2020 Bentley Continental GT W12

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2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: March 7, 2020
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Aaron Smith

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Bentley's fanbase asked for more power under the hood. Adhering to these requests, Bentley created what the world knows as The Bentley Continental GT. The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe comes with a number of engine options starting from a V8 going all the way up to a W12 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system for an ultra-fast driving experience.

For the year 2020, the Continental GT went under the scalpel and emerged as a lighter, faster and a better overall proposition. It now shares its underpinnings with the Porsche's platform that is more stable and stronger than before. Also, a host of features have also been added to it, but you were already expecting that right?

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Pros

Smooth performance from all the engines

Sophisticated and spacious interior

Usage of some of the finest leathers in the world

Improved driving dynamics

Cons

Rear seats can be congested for adults

Subpar cargo capacity

Larger carbon footprint

What's New?

Redesigned exterior


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$214600

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

363 cu.in.

horsepower

626 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

664 lbs.-ft. @ 1350 rpm

transmission

8 speed automated manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/active anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/active anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

65.8/65.5

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

190.9 in.

width

77.4 in.

height

55.3 in.

curb weight

4947 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

89 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.6 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/21/26 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / unlimited

powertrain warranty

3 yr. / 500000 mi.

corrosion warranty

3 yr. / unlimited


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Exterior
Interior

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.5

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

9.5

Exterior

8.5

Safety

8.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Base

Base

power
626 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium
mpg
20 combined

$214,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe AWD (6.0L 12cyl 8AM) Starting at $214,600 MSRP (16/20/26) 626 hp @ 6000 rpm, 6 L, W-12, Premium
8-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.8

Overall Rating


This all-wheel driven coupe-like Gran Tourer ranks up against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz AMG S65 and the Rolls-Royce Wraith CoupeConsequently, the third-generation GT pumps out 626 hp and the W12 motor seems more engaging than ever before. So, it is easily as sporty as it is luxurious.

The Continental GT is an expensive luxury car. It comes with the finest quality materials and has a power-packed engine option. Being in the market for almost 14 years and though it has gone under minor changes it lacks some features of a modern luxury car.

2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe Front View
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

8.5/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.5/10
Interior

 

8.5/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Features

8.0/10

All Continental GT's come in all-wheel configuration with 8-speed automatic transmission. The Continental GT is a luxury grand touring car. It features a high-quality interior design with superior quality wood and leather. One can highly personalise their Continental GT with a variety of optional features available with Premier Package and Black Edition Package. The iconic Porsche Panamera shares the same platform. Other than that, the new Continental GT features a new Super formed aluminium bodywork for weight reduction. Though the engine, transmission and drivetrain options remain unchanged.

The 2020 Bentley Continental GT is powered by the same dual-spiral twin-turbocharged W12 engine that makes 626 hp and 664 lb.-ft. torque. Also standard on this Bentley is an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a rear-biased all-wheel-drive unit.

Model

W12

MSRP AWD

$200,000

Key Features

12.3-inch floating touchscreen

 

21-inch five tri-spoke alloy wheels

 

Full LED matrix-headlamps

 

Alcantara headlining

 

4 seat configurations

 

1,500-Watt 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system

We recommend:

The Bentley Continental GT is highly recommended keeping in mind the fact that you have that kind of money to throw around. It drives and handles like a much smaller sports car. At the same time, it offers the kind of luxury and exclusivity you’d expect from a Bentley. Prices for this year’s Continental GT start at $200,000. There are several other additional packages on offer too that cost extra.

2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Engine and Performance

8.5/10

The 2020 Bentley Continental GT is equipped with two engine options. A twin-turbo V8 and a more powerful twin-turbo W12 engine. All that power translates from the engine to all four corners of this big coupe with the help of an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sourced from ZF. The all-wheel drive train is rear-wheel biased. So power from the engine is sent mostly to the rear two wheels of this Bentley.

2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe Produce 626 Horsepower

The engine has smooth power delivery and all-wheel-drive configuration helps GT to get off the line quickly. The Continental GT directly competes with the Mercedes S65 and the Aston Martin Vanquish S, surprisingly its the most economical out of the three and produces the highest power.

Model

Bentley Continental GT Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG S65 Coupe

Rolls-Royce Wraith Coupe

MSRP

$200,000

$241,450

$327,000

Engine

6.0-liter W12 premium

6.0-liter V12 premium

6.6-liter V12 premium

Transmission

8-speed dual-clutch automatic

7-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower

626 hp @ 6,000 rpm

621 hp @ 4,800 rpm

624 hp @ 5,600

Torque

664 lb.-ft. @ 1,350 rpm

738 lb.-ft. @ 2,300 rpm

605 lb.-ft @ 1,500 rpm

All other Gran Coupes in this segment get more or less equally powered engines. However, the Mercedes-Benz AMG S65’s engine makes the most torque.

