The Bentley Continental GT V8 Makes Us Question Why You'd Need The W12

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Other than to say you own a W12-engined Bentley, of course.

The Bentley Continental GT is one of the best grand tourers on sale today. And fortunately, Bentley offers several Continental GT trims, ranging from the "base" V8, through the wonderfully bonkers GT3, to the mighty Supersports. We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to check out that so-called base model and found it to be anything but. Powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 500 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque, power goes to all four wheels (although there's a 40:60 front to rear torque split) through an eight-speed automatic.

Zero to 60 mph happens in 4.6 seconds and there's a top speed of 190 mph. Just to compare, the W12-powered Continental GT isn't really that much more powerful, with a total of 582 hp and 531 lb-ft. It'll do the 0-60 sprint in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 198 mph.

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And, of course, buyers are asked to pay quite a bit more for the W12, and we're not so sure it's worth the cost. The GT V8 does just fine on its own, and it's just as luxurious. Our tester came equipped with $5,715 Rubino Red exterior paint, $5,785 21-inch ten-spoke propeller alloy wheels, contrasting interior stitching, veneer door and rear quarter inserts and ventilated front seats with massage function. Grand total? $224,830, but the Continental GT V8 begins at $198,500. As for the Continental GT W12? That'll cost you at least $240,000, and you don't go much faster. Special thanks to Los Gatos Luxury Cars for letting us film the car.

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