Bentley Continental GT review

Category: Coupé

Section: Introduction

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  • Bentley Continental GT V8 2021 front
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 rear cornering
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior dashboard
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior rear seats
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 infotainment
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 front static
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 rear right tracking
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 front left tracking
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 right tracking
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 badge detail
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior front seats
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior detail
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior steering wheel
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 kickplate detail
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior detail
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Introduction

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The Bentley Continental GT name may be reminiscent of what driving used to be like, when the idle rich would blast through Europe to the Riviera, but this was actually the British brand's first truly modern car.

When the Continental GT was launched in the early Noughties (shortly after Volkswagen bought the car maker), the performance coupé's technology was cutting edge. Indeed, it was such a hit with buyers that it single-handedly increased Bentley sales five-fold.

Under the bonnet you can have either a 542bhp twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine or a 650bhp 6.0-litre W12. There have been strong rumours that a Continental GT with a plug-in hybrid engine will follow.  

So, does the Bentley Continental GT still have what it takes to stand out among the best coupés out there? That's what we'll be exploring over the next few pages of this review, where we'll tell you all about its performance, interior quality, passenger comfort and more.

By the way, Bentley also sells a drop-top version, available with the same V8 and V12 engines. To read all about that, see our Bentley Continental GT Convertible review.

Remember, once you’ve decided which luxury car is for you – or if you decide to buy a new vehicle of any make and model – you could save thousands of pounds without any haggling by checking the best prices with the free What Car? New Car Buying service. It's a good place to look for new Bentley deals.

At a glance
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Target Price from £178,820
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RRP price range £178,820 - £260,120
Number of trims (see all)5
Number of engines (see all)2
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol
MPG range across all versions 20.6 - 23.3
Available doors options 2
Warranty 3 years / No mileage cap
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £13,054 / £19,070
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £26,107 / £38,140
Available colours