The Bentley Continental GT is a posh grand tourer that's meant to ferry its driver and passenger in the utmost comfort and luxury. More importantly, the British coupe can do that quickly, too.
But is the Continental GT as quick as the BMW M8? That's an expensive question, one that Carwow tries to answer. In its latest drag race matchup, the car shopping website and automotive YouTube channel pit the Bentley Continental GT Speed versus the BMW M8 Competition. Which do you think is quicker to a quarter mile?
Gallery: 2022 BMW M8 Competition Coupé
First, let's talk about weight. The BMW M8 Competition is quite massive, tipping the scales at 1,900 kilograms (4,189 pounds), but that's nothing compared to the Bentley. The Continental GT is actually 300 kg (661 lbs) heavier than the Bimmer, which is equivalent to three healthy adults.
To propel all that weight, the Conti GT Speed is powered by a twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12 mill that makes up to 650 bhp (485 kilowatts) and 664 pound-feet (900 Newton-metres) of torque.
The M8 Competition, on the other hand, makes use of a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 engine that's down on power and torque versus the W12, producing only 617 bhp (460 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of twists.
There's also another major difference between the two: transmission. The Bentley actually uses Porsche's PDK dual-clutch transmission for the Continental GT Speed. Meanwhile, the M8 Competition's sole transmission option is an 8-speed torque converter automatic.
That said, the drag race above shows a best-out-of-three matchup between the two coupes, with one of them being the landslide winner on a standing start.