The Good Despite its weight and presence, the 2012 Bentley Continental GT trips the light fantastic through fast turns, while its Naim Audio system delivers sublime sound quality even when playing compressed MP3 tracks.
The Bad The navigation system is very low-end for such an expensive car and the voice command system is very limited in what it controls.
The Bottom Line The 2012 Bentley Continental GT makes for an excellent music-listening room while cruising down the highway or back roads, but tech-focused drivers will find the cabin electronics subpar for the car's class.
2012 Bentley Continental GT
Marrying old-world luxury with modern technology is one of the more difficult challenges facing designers these days. The folks at the Bentley plant, experts in wood, polished metal, and leather coachwork, now have to set a touch-screen LCD among these natural materials. Even in the $200,000 Continental GT, it comes off as an uneasy partnership.
The cabin of the 2012 Continental GT tested by CNET sports tasteful metal buttons and dials. A glass B emblem tops the metal gearshift, and metal organ-stop pulls open the vents. The color of the leather lining the cabin of CNET's car was called Beluga, something to which potential buyers of this car can relate.
And there, in the center of the dashboard, sat a touch-screen LCD, plastic buttons along its base clashing with the polished metal used elsewhere. Displayed on that screen were the bright colors and cartoonish design of the maps I've become familiar with from driving various Volkswagen models. And those cars cost a lot less than the Continental GT.