2019 Bentley Continental GT vs. 2018 BMW 6 Series

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Bentley Continental GT have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW 6 Series doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Continental GT has standard front and rear seat side-impact airbags and head airbags, which act as a forgiving barrier between the passengers and the door. Combined with high-strength steel door beams this system increases protection from broadside collisions. The 6 Series doesn't offer rear-seat side-impact airbags, only ones for front seat occupants.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Continental GT. But it costs extra on the 6 Series.

To help make backing safer, the Continental GT’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 6 Series doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Continental GT and the 6 Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available crash mitigating brakes, night vision systems, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The Continental GT comes with a full 3-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 6 Series’ 50,000-mile basic warranty expires sooner.

Engine

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The Continental GT’s 6.0 turbo 12 cyl. produces 311 more horsepower (626 vs. 315) and 332 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 332) than the 640i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The Continental GT’s 6.0 turbo 12 cyl. produces 181 more horsepower (626 vs. 445) and 184 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 480) than the 650i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8. The Continental GT’s 6.0 turbo 12 cyl. produces 74 more horsepower (626 vs. 552) and 164 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 500) than the M6’s standard 4.4 turbo V8. The Continental GT’s 6.0 turbo 12 cyl. produces 26 more horsepower (626 vs. 600) and 148 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 516) than the M6 Competition’s standard 4.4 turbo V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Bentley Continental GT is faster than the 640i:

 

Continental GT

6 Series

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

1.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.3 sec

4.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

5.1 sec

8.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.6 sec

12.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.3 sec

5.9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.3 sec

2.9 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.8 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

123 MPH

103 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Continental GT’s fuel efficiency. The 6 Series doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Continental GT has 5.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the 6 Series’ standard fuel tank (24 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Continental GT has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the 6 Series M6’s standard fuel tank (24 vs. 21.1 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Continental GT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 6 Series:

 

Continental GT

640i/650i

M6 Carbon Brakes

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

13.7 inches

16.1 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

13.6 inches

15.6 inches

The Continental GT stops shorter than the 6 Series:

 

Continental GT

6 Series

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Continental GT has larger standard tires than the 6 Series (F:265/40R21 & R:305/35R21 vs. 245/45R18). The Continental GT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 6 Series (F:275/35R22 & R:315/30R22 vs. F:265/40R19 & R:295/35R19).

The Continental GT’s standard 265/40R21 front and 305/35R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 640i’s standard 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Continental GT has standard 21-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the 640i. The Continental GT’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the 6 Series.

Suspension and Handling

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The Continental GT has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The 6 Series doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Continental GT uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the 6 Series, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Continental GT has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Continental GT’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The 6 Series doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Continental GT is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the average track on the 6 Series.

For better maneuverability, the Continental GT’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the 6 Series’ (37.8 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The design of the Bentley Continental GT amounts to more than styling. The Continental GT has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is lower than the 6 Series (.31 to .33). A more efficient exterior helps the Continental GT go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Continental GT get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Continental GT Convertible a Compact car, while the 6 Series is rated a Subcompact.

The Continental GT has 4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 6 Series (92 vs. 88).

The Continental GT has .2 inches more rear headroom and 1.5 inches more rear legroom than the 6 Series.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Continental GT has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just a gesture, completely leaving your hands free. The 6 Series doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Model Availability

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The Bentley Continental GT comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the BMW 6 Series isn’t available as a coupe.

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