The four-seat Bentley Continental GT saw a number of subtle updates last year that focused on refining the ultraluxury sports car. For 2013, power comes from a new twin-turbo V-8 engine or the familiar twin-turbo 12-cylinder. The Continental GT's formidable power is part of its appeal, but so is the range of interior choices that give owners the ability to personalize their car. Competitors include the Aston Martin DB9 and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
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The Continental GT's exterior has a distinctive front end with four circular lights and a mesh-style grille that drops over the front bumper. Around back, there are prominent flared rear fenders as well as twin oval exhaust tips on 12-cylinder models. The interior features a leather-trimmed dashboard, an 8-inch touch-screen for the navigation and entertainment systems, available massaging front seats and automatic air conditioning.
The new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 is nearly as powerful as the 12-cylinder engine. It's rated at 500 horsepower and 487 pounds-feet of torque. Instead of a six-speed transmission, it works with an eight-speed automatic. Bentley claims the V-8 coupe can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 186 mph. Under light loads, half of the V-8's cylinders are automatically deactivated to reduce fuel consumption.
The Continental GT's optional twin-turbo 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine is rated at 567 hp and 516 pounds-feet of torque. Bentley claims the engine can accelerate the coupe to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 198 mph. The engine works with a six-speed automatic transmission. Both engines team with an all-wheel-drive system that has a rear-biased torque split of 40/60, front to rear, to reduce understeer.
Continental GT Speed
The Continental GT Speed is a high-performance version of the 12-cylinder Continental GT. According to Bentley, the Continental GT Speed is the fastest Bentley production car ever, with a top speed of 205 mph. The sprint to 60 mph takes just 4 seconds, according to the automaker.
Available only as a coupe, the Continental GT Speed is powered by a 616-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter 12-cylinder that makes 590 pounds-feet of torque. A new eight-speed transmission accompanies this engine. Compared to the regular Continental GT, the steering and suspension systems are unique and the ride height is lower. High-performance tires go on 21-inch wheels. Back to top.
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