2020 Bentley Continental GT vs. 2020 Lexus LC Series

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Safety

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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 LC Series doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Continental GT has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The LC Series 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 LC Series doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The Continental GT offers an optional Top View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The LC Series 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.

Both the Continental GT and the LC Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Bentley Continental GT weighs 491 to 1042 pounds more than the Lexus LC Series. 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 LC Series’ 50,000-mile basic warranty expires sooner.

Engine

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The Continental GT’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 188 more horsepower (542 vs. 354) than the LC 500h’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid. The Continental GT’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 71 more horsepower (542 vs. 471) and 170 lbs.-ft. more torque (568 vs. 398) than the LC 500’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8. The Continental GT’s optional 6.0 turbo 12-cylinder produces 155 more horsepower (626 vs. 471) and 266 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 398) than the LC 500’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Bentley Continental GT turbo 12 cyl. is faster than the LC 500 5.0 DOHC V8:

Continental GT

LC Series

Zero to 60 MPH

3.3 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

11.6 sec

13 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

120.8 MPH

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

Regardless of its engine, the Continental GT’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the LC Series Hybrid.

The Continental GT has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the LC Series’ standard fuel tank (24 vs. 21.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Continental GT has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the LC Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (24 vs. 22.2 gallons).

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 LC Series 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 Lexus LC Series 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 LC Series 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 LC Series:

Continental GT

LC Series

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

15.7 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

14.1 inches

The Continental GT stops much shorter than the LC Series:

Continental GT

LC Series

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Continental GT has larger standard tires than the LC Series (F:265/40R21 & R:305/35R21 vs. F:245/45R20 & R:275/40R20). The Continental GT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the LC Series (F:275/35R22 & R:315/30R22 vs. F:245/45R20 & R:275/40R20).

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 LC Series’ 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 LC Series’ 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 LC Series. The Continental GT’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the LC Series.

Suspension and Handling

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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 LC Series 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 LC Series, 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. Lexus doesn’t offer an active suspension on the LC Series.

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 LC Series doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Continental GT is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the LC Series.

The Continental GT Coupe handles at .99 G’s, while the LC 500h pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Continental GT Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the LC 500h (23.8 seconds @ .85 average G’s vs. 26.1 seconds @ .69 average G’s).

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 LC Series 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 significantly lower than the LC Series (.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.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Continental GT Coupe is quieter than the LC 500h:

Continental GT

LC Series

At idle

41 dB

42 dB

Full-Throttle

79 dB

83 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

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The Continental GT Coupe has 2.9 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, 4.5 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the LC Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The Continental GT Coupe has a much larger trunk than the LC Series (12.6 vs. 5.4 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Continental GT has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just a gesture, completely leaving your hands free. The LC Series doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics

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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 LC Series.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Bentley Continental GT offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The LC Series doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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 LC Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Bentley Continental GT comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Lexus LC Series isn’t available as a convertible.

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