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2018 Bentley Continental GT: Overview

What’s New for 2018?

The 2018 Bentley Continental GT is only available in convertible form as a hot new 2019 Continental is set to arrive later this year. The V8 engine is also gone, leaving only three 12-cylinder-powered models: GT, Speed and the new for 2018 Supersports. Also new for 2018 is a limited-edition Timeless Series. See the 2018 Bentley Continental GT models for sale near you

What We Like

Luxurious interior; surprisingly fast; somewhat practical thanks to a 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; only offered in convertible form

Overview

The 2018 Bentley Continental is the brand’s entry-level model, but you’d never know it from the price. Available this year only in convertible form, the entry price for a 2018 Continental GT starts at $241,425, including destination and gas guzzler tax.

Still, that’s reasonable by Bentley standards, especially since the brand’s lineup also includes the full-size Mulsanne sedan, which starts at an almost unbelievable $310,000 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 powertrain. Even a base-level Continental GT is equipped with a 12-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine boasting 582 horsepower. Next up is the high-performance Continental Speed, with a muscular 633 horses and a top speed of well above 200 miles per hour. Finally, new for 2018, 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 just a hair under $328,000.

The 2018 Bentley Continental GT also earns its luxury status with many standard and optional features, including 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 models ooze opulence, luxury and performance. Indeed, for the "entry level," these cars are pretty impressive.

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