In its most basic interpretation, a grand tourer blends the performance attributes of a sports car with the luxury and comfort of a luxury car. Alas, the concept has been muddied over the years by automakers sticking GT badges on vehicles that are neither sporty nor luxurious. Does the classic grand tourer even exist anymore? Having recently tested the new 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo and come away impressed, we lined up two more of Europe's latest exotics to find out.
On one side, we have the 2020 Bentley Continental GT, a big and heavy luxury coupe with sporting intentions. Its competitor is the McLaren GT, a supercar that's been softened up a bit with some added convenience. As narrow as the luxury grand-touring class may seem, these two choices are as different in their interpretation as they could be.