This clash is about the same purpose chased by different personalities. So, who wins?

Drag races these days can involve cars that sport different personalities and purposes. These days, you can expect a BMW 7 Series to do battle against the humble Dacia Logan MCV just to see how they fare in the quarter-mile run, or you can have your family EV going against all-out supercars... and win by a landslide.

But do you know what? Not many people drag race luxury cars. We, for one, would like to see how the S-Class compares to the Audi A8 in a straight line, or let’s say, how the Bentley Continental GT stacks up against the McLaren GT. Wait, what? It’s been done?

Someone did drag race the Conti GT against the McLaren GT

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That someone is AutoTrader. Now, in all fairness, the Bentley Continental GT W-12 is the Conti GT you want. No doubt about that. It has waves of power and torque that land smoothly on the asphalt as you effortlessly gain more and more speed, even under heavy throttle abuse. That’s not to say that the V-8-powered Continental GT is of the slouch ilk. No, sir, far from it.

Can the Bentley Continental GT V8 beat the McLaren GT in the quarter mile?
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The Conti GT V8, as its name suggests, was granted with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo vee-eight cranking out 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of twist. 0-60 mph comes in 3.9 seconds with a little help from its Active All-Wheel Drive setup, with top speed settling at 198 mph. Of course these figures are impressive. Especially in the context where the Conti GT V8 has a curb weight of 4,773 pounds.

Can the Bentley Continental GT V8 beat the McLaren GT in the quarter mile?
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Still, there’s a new kid on the block and it goes by the name of McLaren GT. Now, as plush as the Macca can be, it’s the Bentley that takes the luxury prize. However, judge them in terms of sportiness, and the McLaren comes out on top, at least on paper. It, too, uses a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 good for 611 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of twist.

Jump inside the Macca, start the engine, pound the accelerator and you’ll go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. That’s 0.7 seconds quicker than the Conti GT V8. Top speed comes in at 203 mph, but that holds less relevance in a quarter-mile drag race. What’s relevant, however, has to do with the McLaren GT’s weight. Or should we say lightness instead? The Macca weighs 3,373 pounds, making it 1,400 pounds lighter than the Continental GT V8, but it is rear-wheel driven. It does, however, come with launch control.

Can the Bentley Continental GT V8 beat the McLaren GT in the quarter mile?
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So, who wins? There’s your answer:

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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