2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe

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2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe is a vehicle characterized by its affected politeness and refine finish while offering tremendous performance. The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe comes with a number of engine options starting from a V8 going all the way up to a W12 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system for an ultra-fast driving experience.

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Pros

Top-notch interior craftsmanship

Powerful and smooth performance from all the engines

All the trims can be chosen to be a Convertible as well

Usage of some of the finest leathers in the world

Cons

Absence of the latest safety features and technology

Rear seats can be congested for adults

Ride quality can be jerky specially during turns

Way too high of a price range

What's New?

Upgraded W12 engine for the 'Speed'

Sportier suspension calibration

Carbon-ceramic brakes and an updated all-wheel drive system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$198500

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

top speed

217 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

232

horsepower

562 hp @ 7500 rpm

torque

487 lb.-ft. @ 1700 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

15 in. /15.3 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

178.4 in.

width

82.5 in.

height

47.3 in.

curb weight

3296 lbs.

ground clearance

3.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

89 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.6 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.1 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

10.9 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

159 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/23 mpg

ev range

360 mi.

highway range

437 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/unlimited

drivetrain warranty

3 years/unlimited

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr./ unlimited


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Styles

 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe in claret metallic color  2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe in Agean Blue color  2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe in Dove gray color
claret metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine

8.9

Fuel Economy

5.8

Interior

6.4

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe GT V8

GT V8

power
500 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$198,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT V8 2dr Coupe AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $198,500 MSRP (15/19/25) 500 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe V8

V8

power
500 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$198,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V8 2dr Coupe AWD (4.0L 8cyl 8AM) Starting at $198,500 MSRP (15/19/25) 500 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe V8 S

V8 S

power
521 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
TBD
mpg
19 combined

$210,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V8 S 2dr Coupe AWD (4.0L 8cyl 8AM) Starting at $210,700 MSRP (15/19/25) 521 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4 L, V8,
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8-speed automatic front wheel drive 4

 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe GT V8 S

GT V8 S

power
520 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$210,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT V8 S 2dr Coupe AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $210,700 MSRP (15/19/25) 520 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe GT

GT

power
582 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
15 combined

$214,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT 2dr Coupe AWD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $214,600 MSRP (12/15/21) 582 hp @ 6000 rpm, 6 L, W12, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe W12

W12

power
582 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
TBD
mpg
15 combined

$214,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
W12 2dr Coupe AWD (6.0L 12cyl 8AM) Starting at $214,600 MSRP (12/15/21) 582 hp @ 6100 rpm, 6 L, W12,
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8-speed automatic front wheel drive 4

 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe Speed

Speed

power
633 hp @ 5900 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
15 combined

$240,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Speed 2dr Coupe AWD (6.0L 12cyl 8AM) Starting at $240,300 MSRP (12/15/21) 633 hp @ 5900 rpm, 6 L, W12, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe GT Speed

GT Speed

power
582 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
15 combined

$240,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT Speed 2dr Coupe AWD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $240,300 MSRP (12/15/21) 582 hp @ 6100 rpm, 6 L, W12, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe Supersports

Supersports

power
700 hp @ 5900 rpm
fuel
TBD
mpg
14 combined

$293,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Supersports 2dr Coupe AWD (6.0L 12cyl 8AM) Starting at $293,300 MSRP (11/14/20) 700 hp @ 5900 rpm, 6 L, W12,
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4
Supersports 2dr Coupe AWD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $293,300 MSRP (11/14/20) 700 hp @ 5900 rpm, 6 L, W12, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 24, 2018

7.5

Overall Rating


Starting at the price of $198,500, the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe is exhuberant and luxurious car which is a favorite amongst the richest mass in the world because of its endless possibilities of different varieties of customizations.


8.0/10
Features

 

8.9/10
Engine

 

5.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.4/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe Features

8.0/10

The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe comes with the addition of a new trim level – Supersports which features an upgraded W12 engine generating more than 600 horsepower. In addition to that, you also get a sportier suspension calibration, carbon-ceramic brakes, and an updated all-wheel-drive system.  

