2019 Bentley Continental GT vs. 2019 Ferrari GTC4Lusso

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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 Ferrari GTC4Lusso 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 GTC4Lusso 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 GTC4Lusso doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Continental GT. But it costs extra on the GTC4Lusso.

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 GTC4Lusso 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 GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Continental GT offers an optional Top View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The GTC4Lusso only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Continental GT’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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 GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Continental GT and the GTC4Lusso have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Bentley Continental GT weighs 714 to 1210 pounds more than the Ferrari GTC4Lusso. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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 GTC4Lusso’s 3-year/100,000-mile basic warranty expires sooner.

The Continental GT’s 3 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the GTC4Lusso runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 15 percent more Bentley dealers than there are Ferrari dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Continental GT’s warranty.

Reliability

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The GTC4Lusso’s redline is at 7500 to 8250 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Continental GT has a 6250 RPM redline.

The battery on the Continental GT is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Continental GT’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The GTC4Lusso’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The Continental GT’s 6.0 turbo 12 cyl. produces 24 more horsepower (626 vs. 602) and 103 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 561) than the GTC4Lusso T’s standard 3.9 turbo V8. The Continental GT’s 6.0 turbo 12 cyl. produces 150 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 514) than the GTC4Lusso’s optional 6.3 DOHC V12.

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 GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Bentley Continental GT, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the GTC4Lusso.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Continental GT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GTC4Lusso:

 

Continental GT

GTC4Lusso

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

15.7 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

14.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Continental GT has larger standard tires than the GTC4Lusso (F:265/40R21 & R:305/35R21 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:295/35R20). The Continental GT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GTC4Lusso (F:275/35R22 & R:315/30R22 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:295/35R20).

The Continental GT’s optional 315/30R22 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GTC4Lusso’s 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Continental GT has standard 21-inch wheels. Only 20-inch wheels are available on the GTC4Lusso. The Continental GT offers optional 22-inch wheels.

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 GTC4Lusso 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 GTC4Lusso, 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. Ferrari doesn’t offer an active suspension on the GTC4Lusso.

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 GTC4Lusso (.309). 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.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Continental GT’s available trunk can be opened just by a gesture, leaving your hands completely free. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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The Continental GT’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The GTC4Lusso has two small spoke buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

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 GTC4Lusso 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. Ferrari does not offer a locking feature on the GTC4Lusso’s standard power windows.

The Continental GT’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The GTC4Lusso’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

The Continental GT’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The GTC4Lusso’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

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 GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

On extremely cold winter days, the Continental GT’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Continental GT’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Bentley Continental GT comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Ferrari GTC4Lusso isn’t available as a convertible.

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