2020 Bentley Continental GT

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BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — I came home from Florida, unpacked, and was treated to a snowstorm the day after my vacation. As I sat in the office, watching the white stuff come down harder and harder, Autoblog Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore started asking questions. “Is the Bentley in the basement?” he asked, referring to the $280,000 Continental GT V8 that I was supposed to drive home that evening. Later, “What kind of tires are on the Bentley?” I wasn’t too nervous yet. It was on all-seasons, and was equipped with all-wheel drive. After more hours of blowing snow, he said to me, “If you want to punt on driving the Bentley until the weather’s better, that’s fine.” Punt I did, taking the 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium home that night instead. The next day, after the plows, salt trucks and sunshine had done their thing to the roads, I finally got to scratch the Bentley itch that had been nagging me since I had landed in Detroit. I grabbed the weighty key fob, Autoblog Associate Producer Alex Malburg grabbed a camera and mic, and we headed down to the basement together to film the video you see above. Opening the door to the 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 greets you with a big white “B” illuminated on the ground from the puddle light, surrounded by a yellow circle. I don't recall seeing another multi-colored puddle light before, but I’ll remember this one. We got in the Bentley, fired it up, and gingerly crept out of the basement garage. Before exiting, I made sure to give the car a few revs, but there wasn’t much to hear from inside the cabin. Despite the lack of volume, the 4.0-liter V8 is potent. With 542 horsepower, it’s just shy of the 552 horses of the original Conti GT’s W12, and it out-torques it at 568 pound-feet. Helping to motivate it is a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers. As Alex and I took the Bentley for a cruise down Woodward Avenue, I got to test its straight-line acceleration at stoplight after stoplight. Despite the Bentley’s 5,000-pound curb weight, it’s brisk, but also smooth. There’s no noticeable turbo lag as it motivates itself toward extralegal speeds. Bentley claims it’ll do 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. There was no way I’d get this thing anywhere near its 198-mph top speed. [slideshow id='2192420'] The big V8’s sound doesn’t intrude inside. There’s no constant drone, and you only really hear it when you get on the gas. Then it’ll give you a sonorous growl, punctuated by a little whistle from the turbochargers. In Sport mode, you can hear the faint crackling of the exhaust. It’s much louder from outside, which is a testament to the sound deadening. In "Bentley" mode (which is just a default, normal mode) the response to a bootful of right pedal isn’t instantaneous. The car hesitates a moment before downshifting, as if to ask, “Do you really want to gun it right now?” The car is much …
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BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — I came home from Florida, unpacked, and was treated to a snowstorm the day after my vacation. As I sat in the office, watching the white stuff come down harder and harder, Autoblog Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore started asking questions. “Is the Bentley in the basement?” he asked, referring to the $280,000 Continental GT V8 that I was supposed to drive home that evening. Later, “What kind of tires are on the Bentley?” I wasn’t too nervous yet. It was on all-seasons, and was equipped with all-wheel drive. After more hours of blowing snow, he said to me, “If you want to punt on driving the Bentley until the weather’s better, that’s fine.” Punt I did, taking the 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium home that night instead. The next day, after the plows, salt trucks and sunshine had done their thing to the roads, I finally got to scratch the Bentley itch that had been nagging me since I had landed in Detroit. I grabbed the weighty key fob, Autoblog Associate Producer Alex Malburg grabbed a camera and mic, and we headed down to the basement together to film the video you see above. Opening the door to the 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 greets you with a big white “B” illuminated on the ground from the puddle light, surrounded by a yellow circle. I don't recall seeing another multi-colored puddle light before, but I’ll remember this one. We got in the Bentley, fired it up, and gingerly crept out of the basement garage. Before exiting, I made sure to give the car a few revs, but there wasn’t much to hear from inside the cabin. Despite the lack of volume, the 4.0-liter V8 is potent. With 542 horsepower, it’s just shy of the 552 horses of the original Conti GT’s W12, and it out-torques it at 568 pound-feet. Helping to motivate it is a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers. As Alex and I took the Bentley for a cruise down Woodward Avenue, I got to test its straight-line acceleration at stoplight after stoplight. Despite the Bentley’s 5,000-pound curb weight, it’s brisk, but also smooth. There’s no noticeable turbo lag as it motivates itself toward extralegal speeds. Bentley claims it’ll do 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. There was no way I’d get this thing anywhere near its 198-mph top speed. [slideshow id='2192420'] The big V8’s sound doesn’t intrude inside. There’s no constant drone, and you only really hear it when you get on the gas. Then it’ll give you a sonorous growl, punctuated by a little whistle from the turbochargers. In Sport mode, you can hear the faint crackling of the exhaust. It’s much louder from outside, which is a testament to the sound deadening. In "Bentley" mode (which is just a default, normal mode) the response to a bootful of right pedal isn’t instantaneous. The car hesitates a moment before downshifting, as if to ask, “Do you really want to gun it right now?” The car is much …
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$202,500 - $289,655 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine 6.0L W-12
MPG City / Hwy
Seating 4 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd auto-shift man w/OD
Power 626 @ 6000 rpm
Drivetrain Active All-Wheel Drive all wheel
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