If there’s one thing your average Bentley and Rolls-Royce owner doesn’t do very often, it’s drag racing. Good thing Mat doesn’t own a Continental GT or a Wraith, then, because drag-racing is exactly what he has planned for these two super-luxurious coupes.
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In the burgundy corner, we have the £168,000 Bentley Continental GT. And, it’s no ordinary GT (if there is such a thing) – it’s the W12 version with a 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged 12-cylinder engine producing 635hp and a simply astonishing 900Nm of torque.
All this power is sent through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox to all four wheels. Besides the engine, it’s essentially the same drive system as you get in a Porsche Panamera, so it should be pretty ballistic off the line. Well, for a car that weighs 2,244kg, anyway…
You might think the Bentley’s belt-busting weight would make it the sure-fire heavyweight in any drag race, but not this time. See, the Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge we have here is packed with an even more wood, metal and cow hide, so it tips the scales at 2,360kg.
The Rolls’ 6.6-litre V12 engine is bigger than the Bentley’s 6.0-litre W12, but its 632hp output is three fewer horses than the Continental can muster and its 846Nm of torque trails the Bentley by 54Nm.
The Rolls has an eight-speed automatic gearbox like the Bentley, but it’s a torque-converter unit rather than a dual clutch system and it send power to just the rear wheels. Worst of all, it doesn’t even have launch control – surely that’s the least you expect when you’ve just paid £288,000 for a car?
But, don’t write off the Rolls yet because Mat’s drag-racing nemesis Yianni is behind the wheel, and he’ll do anything to scupper Mat’s chances of winning. Watch the race to see what we mean…
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