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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 Wraith doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
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 Wraith 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 Wraith 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 Wraith 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 Wraith doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Continental GT and the Wraith have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head 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.
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.
The Continental GT’s optional 6.0 turbo 12-cylinder produces 2 more horsepower (626 vs. 624) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 642) than the Wraith Black Label’s standard 6.6 turbo V12.
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Continental GT’s fuel efficiency. The Wraith 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 Wraith doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Continental GT has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Wraith (24 vs. 21.9 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 Wraith 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 Wraith 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 Wraith doesn’t offer launch control.
For better stopping power the Continental GT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Wraith:
For better traction, the Continental GT has larger standard tires than the Wraith (F:265/40R21 & R:305/35R21 vs. F:255/40R21 & R:285/35R21). The Continental GT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Wraith (F:275/35R22 & R:315/30R22 vs. F:255/40R21 & R:285/35R21).
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 Wraith’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 Wraith’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 Wraith. The Continental GT’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the Wraith.
The Continental GT offers 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 Wraith doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Continental GT is 1.9 inches wider in the front than on the Wraith.
For better maneuverability, the Continental GT’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Wraith’s (37.8 feet vs. 41.7 feet).
The Bentley Continental GT may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 450 pounds less than the Rolls-Royce Wraith.
The Continental GT is 1 foot, 5.6 inches shorter than the Wraith, making the Continental GT easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
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 Wraith (.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.
For excellent aerodynamics, the Continental GT has standard flush composite headlights. The Wraith has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.
The Continental GT Coupe has .7 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more front shoulder room than the Wraith.
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 Wraith doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
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 Wraith doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Bentley Continental GT comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Rolls-Royce Wraith isn’t available as a convertible.
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