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Just because a car costs £136,000, it doesn't mean that its owners are uninterested in value. Probably the opposite, in fact. So rest assured that the GTC V8 comes well kitted - although as usual it is hopelessly easy to add options to the Bentley. Its worth remembering that when considering depreciation - all cars of this type depreciate heavily, but the V8 will fare better than its 6.0-litre counterpart.

You could easily kit out your GT with must-have extras, such as the carbon brakes and convenience pack, and escape the showroom having spent less than you would on a mid-spec Ferrari California or Aston Martin Virage.

And that economy we mentioned? Normally, an average of 18.6mpg would have precisely nobody penning postcards home, but it represents an improvement (despite the extra weight the convertible carries) of 4mpg, or nearly 30 per cent, on the 6.0 Continental GT we road tested . Our sub-15mpg average economy for that model was poor, but balanced against the GT's immaculate record for reliability, it could be considered a small price to pay.

It's worth bearing in mind that our tests are hard, too. Our touring figure of 27.4mpg is even more promising.

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