Used Bentley Continental GT 2011-2018 review

Category: Coupé

Section: What is it like?

Used Bentley Continental GT 11-present
  • Used Bentley Continental GT 11-present
  • Used Bentley Continental GT 11-present
  • Used Bentley Continental GT 11-present
  • Used Bentley Continental GT 11-present
  • Used Bentley Continental GT 11-present
  • Used Bentley Continental GT 11-present
  • Used Bentley Continental GT 11-present
  • Used Bentley Continental GT 11-present
  • Used Bentley Continental GT 11-present
  • Used Bentley Continental GT 11-present

What's the used Bentley Continental GT coupe like?

You might think that a large and luxurious grand touring coupé made by Bentley would be an instant winner, but when the first version of the car was launched in 2003 there were some – ourselves included – who weren’t so sure about it. Doubts about its weight, performance, handling and ride, not to mention its expense, dampened our enthusiasm.

Most of these issues were addressed in a facelift in 2011, when this lighter and rejuvenated model first appeared. Chief among the changes was the introduction of a 4.0-litre V8 engine to accompany the massive 6.0-litre W12. This impressive unit makes the Continental lighter, more agile and more economical while losing little in terms of performance or refinement. Both cars still offer an unimpeachable ability to waft around town or up motorways in near-silence, with just a background woosh from road and wind noise to remind you that you’re moving.