Bentley Continental GT review – MPG and running costs

If your mpg is in the 20s you’re not trying hard enough. The Continental can be persuaded to do reasonable mpg in V8 form, in context of course

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  • Astonishing ability for such a big car; raw performance; refinement; cabin quality
  • W12 GT not as accomplished as the V8 to drive; chassis feels like it could take more power and focus

The W12’s combined fuel economy claim of 20.8mpg doesn’t seem that horrendous, all things considered, and nor does the 278g/km emissions number – assuming such numbers are of course achievable in the real world.

V8 models are marginally more efficient with a 23.3mpg rating (ironically the same as the W12 on its old NEDC cycle), but like the W12 sit in the top tax bracket, making it an increasingly expensive car to run day-to-day.

Bentley isn’t completely uninterested in claims of efficiency and eco-friendliness though, with both V8 and W12 models featuring the most efficient of new fuel injection systems, cylinder deactivation and a mild-hybrid system. A full plug-in hybrid version of the Continental GT is also on its way.

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