I’ve been lambasted on this blog for calling out Bentley vehicles as ugly luxo-barges that look too much like Chryslers.
Granted, the Chrysler 300 came out long after Bentley ruled the streets of Beverley Hills, but the resemblance still drives me bonkers. I don’t have anything in particular against the cars themselves, but I’m sick of seeing them in every rich ZIP code in the country. I don’t think I’d even take one if it was given to me… I’d happily trade it in on a new Aston Martin Rapide.
Even with such a bias against the looks of Bentleys, I’m excited to report that an all-new 2011 Continental GT coupe is on the way. And it looks, dare I say, pretty darn good!
The face of the Continental GT looks like it has received a much-needed reworking. The front fenders, front bumper, and mirrors have been smoothed out. A full-length chrome strip accents the lower section of the car and wraps all the way to the rear bumper.
More good news for the big Bentley: According to a report by Automobile Magazine, the next Continental will be based on the Audi A8, rather than the Volkswagen Phaeton. The switch will help shed about 400 pounds and result in a shorter front overhang, a longer wheelbase, and a wider track. That all translates to an even more luxurious ride, better handling, and more interior space.
The new Continental GT should debut in early 2011 and cost around $200,000.
AutoExpress has caught some spy shots of the exciting little coupe that could be what everyone hoped the Honda CR-Z would be. If all goes to plan, the Veloster will be a FWD 2+2 coupe sold alongside the larger, RWD Genesis Coupe. Power should come from a 1.6-liter four cylinder with direct injection making 140 hp and achieving over 40 mpg. There’s also the possibility of a turbo version. Can you imagine? A small, fun, turbocharged competitor to the MAZDASPEED3?
No word on pricing, but we can bet it’ll fall easily into the “affordable” category.
Things are definitely looking good from coupe-ville!
If you had the choice between a Bentley or an Aston Martin, which would you choose? How about the Hyundai Veloster or Honda CR-Z?