By Ethan Dougherty
on 9.7.10

When it comes to grand touring coupes, the Bentley Continental GT needs no introduction. It’s arguably one of the finest examples of luxury tourers available to mere mortals. Problem is, it never seemed to be quite the vehicle Bentley had hoped for. The new 2011 Continental GT quelches any “luxo-barge” notions. It offers a new, significantly crisper body design, more infotainment features than any post description could list, and a party piece: the 6 liter, W12, twin-turbo powerplant that outputs 567 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque… and runs on standard unleaded or bioethanol – not that its owners will bother themselves with such plebeian trivialities. That powertrain is good for a 4.4 second run to 60 mph and a top speed of 198 mph. Jeweled headlamps with LED running lights, hand-crafted cabin, Naim audio system with 30GB hard drive and Google Maps, Quickshift transmission, all-wheel drive with 30:60 rear-biased torque split, and 20″ (21″ optional) wheels round out theContinental GT’s notable features.

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