Acceleration

As soon as you press down on the pedal the entire weight of this heavy coupe, which is now less than before, shifts to the back. The 8-speed ZF automatic shifts with urgency and the rear-wheel biased drive train  thrust the 2020  Bentley Continental GT ahead of its rivals.

2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe reach 0-60 in 4 sec

The Continental GT has lightning-fast acceleration due to its exceptional throttle response and next to none delay in sending power to the all-wheel-drive system. So even though on paper it might appear that the 2020  Bentley Continental GT makes the same amount of power, in reality, that makes a world of difference.

Models

Bentley Continental GT

Aston Martin DB11

Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC

0-60 MPH

4.3 sec

3.9 sec

4.0 sec

Quarter mile

12.7 sec

11.7 sec

12.5 sec

Engine

4.0L

5.2L

4.7L

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 11.8 10.4 8.8

With peak torque available from as low as 1,350 rpm, and a rear-wheel biased drivetrain, the 2020 Bentley Continental GT is the quickest of the lot.

Braking

The new carbon-ceramic brakes of the 2020 Bentley Continental GT Coupe work effectively and produce a decent stopping power given its immaculate engine power and manage to bring the car at halt from 60 mph in just 105 feet. These chunky rotors do a great job bringing the 2020 Bentley Continental GT to a halt, even in emergency situations. Also, brake-fade is never an issue on this Bentley.

2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe has 16.5 in.Front Brake

Model

Bentley Continental GT Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG S65 Coupe

Rolls-Royce Wraith Coupe

Brake Front (in.)

16.5

13.2

14.7

Brake Rear (in.)

15.0

11.8

14.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,947

4,839

5,380

60-0 MPH (ft.)

105

100

109

The Mercedes-Benz AMG S65 Coupe is the lightest of the lot. As a result, it stops much quicker than the rest.

Ride and Handling 

The 2020 Bentley Continental GT stays perfectly balanced and planted on the tarmac. For the year 2020, Bentley has moved the front wheels forward by 135mm. Also, the engine has been shifted further back. As a result, only 55% of its mass now sits at front wheels as compared to the old GT’s 58%. The car remains very composed around the corners as well and you'd be surprised by the amount of speed you could be carrying into a car with such a heavy car. The chassis is very well designed and the weight distribution is great too, which apparently contributes to the handling.

Though bulky, the Continental GT has good road manners. It forms a perfect package of a Grand Touring vehicle. With a massive powerhouse and unmatchable comfort, it is a perfect blend of luxury and performance. There are several driving modes to choose from too, which include Comfort, Bentley, Sport and Custom. These modes alter engine, transmission, suspension and steering response with the help of a rotary knob. But no matter what mode you’re in, this Bentley never fails to remind you of its capabilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Fuel Economy

4.0/10

The all-wheel-drive unit of this Bentley favours the rear wheels in most situations, sending power to all the wheels only in scenarios that ask for it. Though it has a fuel conserving system which shuts off its 6 cylinders under light road conditions it is insufficient.

The Continental GT is a thirsty car powered by a W12 engine. Though it has a fuel conserving system which shuts off its 6 cylinders under light road conditions it is insufficient. It is rated at 12 mpg in city and 20 mpg on the highway and 14 mpg combined.

Model

Bentley Continental GT Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG S65 Coupe

Rolls-Royce Wraith Coupe

MPG (City)

12

13

12

MPG (Highway)

20

21

18

MPG (Combined)

14

16

14

The light-weight Mercedes-Benz AMG S65’s torquey motor is the most fuel-efficient in this stand-off.

2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Interior

9.5/10

The Continental GT is a great place to be in. It carries the old tradition of luxury and has executed it perfectly. All the seats of this Continental GT feature massaging function and are 12-way power-adjustable, but that’s just the beginning. Availability of legroom is plenty in both the rows. The rear seats are comfortable for roaming around the town but for long trips, the lack of space can be felt especially if you are an adult.

2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe Front Seats

Even the tiniest of buttons and knobs come together to act as one cohesive unit. The large windows provide a great view of the world outside, while the levels of insulation on the cabin form a perfect bubble of bliss to heighten the cabin experience. With an infinite range of customization from the colour of the leather hides to the wood trims, the stitching on the seats, the interiors are your palette to build your  dream car.

Model

Bentley Continental GT Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG S65 Coupe

Rolls-Royce Wraith Coupe

Passenger Capacity

4

4

4

Front(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

40.1/NA/41.9

42.1/59.7/41.4

39.4/59.0/41.5

Rear(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

33.7/NA/41.9

39.2/59.1/43.0

37.0/54.7/36.9

The Rolls-Royce Wraith Coupe despite its large footprint, the largest in this comparison, has the least amount of room on the inside.

