2020 Bentley Continental GT

2020 Bentley Continental GT Review: The Fastest Lap Of Luxury

by Sebastian Cenizo

There's nothing quite like a Bentley. Sure, there are Ferraris and Lamborghinis that match it for outright pace and price, and there are Rolls-Royces that offer similar or greater levels of luxury, but a Bentley puts the worlds of luxury and performance on a collision course, with the result being an unrivaled level of sumptuous speed. The 2020 Continental GT is arguably the best example of this, and the model line is the brand's savior. Two engines are available - a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque, and a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 with 626 hp and 664 lb-ft. Both feature all-wheel-drive and both come with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. Regardless of what the figures say, this car is intended to be both luxurious and sporty, but which of those characteristics dominates the other?

Read in this review:

2020 Bentley Continental GT Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Continental GT?

The V8 model returns to the lineup for 2020 and features quad-exit exhaust tips, various V8 badges, and a generally less aggressive demeanor to its styling. Despite this, it's barely off the pace of the range-topping W12 and tops out at 198 mph.

Pros and Cons

  • Effortless performance
  • Unlimited customization options
  • Exceptional ride
  • Impressive handling
  • Bragging rights
  • Insanely thirsty
  • Not enough standard or pioneering technology
  • Cramped rear seat

2020 Bentley Continental GT Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
V8
4.0-liter Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$202,500
W12
6.0-liter Twin-Turbo W12 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$218,900
V8 First Edition
4.0-liter Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$250,265
W12 First Edition
6.0-liter Twin-Turbo W12 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$266,665

Continental GT Exterior

The Superformed body of the Continental GT is an absolutely perfect balance of soft curves and sharp creases. To many, the GT looks the same as it always has, but we prefer to consider this retention of classic styling attributes. At the front, a large grille grabs your attention, while offset LED Matrix headlights give the face an appearance of sleekness, helping diminish the considerable visual width. A chrome strip follows from a vent in each front fender, which has a 12 badge on the range-topper. The massive arches contain wheels ranging in size from 20 to 22 inches in diameter, while the rear is where you'll find quad-exit exhaust tips on the V8 and dual-exit ovals on the W12. First Edition models also gain unique badging.

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Dimensions

The Continental GT, for all its attempts to be seen as both luxurious and sporty, will always be a big, heavy barge. Length measures a considerable 190.9 inches - quite a lot for a two-door - while the wheelbase is 112.2 inches long. Other dimensions are equally imposing, with height measuring 55.3 inches and width measuring 717.4 inches, while curb weight starts at 4,773 pounds on the base model and climbs to at least 4,947 lbs with the W12.

  • Length 190.9 in
  • Wheelbase 112.2 in
  • Height 55.3 in
  • Max Width 76.9 in
  • Front Width 65.8 in
  • Rear Width 65.5 in

Exterior Colors

Choice is practically unlimited in the world of Bentley. Nine different shades of black, 19 different types of blue, 14 variations of golds, oranges, and browns, nine hues of green, 11 reds and purples, 13 silvers, and 12 whites and beiges are available on the base V8 and on the W12 model, although Monaco Yellow oddly falls into the last category. First Edition models get less choice, with only six shades of black, ten golds, oranges, and browns, 16 blues, seven greens, eight reds and purples, nine silvers, and five whites and beiges. Our choice would be Dragon Red or Windsor Blue, both of which are vibrant yet tasteful colours.

  • Glacier White
  • St James Red
  • Thunder
  • Windsor Blue
  • Anthracite
  • Anthracite Satin by Mulliner
  • Beluga
  • Black Crystal
  • Onyx
  • Royal Ebony by Mulliner
  • Spectre
  • Storm Grey by Mulliner
  • Titan Grey
  • Black Sapphire
  • Blue Crystal
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Continental GT Performance

The range-topping Bentley Continental is the W12. As the name suggests, this model is powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine with a whopping 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Along with all-wheel-drive and an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, the W12 is capable of accelerating from a standing start to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds - a highly impressive feat considering the weight of this thing. Keep that right foot buried, and the limit is only found at 207 mph. Again, thinking of a tank like this barreling along at such a speed is a marvel.

