2018 Bentley Continental Convertible

2018 Bentley Continental
MSRP range
$236,100 - $322,600
2018 Bentley Continental

What’s new

  • For 2018, only the Continental convertible will be available
  • Part of the second Continental generation introduced for 2011

Pros

  • World-class interior craftsmanship and customization
  • Smooth and strong power
  • Standard all-wheel drive

Cons

  • Lacks 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?

Any Bentley Continental convertible is going to please the vast majority of drivers, but our pick is the GT Speed. With 633 horsepower and an estimated 0-60 mph time of only 3.9 seconds, it's an inspiring performer. The sport-tuned suspension strikes a good balance of comfort and handling, too.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

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.

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
$236,100
MPG
12 city / 20 hwy
Seats 4
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
582 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$264,300
MPG
12 city / 20 hwy
Seats 4
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
633 hp @ 5900 rpm
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Safety

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

2018 Bentley Continental

2017 Aston Martin DB11

2017 Aston Martin DB11

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.

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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.

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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.

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2018 Bentley Continental Convertible Overview

The 2018 Bentley Continental Convertible is offered in the following styles: 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 Convertible?

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Our Review Process

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Bentley Continental?

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