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2022 Bentley Continental GT

Starting at $205,225

10/10 C/D RATING
2022 bentley continental gt speed front
10/10 C/D RATING

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  • Highs Elegant bodywork, ultra-luxe interior, chassis deftly walks the line between comfort and control.
  • Lows The best options require even more cash, consumes fuel like a full-size pickup truck, a price that prices out almost everyone.
  • Verdict Some say it's all about the destination, but the Continental GT makes a good case for the journey.
By Drew Dorian


Although it's designed to make you feel like you've arrived, the 2022 Bentley Continental GT is also great car at making the journey memorable. The GT stands for grand touring, and the Conti's cabin is truly grand, pampering its occupants with fine leather, gorgeous wood, and handsome metal trims mixed with modern technology, plentiful amenities and enough cargo space for those who wouldn't deign to pack light. Both a coupe and a convertible are offered, as is a high-performance Speed variant. The Continental GT boasts a well-balanced chassis with just the right amount of athleticism for twisty canyon roads along with a smooth ride. All of this greatness comes at a steep price, but the six-figure outlay only serves to enhance the Bentley Continental GT's curb appeal.

What's New for 2022?

A higher-performance Speed model rejoins the Continental GT lineup for 2022 and powered by a 650-hp version of the car's W-12 engine; updates to the chassis to improve agility. Among those new handling enhancers are rear-wheel steering and a torque-vectoring rear differential. The Speed also sports special styling features including Speed badging, unique 22-inch wheels, microfiber interior upholstery—and optional carbon-fiber dashboard trim. A new Blackline specification through Bentley's Mulliner customization department is now available and provides darkened exterior and interior trimmings for a sleeker look.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

We prefer the Continental GT coupe and we'd stick with the standard V-8 engine. 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 and agile in real-world conditions. It's only at very high speeds that the W-12 engine's increased horsepower makes a difference. And while we like the wind in our hair as much as anyone, we'd choose the coupe because the arching roofline ties together the car's style so elegantly we find it irresistible.


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    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    Updated versions of the existing V-8 and W-12 engines that powered the previous-generation Continental GT provide muscle-car performance. Our testing of the older model revealed that 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 in non-Speed models and can motivate a coupe to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. The same engine has been tuned up to 650-hp in the Speed model, and we estimate it can reach 60 in as little as 3.1 seconds. Both engines use an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that snaps off 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 standard.

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    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. In our real-world testing, we averaged 28 mpg in a V-8 model in our 200 miles highway fuel-economy test. For more information about the Continental GT's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    We 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, of course. 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-pattern seat trim. Although the Continental GT technically has seatbelts 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.

    Infotainment and Connectivity

    A 12.3-inch infotainment display dominates the center of the dashboard. It's part of a unique, three-sided rotating unit that also includes a panel with three small analog gauges for exterior air temperature, time, and compass heading, and a third side that shows nothing but matching instrument-panel trim. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability are standard, as is a digital gauge display that allows the driver to manage most of the Continental GT's functions using controls on the steering wheel. The Continental GT offers two optional audio systems: a Bang & Olufsen arrangement and a spectacular Naim system.

    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

    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. For more information about the Continental GT's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

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

    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 three years or unlimited miles
    • Powertrain warranty covers three years or unlimited miles
    • Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles



    2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed
    Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe or convertible

    Coupe, $277,625; Convertible, $305,125

    twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 48-valve W-12, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection
    Displacement: 363 in3, 5952 cm3
    Power: 650 hp @ 6000 rpm
    Torque: 664 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

    8-speed dual-clutch automatic

    Wheelbase: 112.2 in
    Length: 190.9 in
    Width: 76.9 in
    Height: 55.1–55.3 in
    Trunk Volume: 13 ft3
    Curb Weight (C/D est): 5050–5400 lb

    60 mph: 3.1–3.2 sec
    100 mph: 7.4–7.6 sec
    1/4-Mile: 11.3–11.6 sec
    Top Speed: 208 mph

    Combined/City/Highway: 15/12/19–20 mpg





    2019 Bentley Continental GT
    Vehicle type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

    $275,325 (base price: $219,925)

    twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 48-valve W-12, aluminum block and heads, port and direct injection
    Displacement: 363 in3, 5952 cm3
    Power: 626 hp @ 6000 rpm
    Torque: 664 lb-ft @ 1350 rpm

    8-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode

    Suspension (F/R): control arms/multilink
    Brakes (F/R): 16.5-in vented disc/15.0-in vented disc
    Tires: Pirelli P Zero (PZ4), F: 265/40ZR-21 (105Y) R: 305/35ZR-21 (109Y)

    Wheelbase: 112.2 in
    Length: 190.9 in
    Width: 76.9 in
    Height: 55.3 in
    Trunk volume: 13 ft3
    Curb weight: 5056 lb

    60 mph: 3.3 sec
    100 mph: 7.6 sec
    ¼-mile: 11.5 sec @ 123 mph
    Top speed (mfr's claim): 207 mph
    Braking, 70–0 mph: 163 ft
    Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.98 g 

    Combined/city/highway: 16/13/22 mpg 

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