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Steering, suspension and ride comfort

It’s true that the Bentley Continental GT does not smooth out surface imperfections with the aplomb of, say, a Mercedes S-Class Coupé. But those who assume that it cannot ride have not considered the relative benefit of two-and-a-bit tonnes riding on its springs.

Persuading all of those kilograms to offer anything other than immunity from surface imperfections is a feat in itself. It goes to making the Continental GT, particularly on its softer spring settings, a vastly capable long-distance cruiser. There is good straight-line stability, too.

The fuel filler and boot release buttons are worryingly close to the window switches

All of which comes at some kind of price. Aston Martins, fast Porsche 911s and the Maserati GranTurismo are, at their heart, sports cars that have been persuaded to become long-distance grand touring companions.

The Bentley, meanwhile, approaches it from the other end of the scale. That it can be made to corner while holding 1.05g of lateral grip is vastly impressive, but you’re left in little doubt while you’re doing it that this isn’t the GT’s finest element. Crushingly able and mildly engaging it might be, but a sports car it is not.

There is nothing in the slightest bit disappointing about the Continental GT’s optional carbon-ceramic brakes, though, supposing you can look past their price. Capable of hauling the GT from 60mph to rest in just 2.5sec in the dry (and 2.6sec in the wet), they have exceptional stopping power and resistance to fade.

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