Bentley has launched a V8 version of their famous Continental GT sports car. The GT V8 can be distinguished from the W12 version siblings by its black gloss matrix grille with chrome frame and centre bar. It also has a red enamel Bentley ‘B’ badge. At the top of the grill sits the ‘Bentley wings’.
At the rear, Bentley famous ‘floating’ LED lamps extend around the corners of the wings, emphasizing the new coupe’s larger width and persistent posture. The boot lid design helps improve airflow at the back. The ‘figure eight’ tailpipes, dark lower valance and red enamel ‘B’ boot lid help emphasize the car’s sportive character. The car can cut through air efficiently and smoothly as the body is also more aerodynamic. This is thanks to numerous changes in the underbody of the car, the wheel arch design and the new rear design.
It now has a 4.0 litre twin turbo charged V8. This delivers a maximum output of 500bhp. Connected to it is a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission. 0-100 km/h sprint is over in 5 seconds and it has a top speed of 290 km/h. It can cover 800km with a single tank of fuel.
This is due to the economical engine that has a clever engine management system that can switch the car from a V8 to a V4 when the driver is driving at a gradual pace. The new engine is available for both the Continental GT and the Continental GTC.
Both models feature a state-of-the-art, all-wheel drive system and come with 20-inch alloy wheels as standard with an optional 21-inch six-spoke design which is available in dramatic Diamond Black (exclusive to the Continental V8) or Diamond Silver finishes.