Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Maserati GranTurismo VS 2016 Bentley Continental Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Maserati GranTurismo

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2016 Bentley Continental

Safety Comparison

Both the GranTurismo and the Continental have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and front and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

The GranTurismo comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24 hour roadside assistance. The Continental’s 3 year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The GranTurismo’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Continental’s (4 vs. 3 years).

There are over 55 percent more Maserati dealers than there are Bentley dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GranTurismo’s warranty.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The GranTurismo stops much shorter than the Continental:

GranTurismo

Continental

80 to 0 MPH

194 feet

213 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction and acceleration, the GranTurismo has larger standard rear tires than the Continental (285/35R20 vs. 275/40R20). The GranTurismo MC’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the Continental (295/35R20 vs. 275/40R20).

The GranTurismo’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Continental’s standard 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GranTurismo’s wheelbase is 7.7 inches longer than on the Continental (115.8 inches vs. 108.1 inches).

The GranTurismo’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the Continental’s (55.7% to 44.3%). This gives the GranTurismo more stable handling and braking.

The GranTurismo handles at .98 G’s, while the Continental GT pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GranTurismo goes through Road & Track’s slalom 7.8 MPH faster than the Continental GT (71 vs. 63.2 MPH).

The GranTurismo executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Continental GT Speed (24.6 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 25.7 seconds @ .76 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the GranTurismo’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Continental’s (35.1 feet vs. 37.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Maserati GranTurismo may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 2050 pounds less than the Bentley Continental.

Ergonomics Comparison

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the GranTurismo has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Continental doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The GranTurismo’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Continental’s power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

When the GranTurismo is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Continental’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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