Not only is the 2021 Bentley Continental GT the definition of a grand-touring car, but it also wears that moniker proudly at the end of its name. No matter if you choose the hardtop coupe or soft-top convertible, the sonorous V-8 or silken V-12, the Continental GT will make you feel like a celebrity on every outing. Unfortunately, you might need to be a celebrity to afford its six-figure price. For that considerable outlay, Bentley decks out the Continental GT’s cabin with fine leather, genuine wood, metal accents, and all manner of modern connectivity features. Where the Continental GT really shines, though, is on the road, where it can flex its ample power and demonstrate its near-perfect balance of comfort and athleticism.
What’s New for 2021?
Bentley has made only a few changes to the Conti GT for the 2021 model year. Chief among them is a new panoramic glass roof that’s available on the V-8-powered coupe. Otherwise, the grand-touring two-door receives an updated steering wheel design and three new colors: Viridian, Patina, and Snow Quartz.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Updated versions of the existing V-8 and W-12 engines that powered the previous-generation Continental GT provide plenty of power. Our testing 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 and can motivate a coupe to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. Both use an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that snaps off super-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 as standard.
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 over 200 miles of highway driving.
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. 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-patterned 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 is both limited. In our testing, we were able to fit five carry-on suitcases in Continental’s trunk—plenty of space for a weekend away with your favorite travel companion.