2017 Bentley Continental GT

2017 MODEL
$218,400 - $322,600 See Inventory Prices

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2017 Bentley Continental GT Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible is a vehicle portrayed by its influenced respectfulness and refine complete while offering a gigantic act.

Starting at the price of $198500, the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible is a healthily luxurious sports cars and a favorite amongst the richest mass in the world because of its endless possibilities of different varieties of customizations.

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Pros

Top-notch interior craftsmanship

Powerful and smooth performance from all the engines

All the trims can be chosen to be a Convertible as well

Usage of some of the finest leathers in the world

Cons

Absence of the latest safety features and technology

Rear seats can be congested for adults

Ride quality can be jerky specially during turns

Way too high of a price range

What's New?

Supersports which features an upgraded W12 engine generating up to 700 horsepower.

Sportier suspension calibration

Carbon-ceramic brakes

Updated all-wheel drive system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$218400

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

top speed

209 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

244 cu. in.

horsepower

500 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

487 lb.-ft. @ 1700 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.2 in. ventilated disc brakes/16 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

108 in.

length

189.3 in.

width

76.7 in.

height

55.1 in.

curb weight

5445 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

86 cu ft.

cargo volume

9.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.4 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.7 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

159 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/17/24 mpg

highway range

576 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/unlimited

drivetrain warranty

3 years/unlimited

corrosion warranty

3 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No


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Ratings

Features

10

Engine

9.3

Interior

8.5

Exterior

8.5

Safety

9.0

9.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Bentley Continental GT GT V8

GT V8

power
500 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
17 combined

$218,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT V8 2dr Convertible AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $218,400 MSRP (14/17/24) 500 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

 2017 Bentley Continental GT V8

V8

power
500 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
17 combined

$218,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V8 2dr Convertible AWD (4.0L 8cyl 8AM) Starting at $218,400 MSRP (14/17/24) 500 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic front wheel drive 4

 2017 Bentley Continental GT V8 S

V8 S

power
500 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
17 combined

$231,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V8 S 2dr Convertible AWD (4.0L 8cyl 8AM) Starting at $231,800 MSRP (14/17/24) 500 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

 2017 Bentley Continental GT GT V8 S

GT V8 S

power
520 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
17 combined

$231,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT V8 S 2dr Convertible AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $231,800 MSRP (14/17/24) 520 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

 2017 Bentley Continental GT GT

GT

power
582 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
15 combined

$236,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT 2dr Convertible AWD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $236,100 MSRP (12/15/20) 582 hp @ 6000 rpm, 6 L, W12, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

 2017 Bentley Continental GT W12

W12

power
582 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
15 combined

$236,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
W12 2dr Convertible AWD (6.0L 1cyl 8AM) Starting at $236,100 MSRP (12/15/20) 582 hp @ 6100 rpm, 6 L, W12, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

 2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed

Speed

power
521 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
15 combined

$264,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Speed 2dr Convertible AWD (6.0L 1cyl 8AM) Starting at $264,300 MSRP (12/15/20) 521 hp @ 6000 rpm, 6 L, W12, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

 2017 Bentley Continental GT GT Speed

GT Speed

power
633 hp @ 5900 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
15 combined

$264,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT Speed 2dr Convertible AWD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $264,300 MSRP (12/15/20) 633 hp @ 5900 rpm, 6 L, W12, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

 2017 Bentley Continental GT Supersports

Supersports

power
700 hp @ 5900 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
13 combined

$322,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Supersports 2dr Convertible AWD (6.0L 1cyl 8AM) Starting at $322,600 MSRP (11/13/19) 700 hp @ 5900 rpm, 6 L, W12, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4
Supersports 2dr Convertible AWD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $322,600 MSRP (11/13/19) 700 hp @ 5900 rpm, 6 L, W12, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

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2017 Bentley Bentayga
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2018 Bentley Continental GT
8.0/10

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MPG: 15 combined

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2017 Bentley Flying Spur
N/A

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2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe
7.5/10

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MPG: 19 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

9.1

Overall Rating


The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible comes with a number of engine options starting from 8 cylinders and going all the way up to 12 cylinders pairing with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all wheel drive system for an ultra-fast driving experience.


10/10
Features

 

9.3/10
Engine

 
 

8.5/10
Interior

 

8.5/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2017 Bentley Continental GT Features

10/10

The GT V8 and GT V8 S trims of the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible have a 4 liter turbocharged V8 engine under their hoods. The GT and GT Speed trims along with the Supersports trim house a 6 liter turbocharged W12 engine. An 8-speed automatic transmission and all wheel driving system is standard in all the trims.

