2020 Bentley Continental GT vs. 2019 Rolls-Royce Dawn

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Safety

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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 Dawn 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 Dawn doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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

Both the Continental GT and the Dawn have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available night vision systems, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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There are over 25 percent more Bentley dealers than there are Rolls-Royce dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Continental GT’s warranty.

Engine

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The Continental GT’s optional 6.0 turbo 12-cylinder produces 33 more horsepower (626 vs. 593) and 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 620) than the Dawn Black Label’s standard 6.6 turbo V12.

As tested in Car and Driver the Bentley Continental GT turbo 12 cyl. is faster than the Rolls-Royce Dawn (base engine):

Continental GT

Dawn

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

1.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.3 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

5.1 sec

6.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.6 sec

9.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.3 sec

5.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.3 sec

2.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.8 sec

3.2 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

12.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

123 MPH

114 MPH

Top Speed

207 MPH

155 MPH

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

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Continental GT’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Dawn doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Continental GT has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Dawn (24 vs. 21.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission and Drivetrain

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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 Dawn 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 Rolls-Royce Dawn is not available with all wheel drive.

The Continental GT’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Dawn doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Continental GT

Dawn

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

14.7 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

14.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Continental GT has larger standard tires than the Dawn (F:265/40R21 & R:305/35R21 vs. F:255/45R20 & R:285/40R20). The Continental GT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Dawn (F:275/35R22 & R:315/30R22 vs. F:255/45R20 & R:285/40R20).

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 Dawn’s standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires. The Continental GT’s optional 275/35R22 front and 315/30R22 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Dawn’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Continental GT’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Dawn’s (37.8 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Bentley Continental GT may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Rolls-Royce Dawn.

The Continental GT is 1 foot, 5.2 inches shorter than the Dawn, making the Continental GT easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Continental GT has standard flush composite headlights. The Dawn has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Ergonomics

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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 Dawn’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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 Dawn doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Dawn doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Bentley Continental GT comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Rolls-Royce Dawn isn’t available as a coupe.

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