2018 Bentley Continental
- For 2018, only the Continental convertible will be available
- Part of the second Continental generation introduced for 2011
- World-class interior craftsmanship and customization
- Smooth and strong power
- Standard all-wheel drive
- Lacks the latest advanced safety features
- Rear seats are a tight fit for adults
- Not as nimble around turns as some rival exotics
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2018 Bentley Continental pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Continental does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
There's a new 2019 Bentley Continental Coupe set to go on sale this summer, which means this is the finale for this second-generation Continental production run. The 2018 Bentley Continental lineup will consist of just the convertible, but it will continue to be available with five engine varieties.
Unfortunately, the Continental has been showing its age lately since it lacks many of the latest advanced safety features and technological upgrades. While it still has plenty of performance, luxury, refinement and prestige, it's possible that you'll find a rival convertible to be more appealing.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Bentley Continental is only offered as a convertible as a new 2019 coupe joins the lineup. The convertible comes in five versions: the GT V8, GT V8 S, GT, GT Speed and the Supersports. The GT V8 features the V8 engine, while the GT V8 S version makes a bit more power. The remaining Continentals all come with the W12 engine. The regular GT serves as the base. The line then expands with the Continental GT Speed, which has a more powerful W12, and the Supersports, which produces even more power. All Continental variants have an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Under the hood of the GT V8 is a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that produces 500 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque. This allows the V8 to accelerate to 60 mph in a claimed 4.7 seconds. Standard feature highlights include 20-inch wheels, a fabric folding top, xenon headlights, an adaptive air ride suspension, an 8-inch infotainment screen, and an eight-speaker audio system with satellite radio. The GT V8 S increases power output to 521 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque.
The Continental GT uses Bentley's turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine, and here it produces 582 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque. One step up in terms of power and performance, the Continental GT Speed has a revised W12 good for 633 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque. The Speed receives 21-inch wheels and sits 10 mm lower thanks to a sportier suspension calibration.
At the top, the Continental Supersports takes the power levels up an additional notch to 700 hp and 750 lb-ft of torque by utilizing larger turbos and different internal hardware. The Supersports features the most aggressive suspension, transmission and stability control calibration, and it adds carbon-ceramic brake rotors and brake-based torque vectoring.
Added features for the V8 S, the GT Speed and the Supersports include gloss-black exterior trim, sporty exterior enhancements, a sport-tuned suspension and unique interior trim treatments. As with all Bentleys, buyers can choose from a dizzying array of exterior and interior colors, wheels, embroidery, stitching, piping and wood or metallic trim. Notable options across the lineup include an optional Naim premium audio system, a Wi-Fi hotspot and adaptive cruise control.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Continental safety features:
- Side-Mounted Airbags
- Helps prevent abdominal injuries in side-impact collisions by inflating airbags between the passenger and the door.
- Antilock Braking
- Prevents the wheels from locking up during panic or emergency braking. Keeps the wheels rolling, which promotes traction.
- Electronic Stability Control
- Keeps the car from going too far out of control by reducing throttle and applying braking to individual wheels.
Bentley Continental vs. the competition
2018 Bentley Continental
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Bentley Continental vs. Aston Martin DB11
Both the Bentley and the Aston are emblematic British grand tourers, though the Continental does have two more seats. Both deliver rapid acceleration and sharp handling, but the DB11 is closer to the sports car spectrum and is more engaging as a result. Either choice will cost more than $200,000, but the Aston Martin gets an edge for being more up-to-date.
Bentley Continental vs. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The S-Class convertible is positively futuristic compared to the Bentley, with a full complement of advanced safety features and automated driving systems. It also benefits from more modern infotainment features and accommodations. The Benz, however, doesn't have the same head-turning presence or hand-built charm as the Bentley.
Bentley Continental vs. Porsche 911
For the same price as the Bentley, you can get a loaded 911 Turbo S Cabriolet. But at that level, it's more of a supercar than a tourer. You can spend half as much for a more comfortable 911 that will have more modern features than what's available on the Continental. The problem is a Porsche 911 is comparably plebeian next to the exotic Bentley.
If you have a quarter-million dollars burning a hole in your pocket and you desire an ultra-premium luxury convertible, you don't have a lot of options. Fortunately, this class of cars is a showcase for craftsmanship, comfort and performance. One of the crown jewels in the segment is the Bentley Continental, which, for 2018, is only available as a convertible since the fully redesigned 2019 Continental Coupe comes to market this year.
The 2018 Bentley Continental lineup starts with the GT V8 and its 500-horsepower turbocharged 4.0-liter V8. It's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is included. Standard feature highlights include 20-inch wheels, a fabric folding top, xenon headlights, an adaptive air ride suspension, an 8-inch infotainment screen, and an eight-speaker audio system with satellite radio. The GT V8 S increases power output to 521 hp.
The Continental GT gets a 582-hp 6.0-liter W12 engine, while the GT Speed increases that output to 633 hp. The Speed also receives 21-inch wheels and sits 10 mm lower thanks to a sport suspension. The range-topping Continental Supersports turns the dial up to 700 hp and comes with the most aggressive suspension, transmission and stability control calibration and adds carbon-ceramic brake rotors and brake-based torque vectoring.
As with all Bentleys, buyers can choose from a dizzying array of exterior and interior colors, wheels, embroidery, stitching, piping, and wood or metallic trim. Notable options across the lineup include an optional Naim premium audio system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, adaptive cruise control, and a rearview camera.
After many years on the market, the Bentley Continental remains a desirable object to display your wealth, but it has since fallen behind the times when it comes to technology. A new coupe will lead the convertible to market, so if you want the latest and greatest, you may want to postpone your considerable purchase. The good thing is you have all of Edmunds' information and tools at your disposal to make the best decision for your sizable budget.
2018 Bentley Continental Overview
The 2018 Bentley Continental is offered in the following submodels: Continental GT Speed, Continental Convertible, Continental GT Supersports. Available styles include GT Supersports 2dr Convertible AWD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 8A), GT 2dr Convertible AWD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 8A), and GT Speed 2dr Convertible AWD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 8A).
What do people think of the 2018 Bentley Continental?
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