First Drive: 2011 Bentley Continental GT

If you thought this was going to be an all-new car, you thought wrong. If you liked the old car, you'll like this one even more. If you've never cared for the Continental GT formula, this one won't change your mind. But there's no denying the appeal of an opulently appointed supercoupe that can comfortably carry four people, accelerate to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, says Bentley, and ultimately reach 198 mph. We'll have to wait a year to experience a Continental with a truly changed character, the one with the new twin-turbo V-8 and the eight-speed automatic. But we'll know better than to think that this new engine will be located anywhere other than between the GT's handsome headlights.

On sale: Late March 2011
Base price: $189,900 (+ $2595 destination charge and a gas guzzler tax that will likely fall between $2500 and $3000)

Engine: Twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter DOHC 48-valve W-12
Horsepower: 567 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 516 lb-ft @ 5750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: 4-wheel

Suspension, front: Four link control arms
Suspension, rear: trapezoidal multi-link
Front: 15.9-inch ventilated discs; rear: 13.2-inch ventilated discs
Wheels and tyres
9.5J x 20" (optional 9.5J x 21")
275/40ZR 20 (optional 275/35 ZR21) Pirelli P Zero

L x W x H: 189.2 x 87.7 x 55.3 in
Cargo capacity: 12.6 cu ft
Curb Weight: 5115 lb
EPA Rating, estimated (city/highway): 12/14 mpg

Performance (manufacturer figures)
Top Speed: 198 mph
0 - 60 mph: 4.4 sec
0 -100 mph: 10.2 sec
30 - 50 mph: 1.7 sec
50 - 75 mph: 2.9 sec

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How come it is OK for Bentley to build "an opulently appointed supercoupe that can comfortably carry four people,"but the BMW X-6 is "something so frivolous, so at odds with itself, so patently ridiculous (they're calling this a coupe?) just seems like blind, raw hedonism?"Not very consistent of you.
If it ain't broke, just make it look new. Can't argue with that.And I'm glad to see Bentley isn't trying to be all things to all people. There is certainly a market for big, heavy, torquey luxury cars.

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