Snap Judgment: Is the Restyled 2011 Bentley Continental GT Too Subtle?

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Have a close look at the graphic above. Can you tell which Bentley Continental GT is powered by a massive engine with an output of over 550 horsepower, sprints to 60 in under 4.7 seconds, and has a top speed of 198 mph? Keep reading for the answer.

Answer: both. (Did we fool you?) The silver model on the right is the just-introduced 2011 Continental GT, while the nearly identical red Conti coupe is the outgoing model. In today's First Look at the 2011 model, we learned that the revised model shares no body panels with its predecessor. Rather, in the vein of icons like the Porsche 911 and the Land Rover Defender, Bentley reshaped the Continental without restyling it heavily.

The evolutionary styling updates are most visible in the headlight and taillight designs, and the Continental remains an overall clean and luxurious package. Yes, we've seen a similar, yet bolder, headlight treatment in Bentley's latest sedan, the 2011 Mulsanne, but is the Continental's shape iconic enough to warrant such preservation? Bentley will take steps to differentiate what's under the hood between generations of Continental GTs when a 4.0-liter V-8 debuts, possibly this coming spring, but we can likely expect that it won't be down on power over the W-12.

Could Bentley have taken a new and different approach with its luxury coupe, which will likely spawn a revised convertible as well? Or is Bentley's evolutionary approach the right method to restyle a proven crowd-pleaser?

Today's Snap Judgment:

Is the restyled 2011 Continental GT too subtle?

Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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