Trim GT GT V8 S GT V8
MSRP $236,100 $231,800 $218,400
Key Features Dual tone, 3-spoke, hide-trimmed steering wheel Beluga gloss front splitter, side sills, rear extension and diffuser body styling as part of the Lower Body Styling Specification Bi-Xenon projector headlamps with LED signature daylight running lamps, LED main beam supplementation, integrated washer jets
  Wood and hide 3-spoke, hide trimmed steering wheel (not available with Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus) Ventilated front seats with massage function Keyless entry and ignition
  Embroidered Bentley emblems Remote control garage door / electronic gate opener  GPS tracking system provision, in addition to standard alarm system
  Bluetooth® telephone system with privacy handset  Rear view camera Naim® for Bentley Premium Audio System
  Mulliner Driving Specification Bluetooth® telephone system with privacy handset (available when specified with twin front armrests) Bluetooth® telephone system with privacy handset
  GPS tracking system provision, in addition to standard alarm system GPS tracking system provision, in addition to standard alarm system  Multi-zone automatic climate control system
  Bluetooth® telephone system with privacy handset  WiFi hotspot 8 channel, 8 speaker audio system with Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) speakers
  WiFi hotspot    

What we recommend?

We recommend the GT Speed trim of the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible as it features an updated and better performing version of the W12 engine and it generates a massive horsepower of 633 and torque of 620 pound-feet of torque and has a whopping acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.9 seconds.a

2017 Bentley Continental GT Engine

9.3/10

Regardless of the engine camp you belong to, the interior of every Bentley Continental GT boasts exceptionally high-quality materials and exquisite levels of craftsmanship that stand out even among other high-end luxury cars the GT competes with.-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

All the engines of the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible are strong and powerful and impresses beyond expectations with their outputs. Starting with the 4 liter turbocharged V8; it has an output of 500 horsepower and torque of 487 pound-feet. The GT V8 S features the similar engine but with an increased output of 521 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. Moving on, the 6 liter turbocharged W12 engine which you can find in the GT, GT Speed and Supersports trim levels don't fail in doing the same as well. For the GT, the horsepower is 582 and the torque is 531 pound-feet. It gets revised in the GT Speed as the horsepower increases to a shocking 633 as well as the torque going up to 620 pound-feet. Last but not the least, the Supersports do justice to its name with the most powerful performance of all the trims with 700 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque with the addition of larger turbos and other internal hardware.

The 8-speed automatic transmission works with all the engine versions in coordination and doesn't have misfiring and power loss, thanks to its precise and on-time shifting.

Models

Bentley Continental GT

Aston martin DB11

Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC

MSRP

$198,500

$211,995

$122,750

Engine

4.0L 8cyl

5.2L V12 48 Valve Twin-Turbo

4.7L biturbo V8

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

Horsepower

500 hp

600 hp @ 6500 rpm

449 hp @ 5250 rpm

Torque

487lb-ft

516 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

516 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

The Aston Martin D811 and the Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC share a similar torque of 516 pound-feet but the former has a way higher horsepower of 600 than the latter's lowest horsepower of 449. The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible has the second highest horsepower of 500 as compared to the others and the least torque of 487 pound-feet.

Acceleration

The one thing that will impress you about the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible is its lightning speed acceleration due to its exceptional throttle response and next to none delay in sending power to the all-wheel drive system.

Models

Bentley Continental GT

Aston martin DB11

Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC

0-60 MPH

3.5 sec

3.9 sec

4.0 sec

Quarter mile

12.7 sec

11.7 sec

12.5 sec

Engine

4.0L

5.2L

4.7L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

11.8

10.4

8.8

Even though the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible has the least powerful engine among the three, it manages to cope with the fastest initial acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. It is followed by the Aston Martin with a timing of 3.9 seconds and falling behind by only a millisecond the Mercedes Benz taking 4 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.

However, over the quarter mile, the Aston Martin recovers significantly and becomes the fastest to cover the distance in 11.7 seconds. The Mercedes Benz manages to clinch the second spot over the quarter mile distance by covering it in 12.5 seconds while initially being the fastest, the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible is the last one to cross the 250 mile mark in 12.7 seconds.

The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible is seen to suffer in terms of emissions as well with the highest stats among the three as the Mercedes Benz boasts the lowest emission rates.

Handling and Steering

The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible moves uninterrupted with the road in spite of being a heavy. All the credit goes to its adaptive suspension and all wheel drive system that contribute significantly in maintaining a smooth and stable ride quality.

A little bit of cowl shake can be experienced because of the soft top. This is like cancer for convertibles as the low structural rigidity paves way for this phenomenon.

Braking

The new carbon-ceramic brakes of the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible work effectively and produce a decent stopping power given its immaculate engine power and manage to bring the car at halt from 60 mph in just 123 feet.

Model

Bentley Continental GT

Aston martin DB11

Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC

Brake Front (in.)

15.9

15.7

14.6

Brake Rear (in.)

13.2

14.2

14.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5060

4080

4707

60-0 MPH (ft.)

123

N/A

N/A

2017 Bentley Continental GT Fuel Economy

The fuel economy in the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible can be a little compromising but that's totally understandable given the output generated by the different engines under the hoods.

Model

Bentley Continental GT

Aston martin DB11

Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC

MPG (city)

15

15

17

MPG (highway)

25

21

25

MPG (combined)

19

17

20

The Mercedes Benz is seen to be the most efficient among the three with the best economy ratings of 17 mpg in the cities, 20 mpg combined and 25 mpg in the highways which is similar to the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible as well, but it does end up in the second place with 15 mpg in the cities and 19 mpg combined. Although the Aston Martin shares an equal rating of 15 mpg in the cities with the Bentley, it is otherwise the least efficient vehicle of the three with the lowest of 21 mpg in the highways and 17 mpg combined.

