Tuesday, 11 August 2020

2021 Bentley Continental GT Review


2021 Bentley Continental GT


Not only is the 2021 Bentley Continental GT the definition of a grand-touring car, it wears that moniker proudly at the end of its name. 

No matter if you choose the hardtop coupe or softtop convertible, the sonorous V-8 or silken V-12, the Continental GT will make you feel like a celebrity on every outing. Unfortunately, you might need to be a celebrity to afford its six-figure price. 

For that considerable outlay, Bentley decks out the Continental GT's cabin with fine leather, genuine wood, metal accents, and all manner of modern connectivity features. 

Where the Continental GT really shines, though, is on the road, where it can flex its ample power and demonstrate its near perfect balance of comfort and athleticism.

2021 Bentley Continental GT

What's New for 2021?

Bentley has made only a few changes to the Conti GT for the 2021 model year. Chief among them is a new panoramic glass roof that's available on the V-8-powered coupe. 

Otherwise, the grand-touring two-door receives an updated steering wheel design and three new colors: Viridian, Patina, and Snow Quartz.

2021 Bentley Continental GT Review, Pricing, And Specs - NewsOpener
2021 Bentley Continental GT

Pricing and Which One to Buy

  •  Continental GT V8 coupe: $207,825
  •  Continental GT V8 convertible: $228,025
  •  Continental GT W12 coupe : $224,225
  •  Continental GT W12 convertible: $246,125

    Curiously, we prefer the least expensive of the Continental GT's four quite-expensive models, the Continental GT V8 coupe. 

    Bentley's V-8 is a finely polished gem of an engine that gives up a touch of peak horsepower to the W-12 but makes for a coupe that's every bit as quick in real-world conditions. 

    It's only at very high speeds that the W-12 engine's increased horsepower makes a difference.

    2021 Bentley Continental GT Release Date, Price and Exterior
    2021 Bentley Continental GT

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    Updated versions of the existing V-8 and W-12 engines that powered the previous-generation Continental GT provide plenty of power. 

    The V-8, which makes 542 horses, can launch the coupe to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. The more expensive W-12 engine produces 626 horsepower and can motivate a coupe to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. 

    Both use an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that snaps off super-quick but smooth gearshifts. Customers can order the coupe or convertible with either engine. And all Continental GTs come with an all-wheel-drive system as standard.

    2021 Bentley Continental GT

    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

    When a twin-turbo V-8 is the most fuel-efficient offering in a particular model, you know that efficiency is not top of mind for the carmaker—or its customers, for that matter. The EPA rates the Continental V-8 at 16 mpg city and 26 highway.

    2021 Bentley Continental GT

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    I expect a luxurious cabin from anything wearing the Bentley badge, and this two-door is no different. The interior is swathed in aromatic leather and fine wood veneers, and nearly everything about the Continental GT is customizable—for a price. 

    Bentley's designers thought everything through, and each time behind the wheel reveals a surprising detail, such as expertly knurled control knobs and double-stitched diamond-patterned seat trim. 

    Although the Continental GT technically has seat-belts for four occupants, we'd suggest you avoid using the rear seat for hauling adult-size people since its leg- and headroom are both limited. 

    In our testing, we were able to fit five carry-on suitcases in the Continental's trunk—plenty of space for a weekend away with your favorite travel companion.

    2021 Bentley Continental GT

    2021 Bentley Continental GT Release Date, Price and Exterior
    2021 Bentley Continental GT

    2021 Bentley Continental GT

    Infotainment and Connectivity

    A 12.3-inch infotainment display dominates the dashboard and can be made to rotate into the dash, bringing up a panel with three small analog gauges showing you the exterior air temperature, the time, and a compass. 

    Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability are standard, as is a digital gauge display that allows the driver to control most of the Continental GT's functions using controls on the steering wheel. 

    The Continental GT offers two optional audio systems: a $6700 Bang & Olufsen arrangement and a truly spectacular $8800 Naim system.

    2021 Bentley Continental GT

    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

    This vehicle has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 

    Bentley offers as options driver-assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, a night-vision system, and automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection—items we'd expect to be standard, considering the steep starting price. 

    Key safety features include:

    •  Available automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
    •  Available lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
    •  Available adaptive cruise control

    • 2021 Bentley Continental GT

      Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

      Rather than put mileage limits on the Continental GT's standard warranty policies, Bentley covers everything for three years regardless of how far the car is driven. 

      The company also provides the first maintenance visit with their compliments at one year or 10,000 miles.

      •  Limited warranty covers 3 years or unlimited miles
      •  Power-train warranty covers 3 years or unlimited miles
      •  Complimentary maintenance is covered for 1 year or 10,000 miles.

      • 2021 Bentley Continental GT


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