This doesn't mean the V8 model is slow, however. It gets the same all-wheel-drive system and automatic transmission, but under the hood is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 542 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. This allows it to get from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds with top speed arriving at 198 mph. Naturally, these figures are more for bragging rights than real-world use, but it still goes to show that Bentley takes its racing pedigree and history seriously.

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Engine and Transmission

The base Continental uses a Porsche-derived engine and transmission to deliver its message. However, it wasn't a case of just fitting the engine and gearbox as is. No, power was brought down slightly and torque was bumped up, thus allowing for smoother acceleration and a more effortless sensation of speed. Naturally, getting up to speed takes little more than a prod of your right foot, and overtaking just about anything is easy work, but Bentley's engineers took care in the comfort department too. They recalibrated Porsche's eight-speed PDK to remove any hint of shudder or surging that may have remained, while still retaining the gearbox's phenomenal ability to change gears with crisp efficiency at high speeds. This makes the gearbox a delight in traffic and all but unnoticeable. Furthermore, as with the W12, cylinder deactivation technology makes the ride quieter and more economical when one is cruising along at less than half throttle.

The W12 is arguably Bentley's signature power plant. It's a 6.0-liter engine with a pair of turbos strapped on and produces enough power to launch you into the future. Even so, everything has once again been carefully refined to ensure that 626 hp and 664 lb-ft are not overwhelming unless you want them to be. Throttle response is good but not twitchy, and gliding from one state to the next is a breeze - so long as there are enough gas stations on your route.

  • Engines
    4.0-liter Twin-Turbo V8 Gas, 6.0-liter Twin-Turbo W12 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

As you may have gathered from the numerous mentions of the Continental's mass, there are a vast number of cars at this price level that are nimbler and more agile. However, the Continental GT is no longer just a GT. It still handles the long-distance low-flying gig with ease, but it's far lighter on its feet than its size and weight may lead you to believe. Bentley is taking itself seriously, and a part of that is its racing heritage. This car has technology that actively suppresses body roll, including active anti-roll bars and a three-chamber air suspension system. The benefit is incredible poise in the corners and equally impressive levels of comfort. It gets brake-based torque vectoring too, allowing for sharper turn-in, while the all-wheel-drive system slingshots you out of the bend like a rocket. Ten-piston calipers reside up front with four-piston calipers at the rear, while 16.5- and 15-inch discs rotate until you jump on the brake pedal. Jump is the operative word here, as the first section of pedal travel is designed to help facilitate smooth stops, and only when you've put a little more pressure down does the car drastically reduce speed. In traffic, this is great, but it takes some getting used to when you're behaving spiritedly.

Continental GT Gas Mileage

Performance comes with a price, and that price is paid at the pumps as well as at the dealer. The V8 variant scores official EPA estimates of 16/26/19 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles. With a 23.8-gallon gas tank, the GT V8 has the economy and tank size of a truck, and mixed range is estimated to be around 452 miles. The 6.0-liter W12 is even worse, scoring figures of 12/20/15 mpg on the same cycles, giving it a mixed range of just 357 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    24.0 Gallons
* 2020 Bentley Continental V8 Coupe

Continental GT Interior

Open the door to the Continental and you are greeted by sheer opulence and luxury. Everything works together seamlessly and flows, yet retains its own special attraction through the unique details attributed to each, well, detail. Leather of the highest grade and sustainably-sourced wood veneers are balanced by exquisitely machined metal. Ventilated and massaging seats are available, as are features like adaptive cruise control and a night vision camera. Although the Continental may be lacking in terms of standard features, buyers of these cars won't mind forking out a whole lot extra to get the things they want, and with excellent build quality, these options can be a worthwhile investment.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Bentley Continental GT officially seats four, but the rear seats are difficult to access and are only suitable for small children. The front seats are far more accommodating, with plenty of headroom and legroom. 12-way power-adjustable seats are standard up front, but you can get more range of adjustment if you splash out. Either way, everything is well laid out and the driving position is both commanding and relaxing, thanks to seats that are supportive and comfortable.

