The Bentley Continental V8

Bentley Continental GT V8

Bentley Continental GT V8

The V8 is the more frugal choice to the 631 bhp W12 engine

Bentley have introduced a new V8 Continental GT and GTC models, which will preview at the North American International Auto Show, Detroit (January 2012).

Some might call it downsizing but the 4.0 litre bi-turbo V8 engine can deliver 500bhp at 6000 rpm and produces peak torque of 660Nm (487 lb ft) which is available across virtually the entire rev range from 1700 to 5000 rpm. Combined with a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission, this translates into a sub-5 second acceleration time for the 0-60 mph sprint and a top speed of over 180mph.

The new V8 engine features variable displacement which allows transition from V8 to V4 mode under light throttle load. This helps to decrease fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions, making the V8 capable of travelling over 500 miles on a single tank of fuel. Full and official figures will be released in early 2012.

The new V8  models are defined by a black gloss matrix grille with chrome frame and centre bar, a red enamel Bentley ‘B’ badge, and a black matrix three-segment lower front bumper divided by distinctive body-coloured strakes. At the rear, unique chromed ‘figure eight’ exhaust tailpipes, a dark lower valance and red enamel ‘B’ bootlid badge emphasise the sporty, contemporary identity of the new V8s.

So the Bentley Continental V8 is more about offering a more frugal choice to the 631 bhp W12 engine, which will still remain as the flagship model.

Published 12 December 2011 Staff

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