• (5.0) 6 reviews
  • Available Prices: $62,837–$96,193
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 13
  • Engine: 552-hp, 6.0-liter W-12 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
2009 Bentley Continental GT

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Bentley Continental GT

What We Don't Like

  • Gas mileage
  • Price

Notable Features

  • Pillar-less coupe
  • Twin-turbo W-12 engines
  • Six-speed automatic
  • All-wheel drive
  • Contemporary looks with traditional hallmarks
  • Optional hand-crafted audio system

2009 Bentley Continental GT Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The Bentley Continental GT is a full-size, four-seat coupe. The coupe also comes in a high-performance model called Continental GT Speed, which cranks out a blistering 600 horsepower.

The Continental Flying Spur sedan and Continental GTC convertible share many components with the GT; both are listed separately in the Cars.com Research section.

In the $200,000 exotic-car range, Bentley's coupes represent a more civilized — if not quite as sporty — alternative to cars from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin.

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Changes for 2009
The Continental GTC lineup gets a new front grille, a new optional audio system and some new exterior color options.

The Continental GT's appearance is far removed from the subtle designs of Bentley's past models.

In the front, exterior changes include a new grille that's more vertical and squared-off. There are also restyled quad headlights and a new bumper with a wider air intake.

The side profile features a pillar-less greenhouse with minimal front overhangs and pronounced rear fenders. Out back, there's a flush-mounted rear spoiler that rises automatically at high speeds.

  • Available 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Choice of 16 exterior colors
  • Twin bi-xenon headlamps with integrated washers
  • Bentley-branded front brake calipers
  • Power, heated and auto-dimming side mirrors
  • Dual stainless steel exhaust pipes
  • Power opening and closing trunk

Four people can enjoy the Continental GT coupe. According to Bentley, 6-foot-tall occupants fit easily in the front and rear seats. Interior designers worked with basketball players to ensure that people of all sizes and shapes could be accommodated.

A symmetrical dashboard mates with a center console that rises and curves to the sides in a shape resembling the design of the Bentley wing insignia. Most routine controls can be operated from the steering wheel. The GT comes in various interior color combinations — the carpets and seat belts can also be matched to the main or secondary interior hue.
  • Available real wood or aluminum trim
  • 17 different interior styles
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Navigation system
  • Optional three-spoke steering wheel
  • Optional custom-built 15-speaker audio system
  • Optional iPod hookup

Under the Hood
The GT is powered by a twin-turbocharged, four-overhead-cam W-12. The transmission can operate as either an automatic or as a clutchless manual and has the ability to lock its torque converter, providing an immediate shift response.

The suspension includes air springs, which help improve ride comfort.
  • 552-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter W-12 with 479 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode
  • All-wheel drive
  • Auto-leveling/adaptive air suspension
  • Speed-sensitive hydraulic steering
  • Optional ceramic brake discs
  • Optional adaptive cruise control

Ventilated disc brakes have Bosch antilock technology with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution. The standard electronic stability system adds a Sport Traction mode that allows more wheelspin at lower speeds.
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Daytime running lights
  • Antilock brakes with traction control
  • Electronic stability system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Available front and rear cameras

Continental GT Speed
The GT Speed has an upgraded version of the W-12 found in the GT. The GT Speed does zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 202 mph. Other distinguishing features include a dark-tinted front grille, 20-inch wheels and a lowered/upgraded suspension and steering tuning. The interior adds drilled alloy pedals, quilted leather and a chrome and leather gearshift.
  • 600-hp, twin-turbo W-12 with 553 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • 20-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli performance tires
  • Available Burr Walnut, Dark Walnut and Piano Black trim
  • Three-spoke sport steering wheel
  • Embroidered Bentley emblem on seating surfaces
  • Available lamb's-wool floormats

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Consumer Reviews


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Very sassy

by kjparker from sacramento, california on July 30, 2017

I would truly love to own one. I loved the handling and the sleek style. Very beautiful car and the cost of maintenance is my only concerned.

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2009 Bentley Continental GT Safety Ratings

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There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

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Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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