2017 Bentley Continental Convertible

2017 Bentley Continental
2017 Bentley Continental

Pros

  • World-class interior craftsmanship and customization
  • Smooth and strong power with either engine
  • Convertible top available for all variants
  • Standard all-wheel drive

Cons

  • Lacking the latest advanced safety features
  • Rear seats are a tight fit for adults
  • Not as nimble around turns as some rival exotics


Which Continental does Edmunds recommend?

For our money, the Bentley Continental GT Speed is the one to get. With an uprated version of the W12 from the standard GT, the Speed produces 633 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque. This allows the Speed to accelerate to 60 mph in a claimed 3.9 seconds, with minimal sacrifice to the car's grand touring abilities.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

The 2017 Bentley Continental offers all the sport and luxury you'll want, and then heaps on a seemingly endless array of customization possibilities. It's an ultra-fast and ultra-luxurious grand tourer for those of the most discerning taste.

Bentley offers this year's Continental in five variants, one of which is the new Supersports version. But the core model continues to be the Continental GT: a supremely confident grand tourer, powered by either a turbocharged V8 or a turbocharged W12 engine. Both send effortless power through an eight-speed transmission and then to an all-wheel-drive system.

The key point for the Continental is that the driving experience isn't diluted with overt amounts of technology. The Continental GT is a car that you can get in and drive with no special instruction, as well as a car you'd want to drive every day or cover some good distance in on a weekend road trip.

Trim levels & features

The 2017 Bentley Continental comes in five main versions: GT V8, GT V8 S, GT, GT Speed and 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, and you can get all as either a coupe or convertible.

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 in a claimed 4.6 seconds. Bentley upgrades this engine on the GT V8 S to produce 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 sits 10 millimeters lower thanks to a sportier suspension calibration.

At the top, the new 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.

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.

Driving

The Continental is a grand touring machine. It's heavy, but the adaptive suspension and all-wheel drive do their best to keep the car composed when you're driving around turns. Thanks to the stout V8 or W12, there's no shortage of smooth, effortless power.

Comfort

Plush leather seats and a quiet interior make the inside of the Continental a great place to spend time. But the car's high beltline can make it a bit hard to see out for some shorter drivers. The rear seats, while convenient for around town trips, are too small for adults to do any real touring in.

Interior

The Continental doesn't have the latest in-car technology. Instead, Bentley focuses on old-world craftsmanship and the relatively analog nature of the cockpit. The Continental is one of the few performance cars you can just hop in and easily figure out how everything works.

Utility

While the rear seats are beautiful, the seatbacks don't fold down. The trunk itself is deep, but it's difficult to fit larger suitcases or boxes in the back due to the short aperture of the trunk opening. But the trunk carpeting is plush and soft, so you might just want to leave it empty anyway.

Technology

The navigation and climate control systems are easy to use. But the Continental lacks many of the latest in-car technology and advanced driver safety features found on rival cars.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$322,600
MPG
11 city / 19 hwy
Seats 4
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
700 hp @ 5900 rpm
MSRP
$264,300
MPG
12 city / 20 hwy
Seats 4
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
633 hp @ 5900 rpm
MSRP
$218,400
MPG
14 city / 24 hwy
Seats 4
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
500 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$231,800
MPG
14 city / 24 hwy
Seats 4
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
520 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Continental safety features:

Side Curtain Airbags
Helps prevent head injuries in the case of rollover by inflating bags over the side windows. For both front- and rear-seat passengers.
Anti-Lock 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.

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More about the 2017 Bentley Continental

As far as Bentleys go, the Continental series of coupes and convertibles are instantly recognizable. They have proud yet sleek front-end designs and the trademark fastback sloping rear deck that's lifted straight from the postwar era. And while cars have changed, Bentley has kept its famous handbuilt interiors and stately presence the same.

While not for everyone, those who are interested in the standard Continental GT would look at its twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 (imagine two V6s kind of snuggling together), dynamic all-wheel-drive system, adjustable suspension, square yards of leather and real wood and call it good. It lacks the high-tech features that some of its competitors use, and for this small group, that's just fine, and that's because Continentals are easy to drive. You can just get in and, without fiddling with entertainment and navigation computers and learning how to operate various drive modes, go travel the countryside in comfort and speed.

Like all other Bentleys, the Continental features numerous leather and wood options, different wheels and virtually unlimited paint combinations. Build it your way, and enjoy driving something unique.

If you want to relive the era of the "Bentley Boys" and push the sports car aspects of the Continental platform, the new-for-2017 Bentley Continental Supersports should fulfill your fantasies. With even more power than the GT Speed (a whopping 700 horsepower and ridiculous 750 pound-feet of torque), the Supersports also features a unique interior leather and trim combination and blacked-out wheels, bodywork trim and taillights. And then there's the wing.

Now, if you're on the other side of the fence, and want to simply enjoy a calm driving experience, the Bentley Continental also comes with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. The aptly named Continental GT V8 produces 500 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque, and uses the same eight-speed transmission and all-wheel-drive system as the W12-equipped variants.

For a little more power and uniqueness, the Continental GT V8 S ups the power to 521 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque and blacked-out exterior hardware.

Of course, you can also get all five variants in corresponding convertible models. But be forewarned, the Continental line of cars is large and heavy. Instead of outright agility, they're better at long sweeping corners, climbing steep mountain grades and just generally passing miles. And if you're interested in building one, let Edmunds help guide you to configure and buy the perfect Bentley Continental GT.

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