2017 Bentley Continental GT Interior

8.5/10

Wonderfully fragranced cow, yes. All the usual Bentley tropes are present and correct, with knurled bits, book-matched wood and leather slicked over every surface.-TopGear

Seating and comfort

The quiet interiors coupled with the posh leather seats dominate the inside of the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible. The shorter drivers may have difficulty regarding visibility due the high beltline. The rear seats are comfortable for roaming around the town but for long trips, the lack of space can be felt specially if you are an adult.

Model

Bentley Continental GT

Aston martin DB11

Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.6/-/41.3

N/A

39.3/60.6/-

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.5/-/32.5

N/A

36.7/54.1/-

All the three cars have an equal passenger capacity of 4.

The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible has better front passenger headroom than the Mercedes Benz while the latter enjoys better headroom than the former in terms of rear passengers.

Interior Features

  • 12 way adjustable power driver seat
  • Folding centre armrest
  • Rear ventilation ducts
  • 2 one-touch power windows
  • External temperature display
  • Universal remote transmitter
  • Tilt and telescopic electric steering wheel with cruise, transmission and audio controls
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors

Infotainment

We feel the infotainment system of the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible could have been a little better as the 8-inch LCD touch screen doesn't have any jaw dropping features other than the normal facilities and Google Maps supportability.

  • 8 total speakers
  • DVD player
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • USB with external media control
  • Memory card slot
  • Satellite radio with real time traffic
  • Video monitor
  • AM/FM stereo

Cargo

The cargo space of the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible is something really impressive as it is quite deep and the floor carpeting is soft. The aperture is a bit less but it isn't much of a concern.

Model

Bentley Continental GT

Aston martin DB11

Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

12.6

7.9

10.4

Compared to its rivals, the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible has the largest cargo space of up to 12.6 cubic feet which encourages practicality more than the other two. The Mercedes Benz follows the line with a slight dip and has a volume of 10.4 cubic feet and lastly, the Aston Martin is seen to suffer significantly in terms of cargo spacing with the lowest space of 7.9 cubic feet.

2017 Bentley Continental GT Exterior

8.5/10

Externally, the 2017 Supersports is identified by new front and rear bumpers, carbon-fiber detailing that includes a new front splitter, new rear diffuser, side skirts, exterior mirrors, hood vents, gloss black trim instead of chrome, and dark tint lights.-motortrend

Dimensions and Weight

The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible has fairly respectable dimensions compared to its other rivals and the exterior styling doesn't let you down.

Model

Bentley Continental GT

Aston martin DB11

Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC

Curb weight (lbs.)

5060

4080

4707

Length(in)

189.3

186.6

197.9

Width(in)

76.7

76.4

74.8

Height(in)

55.2

50.4

55.8

Ground clearance (in)

5.5

5.7

4.7

Wheelbase (in)

108.0

110.4

115.9

Track width (in) F/R

65.5/65.2

N/A

64.0/64.9

Heaviest of the three, the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible also happens to the widest and has the least wheelbase. the Aston Martin enjoy the highest ground clearance other than being the lightest weighing vehicles among the three whereas the Mercedes Benz is the longest and tallest, has the largest wheelbase while having the least width and ground clearance.

Exterior Features

  • Rear defogger
  • Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers
  • Painted alloy wheels
  • Cargo tie downs
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • High pressure headlamp washers

 

2017 Bentley Continental GT Safety

9.0/10
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Side Impact Beams

 

2017 Bentley Continental GT Competition

Aston Martin DB11

The epitome of power and style, the Aston Martin DB11 surely knows how to leave its mark on the minds of luxury sports car lovers. It lets you choose between two incredibly powerful engines the 4 liter twin turbo V8 and the 5.2 liter twin turbo V12. The secret behind its agile handling is its lightweight structure, stiff chassis and torque vectoring system. When we start comparing it with the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible, it has a way higher base price which is definitely backed up by the more powerful engine. Other than that, the Aston has fairly similar acceleration like the Bentley, its less fuel efficient and falls way behind in terms of cargo space.

Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC

The Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC continues to represent the luxurious tradition of the S-Class. Featuring a 4.7 liter biturbo V8 engine under its hood, the Mercedes Benz has rear wheel drive and a 9-speed automatic transmission as standard while all wheel drive is optional. It also houses the safety features such as the enhanced autonomous driving functions and active body control. Up against the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible, it has a slight less powerful engine and acceleration as well as it also goes through a lack of cargo space but it is incredibly fuel efficient in spite of being on the lower end of the price range.

2017 Bentley Continental GT Final Verdict

The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible is an able decision for extravagant vehicles with a fabulously lively feel to it. Facing its adversaries in the market, the Bentley does genuinely well and sets up an act that makes it great in more than one different ways. Likewise, it has a decent sticker price connected to it so on the off chance that you need to put resources into an extravagance sports vehicle, the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible will merit each penny.