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Let's get this off our chests right off the bat: There's nothing truly efficient about the Bentley Continental GT. That said, we're at least pleased to see that the marque has decided to outfit its luxurious supercar with a smaller and more fuel efficient engine option.

The Bently 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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      DaveMart
      • 1 Month Ago
      Trouble posting articles in the right place? This is obviously relevant to AB, and obviously irrelevant to ABG.
      carney373
      • 1 Month Ago
      I keep explaining and explaining that fuel efficiency is irrelevant. In one ear, out the other. Even the most dramatic increases in fuel efficiency do not cause overall reduced gasoline consumption. Even if they did, OPEC could just cut back on production enough to increase the per-unit fuel cost enough to make just as much net on reduced sales as it does now on higher sales to less efficient cars. What actually is relevant and important is being able to move a car on non petroleum fuel. And what is important about this car is thus that it is flex fuel, able to run on E85 ethanol.
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Month Ago
      Bentley production is not high enough to warrant passionate attacks on environmental grounds. The Bentley is what it is, a work of art. A huge opulent automobile designed to represent the ultimate in ICE extravagance. Like all such super-cars it arouses jealousy, sanctimonious outrage and Puritan indignation from those who regard such vehicles as wicked and an assault on their parsimonious personalities. (to the glee of Bentley owners) But it's only of mild interest to ABG readers, with the exception of the above ....
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 1 Month Ago
      ABG knows their audience so well.
      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Month Ago
      This is ridiculous. This car has now a lower value because the ones that buy that are rich machos that choose it because of his big size and power. I saw a test ride on tv where they push it to the limit and they just praised the performance not the economy.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 1 Month Ago
      Oh you drive the V8 Bentley Continental GT...you must be so concerned about the environment.
        Anne
        • 1 Month Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        It can run on E85 ;). So it's an 'alt-fuel' vehicle.
          carney373
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Anne
          E85 counts as an alt fuel. Not sure why the scare quotes.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 1 Month Ago
      kill it with fire
      Anne
      • 1 Month Ago
      8 mpg city on E85. Hmmm, with a 90 l fuel tank, that's a range of a little over 300 km, or 190 miles. I wonder if we'll see Jeremy Clarkson pushing it towards the garage with an empty tank in the next Top Gear episode.