Two very different luxury cars go head to head on the drag strip. Will the Bentley’s torque prevail over the Ferrari’s lightness?by Dim Angelov, on
While drag races aim to showcase the straight line capabilities of comparable cars, sometimes they just happen for the fun of it. This is exactly the case with this Carwow drag race, as we see a Bentley Continental GT V-8 Convertible and a Ferrari GTC4 going at each other. The simple truth is, our UK colleagues just happened to have the two cars on sight and decided to make the best of it, despite both vehicles being very different.
The Bentley Continental GT V-8 Convertible is the brute of the bunch and it’s not even in its most powerful form. Instead of the W-12, this one “only” has a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that makes 550 horsepower and 568 pound-feet (770 Nm). It’s mated to an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic that sends power to all four wheels. However, the Bentley is a big ol’ luxury barge and weighs in at 5,148 pounds (2,335 kg).
On paper, it looks like the Ferrari’s having a field day. It has a bigger, 6.3-liter, normally-aspirated V-12 that makes 690 horsepower and 514 pound-feet (697 Nm).
It’s mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic that sends power to all four wheels, but only up to third or fourth gear, at which point it becomes rear-wheel-drive only. At 4,233 pounds (1,920 kg), it is significantly lighter than the Bentley.
Being a Convertible, Matt feels that the only proper way to drive it is with the roof down (unless you have British weather). In a few seconds, the soft top is down and the cars are ready to race. To no surprise, from a standing start, the Ferrari walks away from the much heavier Bentley. The extra torque did not count for much in the 5,148-pound British GT. Moreover, the more powerful Ferrari also has a lot more revs to play with. And would you listen to that V-12 soundtrack!
The Ferrari is being driven by its owner, who had never raced before. Still, he managed a quarter-mile time of 11.4 seconds, while Matt and the Bentley took 11.6 seconds.
The first rolling race is in comfort mode, with the gearbox left in automatic mode. Both cars take a while to kick down, but Ferrari is quicker to do so. The Italian Stallion rockets ahead and keeps increasing the lead. In sport mode, with manual shifting, the Bentley gets walked again. The Ferrari is just too quick. On the other hand, the Bentley is quite relaxing, according to Matt. Definitely a more laid-back experience than in the more hyperactive Ferrari.
Both cars have massive brakes, but on the 70 mph brake test, Bentley’s weight, once again, becomes apparent. Ferrari beat the Bentley to a halt, by over a car length. Nevertheless, in cars like these, how you feel is more important than how much faster you are than the other guy/girl. Or is it? Tell us below and don’t forget to watch the race.