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Old 09-10-2012, 07:26 PM
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BMW 7 Series Ride vs. 2012 Bentley Continental GT

I know this post will only apply to a few members out here...but I'm trying to get a comparison for the ride quality/enjoyment of a 2010 750i vs the new 2012 Bentley Cont GT. I live several hours away from a Bentley dealership, so simply going to test one isn't worth it to me, unless I'm there to purchase.

I've seen a few of the member's garages list a 2012 Cont GT, so if you could, please chime in. Is this new Bentley worth another 75k, or is more of the "brand name" pushing that other money. I can't find anything online that compares the ride quality, over any other make/model of car. And the Cont GT can't seem to touch a loaded up 750/650 in terms of tech & goodies.


...but I do love the way the GT looks.

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Old 09-10-2012, 09:55 PM
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The GT feels "heavier" and posher. Also leather, wood, plastics, rubbers are of the absolute upmost quality. The doors weigh a ton, and everything feels incredibly well made. Fit and Finish is up there with Rolls Royce. The ride quality in the Bentley is amazing. It is firm, yet very comfortable and just absorbs road imperfections!

The HVAC and controls are, IMO, better in the 7 Series. The backlighting for HVAC in the Bentley get almost completely washed out in the sun. The 7 Series is cripser and more "modern".

I love the 7 as much as the Bentley, but the Bentley is a real head turner!!
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:14 PM
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The GT feels "heavier" and posher. Also leather, wood, plastics, rubbers are of the absolute upmost quality. The doors weigh a ton, and everything feels incredibly well made. Fit and Finish is up there with Rolls Royce. The ride quality in the Bentley is amazing. It is firm, yet very comfortable and just absorbs road imperfections!

The HVAC and controls are, IMO, better in the 7 Series. The backlighting for HVAC in the Bentley get almost completely washed out in the sun. The 7 Series is cripser and more "modern".

I love the 7 as much as the Bentley, but the Bentley is a real head turner!!
So the question is when will you be adding a RR Ghost to your fleet of cars?
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:40 PM
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If I ever step up, I would go for a RR Ghost. I found one on Ebay last week, a 11' model with less than 10K miles, lease for $1985 a month! Pretty good price I would guess.

I haven't drive a new Bentley GT yet, but I did drive a 07 model yrs ago, very fast for a heavy GT! And the interior is just much more luxury than the 7, and it makes you feel special.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:06 PM
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I've been eyeing the Cont GT V8 for a while now. Considering you can already get a 12' Cont GT V12 for $165,000 I'm hoping I can hold out for another 6 months and grab a V8 for a similar price, or less for that matter. I do however, get pretty antsy with cars, and I am itching to trade in my Maserati Conv. on something. I own the Mas outright and could get right around $100,000 for it.

I've pondered everything from the new 13' Range Rover, M6 Conv (although 1 BMW in the family is enough imo; not enough variation), R8 V10, Cont GT. I like owning cars outright, and therefore the RR and M6 Conv are the two "practical options"....who know's, I'm sure I'll make a dumb decision before Turkey day comes around.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:17 PM
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The new V8 GT with less weight and 8 speed transmission should be a beast while saving some gas from the V12 model. If gas is ever a factor for a car like this.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:37 PM
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For me gas is always an issue, not for the $20 bucks I'll save filling up more each time, but the annoyance in the act of getting gas. It just 10-15 minutes I'd rather spend getting to my destination. With that in mind, the smaller engine vehicles are much more appealing. I suppose this only applies for a DD though. As I fill up my Maserati once every 3 weeks, even though I get 10mpg.
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:16 AM
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If I ever step up, I would go for a RR Ghost. I found one on Ebay last week, a 11' model with less than 10K miles, lease for $1985 a month! Pretty good price I would guess.

I haven't drive a new Bentley GT yet, but I did drive a 07 model yrs ago, very fast for a heavy GT! And the interior is just much more luxury than the 7, and it makes you feel special.
Oh wow, is that with zero down??
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:44 AM
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I've been eyeing the Cont GT V8 for a while now. Considering you can already get a 12' Cont GT V12 for $165,000 I'm hoping I can hold out for another 6 months and grab a V8 for a similar price, or less for that matter. I do however, get pretty antsy with cars, and I am itching to trade in my Maserati Conv. on something. I own the Mas outright and could get right around $100,000 for it.