Trim GT V8  GT GT V8S GT Speed Supersports
MSRP $198,500 $214,600 $210,700 $240,300 $293,300
Key Feature Rear fog and reversing lamps Dual tone, 3-spoke, hide-trimmed steering wheel Sports, single-tone, 3-spoke, hide trimmed steering wheel Dark tint radiator matrix and lower bumper grilles Bi-Xenon projector headlamps with LED signature daylight running lamps, LED main beam supplementation, integrated washer jets
  Bi-Xenon projector headlamps with LED signature Semi-aniline leather to seats and door inserts Beluga gloss door mirrors Sports, single-tone, 3-spoke, hide trimmed steering wheel Twilight sensor control and tunnel detection for lighting
  Keyless entry and ignition GPS tracking system full fitment, in addition to standard alarm system * Winter wheels and tyres Deep pile overmats to front and rear ( Power latching to driver and passenger doors for easy entry and exit
  Twin figure-of-eight stainless steel tailpipes Bluetooth telephone system with privacy handset Ventilated front seats with massage function GPS tracking system provision, in addition to standard alarm system Keyless entry and ignition
  8 channel, 8 speaker audio system with Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) speakers Mulliner Driving Specification Naim for Bentley premium audio system Semi-aniline leather to seats and door inserts 8 channel, 8 speaker audio system with Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) speakers
  Park distance control with graphic on infotainment screen and audible warning Ventilated front seats with massage function Bluetooth telephone system with privacy handset Naim for Bentley premium audio system Park distance control with graphic on infotainment screen and audible warning
  Multi-zone automatic climate control system Naim for Bentley premium audio system GPS tracking system full fitment, in addition to standard alarm system Remote control garage door / electronic gate opener Bentley GPS tracking system provision*

The GT V8 and GT V8 S trims of the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe have a 4-liter turbocharged V8 engine under their hoods. The GT and GT Speed trims along with the Supersports trim house a 6-liter turbocharged W12 engine. An 8-speed automatic transmission and all wheel driving system is standard in all the trims.  

What we recommend

We recommend the GT Speed trim of the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe as it features an updated and better-performing version of the W12 engine and it generates a massive horsepower of 633 and torque of 620 pound-feet of torque and has a whopping acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.9 seconds.

2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe Engine

8.9/10

"A major redesign in 2011 freshened the exterior styling, but the basic vehicle has remained little changed. And all-new Continental GT, built on an all-new platform, will debut in 2018."- Motor Trend

Engine and Transmission

All the engines of the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe are strong and powerful and impress beyond expectations with their outputs. Starting with the 4 liters turbocharged V8; it has an output of 500 horsepower and torque of 487 pound-feet. The GT V8 S features the similar engine but with an increased output of 521 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. Moving on, the 6-liter turbocharged W12 engine which you can find in the GT, Speed and Supersports trim levels don’t fail in doing the same as well.

For the GT, the horsepower is 582 and the torque is 531 pound-feet. It gets revised in the GT Speed as the horsepower increases to a shocking 633 as well as the torque going up to 620 pound-feet. Last but not the least, the Supersports does justice to its name with the most powerful performance of all the trims with 700 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque with the addition of larger turbos and other internal hardware.

The V8 S with 521 horsepower is a brilliant engine with instantaneous power delivery. Peak torque is available at less than 2000 rpm and even at half throttle, you doing pretty good speeds. The engine is very refined and delivers power very enthusiastically. Honestly, this V8 is all the engine you would need in a Continental GT. You wouldn't be able to exploit most of even this engine, let alone the W12.

The best part of this engine is, however, the gorgeous sound from that V8. The 8-speed automatic transmission works with all the engine versions in coordination and doesn’t have misfiring and power loss, thanks to its precise and on-time shifting.  Its smooth and shifts gears effortlessly. When in need, you can always use the paddles. 

Models Bentley Continental GT V8S Aston Martin DB11 Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC
MSRP $210,700  $211,995 $122,750
Engine 4.0L 8cyl 5.2L V12 48 Valve Twin-Turbo 4.7L Bi-turbo V8
Transmission 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 9-speed automatic
Horsepower 521 hp 600 hp @ 6500 rpm 449 hp @ 5250 rpm
Torque 502 lb-ft 516 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm 516 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

The Aston Martin D811 and the Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC share a similar torque of 516 pound-feet but the former has a way higher horsepower of 600 than the latter’s lowest horsepower of 449. The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe has the second highest horsepower of 521 as compared to the others and the least torque of 502 pound-feet.