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater
  • Front Head Room 40.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 36.7 in

Interior Colors and Materials

As with the exterior, configuration options are virtually endless, with contrast stitching, piping, and cross-stitching all available on leather upholstery. Leather colors include Cricket Ball, Cumbrian Green, Linen, Imperial Blue, Newmarket Tan, Porpoise, and more, while trims can be had in a number of different finishes. Although carbon fiber is available, we'd stick with a traditional wood veneer, and there are many to choose from, including Burr Walnut, Koa, Tamo Ash, and as standard in the base model, Crown Cut Walnut. Knurled aluminum is also popular, and you can have drilled alloy pedals, but plastic is all but impossible to find.

Continental GT Trunk and Cargo Space

As a GT, the Continental needs to be able to carry at least some luggage, which it manages with reasonable ease. The trunk is 12.6 cubic feet large, and offers enough room for two medium-sized suitcases with room to spare.

In the cabin, deep door pockets are accompanied by an average-sized glovebox, center armrest storage, and a little bin for your phone and wallet.

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  • Trunk Volume
    12.6 ft³

Continental GT Infotainment and Features

Features

As standard, every version of the Continental comes with LED Matrix adaptive headlights and heated power-adjustable front seats. You also get dual-zone climate control, remote keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers, a park assist system with parking sensors, soft-close doors, cruise control, a power trunk, and a rearview camera. If you're willing to splurge, heated and ventilated massaging seats are available, as is a heated steering wheel. You can also get adaptive cruise control with forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, ambient lighting, lane keep assist, a night vision camera, a head-up display, a surround-view camera, wireless charging, rear cross traffic alert, a hands-free trunk, and on the W12, a panoramic glass roof.

Infotainment

Infotainment in the Continental is managed through a 12.3-inch horizontal touchscreen display. The system sends output to a ten-speaker sound system, and features Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, navigation, and HD Radio. It works well and looks good for the most part, but some graphics could do with pomp and circumstance as they look bland in a $200,000 car. Options include a rotating display, digital TV, a Bang & Olufsen 16-speaker system, and even a Naim 18-speaker sound system, but Android Auto is not offered.

Continental GT Problems and Reliability

Neither this year's 2020 Continental nor the 2019 year model has been subject to any recalls thus far.

Bentley is so confident in their vehicles that the car comes with three years of full vehicle coverage, as well as a three-year corrosion warranty and roadside assistance for the same period - all of which come with no mileage limits.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    3 Years \ 500,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    3 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ Unlimited Miles

Continental GT Safety

As is the norm for high-end luxury vehicles, no crash ratings are available, but the numerous available and standard safety features should do an excellent job of keeping occupants safe.

Key Safety Features

As standard, the Bentley Continental GT comes with a rearview camera, a park assist system with front and rear parking sensors, and frontal, side-impact, and knee airbags. Along with the usual stability and traction control systems, you also get rain-sensing wipers and the option of things like adaptive cruise control with traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, a night vision camera, a head-up display, a surround-view camera, and forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Bentley Continental GT a good car?

At this level, the opinion of a motoring journalist is unlikely to sway a potential buyer one way or the other. Cars like this build their marketing on desire. In this case, that would be the desire to be in the quintessential grand tourer, a car with the ultimate in bespoke finishes and materials. The Continental GT delivers exceptionally: it's quiet on the inside, comfortable, smooth, and effortless, but also manages to be raucous when you put your foot down and is far too fast for regular and full exploitation of its capabilities in terms of performance. It's far more capable than it seems, too, and is as agile and tenacious in the corners as you'd expect from a sports car manufacturer, and then some. It's not a perfect car, and is rather poorly specced in standard form for something that costs as much as this, but the well-heeled luxury car shopper won't care. For us, it's out of reach, but if it became possible to have one, we'd be absolutely delighted.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Bentley Continental GT?

No variant of the Bentley Continental is what you'd call affordable, with the destination charge alone costing as much as some used cars at $2,725. The base V8 variant costs $202,500, while the W12 is around $218,900. The First Edition W12 is much pricier, with a base price of $266,665. Pricing for the V8 variant of the First Edition hasn't been announced by Bentley, but we expect it to cost around $250,000.

