That Continental ‘T

04.20.2011

TECHNOLOGY

Tucked neatly into the southern tip of Asia, Muscat, the capital city of Oman strikes a breathtaking balance of coastal bliss by being situated on the Gulf of Oman and between arid, dry desert sands. On its outskirts, it’s flanked by picturesque mountains and long stretches of empty road which give it an old world feel. The city brims vibrantly along, reaping the cosmopolitan benefits of being a port town and a major point of origin for many other countries. Its influences are the fusion of new and old, and together those elements find a way to create something elegantly harmonious. And that’s also probably the reason Bentley Motors chosen this location for its first drive of the 2011 Bentley Continental GT. Given the juxtaposition of ancient and modern, there seems to be a natural fit between this city and this car.

A true 2+2 coupe, the 2011 Continental GT represents a complete overhaul in thinking for the Crewe, England based auto-manufacturer’s top selling model. While the exterior design carries over visual cues from the previous version which debuted in 2003, the 2011 model has a lower stance and a wider body, and is accented with a more prominent grill. From nose to tail, it’s tailored with clean, fluid lines. Bentley has even trimmed 143 pounds off of the new Continental’s body, though it still weighs in at a staggering 5,115 pounds.

Outfitted with a flex-fuel 6.0-liter W12 567 brake horsepower engine (@ 6,000 RPM) and and 516 pound-feet of torque (@ 1,700 RPM), the Continental GT has more than enough power to keep up with some of the more prominent exotics in the world (or in this case, while driving through the rural roads of Muscat; weaving around overzealous farm trucks.) At a top speed of 198 MPH, the Continental GT pulls 0-60 in about 4.4 seconds, cementing its Gran Touring title.

The greatest improvement for the new Continental GT is its interior. The bespoke elements - meticulously stitched, rich leather seats and deep polished wood accents – have been bolstered for a more exquisite feel, and the navigation unit (which was the previous model’s weakest point) has been retooled with a Volkswagen (Bentley’s parent company) sourced touch-screen unit. The optional Naim for Bentley’s sound-system offers 8 speakers/8 channels and delivers an almost concert-hall like experience whether listening to Bach or Biggie. [ED.'s note: Biggie sounds great in everything.]

Like any true coupe, this is undoubtedly a driver’s car. The steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters (gear changes take 200 milliseconds to engage) are a feature especially appreciated while zipping through Mucat’s winding roads. And again, like most true coupes, there isn’t much in the way of rear-passenger room. Rather, the reality is this an automobile that’s built for one, with ample room for two and has the ability to be appreciated by many. Bentley Motors

The 2011 Bentley Continental GT starts at $189,000.

  • Anonymous

    NICE RIDE…NBRHD.COM

  • http://edwinaowenselliott.com/ Edwina @FASHION+ART

    Gorgeous. Love the color too.

  • http://twitter.com/JessieLBrown Jessie L. Brown

    UT orange , I can dig it. and the car too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/PurpDaniels Michael Hernandez

    Beautiful

  • http://www.facebook.com/PurpDaniels Michael Hernandez

    If there is one thing that defines a mans’ class or lack there of, it is his taste of automobiles. Appreciate It.

    -Purp Daniels

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511533700 Ethan Lavelle

    … the only car that fits intercontinental me! Well, you know, if I could afford it… and there was no world hunger and stuff.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511533700 Ethan Lavelle

    … the only car that fits intercontinental me! Well, you know, if I had money that I had no other use for… and there was no world hunger and stuff.

  • http://twitter.com/brianmorris2 Brian Morris

    Albeit…Bumping that “I Love the Dough” just one more time

  • http://twitter.com/slmazadza AIM-HOOD

    Dream car but prefer the drop-top :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1416561412 Zach Hodge

    lol looks like a 2 seater altima with a fancy inside….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N3JKTVPIS7EWLJXOBUNHAEXXVQ Rudy Hill

    I’ve never liked the Bently Continental GT design. I find the front too bulky and the rear is ugly too. For me, the exterior designer tried too hard to make a sleek futuristic looking car but the end result is a conservative design for my grandpa.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Brown/532972951 Michael Brown

    I would definately rock that in nyc. fo’ sho’

  • Anonymous

    I played chicken with a Mack Truck yall Mfs woulda been moved

  • http://www.facebook.com/angelina.gammage Angel Gammage

    These photos are breathtaking! Its as if the car is giving the african desert life. You have the eye for great engineering and beauty. The Continental GT is the epitome of that! I have only one favor to ask of this site. On R4L you featured a special Range Rover The R550 I belive. As a “supercharged driver” in that 4.6 I need to know more about it but its hard finding info on it. If you could put that in the next car spotlight……it would make my day!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1479150644 Kura Shon

    Bentley babie… thats some boss shit

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Geshick/1535556825 Anthony Geshick

    my dad just bought one like that!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/André-Maranhão/100002005585709 André Maranhão

    i would rent it for a day to drive through the deserts …

  • http://twitter.com/Dabestofs Da Best Ofs

    thats Sanaa Lathan Sexy right there

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7S2TX34PJDD2VNEGAZK7AJHZVA Lynell

    would definately do something for the self esteem smh

  • http://www.facebook.com/jpmbaya Joyce Pasqualine Mbaya

    Speechless

  • http://twitter.com/boardroombboys Ronald Gaineous

    “…cats around my way was buying brand new whips and sh@t, what could I do? Knowing I’m supposed to style, I’m the hustler’s poster child…” I swear this site is the real Jay-decoded.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TK4VVDVGUAX4UPOYWZCOMPPZUI Christian Castro

    the interior is incredible but at 189,000 even if i had the money i dont think i would spend that much on a car

  • Anonymous

    I wuz the first cat w/that custom color. Although an accord it was original… over it by now, 914 representative-just say’n…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FENP5EREWZXNMCJMXMA6M6OCE Bob Johnson

    VERY FRESH

  • http://www.facebook.com/la.gurung La Junpyoo Gurung

    wat a !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! rak ,,, dream car

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000433649014 Macmay Leston

    Know what i’m tal bout!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ndumiso.nkomo Ndumiso Nkomo

    What a machine? I am going to get myself one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stas-Kolodyazhny/100002618833033 Stas Kolodyazhny

    amaaaazing car

  • Abdelmoneim Mahgoub

    On a side note, Oman is in Asia not Africa

  • http://twitter.com/FLYNATIONZCEO Juan Doe.

    HARDBODY::

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