There’s no better car befitting for a cross-country drive than the 2023 Bentley Continental GT. This grand touring two-door is offered in both coupe and convertible body styles, both of which offer upper-class styling and sumptuous luxury worthy of their price.
With either the powerful V-8 or W-12 engine under the hood, both are twin-turbocharged and its handling walks the line between comfort and cornering composure.
All of Bentley’s best materials including fragrant leather, rich wood, and textured metal trim line the cabin, which is packed with luxury features designed to make the journey relaxing as well as quick. These features are also included in almost all Bentley lineup.
Engine & Performance
Updated versions of the existing V-8 and W-12 engines that powered the previous-generation Continental GT provide muscle-car performance.
The more expensive 6.0-liter W-12 engine produces 626 horsepower in non-Speed models and can motivate a coupe to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. The same engine has been tuned up to 650-hp in the Speed model, and we estimate it can reach 60 in as little as 3.1 seconds.
Both engines work through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that snaps off quick, smooth shifts. Customers can order the coupe or convertible with either engine.
More so, all Continental Convertible GTs come with an all-wheel-drive system standard, which helps put their prodigious power to the road absent any drama.
When a twin-turbo V-8 is the most fuel-efficient offering in a particular model, you know that efficiency is not top of mind for the carmaker or its customers, for that matter.
The EPA rates the Continental V-8 at 16 mpg city and 26 highway. The V-8 model covers an average of 28 mpg in the 200 miles highway fuel-economy test.
We expect a luxurious cabin from anything wearing the Bentley badge, and this two-door is no different. The interior is laced with luscious leather and fine wood veneers.
Bentley’s designers thought every design detail through, and each time behind the wheel reveals a surprising detail, such as expertly knurled control knobs and double-stitched diamond-pattern seat trim.
Although the Continental GT technically has seat belts for four occupants, we’d suggest you avoid using the rear seat for hauling adult-size people since both leg and headroom are limited.
Safety & Driver-Assistance Features
Bentley offers driver-assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, a night-vision system, and automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection—items we’d expect to be standard, considering the steep starting price.
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