2020 Bentley Continental GT vs. 2019 Porsche 911

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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 Porsche 911 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Continental GT’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The 911 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 911 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 911.

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 911 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 911 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 911 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.

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

Both the Continental GT and the 911 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, rearview cameras and available crash mitigating brakes.

The Bentley Continental GT weighs 1244 to 2206 pounds more than the Porsche 911. 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 911’s 50,000-mile basic warranty expires sooner.

Engine

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The Continental GT has more powerful engines than the 911:

Horsepower

Torque

Continental GT 4.0 turbo V8

542 HP

568 lbs.-ft.

Continental GT 6.0 turbo 12-cylinder

626 HP

664 lbs.-ft.

911 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder

370 HP

331 lbs.-ft.

911 S 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder

420 HP

368 lbs.-ft.

911 GTS 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder

450 HP

405 lbs.-ft.

911 GT3 4.0 DOHC 6-cylinder

500 HP

339 lbs.-ft.

911 GT3 RS 4.0 DOHC 6-cylinder

520 HP

346 lbs.-ft.

911 Turbo 3.8 turbo 6-cylinder

540 HP

523 lbs.-ft.

911 Turbo S 3.8 turbo 6-cylinder

580 HP

553 lbs.-ft.

911 Turbo S Exclusive Series 3.8 turbo 6-cylinder

607 HP

553 lbs.-ft.

911 GT2 RS 3.8 turbo 6-cylinder

700 HP

553 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Continental GT’s fuel efficiency. The 911 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Continental GT has 7.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the 911 RWD’s standard fuel tank (24 vs. 16.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The Bentley Continental GT comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the 911.

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 911.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Continental GT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 911:

Continental GT

911

911

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

13 inches

16.1 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

13 inches

15.4 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Continental GT has larger standard tires than the 911 (F:265/40R21 & R:305/35R21 vs. F:235/40R19 & R:295/35R19). The Continental GT’s optional front tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 911 (275/35R22 vs. 265/35R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Continental GT has standard 21-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the 911. The Continental GT’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels on the 911 GT2 RS/GT3 RS.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the Continental GT uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the 911, 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. Porsche doesn’t offer an active suspension on the 911.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Continental GT’s wheelbase is 15.7 inches longer than on the 911 (112.2 inches vs. 96.5 inches). The Continental GT’s wheelbase is 15.5 inches longer than on the 911 GT3 (112.2 inches vs. 96.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Continental GT is 4.7 inches wider in the front and 4.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the 911.

The Continental GT’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53% to 47%) than the 911’s (40.1% to 59.9%). This gives the Continental GT more stable handling and braking.

Chassis

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Continental GT has an electronically controlled liquid-filled main engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The 911 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

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 911 (.29 to .32). 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.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Continental GT Coupe is quieter than the 911 GT2 RS:

Continental GT

911

At idle

41 dB

68 dB

Full-Throttle

79 dB

95 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

79 dB

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Continental GT Coupe a Subcompact car, while the 911 Coupe is rated a Minicompact.

The Continental GT Coupe has 17 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 911 Coupe (87 vs. 70). The Continental GT Convertible has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 911 Cabriolet (77 vs. 68).

The Continental GT Coupe has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 8.6 inches more front shoulder room, 5.7 inches more rear headroom, 7 inches more rear legroom and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the 911 Coupe.

The Continental GT Convertible has 2.1 inches more front headroom and 5.7 inches more rear headroom than the 911 Cabriolet.

Cargo Capacity

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The Continental GT Coupe has a much larger trunk than the 911 Coupe with its rear seat up (12.6 vs. 5.1 cubic feet). The Continental GT has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the 911 Coupe with its rear seat folded (12.6 vs. 9.1 cubic feet).

The Continental GT Convertible has a larger trunk with its top down than the 911 Cabriolet (6 vs. 5.1 cubic feet).

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 911 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’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the 911.

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 911 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, but the driver can still raise and lower all of them with the lock engaged. Porsche does not offer a locking feature on the 911’s standard power windows.

Advanced Key System standard on the Continental GT allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Porsche 911’s available Porsche Entry and Drive doesn’t unlock the trunk.

The Continental GT offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the 911.

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 911 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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