2013 Bentley Continental GT - Road Test Specs

2013 Bentley Continental GT Coupe

(4.0L V8 Twin-turbo AWD 8-speed Automatic)
Vehicle
Year Make Model2013 Bentley Continental GT V8 2dr Coupe AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
Vehicle TypeAWD 2dr 4-passenger Coupe
Base MSRP$176,725
Options on test vehicleThunder, Carbon Ceramic Brakes With Black Calipers ($13,600 -- Front (16.5-inch) and rear (14-inch) carbon-ceramic brake rotors; black colored brake calipers); Mulliner Driving Specification (Painted Wheel) ($12,230 -- 21-by-9.5-inch seven-spoke painted alloy wheels with 275/35ZR21 tires, jewel fuel filler cap, knurled sport gear lever, drilled alloy sport foot pedals, embroidered Bentley emblems on seat facings, quilted leather on seat facings, doors and rear-quarter panels, ndented leather headliner); Convenience Specification ($3,810 -- Adaptive Cruise Control [ACC] with Follow to Stop function, rearview camera, valet parking key); Touring Specification ($3,675 -- rear center console, ski hatch, twin front armrests, power trunk open and close ); Contrast Stitching ($1,865); Seat Ventilation and Massage to Front Seats ($840); Space Saving Spare Wheel ($630); Heated Single Tone Hide Trimmed Steering Wheel (3 Spoke) ($470 -- 3-spoke leather trimmed heated steering wheel); Additional Contrast Stitching to Steering Wheel ($180).
As-tested MSRP$214,025
Assembly locationCrewe, England
Drivetrain
ConfigurationLongitudinal, front-engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeTwin-turbocharged, direct-injected, V8, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,993/244
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves/cylinder variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.3
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,250
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)500 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)487 @ 1,700
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission type8-speed automatic with console shifter and column-mounted paddles with sport mode
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 4.71; II = 3.14; III = 2.1; IV = 1.67; V = 1.29; VI = 1.00; VII = 0.839; VIII = 0.677
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent, double-wishbone control arms with multi-mode variable dampers
Suspension, rearMulti-link with multi-mode variable dampers
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Tire make and modelPirelli P Zero
Tire typePerformance front and rear
Tire size275/35ZR21 (103Y)
Wheel size20-by-9.5
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front16-inch Ceramic discs with 8-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, rear13.2-inch Ceramic discs with 1-piston sliding calipers
Track Test Results
Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)1.8
0-45 mph (sec.)2.8
0-60 mph (sec.)4.2
0-75 mph (sec.)6.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)12.4 @ 113.2
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.0
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.4
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.5
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.0
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.9
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)13.0 @ 111.5
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)111
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)66.4
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON63.9
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.84
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.84
Sound level @ idle (dB)46.9
@ Full throttle (dB)75.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)61.6
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,500
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsIn Sport tranny mode with ESC off and power braking to 3,000 rpm, the Continental GT V8 goes into some kind of launch mode, jumping off the line and banging home shifts even harder. Yes, the V8 is faster than the W12 -- sounds better, too. Manual shifting is via steering-column-mounted paddles or console lever (pull back for downshifts). Does not hold gears to rev limiter. Does blip throttle on downshifts.
Braking commentsGood but not great braking, especially considering this is a supercar with very expensive brakes. Firm pedal but long travel. Firming up the dampers made zero difference. Lots of nosedive. First stop was shortest at 111 feet. Fifth stop (out of 6) was longest at 113 feet.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Really punishes the outside front tire, massively rolling over on itself. Steering is quite light, and the amount of understeer and the sensitive throttle makes it easy to overshoot the arc. Slalom: Thought the V8 version of the Continental GT would handle better (although it's only 52 pounds lighter than the W12 model). But there's too much roll softness, even with the adjustable dampers set to full stiff. Steering isn't particularly precise. This is a heavy beast, and it understeers far sooner than you'd expect it to. But, it also stays very controlled, which is good. And you can get it to power-on oversteer (despite all-wheel drive) if you whack the throttle wide open at just the right time.
Testing Conditions
Test date8/7/2012
Test location1,121
Elevation (ft.)89
Temperature (F)32.9
Relative humidity (%)28.7
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)4.0 (head)
Wind (mph, direction)2,372
Odometer (mi.)91-octane gasoline
Fuel used for test49/46
As-tested ballasted trailer weight (lbs.)15 city/24 highway/18 combined
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)14.4
Edmunds observed (mpg)24.0
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)576
Edmunds estimated monthly fuel cost ($)440-watt, 8-speaker AM/FM/Satellite Stereo with 6-disc CD changer
Audio and Advanced Technology
Stereo descriptionStandard iPod via proprietary cable, SD card
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard
Rear seat video and entertainmentStandard
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Standard ignition doors trunk/hatch
Smart entry/StartStandard parking sonar front and rear back-up camera
Blind-spot detectionOptional
Driver coaching display5,060
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)5,107
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)57.6/42.4
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)189.2
Length (in.)76.5
Width (in.)55.3
Height (in.)108.1
Track, rear (in.)37.1
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)4
Step-in height, measured (in.)12.6
Bed dimensions, L x W x H (in.)6,063
Operation lockout3 years/Unlimited miles
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/Unlimited miles
Powertrain3 years/Unlimited miles
Corrosion3 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance1 year/10,000 miles

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