Acceleration

The Continental GT has lightning fast acceleration due to its exceptional throttle response and next to none delay in sending power to the all-wheel-drive system. Its the slowest in the competition but that can be forgiven given the fact that it's quite heavy and by quite a margin. Still, the acceleration is pretty fast for what it is.

Models Bentley Continental GT Aston Martin DB11 Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC
0-60 MPH 4.3 sec 3.9 sec 4.0 sec
Quarter mile 12.7 sec 11.7 sec 12.5 sec
Engine 4.0L 5.2L 4.7L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 11.8 10.4 8.8

The DB11 is the fastest in the shootout, that's no surprise because it has the most powerful engine and it is the newest car in the segment. The Mercedes S550 comes second in 0-60 acceleration even though it has a less powerful engine than the Bentley. The story remains pretty much the same over the quarter mile too with the Aston coming first, the Mercedes in the second position and lastly, it's the Bentley. Numbers might show otherwise, but the Bentley is super quick and the acceleration will certainly thrill you. 

Handling and Steering

It's a Bentley and it rides like you'd expect a Bentley to ride. Even in the sportiest mode, the ride remains very comfortable and really feels plush and luxurious. It's a great grand touring machine and you could cover miles in it at great speeds and be as comfortable as if lazing on your living room couch. The car remains very composed around the corners as well and you'd be surprised by the amount of speed you could be carrying into a car with such a heavy car. The chassis is very well designed and the weight distribution is great too, which greatly contributes to the handling.

The steering is adequately weighted for a GT car. It's quite easy to amble around with it in the city because it has a quick steering ratio with a short turning radius. At highway speeds, the steering remains precise with decent feedback. Its not as sharp as some other true sportscars but its good enough to hurl this barge around corners. 

Braking

The new carbon-ceramic brakes of the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe work effectively and produce a decent stopping power given its immaculate engine power and manage to bring the car at halt from 60 mph in just 123 feet.  

Model Bentley Continental GT Aston Martin DB11 Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC
Brake Front (in.) 15.9 15.7 14.6
Brake Rear (in.) 13.2 14.2 14.2
Curb Weight (lbs.) 5060 4080 4707
60-0 MPH (ft.) 123 N/A N/A

2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe Fuel Economy

5.8/10

The fuel economy in the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe can be a little compromising but that’s totally understandable given the output generated by the different engines under the hoods.  

Model Bentley Continental GT Aston Martin DB11 Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC
MPG (city) 15 15 17
MPG (highway) 25 21 25
MPG (combined) 19 17 20

The Mercedes Benz is seen to be the most efficient among the three with the best economy ratings of 17 mpg in the cities, 20 mpg combined and 25 mpg in the highways which is similar to the Continental GT as well, but it does end up in the second place with 15 mpg in the cities and 19 mpg combined. Although the Aston Martin shares an equal rating of 15 mpg in the cities with the Bentley, it is otherwise the least efficient vehicle of the three with the lowest of 21 mpg in the highways and 17 mpg combined.  

2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe Interior

6.4/10

Seating and comfort

The interiors of the Bentley are supremely luxurious and comfortable. If you can think of it, Bentley will put it up in the cabin. With an infinite range of customization from the color of the leather hides to the wood trims, the stitching on the seats, the interiors are your palette to build your dream car. The organ stops for the climate control vents are classic Bentley and the fit and finish of the materials are top-notch. There is a beautiful flowing design to the dashboard and the infotainment screen sits in between. The aluminum shift paddles and the satin chrome bezels around the instrument cluster look stunning. 

The quiet interiors coupled with the posh leather seats and the level of detailing in the stitching are brilliant. Shorter drivers may have difficulty regarding visibility due to the high beltline. The rear seats are comfortable for roaming around the town but for long trips, the lack of space can be felt especially if you are an adult.  

Model Bentley Continental GT Aston Martin DB11 Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC
Passenger capacity 4 4 4
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.6/-/41.3 N/A 39.3/60.6/-
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 36.5/-/32.5 N/A 36.7/54.1/-

All the three cars have an equal passenger capacity of four. The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe has better front passenger headroom than the Mercedes Benz while the latter enjoys better headroom than the former in terms of rear passengers.

