Cars in this class put the ‘super’ in super-GT in various and interesting ways, and the Continental GT has relied principally on refined, longstriding luxury to do that thus far.
But when you feel the new car’s turn of speed – and hear the new-found edge to the bark of its W12 engine – you’ll begin to understand that change is afoot in how this car defines itself.
And, for the time being, it needn’t.
On a slightly moist track, driving from all four corners and perfectly governed by its launch control system, the Continental GT needed just 3.6sec to hit 60mph from rest and less than 3sec to go from 30mph to 70mph through the gears.
It was quicker in both respects than the DB11 V12 we benchmarked in 2016, quicker than the Continental GT3-R tested the year before and within a tenth or two of the last Porsche 911 GT3 RS we figured, a car that’s 749kg lighter than the Bentley as tested.