Interior Features

  • 12-way adjustable power driver seat
  • Folding centre armrest
  • Rear ventilation ducts
  • 2 one-touch power windows
  • External temperature display
  • Universal remote transmitter
  • Tilt and telescopic electric steering wheel with cruise, transmission and audio controls
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors

Infotainment:

2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe Infotainment Screen

The Continental GT doesn't have an advanced interior design as you'll find in the Mercedes S65. Rather Bentley has decided to give it a retro luxury feel. The response from the touchscreen is also just as smooth. As a package, the infotainment system feels complete and is easy to figure out than modern cars with too many integrated functions. The system is quite a last generation and the competitors have moved a long way ahead with their infotainment systems. 

  • Apple Car Play
  • Android Auto
  • 1,500-Watt 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system
  • Bluetooth
  • Satellite radio
  • Smart device integration
  • MP3 player
  • Head-up display
  • Navigation system

Cargo Volume

The trunk, and the cabin as well, is lined with plush material. So you’d have to be extremely cautious about what you decide to put in it. Also, if you want, there’s an optional feature that allows you to pop the trunk’s lid without using your hands.

On the downside, the rear seats can’t be folded in this coupe. So you’d have to make do with what you got. Thanks to this Bentley’s well laid-out and spacious cabin, there’s no shortage of storage.

Model

Bentley Continental GT Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG S65 Coupe

Rolls-Royce Wraith Coupe

Cargo Volume With Rear Seats Up

12.6

12.3

16.6

The Rolls-Royce Wraith benefits from its comparatively longer wheelbase. It has the largest trunk in this comparison.

2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe

2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Exterior

8.5/10

The Bentley Continental GT is a huge car, in terms of dimension and weight and bears a timeless design. At the front, the Bentley mesh grille is wrapped in chrome. Even the windows and the full LED matrix headlights have been finished in chrome. At the sides, large wheel arches and fender vents give this Bentley its own character. The smooth and clean sculpts follow all the way to the back which houses dual tailpipes, again in chrome trim, in the rear diffuser.

2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe 3 Quarter View

Having a decent down clearance of 55.1 inches there is no worry while driving on country roads. The design is pretty neat and not like may other busy sports cars. Yet, it looks beautiful with classic sports car proportions. The swooping roofline looks absolutely stunning and the pronounced rear fender is very wide and gives the car plenty of character.

Model

Bentley Continental GT Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG S65 Coupe

Rolls-Royce Wraith Coupe

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,974

4,839

5,830

Length (in.)

190.9

198.9

207.9

Width (in.)

77.4

75.3

76.7

Height (in.)

55.3

56.2

59.3

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.6

4.9

NA

Wheelbase (in.)

112.2

115.9

122.5

Track Width (in.) F/R

65.8/65.5

64.1/64.7

63.9/65.7

The Roll-Royce is the heaviest of the lot. It also has the longest wheelbase and is the longest in general. 

Exterior Features:

The most noticeable exterior features of the refreshed Bentley Continental GT Coupe are:

  • Chrome meshwork grille
  • Elegantly cut whiskey-glass full LED matrix headlights
  • Chrome fender vents
  • 21/22-inch five tri-spoke alloy wheels
  • Sloping roofline
  • Coupe design
  • Chrome dual-tailpipes
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe Front View
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe Front View
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe Rear View
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe Rear View
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe Side Mirror
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe Side Mirror
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe Bonnet
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe Bonnet
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe Headlight
2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Coupe Headlight

2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Safety

8.0/10

Safety and Reliability

The 2020 Bentley Continental GT has not yet been tested by either NHSTA or IIHS so far. But Bentley assures the highest level of safety for all its occupants. The standard safety features include:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline
  • Traction Control
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Side Impact Beams

2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Competition

Bentley Continental GT v Rolls-Royce Wraith Coupe

The Bentley Continental GT and the Rolls-Royce Wraith Coupe are similar to each other in more than one way. Both offer extreme levels of elegance and sophistication. Both cars have just as extreme street presence. Lastly, both these coupes cost more than a fortune. However, as an overall package, the Bentley is a much better Gran Tourer. Except for the Wraith’s bigger trunk, the Continental GT is better than the former in all comparable aspects.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Coupe

Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC vs Bentley Continental GT

The Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC continues to represent the luxurious tradition of the S- Class. Featuring a 4.7-litre Biturbo V8 engine under its hood, the Mercedes Benz has rear-wheel drive and 9-speed automatic transmission as standard while all-wheel drive is optional. It also houses the safety features such as the enhanced autonomous driving functions and active body control.

Up against the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe, it has a slight less powerful engine and acceleration as well as it also goes through a lack of cargo space but it is incredibly fuel-efficient in spite of being on the lower end of the price range.

Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC

 

2020 Bentley Continental GT W12 Final Verdict

The Bentley Continental GT is a timeless cruiser. Its subtle luxury styling and retro styled interior design sets all new standard for the luxury car segment. Launched in two limited edition trims, the Continental GT is now more powerful and gets many new luxury options. If you are willing to spend over $200,000 on a car, the 2020 Bentley Continental GT should definitely be on your list .