2012 Bentley Continental GT vs. Its Competition

2012 Bentley Continental GTC
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Bentley's place in the luxury-car ionosphere leaves most shoppers a little breathless, but a few coupes should be on the short what-if list before you sign up for the $200,000 Continental GT or GTC.

Maserati's GranTurismo is significantly less expensive and far more sensually styled, but there's no all-wheel drive, and it doesn't quite have the snob appeal, though its sonorous V-8 and exceptional interior make up much of that difference.

The other big hustler from England is Aston Martin's Virage, and it's an extremely powerful rear-driver with coupe and convertible body styles, and an impeccably styled and finished interior.

For all-wheel drive and better four-seat capacity, there's the Ferrari FF, with its bulbous styling a polarizing factor that undercuts the added value of its prancing-horse badge.

2012 Bentley Continental GTC2012 Bentley Continental GT
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2012 Aston Martin Virage 2-door Coupe Angular Front Exterior View2012 Aston Martin Virage
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2012 Ferrari FF2012 Ferrari FF
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2012 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale2012 Maserati GranTurismo
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Quick Specs
8.6
A gentleman's GT with unflappable grip and hefty, deft road manners, the Bentley Continental GT grows a little sharper and more focused for the 2012 model year.
8.6
The 2012 Maserati GranTurismo carves out a grand-touring niche for itself with Italian cachet, an earthy Ferrari rumble, and a serene blend of ride and handling.
MSRP From   
$189,900$207,895$295,000$123,000
Gas Mileage   
12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas/Ethanol W12Gas V12Gas V12Gas V8
EPA Class   
Compact CarsMinicompact CarsSmall station wagonSubcompact Cars
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe2-Door HB2-Door Coupe GranTurismo S
Drivetrain   
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll-wheel driveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4444
Passenger Doors   
N/A22N/A
Body Style   
2-Door CoupeCoupeHatchbackCoupe
Transmission   
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2012 Bentley Continental GT vs. 2012 Aston Martin Virage2012 Bentley Continental GT vs. 2012 Ferrari FF2012 Bentley Continental GT vs. 2012 Maserati GranTurismo