The Bentley Continental GT with the W12 is rated at 12 city/19 highway on traditional premium, 8 city/14 highway on E85, and easily less than that on an excited right foot. When we drove the Continental GT V8 at launch we were told that official EPA mileage could be rated as high was 24 mpg on the highway, and that, even with the right-foot factor, would be a generous improvement over the W12 for sacrificing just 67 horsepower and almost nothing in performance. It turns out Bentley told the truth, the official EPA numbers are 15 city/24 highway.

According to FuelEconomy.gov, the 12 combined mpg of the W12 is raised to 15 combined with the V8. Better yet, drivers will save $1,000 on premium unleaded every year, the V8 needing $3,400 worth of the explosive liquid, the W12 needing $4,300. On top of the fact that the V8 is roughly $18,000 less than the W12, with those annual savings you'll be able to add a couple more ties to your collection every year, or one bespoke shoe. Start with the right foot – that's where the action is.


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      Ratieya
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, my 166hp 4cyl manual transmission station wagon from 2001 only beats it by 1MPG hwy. Well played, Bentley.
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Regardless of the fact that any owner of a Bentley should have no problem paying for gas, this is still a good thing. Lower cost, less gas, and less weight on the front end. Sounds good to me.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bentley cares more about this than their customers will. They need the CAFE ratings. Customers just want a Bentley that can go fast. But, at least this shows the new motors are capable of doing both. Looking forward to their other VW applications.
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it can be said that even filthy rich Bentley owners would rather spend a little more time driving (or being driven) and less time filling up at some gas station getting gawked at by "the 99%". If they can do it with just as much real world engine output, and the throaty growl of a V8, I dont see the problem.
        Buckus Comments
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        They probably don't even pump their own gas. The butler takes it down to the gas station to fill up.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Offering smaller engines options for sure will give you better fuel economy it's what will continue to be the trend today and for the future. Don't forget about a new 8 speed transmission mated to the engine in that Bentley that helped with those numbers also.
      FoxJ30
      • 2 Years Ago
      24 highway mpg? Finally, they've solved the one thing stopping me from buying a Bentley... Just let me take this silver spoon out of my mouth and i'll be on my way to the dealer's. /s
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FoxJ30
        It's also lighter in the front, handles better, allows longer "Grand Touring" trips, sounds better, and is 95% as quick in a straight line.
          FoxJ30
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          I take it sarcasm is lost on some? If I were to pick a Continental, it would likely be this one for the reasons you stated... was just commenting on how the 24 MPG headline is unlikely to be a strong motivator for anybody looking to be seen in a Bentley - if you're rich and want to be frugal on gas, you're likely to buy something actually frugal rather than one of these.
      TrueDat
      • 2 Years Ago
      does it come with fuel injection too? what about seat belts? air conditioning? o sorry, i had a flashback to the 90's when writers wrote about cars getting 24 mpg...
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TrueDat
        Right, there was tons of 500hp, 5000lb super luxury cars in the 90's that got 24mpg.
          TrueDat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          you missed my point. i was just commenting on the comedy of it.. i mean, when was the last time you saw 24 mpg in the headlines, for something other than a pick-up truck?
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TrueDat
        In the 90's, something with this much power, weight, luxury, and performance would have gotten about 10mpg if that.
      SooooRight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Big whup, a decade old Continental with a V8 could do better than that. Shut up Autorag and you endless praise of all the ultra high end makers.
        rocketmoose
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SooooRight
        The old Conti V8 didn't have anywhere near as much power or torque.
      Ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      Normally, being told I could save $18,000 on a car AND save $1,000/year in fuel would have be driving down to the dealer. BUT...
      alexkoolur
      • 2 Years Ago
      WHO CARES ABOUT MPG WHEN YOU DRIVE A BENTLEY!!!! Uhhh these green tree huggers are so annoying. As if the prospective Bentley owner is going to be counting his cost of gas before making a purchase, or care what people think about them socially before making a brilliantly obnoxious purchase.
        graphikzking
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alexkoolur
        $18,000 more they can give to charity! That's what is good about it. Or $18,000 more to spend on other lavish things. Whatever they want. Just because they have enough for a Bentley, doesn't mean they don't want a good value for their money. My buddy waited 3 years to buy his beach house because he was waiting for a good value, low balling for 2+ years he finally got his dream home (on the market for over 2 years at over 3million - final price 1.7million). Good things come to those that wait! This hwy mpg is a nice increase and no real loss in performance so it's definitely a win in my book.
      John J
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it me or does the front of this car look really, really, really, REALLY ugly?
        artso06
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John J
        I agree but I think the photos don't help. The worms eye view makes it look a lot more brutal then when seeing one in person.
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