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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 Aston Martin DB11 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 DB11 doesn't offer rear-seat side-impact airbags, only ones for front seat occupants.
The Continental GT offers optional Bentley Safeguard Plus, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The DB11 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.
The Continental GT has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The DB11 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
An active infrared night vision system optional on the Continental GT helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The DB11 doesn’t offer a night vision system.
The Continental GT’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The DB11 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
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 DB11 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Continental GT and the DB11 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 and available around view monitors.
The Bentley Continental GT weighs 813 to 1442 pounds more than the Aston Martin DB11. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
There are over 28 percent more Bentley dealers than there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Continental GT’s warranty.
The Continental GT’s 6.0 turbo 12 cyl. produces 123 more horsepower (626 vs. 503) and 151 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 513) than the DB11 V8’s standard 4.0 turbo V8. The Continental GT’s 6.0 turbo 12 cyl. produces 148 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 516) than the DB11 AMR’s standard 5.2 turbo V12.
The Continental GT has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the DB11 (24 vs. 21.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Continental GT offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The DB11 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.
All wheel drive, available in the Continental GT, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Aston Martin DB11 is not available with all wheel drive.
For better stopping power the Continental GT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the DB11:
For better traction, the Continental GT has larger standard tires than the DB11 (F:265/40R21 & R:305/35R21 vs. F:255/40R20 & R:295/35R20). The Continental GT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the DB11 (F:275/35R22 & R:315/30R22 vs. F:255/40R20 & R:295/35R20).
The Continental GT’s optional 275/35R22 front and 315/30R22 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the DB11’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Continental GT has standard 21-inch wheels. Only 20-inch wheels are available on the DB11. The Continental GT offers optional 22-inch wheels.
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 DB11 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 DB11, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The Continental GT offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Aston Martin doesn’t offer an active suspension on the DB11.
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 DB11 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Continental GT’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the DB11 (112.2 inches vs. 110.4 inches).
The Continental GT Coupe handles at .98 G’s, while the DB11 pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
For better maneuverability, the Continental GT’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the DB11’s (37.8 feet vs. 38.5 feet).
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Continental GT Coupe a Compact car, while the DB11 Coupe is rated a Subcompact. The EPA rates the Continental GT Convertible a Compact car, while the DB11 Volante is rated a Subcompact.
The Continental GT has 16 cubic feet more passenger volume than the DB11 (92 vs. 76).
The Continental GT has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 3.5 inches more rear headroom and 3.7 inches more rear legroom than the DB11.
The Continental GT Coupe has a much larger trunk than the DB11 (12.6 vs. 9.9 cubic feet).
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Continental GT. The DB11 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
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 DB11 doesn’t offer a power trunk.
The Continental GT offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The DB11 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Continental GT’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them. Aston Martin does not offer a locking feature on the DB11’s standard power windows.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Continental GT detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The DB11 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Continental GT offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The DB11 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
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