Welcome to perhaps the most British drag race you have ever seen. The guys from CarWow (in Great Britain) put the Rolls-Royce Wraith against its rival from Crewe, the Bentley Continental GT. It couldn’t be more British and it almost feels like a race between brothers. That could be because Rolls-Royce and Bentley were made in the same factory at one point or another.
Today that’s no longer the case and now the two brands are rivals, with Bentley coming closest to Rolls-Royce in the upper echelons of luxury. This drag race is one of the fastest coupé models that companies offer their customers today. On the one hand, we have the Continental GT, which is equipped with a 6-liter W12 engine with 635 hp and 900 Nm of torque and is connected to an 8-speed dual clutch transmission. It’s also all-wheel drive and has launch control, which is a bit unusual for an ultra-luxury GT car.
On the other side of the strip we have the Rolls-Royce Wraith. In this case, it’s a Black Badge model, which means it’s designed for more thrills and performance. The 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 under the bonnet delivers 632 hp and a torque of 850 Nm in this iteration. In contrast to the Bentley, the Wraith has an 8-speed automatic transmission that only transfers power to the rear wheels and does not have a starter control. It is not surprising that it is also heavier and that the scales at 2,360 kilos tip 120 kilos over the turning point of the Continental.
So who will win? I think it’s pretty obvious from the start, right? To be fair, even in Black Badge attire, the Rolls-Royce Wraith wasn’t specifically designed for the drag strip. The Bentley isn’t either, but it’s pretty obvious that the engineers at Crewe were a lot more concerned about the straightforward performance. Let’s see how things work out.