A Bentley Continental GT For The Price Of A BMW 3-Series? That’s Tempting!

You want a new ride. So, should you buy a brand new car, fresh out of the factory and with a nice warranty, or something vastly superior but much older and pre-owned? That’s an age-old question that, alas, doesn’t have a simple answer.

Take this Bentley Continental GT, for example: at only $55,000, it costs as much as a well-specified BMW 3-Series.

When new, it had a sticker price of $160k that, with some options thrown in, could easily nudge the $200k mark. These cars depreciate like hell, though – but one man’s (that is, the original buyer’s) loss is another man’s gain.

Now, with premium or luxury models, people tend to be fearful of maintenance costs. A 6.0-liter twin turbo W12 engine, all-wheel drive and all kinds of bells and whistles can drive many prospective buyers off, no matter how much car you get for your money. And rightly so: if something goes wrong (and, inevitably, something will), it can burn a huge hole through your pocket.

However, what Doug DeMuro found during his time with this blue on blue 2005 Continental GT is that if you purchase a properly cared for example in good condition, you’ll end up with a lot more than just a posh badge and a comfortable interior.

Raving about the cabin while going through all the useful and impressive quirks and features is to be expected. What he didn’t expect, though, is the way it drove.

That’a because, despite being large, heavy two-door luxo barge, this Bentley is actually surprisingly agile and rewarding to drive – and, with 560 PS (552 HP) very, very fast. DeMuro found the steering light but quite sharp, while the suspension made the car feel planted and sporty.

In the end, he gave it a very high “DougScore”, placing it above the likes of the BMW 850CSi and the Phaeton W12 and just short of a Mercedes SLR.

 

  • BEAUTIFULLY DETAILED. I’D HAVE GONE FOR A DIFFERENT WOOD TRIM.

  • Not a bad price for a V12. If someone has some cash to burn to keep up maintenance, it’s a nice car to own. It still looks good and premium. A tan/brown interior would have been better but the blue is acceptable.

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    You only buy a Bentley if you can (easily) afford the new car price. Anyone paying BMW 3 series money for a used example and thinking this is a bargain is kidding themselves.

    • Cobrajet

      I still want one.

  • S3XY

    11 MPG

    No tanks.

    • Alfa Giulia QV

      No one buys a Bentley for fuel economy.

      • S3XY

        Nothing about it makes it worth getting a measly 11 MPG.

        Old technology.

        A Volt drives and feels better than this.

        • Alfa Giulia QV

          It’s from 2005 you moron, of course it’s old technology. And anything that ages will have a ride quality that is going to suffer as a result. Are you just now figuring this out?

        • Matt

          A volt isn’t as comfortable in the seating or driving. Nor does a volt feel better in terms of quality (materials, fit&finish), noise isolation among other things that would make this gt a much better car in highway cruising and most daily driving situations.

        • Cobrajet

          552 hp

  • BlackPegasus

    Tyler Hoovey just got rid of that POS Bentley he blindly bought. Why did Doug choose this pig to review?

    • brn

      Doug didn’t pay for it. This one is in much better shape.

    • Matt

      Wow did a Conti GT kidnap your family? Hoovie’s example was the cheapest in the US, had a history involving Russian mafia and has been shipped to the US illegally. It was hardly a ‘Full Service History’ car.

  • LJ

    I’ll pay 40k for a loaded new Mustang GT and blow the doors off this “rocket ship”.

    • Matt

      Yeah but it’s still a Mustang, and this is a Bentley.

      • LJ

        No, it’s a 13 year old Bentley.

        • Matthew Daraei

          Let me rephrase it for you; it’s a 13 year old Bentley which exudes class, unlike Mustang which is made for posers.

          • LJ

            What about the Mustang is made for “posers”?

            And the Bentley exudes class, which only matters for snobs.

            I’d rather have a brand new car with better performance, fuel economy and affordable reliability than a 55k 13 year old car.

    • Stephen G

      You could buy a used Corolla dirt cheap and it’ll get you where you want to go.

      • LJ

        Ok…

  • MultiKdizzle

    It may be similar in cost to a brand new luxury sedan, but think of what you’re missing.

    A warranty, for a start. As well as 13 years of technological progress which has translated into better handling, more fuel-efficient cars with greater intelligence.

  • steve

    Cheap to buy – expensive to run!

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  • DR.FUNK

    I/d take the chance…but only with the ragtop.
    It’s only gonna be the weekend driver anyway.

  • SteersUright

    For $55k I dont think it’s aged that well. It looks dated. I’d prefer several other cars over this for around that money.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    sorry but buying a 13 years old Bentley is straight up pretentious… like you wanna look like you got money when you don’t

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