Bentley Motors showcases Continental GT with contemporary elegance,
handcrafted luxury and eco-friendly technology.

Sophistication, elegance and superior craftsmanship shape the regal Bentley Continental GT, a remarkably smooth ride equipped with an 8-speed automatic, 500- horsepower V8 turbo-engine and 487 pound-feet of torque, topping its predecessor, the W12 engine, and rivaling the best of its competitors. With a Torsen differential that sends 40 percent of the power to the front wheels and 60 percent to the rear, the sprint from 0 to 60 mph takes the new Continental GT V8 just 4.7 seconds, with a top speed of 187 mph.

The British sports vehicle, acquired by Volkswagon Group in 1998, is presented in an opulent two-door hardtop coupe and a flirty, posh convertible. High-tech convenience complemented by old-world charm makes a leisurely drive in the English country-side or a spin on the Autobahn, a decidedly decadent experience, but with one exception — at an estimated MSRP starting at $175,000, it's environmentally friendly — engineered for fuel economy to appeal to the affluent eco-conscious driver. "Today, Bentley clients are as focused on environmentally friendly technology as power," says Mark Tennant, Bentley's marketing director.

The Continental GT's cabin features the finest quality materials from sumptuous, supple leather interiors to rich exterior veneers designed in Bentley's wood-crafting shop. Nearly all bespoke trim and content options that signify classic Bentley return with minor trim changes such as red "B" badges, a black-gloss mesh grille with a chrome frame and the sleekest of exterior colors. The Continental GT and the GTC are available at Bentley Palm Beach, a division of Braman Motorcars. For more information, call 561/683-3300 or 866/647-6309.

A rare combination of everyday usability coupled with a superpowered ride, the Continental GT's acclaimed 12-cylinder, 6-litre engine is one of the most advanced performers of its kind.

Both a sensational open tourer and year-round performer, the Bentley Continental GTC V8 Convertible provides superior craftsmanship.