2011 Bentley Continental GT
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Bentley recently pulled the digital wraps off of its redesigned 2011 Continental GT to get your heart pumping a bit. Today the British automaker wants to get your wallet pumping. Pricing has just been announced for the new Conti and the MSRP rises by just under four percent – an increase from $182,800 (2010 Continental GT MSRP) to $189,900.

What does that four percent rate hike get you? A lot actually. The W12 engine produces more power to the tune of 567 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque; an increase of nearly three and eight percent respectively. The interior has been upgraded and features a welcome-to-the-modern-era-finally navigation system as well as an increase of 46 mm of rear seat legroom. This is good news for any Continental GT owners looking to date taller supermodels.

What can't be measured by facts and figures is the updated appearance of this handsome car from Crewe. The new lines on the 2011 Continental GT look downright Muscle Beach without detracting from the overall elegance. The fenders arc and crease beautifully, grabbing the lines started by the nose, flowing into the shoulder and then back out into the tail.

The 2011 Bentley Continental GT may be getting a four percent price increase over the outgoing model, but that $7,100 buys you a whole new ultra-luxe touring experience. Check out all the details in the press release after the break.


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NEW CHAPTER IN CONTINENTAL STORY BEGINS IN PARIS

First opportunity to see Bentley Continental GT
Pricing confirmed at Mondial de l'Automobile 2010
(Paris - 29 September, 2010) Paris has played a significant role in Bentley's history and is set to do so again with the new Continental GT making its official public debut at the prestigious Mondial de l'Automobile tomorrow.

"Paris was the perfect stage for Bentley to show the first Continental GT concept in 2002. The public reaction to this bold, original design statement inspired us to bring the GT to life. It is exciting and fitting to begin this new chapter in the Continental story in the city that launched the first car in such style," comments Alasdair Stewart, Member of the Board for Sales and Marketing.

Since that first, high-impact Paris debut in 2002 over 46,000 Continentals (of which nearly half have been the GT coupe) have been built by Bentley's craftsmen and women at the Crewe factory in Cheshire, England. The GT quickly established a reputation for stirring high performance, handcrafted luxury and everyday practicality and usability.

The new Continental GT unveiled in Paris tomorrow builds on this success with the W12 engine now producing even more power (575 PS / 567 bhp / 423 kW) and torque (700 Nm / 516 lb ft) as well as even sharper acceleration times throughout the range. The luxurious cabin offers increased stowage space, an additional 46 mm of legroom for back-seat passengers and a state-of-the-art 30 GB infotainment system supported by touchscreen technology.

But perhaps most dramatic of all is the 2011 GT's appearance.

This new Continental takes its design inspiration from the original GT which in turn was inspired by the 1950s R-Type Continental but moves the story on. Signature styling cues remain but the sculptured new body, produced using the latest construction techniques, delivers even crisper, more highly defined feature lines and form to every area of the exterior design. The GT's new look is bolder and more athletic than ever before.

Bentley Motors is also releasing pricing today (see table below) and has confirmed that deliveries to customers will start in the first quarter of 2011. The company's dealer network will be able to support customers wishing to place orders from next month onwards.

2011 CONTINENTAL GT – PRICING

POUNDS STERLING £135,760
US DOLLAR $189,900 MSRP
EURO €154, 600
RENMINBI ¥3,500,000
YEN ¥24,150,000
· All prices are exclusive of delivery charges

Pounds sterling pricing is inclusive of 20 % VAT (1 January, 2011)
Euro prices do not include individual market taxation rates
US Dollar pricing is exclusive of individual state taxes
Additional market-specific pricing information will be released by Bentley Motors during October, 2010.