2012 Bentley Continental – Kelley Blue Book

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Bentley Continental

2012 Bentley Continental

In the world of high-performance super luxury cars. few combine the performance, luxury and heritage found in the 2012 Bentley Continental. Offered as a coupe (GT and Supersports), a convertible (GTC) and a sedan (Flying Spur), the Continental lineup is all encompassing. There’s even a high performance Speed variant.

While the sedan is certainly every bit as capable as its 2-door counterparts, it’s the coupe and convertible that steal the show. Big, wide and heavy, these beauties harken back to a different era, one where bigger really was better. Only now, they are equipped with enough modern technology to allow for blistering acceleration and brilliant handling.

Available with velvety-yet-thundering twin-turbo 8- and 12-cylinder engines, the Continental truly is one of a kind.

You don’t need to spend $200,000 to get the kind of luxury and performance found in the Continental. A nice Audi S8 or BMW 7 Series can do the job, plus you get a much more extensive dealer network.

Minor styling changes and some added horsepower mark the big changes for the 2012 Bentley Continental.

there was no lack of power underfoot. The GT V8 launched to 60 mph in a scant 4.6 seconds and Bentley claims a top speed of 188 mph. The 8-speed ZF automatic transmission is flawless so long as you keep it in sport mode and the 40/60 front-to-rear torque split on the all-wheel-drive system provides just the right amount of traction without smothering the car’s cornering ability. Most impressive, though, is the utter sense of solidity the Continental displays.

Rattles are nonexistent, there is little to no outside wind and road noise and no rude sounds from under the hood. It’s like driving something carved from a single ingot, unflappable and without a weak spot.

Under the Hood

Power for all 2012 Bentley Continentals, save for the GT V8, comes from a twin-turbocharged W12 engine mated to a 6-speed ZF transmission. Unlike a V formation, the W houses four sets of 3-cylinder groups in a W formation, allowing for the power of a V12 in space normally reserved for V8. The GT V8 employs a 500-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 equipped with cylinder deactivation, for those rare times when it is more important to save gas than impress your date.

The GT V8 also uses an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The Continental is also E85-compatible.

2012 Bentley Continental GT and GTC V8

4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8

500 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

487 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700 rpm

EPA city/high fuel economy: 15/24

2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur, GT and GTC

6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12

567 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

516 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 11/19 (gasoline), 8/13 (E85)

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