Interior Features

  • 12-way adjustable power driver seat
  • Folding center armrest
  • Rear ventilation ducts
  • 2 one-touch power windows
  • External temperature display
  • Universal remote transmitter
  • Tilt and telescopic electric steering wheel with cruise, transmission and audio controls
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors

Infotainment

We feel the infotainment system of the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe could have been a little better as the 8-inch LCD touchscreen doesn’t have any jaw-dropping features other than the normal facilities and Google Maps supportability. The system is quite last generation and the competitors have moved a long way ahead with their infotainment systems. 

  • 8 total speakers
  • DVD player
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • USB with external media control
  • Memory card slot
  • Satellite radio with real-time traffic
  • Video monitor
  • AM/FM stereo

Cargo

The cargo space of the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe is something really impressive as it is quite deep and the floor carpeting is soft. The aperture is a bit less but it isn’t much of a concern.  

Model Bentley Continental GT Aston Martin DB11 Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 12.6 7.9 10.4

Compared to its rivals, the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe has the largest cargo space of up to 12.6 cubic feet which encourages practicality more than the other two. The Mercedes Benz follows the line with a slight dip and has a volume of 10.4 cubic feet and lastly, the Aston Martin is seen to suffer significantly in terms of cargo spacing with the lowest space of 7.9 cubic feet.  

2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe Exterior

"Bentley Continentals have defined stately elegance with attitude since the name was introduced in 1952. And today’s Continental continues the bloodline with muscular shapes and beautifully bold contours that reach back to that original model from 65 years ago. Kelley Blue Book"

Dimensions and Weight

The Bentley Continental GT bears a timeless design. It has got flowing lines and muscular haunches. The design is pretty neat and not like may other busy sports cars. Yet, it looks beautiful with classic sports car proportions. The swooping roofline looks absolutely stunning and the pronounced rear fender is very wide and gives the car plenty of character. The large chrome grille and the headlamps are typically Bentley and while there is a new car coming out next year, this car will always remain a true beauty.The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe has fairly respectable dimensions compared to its other rivals and the exterior styling doesn’t let you down.  

Model Bentley Continental GT Aston Martin DB11 Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC
Curb weight (lbs.) 5060 4080 4707
Length(in) 189.3 186.6 197.9
Width(in) 76.7 76.4 74.8
Height(in) 55.2 50.4 55.8
Ground clearance (in) 5.5 5.7 4.7
Wheelbase (in) 108.0 110.4 115.9
Track width (in) F/R 65.5/65.2 N/A 64.0/64.9

Heaviest of the three, the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe also happens to the widest and has the least wheelbase. the Aston Martin enjoy the highest ground clearance other than being the lightest weighing vehicles among the three whereas the Mercedes Benz is the longest and tallest, has the largest wheelbase while having the least width and ground clearance.

Exterior Features

  • Rear defogger
  • Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers
  • Painted alloy wheels
  • Cargo tie downs
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • High-pressure headlamp washers

 

2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe Safety

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline
  • Traction Control
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Side Impact Beams

 

2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe Competition

Aston Martin DB11 vs Bentley Continental GT

The epitome of power and style, the Aston Martin DB11 surely knows how to leave its mark on the minds of luxury sports car lovers. It lets you choose between two incredibly powerful engines – the4-liter twin turbo V8 and the 5.2 liter twin turbo V12. The secret behind its agile handling is its lightweight structure, stiff chassis and torque vectoring system.

When we start comparing it with the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe, it has a way higher base price which is definitely backed up by the more powerful engine. Other than that, the Aston has a fairly similar acceleration to the Bentley, its less fuel efficient and falls way behind in terms of cargo space.

Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC vs Bentley Continental GT

The Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC continues to represent the luxurious tradition of the S-Class. Featuring a 4.7 liter biturbo V8 engine under its hood, the Mercedes Benz has rear wheel drive and a 9-speed automatic transmission as standard while all wheel drive is optional. It also houses the safety features such as the enhanced autonomous driving functions and active body control.

Up against the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe, it has a slight less powerful engine and acceleration as well as it also goes through a lack of cargo space but it is incredibly fuel efficient in spite of being on the lower end of the price range.  

2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe Final Verdict

The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe is an apt choice for luxurious cars with a spectacularly sporty feel to it. Up against its rivals in the market, the Bentley does fairly well and puts up a performance that makes it favorable in more than one ways. Also, it has a balanced price tag attached to it so if you want to invest in a luxury sports car, the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe will be worth every penny.