Five fab luxury coupes

23:25, Dec 16 2012
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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC: Console
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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC: In Action
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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC: In action
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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC: In action
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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC: Grille
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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC: Headlights
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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC: In the driver's seat
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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC: Drive time
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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC: In action
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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC: Seats
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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC: Wheel
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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC: Profile
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VROOM WITH A VIEW: Few cars look just as good from the rear.
Bentley Continental GTC.
INTERIOR TREATMENT: There are literally thousands of combinations. We think this might be Dennis Conner's or Ralph Lauren's choice.
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TWIN-TURBO V8: Makes better noises than the larger W12 and isn't far short in straight line performance.
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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC: Smaller engine, less expensive and yet the best example of the car yet.
Bentley Continental GT.
CONTINENTAL GT: Lacks the head-turning ability of the GTC, but looks very handsome nevertheless.

To celebrate the revamped Bentley Continental we thought we'd list our five other best luxury coupes, with four seats and preferably a convertible option.

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ASTON MARTIN DBS

Aston Martin DBS, BMW 6-Series, Ferrari FF, Maserati Gran Turismo and Mercedes-Benz CL.
FIVE FAB COUPES: From the top, Aston Martin DBS, BMW 6-Series, Ferrari FF, Maserati Gran Turismo and Mercedes-Benz CL.

Starting at $197,000 for the Vantage V8, Aston offers a choice of 11 V8 and V12 coupes and convertibles, culminating in the $445,000 DBS Volante. No room in the rear, but great looks and performance.

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BMW 6-SERIES

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With a selection of blisteringly powerful twin-power V8s, the BMW nears Bentley's space. There are few cars quicker around a circuit than the M6. The Gran Coupe four-door is an option. $199,200 to $277,100.

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MASERATI GRAN TURISMO

Maserati offers six rag and tin-top coupes between $275,000 and $350,000. Beautiful cars with great presence, lots of the right kind of noise and performance. Cramped rear, but gorgeous both inside and out.

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FERRARI FF

You'll have to go elsewhere for a four- seat drop-top, but the FF does everything else well in coupe-estate style, and with 4x4 like the Bentley, it's a surprisingly flexible package. At $635,000 it's expensive too.

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MERCEDES-BENZ CL

With V8s and V12s from $285,000 to $395,000, the CL looks sober, but has huge performance, especially in C63 form. There's no four-seat convertible CL, but you can get an E-class V8 Cabriolet for $188,900.

Click here to read all about our road test of the new Bentley Continental GTC.

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