The sporting realignment of the Continental GT has got off to a fine start with this new 12-cylinder, launch-edition coupé.

It retains all of the tactile material lavishness, top-level luxury and first-order touring refinement we’ve come to expect from its maker, but it probably halves the gap that existed between its predecessor and the best-handling cars in the super-GT niche on driver appeal.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Road test editor
This superb luxury GT has added dynamism over its predecessor, but not enough to top the class.

The car’s towering real-world performance and all-surface stability will be big draws for customers who use their cars on a daily basis, but they come partnered with much better body control and cornering poise than existing GT owners will be used to.

But for one or two details, it’s hard to imagine how Crewe could have better delivered on this car’s dynamic brief. Granted, a couple of rival super-GTs nail that compromise of handling agility and involvement and touring comfort ever so slightly better.

Given the weight of opulent luxury it has to bear, though, the Continental GT has just come a remarkably long way as a driver’s car. We’ll be watching how much further it may yet come with interest.

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