The 2008 Bentley Continental GT is just plain beautiful and this year, with the addition of its Speed version, it’s also the automaker’s most powerful vehicle to date. The GT is offered in two door Coupe base and Speed trims, or a two door Convertible model, with a hefty 552 horsepower 6.0-liter gas-powered W12 that generates 479 lbs-ft of torque mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capability. In addition to a top speed of 202 MPH and a zero to 60-time of just over four seconds, the GT comes beautifully equipped with leather upholstery and wood trim.Read more Read less
Bentley's Continental GT boasts subtle design and mechanical changes for 2008, and it sheds 77 pounds. Front end styling has been revised; the grille is now more upright, the bumper sits lower and contains a wider air intake, and the quad headlights carry a new design. Engine internals have been changed as well, and while the W12 still puts out 552 horsepower, it does so with a new camshaft chain, new crankcase, and a new engine management system, which reduces fuel consumption and emissions. The car also features several minor tweaks to the chassis, steering, and suspension systems, and a "Sport Traction" mode has been added to the traction control system. New standard features in the GT as well as the GTC convertible include Sirius satellite radio, a better Bluetooth system, an embossed "B" in the brake pedal, and a new Breitling clock. New options include carbon-ceramic brakes, a three-spoke steering wheel, a backup camera, and several new colors. Perhaps most importantly, the GT has also been severely tweaked to create another model--the GT Speed. The Speed gets 602 horsepower from the W12 thanks to a host of internal engine changes, including new pistons, connecting rods, and timing chain. The Speed wears a darker front grille and rides lower than the standard GT. It also uses an improved, faster Servotronic steering system, which can be put to use on the way to the car's top speed of 202 mph.
Bold, sexy, distinctive design; sophisticated, powerful W12 engine; ultra-comfortable interior; exclusivity; available as a convertible.
Bentley has few rivals in the world of ultra-luxurious supercars. As a true four-seater capable of maintaining blistering triple-digit speeds all day, there is perhaps no more comfortable, exotic, or classy way to get from Point A to Point B. The open GTC loses little in the way of performance and adds much in the way of "see and be seen," while the addition of the GT Speed takes the popular model even further, putting it on a pedestal that rivals like Ferrari and Aston Martin must try hard to achieve.
Continental GT GT 2 Door Coupe
Continental GT GT 2 Door Speed Coupe
Continental GT GTC 2 Door Convertible