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2011 Bentley Continental GT widens stance, updates tech

Bentley unveils its new 2011 Bentley Continental GT.

2011 Bentley Continental GT
The new Continental GT shows more pronounced rear fenders. Bentley

Bentley unveiled the 2011 update to its Continental GT online Tuesday, showing off a car with more pronounced body work, new cabin tech, and, for the first time, a choice of engines.

The new car gets a more upright grille, along with the double horseshoe rear design first seen in the Bentley Mulsanne. Most notably, the rear fenders are much more pronounced on the 2011 Continental GT, which hints at the car's wider track.

To retain a smooth surface without blemish, some exterior aluminum panels were created using a process called Super Forming, in which they are heated to 500 degrees Celsius and shaped with air pressure.

The Continental GT still comes with the same twin-turbocharged 12-cylinder engine as the previous generation, although power has been increased to 567 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. This engine can now be fueled with E85 or even regular unleaded gasoline.

Next year, Bentley will make a more economical 4-liter V-8 available for the Continental GT.

A new cabin tech suite includes hard-drive-based navigation, iPod integration, and a Bluetooth phone system. The navigation system integrates with Google maps. Bentley boasts that the graphical interface was designed in house, suggesting that the hardware was sourced from parent company Volkswagen.