2013 Bentley Continental GT

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From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Exterior styling
  • Powerful W-12, more fuel-efficient V-8
  • Comfortable ride
  • Range of interior options

The Bad

  • Feels a bit heavy
  • Little steering feedback
  • Touch-screen's delayed response
  • Minuscule cupholders
  • Price climbs swiftly with options

Notable Features of the 2013 Bentley Continental GT

  • Newly available V-8 power
  • High-performance Continental GT Speed returns
  • Two-door four-seater
  • Available 567-hp 12-cylinder engine
  • Rear-biased all-wheel drive

2013 Bentley Continental GT Overview

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Vehicle Overview

The four-seat Bentley Continental GT saw a number of subtle updates last year that focused on refining the ultraluxury sports car. For 2013, power comes from a new twin-turbo V-8 engine or the familiar twin-turbo 12-cylinder. The Continental GT's formidable power is part of its appeal, but so is the range of interior choices that give owners the ability to personalize their car. Competitors include the Aston Martin DB9 and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

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The Continental GT's exterior has a distinctive front end with four circular lights and a mesh-style grille that drops over the front bumper. Around back, there are prominent flared rear fenders as well as twin oval exhaust tips on 12-cylinder models.  The interior features a leather-trimmed dashboard, an 8-inch touch-screen for the navigation and entertainment systems, available massaging front seats and automatic air conditioning.

The new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 is nearly as powerful as the 12-cylinder engine. It's rated at 500 horsepower and 487 pounds-feet of torque. Instead of a six-speed transmission, it works with an eight-speed automatic. Bentley claims the V-8 coupe can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 186 mph. Under light loads, half of the V-8's cylinders are automatically deactivated to reduce fuel consumption.

The Continental GT's optional twin-turbo 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine is rated at 567 ...

Vehicle Overview

The four-seat Bentley Continental GT saw a number of subtle updates last year that focused on refining the ultraluxury sports car. For 2013, power comes from a new twin-turbo V-8 engine or the familiar twin-turbo 12-cylinder. The Continental GT's formidable power is part of its appeal, but so is the range of interior choices that give owners the ability to personalize their car. Competitors include the Aston Martin DB9 and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

(Skip to details on the: Continental GT Speed)

The Continental GT's exterior has a distinctive front end with four circular lights and a mesh-style grille that drops over the front bumper. Around back, there are prominent flared rear fenders as well as twin oval exhaust tips on 12-cylinder models.  The interior features a leather-trimmed dashboard, an 8-inch touch-screen for the navigation and entertainment systems, available massaging front seats and automatic air conditioning.

The new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 is nearly as powerful as the 12-cylinder engine. It's rated at 500 horsepower and 487 pounds-feet of torque. Instead of a six-speed transmission, it works with an eight-speed automatic. Bentley claims the V-8 coupe can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 186 mph. Under light loads, half of the V-8's cylinders are automatically deactivated to reduce fuel consumption.

The Continental GT's optional twin-turbo 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine is rated at 567 hp and 516 pounds-feet of torque. Bentley claims the engine can accelerate the coupe to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 198 mph. The engine works with a six-speed automatic transmission. Both engines team with an all-wheel-drive system that has a rear-biased torque split of 40/60, front to rear, to reduce understeer.

Continental GT Speed
The Continental GT Speed is a high-performance version of the 12-cylinder Continental GT. According to Bentley, the Continental GT Speed is the fastest Bentley production car ever, with a top speed of 205 mph. The sprint to 60 mph takes just 4 seconds, according to the automaker.

Available only as a coupe, the Continental GT Speed is powered by a 616-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter 12-cylinder that makes 590 pounds-feet of torque. A new eight-speed transmission accompanies this engine. Compared to the regular Continental GT, the steering and suspension systems are unique and the ride height is lower. High-performance tires go on 21-inch wheels. Back to top.


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What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most powerful car I ever drove!

by Janet from Dallas TX on December 20, 2017

This car is great on the road, very reliable and safe; can accelerate high speed within couple seconds. Excellent interior materials, high tech controls and features that make sense, all-wheel-drive ... Read full review

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luxury performance

by viperjim from Plano, Tx on June 12, 2017

Some vehicles at this level are destined to not live up to the hype....the Bentley Continental GT is not one of them. The craftsmanship is unmatched and I find myself smiling every time I take it out ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Bentley Continental GT currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Bentley Continental GT has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / unlimited distance

  • Powertrain

    36 months / unlimited distance

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Bentley

Program Benefits

79-point inspection is conducted by a factory-trained Bentley technician. A Certified Pre-Owned Bentley qualifies for the 24-hour Roadside Assistance program.

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year unlimited mileage

    Bentley Supported Certified Limited Warranty includes 1-year and Unlimited Mileage in addition to any remaining new Vehicle Limited Warranty.
  • Eligibility

    10 Years / Unlimited Mileage

    Vehicles receive a 79-point technical inspection.

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* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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