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2017 Bentley Continental GT and GTC: Overview

If you’re looking for information on a newer Bentley Continental, we’ve published an updated overview: 2018 Bentley Continental GT Overview

What’s New for 2017?

Following a facelift last year, the 2017 Bentley Continental GT and GTC are largely unchanged — except for a new high-performance Supersports model, which is offered in coupe and convertible guise. See the 2017 Bentley Continental models for sale near you

What We Like

Luxurious interior; surprisingly fast, even with the V8; practical thanks to large trunk and standard all-wheel drive

What We Don’t

One of the oldest designs on the market; pricey compared to rivals from Mercedes-Benz and others; no rear-seat room

Overview

The 2017 Bentley Continental is the brand’s entry-level model, but you’d never know it from the price. The fixed-roof Continental GT coupe starts around $200,000 and goes up from there, while the drop-top Continental GTC starts around $222,000 with shipping.

Still, that’s cheap by Bentley standards, especially since the brand’s lineup also includes the full-size Mulsanne sedan, which starts at an almost unbelievable $305,000 with shipping. But don’t be fooled by its price: While the Continental may seem like a bargain compared to other Bentleys, it doesn’t skimp on the brand’s famous luxury qualities and notoriously impressive performance.

For proof, consider the powertrains: Even a base-level, V8-powered Continental GT offers 500 horsepower; slotting just above that is the Continental GT V8 S, with 521 horses, followed by the W12 model, which now boasts 582 hp. Next up is the high-performance Continental Speed, with a muscular 626 horses and a top speed of well above 200 miles per hour. Finally, new for 2017 there’s the impressive Continental Supersports. Billed as the most powerful Bentley ever, it touts 700 hp, many sport-oriented modifications and a base price of around $297,000 (for the coupe) and $326,000 (for the convertible).

The 2017 Bentley Continental GT and GTC also earn their luxury status with many standard and optional features. Both the GT and GTC come standard with 20-inch alloy wheels, a navigation system with Google Maps capability, front and rear parking sensors with a backup camera, and automatic xenon headlights, while options include massaging seats, a high-quality Naim sound system and a wide range of personalization features ranging from stitching and embroidery to unique wheels, piping and trim.

Of course, there are a few drawbacks — like the small back seats and the ancient design, which has been updated but never redesigned since the Continental GT’s arrival over a decade ago. Still, the Continental GT and GTC models ooze opulence, luxury and performance. Indeed, for the "entry level," these cars are pretty impressive.

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