The Bentley Continental GT offers effortless pace and provides all the prestigious image you could wish for.
It doesn't come cheap, either to buy or to run, and the W12 versions feel pretty nose-heavy.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Continental GT comes with a choice of four engines – a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 that produces 500bhp and 521bhp, while the mammoth 6.0-litre W12 produces 582bhp and 633bhp. Even the V8 is exceptionally fast and keen to unfurl its awesome power at very low engine speeds.
Ride & Handling
It might be fast, but the GT is by no means a raw sports car; it’s too big and heavy for that. The V8 model feels more agile than the W12s thanks to the lighter engine in its nose. All models give you the reassurance of four-wheel drive, as well as adjustable air suspension that mostly strikes a decent balance between comfort and control.
You’d be appalled if the GT wasn’t library quiet: you won’t be disappointed. Inevitably, those big tyres do generate some road noise over grainier surfaces, but that’s the only fly in the ointment. The engines run at just above tickover at motorway speeds, while the triple laminated acoustic glass blots out wind noise to the point where driving past cars traveling in the opposite direction produces only the faintest murmur of wind whoosh.