2020 Bentley Continental GT Models

The Bentley Continental GT is available in four variants: GT V8, GT W12, GT V8 First Edition, and GT W12 First Edition.

The GT V8 is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 542 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque, all of which is directed through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to all four wheels. It features leather upholstery, 20-inch wheels, adaptive air suspension, a quad-exit elliptical exhaust arrangement, LED Matrix headlights, 12-way heated front seats, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display with SiriusXM, navigation, and Apple CarPlay. You also get a ten-speaker surround sound system.

The GT W12 is largely the same, but features a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine with 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. It also features unique W12 badges and a dual-exit exhaust system. Thanks to its power plant, it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and tops out at 207 mph.

The GT V8 First Edition takes the same general styling cues from the V8 model and tweaks them slightly by adding unique badges. It also gets more standard features, like a rotating infotainment display, ambient lighting, a choice of almost any wheel at no added cost, and various packages too. These add things like ventilated massaging front seats, quilted leather, special embroidery, sports pedals, and additional emblems, as well as lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, a night vision camera, and a head-up display.

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Additional Packages

Numerous packages and add-ons are available for the base Continental, one of which is the City Specification package. This adds a surround-view camera, traffic sign recognition, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, rear cross traffic alert, auto-dimming mirrors, and a hands-free trunk lid. A rotating infotainment display is also available, with one side showing the 12.3-inch touchscreen and the other featuring a chronograph, a compass, and a temperature gauge for the outside air. A valet key and a remotely activated heating system are also available. Also on the options list are aesthetic upgrades, one of which blacks out most of the exterior chrome with a high gloss finish.

🚗What Bentley Continental GT Model Should I Buy?

All Bentley's are exquisitely crafted and are truly luxurious fast grand tourers with impressive handling ability, but we like the V8 variants. They're lighter on the front end making them a little more fun to drive, return considerably better fuel economy figures, and are almost as quick from 0-60. They're also less than ten mph slower than the bonkers W12 versions. We'd also suggest going for a First Edition. It comes with far more standard safety equipment than regular models and, despite its price, will likely be a worthwhile choice as a result of its unique finishings and features.

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2020 Bentley Continental GT Comparisons

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Maserati GranTurismo Maserati
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Bentley Continental GT542 hpTBC$202,500
Rolls-Royce Wraith 624 hp12/18 mpg$330,000
Maserati GranTurismo 454 hp13/21 mpg$132,975

2020 Bentley Continental GT vs Rolls-Royce Wraith

When you think of British luxury and opulence, one name beats Bentley to the bell and is the preeminent purveyor of luxury speed and style, not to mention opulence and extravagance. Rolls-Royce's answer to the Bentley Continental GT is their own two-door coupe called the Wraith. It's far more expensive than the Bentley, and starts at an eye-watering $320,500. Powered by a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 engine, the Rolls is actually less powerful by 20 hp, but bragging rights mean little when you have a constellation of star-like lights above your head and suicide doors. Where the Bentley focuses a little more on being a decent performer as a sports car, the Rolls is all about the quietness and smoothness of the ride. The Rolls is larger too and more spacious. Either is a fantastic choice, but the Bentley is the one you want if you take an active interest in driving.

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2020 Bentley Continental GT vs Maserati GranTurismo

Can Italian flair beat bespoke British luxury? Well, yes and no. The Maserati GranTurismo is certainly far lighter and more of a sports car than the Continental, despite Bentley's best intentions. The Maserati is fitted with a 4.7-liter V8 that produces up to 454 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque, but it's far lighter and therefore more agile. It also has stiffer suspension and although it's slower from 0-60 and on top end, it's far more engaging. Unfortunately, that and the sound of its Ferrari-derived engine are all it has going for it. It's outdated inside, shares parts with cheap Chrysler models, and with a notable lack of standard features, you can spec one to well over the base price of a Bentley Continental without any of the benefits. Because it's so cheap in some places and vastly more uncomfortable, we'd skip the Italian here.

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