2011 Bentley Continental GTC

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$201,500 - $231,400
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Engine Engine 6.0LW-12
MPG MPG 11 City / 18 Hwy
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2011 Continental GTC Overview

2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible – click above for high-res image gallery As we see it, there's one major problem with the 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible. No, not the $280,000 asking price, or even the give-us-a-break curb weight of 5,269 pounds. We also aren't talking about the fact that this basic chassis has been around since 2003. Nor are we concerned that there exist very few places on earth where you can even maybe-kinda-sorta properly experience the thrust of the Supersport's twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12's profligate output. Get this: 621 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 590 pound-feet of torque available between 2,000-4,500 rpm. Did we mention this one's a convertible? Furthermore, the topless Supersports' problem does not involve the fact that there are very, very few people in its target demographic. You know, the guy that wants to take three members of his family for a ride at 197 mph with the top down (Bentley would like us to point out that with the top up, the Supersports Convertible will hit 202 mph). Thing is, out of the earth's 6.7 billion inhabitants, there will surely be around 400 folks that fit the bill, coincidentally about the same number of these topless Supersports Bentley intends to build. No, the problem with the Bentley Supersports Convertible is that the preposterously humongous carbon-ceramic brakes feel a bit squishy coming down from 165 mph. Mind you, at 130 mph, the stoppers work like anchors. %Gallery-96628% The new-for-2011 Bentley Supersports Convertible is the latest and perhaps final iteration of the Continental lineup. As it stands, and for those of you not keeping track, Bentley will happily sell you no less than eight variants based on this platform, the Volkswagen Group's D1 chassis shared with the ignoble but brilliant Volkswagen Phaeton. Quickly now, you can have the regular flavor Continental, the GTC (that's the convertible), the Continental Speed (more power), the GTC Speed, the Flying Spur (four-door), Flying Spur Speed, the hardtop Supersports and now the Supersports Convertible. That's, of course, here in America. Special editions pop up around the globe, with most of 'em surfacing in China. And don't act all shocked if a Flying Spur Supersports somehow shows up at your local Bentley dealer. As you may have guessed, with each new vehicle comes not only more capability, but a higher price tag, too. We already mentioned that the Supersports Convertible stickers for $280,400. What we didn't mention are the $2,595 transportation fee, the $3,700 gas guzzler tax or the $7,100 for the 1,100-watt Naim sound system – a must-have option says us. That said, if you can even afford to consider buying Bentley's fastest ever convertible, we have zero sympathy for any perceived nickle and diming. Besides, if you can't afford the essentially three hundred grand that the Supersports Convertible will set you back, might we suggest the gentleman have a gander at the less muscular 600 hp, 553 lb-ft of torque GTC Speed, which starts at a more modest $230,000? Speaking …
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2011 Continental GTC Overview

2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible – click above for high-res image gallery As we see it, there's one major problem with the 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible. No, not the $280,000 asking price, or even the give-us-a-break curb weight of 5,269 pounds. We also aren't talking about the fact that this basic chassis has been around since 2003. Nor are we concerned that there exist very few places on earth where you can even maybe-kinda-sorta properly experience the thrust of the Supersport's twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12's profligate output. Get this: 621 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 590 pound-feet of torque available between 2,000-4,500 rpm. Did we mention this one's a convertible? Furthermore, the topless Supersports' problem does not involve the fact that there are very, very few people in its target demographic. You know, the guy that wants to take three members of his family for a ride at 197 mph with the top down (Bentley would like us to point out that with the top up, the Supersports Convertible will hit 202 mph). Thing is, out of the earth's 6.7 billion inhabitants, there will surely be around 400 folks that fit the bill, coincidentally about the same number of these topless Supersports Bentley intends to build. No, the problem with the Bentley Supersports Convertible is that the preposterously humongous carbon-ceramic brakes feel a bit squishy coming down from 165 mph. Mind you, at 130 mph, the stoppers work like anchors. %Gallery-96628% The new-for-2011 Bentley Supersports Convertible is the latest and perhaps final iteration of the Continental lineup. As it stands, and for those of you not keeping track, Bentley will happily sell you no less than eight variants based on this platform, the Volkswagen Group's D1 chassis shared with the ignoble but brilliant Volkswagen Phaeton. Quickly now, you can have the regular flavor Continental, the GTC (that's the convertible), the Continental Speed (more power), the GTC Speed, the Flying Spur (four-door), Flying Spur Speed, the hardtop Supersports and now the Supersports Convertible. That's, of course, here in America. Special editions pop up around the globe, with most of 'em surfacing in China. And don't act all shocked if a Flying Spur Supersports somehow shows up at your local Bentley dealer. As you may have guessed, with each new vehicle comes not only more capability, but a higher price tag, too. We already mentioned that the Supersports Convertible stickers for $280,400. What we didn't mention are the $2,595 transportation fee, the $3,700 gas guzzler tax or the $7,100 for the 1,100-watt Naim sound system – a must-have option says us. That said, if you can even afford to consider buying Bentley's fastest ever convertible, we have zero sympathy for any perceived nickle and diming. Besides, if you can't afford the essentially three hundred grand that the Supersports Convertible will set you back, might we suggest the gentleman have a gander at the less muscular 600 hp, 553 lb-ft of torque GTC Speed, which starts at a more modest $230,000? Speaking …Hide Full Review