What should I be paying?
It's fair to say £150,000 is a lot of money. Or £210,000 if we’re talking a Continental GT Speed with not even an option box ticked. Which places the Continental GT right in the world of the Aston Martin DB11 and Ferrari Roma, among others, if short of the heady heights of Rolls-Royce pricing. As we mentioned up top, it is well equipped as standard on the tech front, but that’s before you get on to the leather, wood and chrome.
The cars pictured above all have another 20 per cent or so tacked on in options, and in a predictably classy move, you don’t see any pound signs at all as you play with the billions of possible combinations on the Bentley configurator. Buy one of these and it’ll likely be a bespoke commission – with someone holding your hand through the process to give you peace of mind you aren’t going to make a bunch of regretful choices.
Should you want to lease one rather than buy outright, it’ll be around £2,000 per month… as a starting point. As for running costs, Bentley claims 23.3mpg and 275g/km of CO2 emissions for the entry-point V8 and 20.8mpg and 308g/km of CO2 for the base W12. Both will theoretically do 400 miles on a tank, meaning the car likely needs a stop on a big trip long before any of your muscles actually do.
Expect a plug-in hybrid version to adjust those numbers significantly in due course – Bentley has promised a fully electrified range by the end of the decade and there’ll be stepping stones along the way to ease us into its entirely electric era.