Waft, silence, the faint smell of buttery leather and the slick tactility of expertly executed veneer… which is quite hard to say after lunch at one’s club. But what if a brand-new gentleman’s carriage could offer a more ‘curated’ take on a personal motor? The best upper-echelon express out there at the moment is the new Bentley Continental GT. But there are other classy options.
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New vs Used: Bentley Continental GT vs Rolls Phantom Coupe
Rolls-Royce or Bentley, which British uber-barge takes your pick?
New Bentley Continental GT: £159,100
Good: It’s fast, comfortable, brilliantly made and super-charismatic. Now with added technology
Bad: Eats fuel if you push on, it isn’t even remotely subtle, costs a lot
A brand-new Continental GT will set you back a not-insignificant £159,100, and that’s even before you’ve delved into the Bentley personalisation programme or fiddled with your granite veneers. For that basic price, you get an old-school British handcrafted vibe, backed up by decidedly new-school technology, making a genuinely exciting and fun car to tool about in, and probably one of the best moneyed dailies out there. There’s all-wheel-drive security and subtle tech married to handmade deliciousness. You just can’t argue with it.
Pre-loved Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe: £168,990
Good: Monster presence, monster engine, actually quite startling to drive for a full-fat R-R – more like a Wraith
Bad: Some people won’t like or understand it, it will cost the GDP of Wales to run monthly
A brand-new ‘athletic’ Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe lists at well north of £315k. But if you’re in the market for a British crusher of continents with only two doors, how about a black two-door R-R Phantom Coupe we found at Dick Lovett Ferrari in Swindon for £169k? Just 13,000 miles in eight years, 453bhp from that monster 6.7-litre V12. No, Phantom Coupes don’t pop up every five minutes (though you can buy them in Russia more regularly, according to our research), but that’s one hell of a mark down for a paltry 1,600 miles a year. And let’s face it, the Rolls is just that little bit more outré́.