These two British GT cars both aim to provide an unbeatable combination of style, luxury, speed, and panache, but which is better? Carlos Lago sets out to pick his favorite on this episode of Head to Head featuring the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish and the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed.
Starting out, the Aston Martin Vanquish is undeniably beautiful with an classic, ageless shape. James Bond’s ride of choice also has exquisite detailing within, including real glass, leather, and carbon fiber adorning the cabin. By far the car’s party piece, though, is its 565-hp V-12 that makes a searing wail when pushed. However, Lago takes issue with a few elements of the Aston which he finds disappointing, like the 5.9-liter displacement of the V-12 that Aston insists on calling 6.0-liters and the sluggish automatic transmission that can suck the life out of the glorious engine.
The Bentley Continental GT Speed, although a heavy beast at more than 5000 lbs, is, surprisingly, the sportier drive of the two cars. Lago comments on the intoxicating surges of power from the Bentley’s 6.0-liter, twin-turbo W-12 making a ridiculous 616 hp. However, the less expensive Bentley Continental GT
Speed does fall short of the Aston Martin in terms of aural enjoyment, lacking the unmistakable Aston Martin sound that gives the Vanquish such a distinctive edge.