Sirius satellite radio, and a voice dialing via integrated Bluetooth.
Bentley Continental GT iconic shape?
Is the Continental GT for Bentley what the 911 is for Porsche-an iconic shape that is only massaged, never fundamentally altered? The cars’ owners seem to think so, and Bentley has apparently taken those sentiments to heart, in the first redesign of its bestselling coupe.
A careful evolution of 2011 Bentley Continental GT
The new Continental GT, which will have its public debut at the Paris auto show and which goes on sale early next year, hews closely to the design of the previous car. Dirk van Braekel, Bentley’scurrent design chief, did the original Continental GT; Raul Pires, Bentley’s head of exterior design, shaped the new car. Although it looks like a virtual copy, every body panel is new. Many of the familiar lines and creases have been sharpened for greater definition. The window opening is shallower and longer, as the beltline is slightly higher. The car is wider, with rear fenders that are set further out from the body, but overall height and length are the same.
Inside, the design changes again are evolutionary. The dash features a large touch screen, and the console adds cupholders. Switching from seat-mounted belts to traditional belts (with automated presenters) allowed for slimmer front seatbacks, increasing rear legroom by nearly two inches, but it’s still a tight fit for adults.
Increased output Mechanically, there are no major hardware changes-at least not at launch. The Continental GT is again powered by a 6.0-liter W-12 engine driving all four wheels. The engine’s output increases from552 to 567 hp, with torque bumped up from 479 to 516 pound-feet, parsed out by a six-speed automatic transmission. Bentley claims the new Continental GT will get from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds (down from 4.6 seconds), while top speed remains 198 mph.