I've pondered everything from the new 13' Range Rover, M6 Conv (although 1 BMW in the family is enough imo; not enough variation), R8 V10, Cont GT. I like owning cars outright, and therefore the RR and M6 Conv are the two "practical options"....who know's, I'm sure I'll make a dumb decision before Turkey day comes around.
I'd love to have a Bentley in my garage, but my better judgement wont let me pass that threshold into the magical four-digit car payment (well per car). I'm young and starting out, cant blow all my money yet, in the mean time I'll drool and envy from a distance...

Please post pics for us peasantry if you decide to pull the trigger

Those cars are seriously gorgeous, I dont think you would be disappointed with whichever B/RR you went with.

I'd be scared to park it anywhere alone!
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:00 PM
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Oh wow, is that with zero down??
IDK, didn't look into it since I can't justify to drive a RR, yet

But here is similar one with less miles 2145 a month.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Assis...item2321c47fc3
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:21 PM
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My in-laws have owned a few over the years, and I've taken a spin. They are great cars and ride as solid as they look and weigh. I almost got one, but went with the 6 coupe instead. The 2013 with 445 HP will keep up or better, unless you're looking at the $300k+ Bentley, at which point an M6 would be required (but you wouldn't have AWD).

Can't give a direct comparison to a 7, but the interior in the Bentley is appreciably higher end than the 6 coupe - which is among the best in the business IMO. The one downside is that Bentley doesn't have quite the extent of technology inside, which was a big deal for me. If you don't need that, or don't need to regularly schlep 4 people it's definitely worth considering.
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:30 PM
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I'm looking forward to the the redesigned Flying Spur, the current model looks quite dated now and very bland compared to the other high luxury sedans in that price range.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:03 PM
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Bentley and Rolls are more like a Rolex or Vertu phone, high quality but not as many tech as high-end Mercedes or BMW.
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:53 PM
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Bentley and Rolls are more like a Rolex or Vertu phone, high quality but not as many tech as high-end Mercedes or BMW.
The Ghost is for all intents and purposes a handmade 7 Series, technologically identical.
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:39 PM
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Yep, even the Key looks awefully similar, but the attention to detail and materials are clearly one notch above.

But getting into a Ghost is just too impractical to me, and I would just get a 760Li instead at least it would look "mainstream".
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:41 PM
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Agreed; I would rather a fully loaded 760!
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MMLLC, how about an AM V8GT, super sexy and with 6 speed manual is hell lot of fun!
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I think he should go for the top-line M6!
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:51 PM
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Or wait for the M6 Gran Coupe!
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I looked at an M6 the other day. I like them a lot, but after I've had active cruise control on the 7 series, it's hard to go back to regular...(insert snobby remark here). When work is busy, I'll easily drive 100+ miles a day, so I'm looking for that "functional" fun car I can use as a DD. I think I've cancelled out the R8 for this reason...although I still love the looks and how it drives.

I still hold my Used Dealer's license, which I just use personally now. It enabled me to hold a dealer's open lot insurance policy for all of my vehicles, and not pay sales tax on any vehicle. The downside is I have to purchase my cars cash, as no bank will finance a business that breaks even on all its deals and you it's hard to find anything that isn't "mainstream" as everything has been configured (and used) by someone else.

I will brag a little though and say that I bought my current 09 750i (msrp was $111,500) with 24k miles a year ago for 47,000. However, I did have to look for it for several months before finding that good of a deal. ...suppose it's the lesser of 2 evils. Use cash and not get hit with depreciation and sales tax. Or finance it, use cash elsewhere, and get dinged to death with depreciation and sales tax :/

...all this and I still don't know the direction I'm headed...other than it's time for a change.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:31 PM
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oh....and the M6 Gran Coupe will be pretty sexy if its anything like the reg 6 gran coupe...
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