The 2019 Bentley Continental GT still has the distinguished look of the brand that defined luxury automobile. But while this car may be dressed up for high tea, it ripped off its sleeves to make room for a bit more muscle. The Continental GT uses the 6.0 liter twin turbo W-12—essentially the same engine used by Bentley for its SUV, the Bentayga. But where the Bentayga registers at 600 ponies, in the Continental GT, the W-12 puts out 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. The engine block had to be modified for this new engine as the driveshaft for the front wheels has to go through it. That means that one of the main bearings had to be trimmed down, but the payout is worth it as 38 percent of the engine’s torque can now be sent to the front wheels when in Comfort and Bentley modes (17 percent in Sport). Additionally, the dash-to-axle measurement was increased by 5.3 inches, pulling the engine back from being fully in front of the wheels, reducing understeer.
That’s not all the muscle you’ll be dealing with. The Continental GT is outfitted with an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Taking inspiration from the Porsche PDK, the Continental’s dual-clutch transmission was modified to not sacrifice power while ensuring smooth starts in lower gears thanks to the torque-converter.
Don’t be fooled. Bentley is still putting out a luxury automobile—with its attendant price tag—it’s just a car that’s not afraid to flex its muscle.