Not only is the 2021 Bentley Continental GT the definition of a grand-touring car, it wears that moniker proudly at the end of its name. No matter if you choose the hardtop coupe or softtop convertible, the sonorous V-8 or silken V-12, the Continental GT will make you feel like a celebrity on every outing. Unfortunately, you might need to be a celebrity to afford its six-figure price. For that considerable outlay, Bentley decks out the Continental GT’s cabin with fine leather, genuine wood, metal accents, and all manner of modern connectivity features. Where the Continental GT really shines, though, is on the road, where it can flex its ample power and demonstrate its near perfect balance of comfort and athleticism.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
We expect a luxurious cabin from anything wearing the Bentley badge, and this two-door is no different. The interior is swathed in aromatic leather and fine wood veneers, and nearly everything about the Continental GT is customizable—for a price. Bentley’s designers thought everything through, and each time behind the wheel reveals a surprising detail, such as expertly knurled control knobs and double-stitched diamond-patterned seat trim. Although the Continental GT technically has seatbelts for four occupants, we’d suggest you avoid using the rear seat for hauling adult-size people since its leg- and headroom are both limited. In our testing, we were able to fit five carry-on suitcases in the Continental’s trunk—plenty of space for a weekend away with your favorite travel companion.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Rather than put mileage limits on the Continental GT’s standard warranty policies, Bentley covers everything for three years regardless of how far the car is driven. The company also provides the first maintenance visit with their compliments at one year or 10,000 miles.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or unlimited miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 3 years or unlimited miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for 1 year or 10,000 miles
2019 Bentley Continental GT
VEHICLE TYPEfront-engine, all-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe
PRICE AS TESTED$275,325 (base price: $219,925)
ENGINE TYPEtwin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 48-valve W-12, aluminum block and heads, port and direct injectionDisplacement363 in3, 5952 cm3Power626 hp @ 6000 rpmTorque664 lb-ft @ 1350 rpm
TRANSMISSION8-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode
Suspension (F/R): control arms/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 16.5-in vented disc/15.0-in vented disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero (PZ4), F: 265/40ZR-21 (105Y) R: 305/35ZR-21 (109Y)
Wheelbase: 112.2 in
Length: 190.9 in
Width: 76.9 in
Height: 55.3 in
Trunk volume: 13 ft3
Curb weight: 5056 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS60 mph: 3.3 sec100 mph: 7.6 sec130 mph: 12.8 sec150 mph: 17.5 sec160 mph: 20.9 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.3 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.3 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 2.8 sec¼-mile: 11.5 sec @ 123 mph
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 207 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 163 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.98 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 16 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/city/highway: 16/13/22 mpg
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Updated versions of the existing V-8 and W-12 engines that powered the previous-generation Continental GT provide plenty of power. Our testing revealed that the V-8, which makes 542 horses, can launch the coupe to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. The more expensive W-12 engine produces 626 horsepower and can motivate a coupe to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. Both use an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that snaps off super-quick but smooth gearshifts. Customers can order the coupe or convertible with either engine. And all Continental GTs come with an all-wheel-drive system as standard.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- Continental GT V8 coupe: $207,825
- Continental GT V8 convertible: $228,025
- Continental GT W12 coupe : $224,225
- Continental GT W12 convertible: $246,125
Curiously, we prefer the least expensive of the Continental GT’s four quite-expensive models, the Continental GT V8 coupe. Bentley’s V-8 is a finely polished gem of an engine that gives up a touch of peak horsepower to the W-12 but makes for a coupe that’s every bit as quick in real-world conditions. It’s only at very high speeds that the W-12 engine’s increased horsepower makes a difference. And while we like the wind in our hair as much as the next guy, we’d choose the coupe because, to our eye, the arching roofline ties together the car’s style in a truly elegant way.