Out on the extreme of luxury and performance in the automotive world sits the Bentley Continental, a car that coddles you with perfect coachwork and thrills with exceptional acceleration and handling. For 2011, Bentley delivers an updated exterior, new cabin electronics, and two engine options.
The Bentley Continental GT marks an extreme of automotive luxury and performance, boasting massage seats, noise isolation, and a 60 mph time of 4.4 seconds. For 2011, Bentley redesigned the car, updating its drive train and cabin electronics, and restyling the exterior.
As on the previous version, Bentley uses LED parking light rings around a central projector for the headlights. The headlight casings do not call attention to themselves and are subtly molded into the smooth metal.
The most notable exterior design change are the more pronounced rear fenders. The track of the car has also been widened to improve cornering. An active damping suspension and standard all-wheel-drive helps the car handle well in hard cornering.
The Continental GT's gauges retain a classic look, but Bentley also places a color LCD screen in the center which, like in sister-brand Audi's models, shows detailed navigation, audio, and phone information.
The Continental GT uses a six-speed automatic sourced from ZF. It is designed to shift in 200 milliseconds, faster than most automatics. It can also double downshift, going from 6 to 4, for example. Rev matching technology keeps shifts smooth and means less wear on the gears.