You'll likely never see either of these cars at a drag strip. Each one is certainly capable of exceptional acceleration and straight-line speed, but a previous-gen Porsche 911 GT3 is designed to straighten curves first and foremost. And a Bentley Continental GT is, well, a Bentley. It's designed to be a high-speed luxury condo that keeps occupants pampered and isolated from the outside world.
However, they actually have some things in common. Both are technically two-door GT cars, though admittedly the 911 in GT3 trim isn't really a long-distance, over-the-road cruiser. That duty falls to the 911 Carrera or 911 Turbo, especially since the GT3 doesn't have a back seat. It does make a difference in weight though, with the Porsche tipping the scales at just 1,440 kilograms (3,218 pounds). Meanwhile, the Bentley with its full interior and gobs of sound-deadening – not to mention its all-wheel-drive system – contribute to its 2,244-kilogram (5,000-pound) heft.
That would explain why all the drag races in this new Carwow video are side-by-side despite the Bentley having a significant power advantage. Specifically, the Continental GT packs a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 good for 635 bhp and enough torque to tow an aircraft carrier. The 911 GT3 isn't a slouch, but with only 500 naturally aspirated bhp from its 4.0-litre flat-six turning just the rear wheels, it's the underdog in this competition. Or at least, it should be.
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This video consists of four contests, not including the 911 "warming up" its tires with a series of gratuitous donuts before the action. It opens with a standing start, followed by a 50 mph roll race with each car using its basic drive mode. A final roll race sees the competitors launching from 50 mph in sport settings, and it all wraps up with a braking test. Surely the 2.5-ton Bentley loses miserably in that one, right? Think again.
At the end of it all, each car claims victories and losses but every contest is laced with exceptional side-by-side action. Is there a clear overall winner? Grab your popcorn and hit the video to find out, because this is a good one.