To start, the 6.0-liter W-12 underhood is now a flexible-fuel engine. All models, including the hardcore Superports, are capable of running on ethanol blends up to E85. Power and torque are reportedly unaffected by running E85, but the biofuel can reportedly cut carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 70 percent.
Customers may be more interested in the various ways they can equip a Continental. Six new colors, including Citric, White Satin, Kingfisher, Magenta, Orange Flame, and St. James Red Pearl, are now available. Convertible tops are also now offered with a metallic dark gray fabric. Of course, Bentley will continue to offer cars in bespoke color combinations at the buyer’s request (and expense).
While Continental GTC and Flying Spur models now include a power opening and closing trunk as standard equipment, two new option packs are available on 2011 Continentals. A Premium Pack, available on the Flying Spur, adds wood “picnic tables” with vanity mirrors, an aluminum fuel filler cap, and chrome interior inlays at the top edge of the door panels. All Continental models are available with the Convenience Pack, which adds adaptive cruise control, an iPod interface, front seat massage functions, telephone handsets, a rear-view camera, and a valet key.
Look for the 2011 Continentals to go on sale as early as June 2010.