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Drag Race: Bentley Continental GT vs Ferrari GTC4 Lusso

October 01, 2021 by

The Bentley Continental GT and Ferrari GTC4 Lusso can both transport you and three friends in unparalleled luxury and style, but which would you pick if you happened to line up at a drag strip?

It’s time to see whether Italian V12 power is a match for a twin-turbo V8 Bentley in our latest head-to-head drag race.

Bentley’s Continental GT is arguably the most accomplished grand tourer on sale today, in Convertible form it becomes the perfect partner for a cruise along California’s sun-soaked Pacific Cost Highway, or even the King’s Road in London – when it isn’t raining.

But, like all Bentleys, the Continental GT Convertible isn’t just a pretty face. Its twin-turbocharged V8 pushes out 542hp and a serious 770Nm of torque – that’s enough to launch the 2,335kg luxury yacht to 62mph in just 4.1-seconds and on to a top speed of 198mph. Clearly the Sport driving mode setting is not just for show here.

But can this ultra-posh GT keep up with something like a Ferrari GTC4 Lusso? It too can seat four, has all-wheel drive and won’t break a sweat on long motorway drives. Lusso means luxury in Italian but stepping into the comparatively spartan interior of the Ferrari shows that Bentley’s definition of opulence is on a completely different level.

The base price of the Bentley starts at just under £170,000 but few cars will leave the showroom before that figure is well over the £200,000 mark. Ferrari doesn’t make the GTC4 Lusso anymore, but low-mileage examples will set you back a similar amount.

What the Ferrari lacks in comfort features it makes up for in power, you can get a twin-turbo V8 here too, but our example is the range-topping 690hp 6.3-litre V12. That’s a massive 148hp more than you get in the Bentley but it falls short on torque, which peaks at 697Nm.

The Ferrari’s lighter 1,920kg kerb weight will be an advantage here and its claimed 0-62mph figure of 3.4-seconds is certainly quicker on paper. But don’t discount the Bentley just yet – its extra torque could give it an advantage at higher speeds. Let’s find out which one is quicker…

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