2020 Bentley Continental GT vs. 2020 BMW 8 Series

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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 BMW 8 Series doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Continental GT. But it costs extra on the 8 Series.

Both the Continental GT and the 8 Series 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, available crash mitigating brakes, night vision systems, lane departure warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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 8 Series’ 50,000-mile basic warranty expires sooner.

Engine

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The Continental GT’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 207 more horsepower (542 vs. 335) and 200 lbs.-ft. more torque (568 vs. 368) than the 840i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder. The Continental GT’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 19 more horsepower (542 vs. 523) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (568 vs. 553) than the M850i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8. The Continental GT’s optional 6.0 turbo 12-cylinder produces 103 more horsepower (626 vs. 523) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 553) than the M850i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Bentley Continental GT turbo 12 cyl. is faster than the M850i 4.4 turbo V8:

Continental GT

8 Series

Zero to 60 MPH

3.3 sec

3.9 sec

Quarter Mile

11.6 sec

12.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

120.8 MPH

113.7 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 8 Series doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Continental GT has 6 gallons more fuel capacity than the 8 Series (24 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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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 8 Series doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Continental GT’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the 8 Series:

Continental GT

8 Series

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

15.6 inches

The Continental GT stops shorter than the 8 Series:

Continental GT

8 Series

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

111 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Continental GT has larger standard tires than the 8 Series (F:265/40R21 & R:305/35R21 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:275/30R20). The Continental GT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 8 Series (F:275/35R22 & R:315/30R22 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:275/30R20).

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 8 Series’ standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Continental GT has standard 21-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the 8 Series. The Continental GT’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the 8 Series.

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 8 Series, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

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 8 Series doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Continental GT’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the 8 Series (112.2 inches vs. 111.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Continental GT is 1.9 inches wider in the front and .9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the 8 Series.

The Continental GT Coupe handles at .99 G’s, while the M850i xDrive Coupe pulls only .98 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Continental GT Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the M850i xDrive Coupe (23.8 seconds @ .85 average G’s vs. 24.2 seconds @ .85 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Continental GT’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the 8 Series’ (37.8 feet vs. 38.2 feet). The Continental GT’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the 8 Series xDrive’s (37.8 feet vs. 39 feet).

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 8 Series (.31 to .33). 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.

Passenger Space

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The Continental GT Coupe has 6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 8 Series (87 vs. 81).

The Continental GT Coupe has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, 3.1 inches more rear headroom, 2.5 inches more rear legroom and 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the 8 Series Coupe.

The Continental GT Convertible has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more rear headroom and 2.5 inches more rear legroom than the 8 Series Convertible.

Ergonomics

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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. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the 8 Series’ standard power windows.

The Continental GT has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The 8 Series doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

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 8 Series.

Recommendations

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its December 2019 issue and they ranked the Bentley Continental GT Coupe two places higher than the BMW M850i xDrive Coupe.

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