The Continental GT is obviously anything but cheap, and while residual values are reasonable, you’ll still lose a small fortune in depreciation. The V8 costs considerably less to buy than the W12s, though, and it will return around 25mpg if driven carefully, whereas the W12s are likely to achieve less than 20mpg day-to-day driven the same way.
The Continental GT comes with nearly every piece of equipment you can think of: 20in alloy wheels, heated leather seats, climate and cruise control, an 8.0in colour touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio, Bluetooth and sat-nav are among the luxuries. In typical Bentley style, customers can also specify virtually any other luxury item they might desire.
The GT is a safe car to own, too, with peerless traction from its four-wheel-drive system. Electronic safety systems help you avoid skids, while twin front, side and curtain airbags, and active anti-whiplash front head restraints protect occupants in a shunt. Deadlocks and an alarm are on hand to keep thieves at bay. It’s disappointing that automatic city braking doesn’t feature, though, even as an option.
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