2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Coupe - Rating Details


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Vehicle Tested 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Coupe (6.0L W12 Twin-turbo 8-speed Automatic) Driven On 11/14/2013 Ratings Summary The 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed is at the top of the Continental chain. With a powerful W12 and race-bred handling, it's a world-class sports coupe.
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Performance The Continental GT Speed is all about the 616-horsepower twelve-cylinder engine and copious levels of grip. It's a brute in finely tailored clothes.
Acceleration
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Like getting shot out of a cannon, the GT Speed hits 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. It takes absolutely zero skill to do so. Just floor the gas pedal and hold on. It's awesome.
Braking
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The Bentley posted an impressive panic-stop braking number of 116 feet from 60 mph, and always with a firm pedal. Less impressive is the $13,600 it costs for the carbon-ceramic discs.
Steering
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The Bentley's steering isn't particularly inspiring. It's light and precise enough, but it reminds you that at the core this is still a luxury machine, not a pure sports car.
Handling
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Handling isn't the Continental GT's top skill. If it were, the car wouldn't weigh 5,000 pounds. Still, the Speed's big tires and upgraded suspension make it a more than decent canyon carver.
Driveability
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You always feel the mass of this car, and it drives like a lead-tipped arrow. It also hangs revs, and continues accelerating a half-beat after you release the gas pedal. Annoying.
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Comfort GT stands for Grand Touring, and the Bentley excels at providing long-distance comfort.
Seating Comfort
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Stiff and supportive without being punishing, the Continental GT's seats are some of the finest thrones in the world.
Ride Comfort
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The low-profile tires can bang off big pavement irregularities and the stiff suspension can get jittery. But most of the time the Continental GT is controlled and comforting.
Quietness
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The Bentley is almost exactly as loud at 120 mph as it is at 60. And that isn't loud at all.
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Interior Without question this is one of the finest interiors in the world. It's a sea of hand-stitched, quilted leather and carbon fiber. Hugely impressive and extremely fancy.
Ergonomics
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Perhaps the Bentley's weakest point. Buttons and switches aren't as clear or easy to use as some competitors. The shift paddles seem an afterthought and the wheel controls are awkward.
Ingress/Egress
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Part of the allure of a big coupe are the huge doors which make ingress/egress a breeze for people of all shapes and sizes. Seat height is low, but doesn't require stooping.
Space/Room
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While rear-seat room is minimal, front-seat space and comfort are almost without peer. It's like this car was designed for tall, wide and extremely rich professional athletes...
Visibility
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Visibility out of the Continental is surprisingly good, bolstered by an excellent parking-aid system and rear-view camera.
Cargo/Storage
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Coupes aren't generally known for their storage space, but the GT Speed has a trunk that'll swallow 12.6 cubic-feet of stuff. Plus a large center console and glovebox, and good cupholders.
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Value The value of a Bentley can't be calculated on a simple cost/benefit scale. As an ultra-luxury vehicle, the Continental GT Speed has the right badge, the right looks and the right power at a competitive price within this rarefied segment.
Build Quality (vs. $)
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You get what you pay for. In this car you're paying for beautiful carbon-fiber as well as hand-stitched leather from pampered cows. Some VW parts-sharing is evident if you look close.
Features(vs. $)
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The Continental GT Speed is loaded with tech features like adaptive cruise control, navigation and leather-everything. Not to mention a wickedly-fast twin-turbo W12 engine.
Cost
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The Continental GT feels dated compared to some rivals, and its $253,095 as-tested pricetag makes little sense when you see how fast and well-appointed an Audi RS7 is in comparison.
MPG
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You don't choose a 6.0-liter 12-cylinder if you want fuel economy. The EPA estimates 14 mpg Combined (12 City/19 Highway). We managed 14 mpg overall and 18.1 mpg on our 116-mile evaluation loop.
Warranty
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The 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed carries a standard warranty of 3 years/Unlimited miles with 1 year/10,000 miles of free scheduled maintenance.
Ownership
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Roadside assistance is covered for 3 years and there is free maintenance for 1 year/10,000 miles.
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Fun To Drive A beautiful, pillarless coupe shape and with an outstandingly powerful twelve-cylinder engine, the Continental GT Speed is a rocketship with four wheels. Best used on roads with long, sweeping turns.
Driving Experience
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Full-size coupes have a presence and stately nature about them, which the GT Speed slightly negates with its firm ride. Unless you need a badge that says "12," the GT V8 is the better driving car.
Personality
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Instead of garnering attention for being smokey and clattery, modern turbodiesel trucks are ultra-smooth and mega powerful. Acceleration is effortless. The dual rear wheel setup is uncommon.
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