Aston Martin DB11 AMR or Bentley Conti GT? 12-Cylinder British GTs Face Off

The two contenders of this comparison may not strike you as direct rivals, but both target pretty much the same audience: those who want a luxurious and very fast GT to take the pain out of long distance travels and have some fun on B-roads.

Autocar’s latest comparison pits the Bentley Continental GT against the Aston Martin DB11 AMR in order to find out which 12-cylinder British grand tourer does a better job overall.

The latest Continental GT represents a vast improvement over its predecessor in terms of handling, making this continent-crusher surprisingly playful despite weighing a massive 4,960lbs (2,250kg).

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Under the Bentley’s bonnet lives a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 with 626hp and 664lb-ft of torque that’s paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Power still goes to all four wheels, making the Conti GT capable of a 0-60mph (96km/h) in 3.6 seconds and of a 207 mph (333 km/h) top speed.

The DB11 AMR, on the other hand, approaches the whole GT thing more from a supercar perspective, being physically smaller and much lighter than the Bentley. It doesn’t quite match the quality and the interior atmosphere of its rival, but it’s still special enough to do the trick.

Aston’s upgraded twin-turbo 5.2-liter V12 produces 630hp and 516lb-ft of torque, sending its power to the rear via an eight-speed automatic transmission. 0-60mph comes in 3.5 seconds while top speed is set at 208mph (334km/h), making the DB11 AMR basically as fast as the Bentley.

We bet no one would be disappointed by any of these two – but, as in any comparison, there can only be one winner. Care to guess who that is?


  • SteersUright

    Aston is the easy choice for journalists who spend a day or two with a car. The Bentley is likely an order of magnitude better made and better to live with. The interiors are not remotely comparable. Aston is very nice but should be half the price of the Bentley.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Interesting insight. With the Aston, you pay more for name and performance, luxury is only there because it ‘should’, but it is still a lesson in compromise.
      The Bentley is luxury and name first; speed comes because that’s how Bentley has always been differentiated from Rolls Royce.

      To me I think it’s all about personality. If you are the sporty jock type, more brawn than brains then clearly it is Aston. The Bentley is everything else…

  • db

    There is no doubt in my mind, I choose that one…

  • Ary Wisesa

    I think both cars are marvelous. But I think I’d go for more affordable E-Class Coupe. LOL….

  • Six Thousand Times

    The Aston interior was OK for 2015 but is due an upgrade. That said, I would prefer the lighter and more responsive car. If I went with the Bentley, it would be for the rear seat and luggage room. I would not spec the two-tone wood and all of those diamonds, though. Far too garish.

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