Why should I want it?
This new Bentley Continental GT launched last year, and is as lavish and outrageously rapid as the figures might suggest, the former being less of a surprise than the latter. This is no posing cruiser, it’s phenomenally fast, although it does feel like a big car. That sheer size and the incredible refinement can also go some way to insulating the driver from quite how fast they are actually going.
Why can’t I have it?
The 317g/km CO2 emissions figure is probably the best place to start, before glossing over the near-£160k price – and that’s before you add any options. In the case of our test car, that was another £50,000-worth. Or put another way, the price of a BMW 435d alone.
Arguments to use on the fleet manager
Residuals are excellent, with the Conti GT’s 48.7% figure not always a given among the super-elite class of car. And the coupé is a clear £15k cheaper than the convertible version, so you’re not being that extravagant.
More fleety alternative
Drop below £50,000 and you can have a BMW 435d Coupe with 162g/km but still a sub-5.0 second 0-62mph time and 45.6mpg. It’s not anywhere near as plush as the Bentley inside, but the 3.0-litre diesel is a gem and, like the Bentley, it has four-wheel drive.
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