2019 Bentley Continental GT vs. 2019 Ferrari Portofino

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Safety

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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 Portofino 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 Portofino 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 Portofino 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 Portofino 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 Portofino 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 Portofino only offers front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

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

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

The Bentley Continental GT weighs 1278 to 1653 pounds more than the Ferrari Portofino. 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 Portofino’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 Portofino 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 Portofino’s redline is at 7500 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Continental GT has a 6250 RPM redline.

Engine

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The Continental GT’s 6.0 turbo 12 cyl. produces 35 more horsepower (626 vs. 591) and 103 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 561) than the Portofino’s 3.9 turbo V8.

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

The Continental GT has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Portofino (24 vs. 21.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission and Drivetrain

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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 Portofino.

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 Ferrari Portofino is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Continental GT

Portofino

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

15.4 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 Portofino (F:265/40R21 & R:305/35R21 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:285/35R20). The Continental GT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Portofino (F:275/35R22 & R:315/30R22 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:285/35R20).

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 Portofino’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 Portofino. 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 Portofino 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 Portofino, 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 Portofino.

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 Portofino doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Continental GT’s wheelbase is 7.1 inches longer than on the Portofino (112.2 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Continental GT is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Portofino.

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 Portofino (.312). 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 Portofino doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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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 Portofino doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 Portofino 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 Portofino 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 Portofino 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 Portofino 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 Portofino isn’t available as a coupe.

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