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You might think that, because of its kerb weight, the Bentley GTC is rather better at the ride than the handling part of this section. And, by and large, you'd be right.

Even on its enormous 21-inch alloy wheels and taking the 35-profile of its 275-section tyres into consideration, the Bentley is a fine-riding car. It's possible to set the air springs to any of a range of softness settings between Comfort and Sport, but actually there proves little point in shifting it too far from a central compromise, which allows both sufficient bump absorption and respectable body control.

Even on a firm setting, though, at no time does the chassis crash or is there anything more than the merest hint of a lack of body rigidity, which manifests as a tiny shimmy of rear-view mirror on truly dreadful road surfaces. If you're wondering why this car weighs a full 225kg more than the W12 Continental GT coupe, look no further than the fact that it feels impressively solid.

The weight has an effect on its handling though. No recent Bentley could be called a sports car, and this is no different. However, it's willing to be hustled along without complaint and it steers positively and accurately, if with no great agility or incision. It stops quickly and trustworthily, too.

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