2019 Bentley Continental GT review

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No major foul, though. It’d be remiss not to point this out…

Indulgent personalisation is one thing, but charging extra for basics at this pricepoint makes for a target for criticism. Want low-range (8–85km/h) AEB? You’ll need the City Specification at $10,381.80, which also adds pedestrian warning, rear cross-traffic alert and 360-degree camera. Fancy adaptive cruise control with high-range AEB? That’s an additional $16,244.80 and also bundles lane and traffic assists as well as night vision. Adaptive cruise, as a standalone, is $5855.85… And really ought to be fitted to a $422K product when such tech comes standard on a $25K Korean hatchback.

The price creep was evident on our primary test car during the Conti’ GT’s Australian launch, taking in the highways and hinterland backroads in and around the New South Wales-Queensland border. Ours sat on standard 21s (not the sexy-look 22s), had no diamond quilting, had plain piano-black inlays (no exotic Hawaiian Koa wood), and even the pedals were nondescript black (partial-metal sport pedals cost extra). It seemed bare-boned in so much as a Bentley might. And yet the 13 cost options added lifted its list price to $495K.

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