I remember when I first laid eyes on her back in 2004. Beautiful curves, a big shiny front grille with a rear-end that could stop a freight train dead in its tracks. She had it all, looks, power, and prestige. I knew instantly she was going to be one of the popular girls. Just as I suspected, she quickly became the “it” girl and like all popular girls, she lived in the fast lane mixing with the in-crowd as she grew-up through her rebellious years. At one time or another I’ve seen her ensconced entirely in cubic zirconia, fitted with 24”& 26” wheels, painted matte pink, and appearing in just about every rap video known to man. I’m also pretty sure I spotted her made entirely from gold in Saudi Arabia.
Those days have since passed and today she has blossomed into a more beautifully refined, elegant woman. Despite everywhere she’s been and everything she’s done, she never forgot her roots. The 2011 Bentley Continental GT is an all-new model and not simply a newer look as quoted by officials at Bentley. Her newly staggered bi-xenon headlamps have been jeweled with LED daytime running lights and flow beautifully with her ever prominent front grille, which stands nearly upright now. Her bold sexy curves remain as beautiful as ever however look more chiseled and sculpted as they draw your eyes towards her sultry rear-end. Her tail lights have grown a bit, giving her an eye-catching European style you can only get after traveling the world.
Don’t get me wrong looks are very important but it’s what’s inside that really matters. Her impressive 6.0 liter twin turbo charged W-12 has been improved on giving her “instant accessible supercar performance across the complete rev range.” She’s lost a little weight and gained some muscle due to her four-cam, 48-valve mill which employs lighter, low-friction internals that shed 143 pounds off the outgoing engine. Her power is up by 15 horses and 37 pound-feet of torque (totaling 567 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque), making this girl wicked fast going 0-60 in a dashing 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 198 MPH. She still sports those beautiful 20” five-spoke wheels and offers a 21” wheel upgrade, what a sweat heart!
Just like all beautiful woman she doesn’t come cheap, starting with a base price of $180K. But don’t worry, if you think she’s a little too much to handle I’m told she has a little sister that’s a bit more tame (high-output V8) arriving later year.
Bentley did an amazing job of refining what was already an impressive and elegant sports coupe. The 2011 Bentley Continental GT is as beautiful as ever and like a fine wine, just keeps getting better with age.