Buying Guide

2011 Bentley Continental

MSRP $205,600 GTC Convertible
Motor Trend Rating


11 City / 18 Hwy

Horse Power:

552 @ 6100


479 @ 1600

The Bentley Continental Coupe is what many people think of when they hear the name Bentley. The Continental GT coupe has been one of the most popular models for Bindley since 2003 when they split from the Rolls-Royce namesake. This coupe offers some of the most lush and luxurious interior and exterior design that can be found on any vehicle in production today. There are now 2 different coupes available to Bentley customers, the Base GT coupe and the GTC convertible. Both body styles come standard with a 552 HP 6.0 liter W-12 engine. The Bentley coupe is not a very light vehicle so the power from this huge engine is needed to make it a powerful contender with other similar luxury coupes in its class.

You can opt for an even larger engine in the super sports models and get a larger engine offering 621 horsepower too. The Continental from Bentley is a very classy vehicle and is far from practical when it comes to fuel economy and price.

Bodystyles: Coupe, convertible
Engines: 6.0L W-12
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: GT, GTC, GT Speed, GTC Speed, Supersports

All models have a more upright grille and are now FlexFuel capable. This means Continental owners can fill their tanks with regular gas, E85 bioethanol, or a mix of the two. The two-door models are due for a freshening that will shrink the outer two headlights to more closely resemble the new Mulsanne flagship sedan.

The style of the Continental GT and GTC is defined by the four circular headlights and prominent cross-hatch grille. Strongly sculpted side panels lead to taillights that continue the oval theme while huge, rounded exhaust pipes send a clear message that performance is a large part of the GT program.

Bentley uses as many as 14 hides of leather to fill a Continental GT. Along with leather, owners can choose from seven wood veneers to complete an interior that, except for the low-mounted navigation screen, should please the most discerning buyers.

All Continentals start with an air suspension, all-wheel drive, and some variation of the 6.0-liter W-12 engine producing at least 552 horsepower. The slowest of all Continentals is the GTC, which accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds. The Supersports coupe is at the other end of the range, moving from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

Huge brakes ensure strong stopping power, radar-based adaptive cruise control with a follow-to-stop feature, standard all-wheel drive, advanced electronic stability program, rear view camera.

GT, GTC, GT Speed, GTC Speed: 10 mpg city/17 mpg highway
Supersports: 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway

  • Powerful 12-cylinder engine
  • Interior styling
  • GT capabilities
  • Six models from which to choose
  • Basic design in need of refresh
  • The more successful Bentley becomes, the less exclusive your ride
  • Low-mounted navigation screen

Bentley’s stylish cross-country GT


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